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1977/2019

First/Last visit:

Number of visits:

108

Personal Rating:

70/193

UNESCO Sites visited:

24/32

Places Visited:

London, Chatham, Rochester, Oxford, Salisbury, Bath, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen, New Lanark, Belfast, Bushmills, Coleraine, Carnlough, Ballycastle, Londonderry, Isle of Man (Douglas), Lockerbie, Portree, Durham, Penzance, Plymouth,Polperro, Hayle, St.Ives, St. Just, Land's End, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Guildford, Portsmouth, Winchester, Bornemouth, Weymouth, Isle of Portland, Exeter, Canterbury, Ironbridge, Oswestry, Caernarfon, Bangor, Conwy, Corwen, Coventry, Saltaire, Widecombe in the Moor, Tavistock, Mousehole, Marazion, Porthcurno, Kirkwall and Stromness (Orkney Islands), Shetland Islands

Highlights:

London Hyde Park with famous Speaker's Corner, Soho (is it still the red light district, well a few clubs remain, but rather touristy, it is shifting towards a cultural hotspot with theaters and exhibitions), London's Chinatown, the Piccadilly Circle, Regent Street, the British Museum established 1753, with over 8 million pieces of artifacts from all corners of the world, Windsor Castle, Warwick Castle, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Natural History Museum. The Tower of London UNESCO with the Crown Jewels. Westminster Abbey UNESCO holds the tombs of almost all kings and queens, plus the House of Parliament, and Big Ben Clock Tower. Camden market, the giant ferris wheel called "London Eye" with gorgeous views over this part of the city. Shoreditch has the trendiest restaurants an bars. Join a Cruise on the Thames.O2 arena for concerts and nightlife, take the Emirates Airline cable car. Blendheim UNESCO Palace and principal homes of the Dukes of Marlborough (built 1720), also birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill (1874). Canterbury UNESCO the imposing building of the Gothic Cathedral , St. Augustine's Abbey, the Christ Church Gate, the Eastbridge hospital where penniless pilgrims to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket found free accomodation, St. Martin's Church and the wonderful rebuilt old center of town. Bath UNESCO 46° warm and with 43 minerals rich are the waters of Bath, already the Romans loved it. Today the Antic Roman baths can be visited, but there is also the real thing next door, Thermae Bath Spa, where modern architecture meets history, great to the old city from the rooftop pool, Bath abbey and Vault Heritage museum, dont miss the Queen Square, the Circus, the Royal Crescent probably the best in the whole of England and Great Pulteney Street, best reached by the bridge with the same name. Stonehenge UNESCO, about 2500 BC holds the most sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world used as temple for ceremonial and funerary practices at that time. Some stones weigh up to 25 tons. Dorset and East Devon Coast UNESCO, more than 150km between East Devon and Dorset, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch and nearby Man O' War beach. The medieval old city of Edinburgh UNESCO, from Calton Hill there is undoubtedly the best view on the great Edinburgh skyline, best photographed at sunset. Stroll down the Royal Mile, up to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's Gallery and the Scottish Parliament. Visit the Scottish National Gallery, the National Museum, the Surgeon's Hall Museum with plenty of anatomy specimen on display, St. Giles Cathedral, and of course the 11th century Castle housing St. Margaret's Chapel and the National War Museum. Scott Monument. Forth Bridge UNESCO railway bridge 2,5km in lenght, still active. New Lanark UNESCO a cotton mill (built 1786) with well preserved buildings including the schoolhouses and the residence of Robert Owen, the social reformer who made this place so famous. Gwynedd Castles UNESCO in Wales Coastal town of Caernarfon or Conwy (built 1283), built by the English King Edward I. Ironbridge UNESCO the bridge and two blast furnaces. Jodrell Bank Observatory one of the earliest radio observatories in the world. Kew Royal Botanical Gardens UNESCO in the London Suburb of Richmond, with quite some decorative buildings, a great place to wander around. Livperpool UNESCO Maritime Mercentile City, with the historic docklands, the Museum of Liverpool, the Beatles Statue, the Royal Albert Dock, the World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, St. Johms Beacon observation desk, Liverpool Cathedral. Cambridge University, founded 1209, the fourth-oldest university in the world, Trinity College is a part of it. Hadrian's Wall UNESCO 117 km long between the borders what is now England and Scotland, from Ravenglass on the West Coast to Wallsend on the East coast. Durham Castle UNESCO Cathedral and Castle are the most impressive examples of Norman architechture in England, the castle sits atop a hill, with great views of the river Wear, Kingsgate Footbridge. York Minster with the largest cathedral in Northern Europe, beautiful stained glass windows. Greenwich Royal Observatory UNESCO, overlooking the river Thames, with the National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, and the Royal Naval College, it makes a good half day trip from central London. Lake District National Park UNESCO with England's deepest lake, Wast Water, of glacial origin, surrounded by mountains with great views to England's highest mountain range. The Giant's Causeway UNESCO is Northern Ireland's biggest tourist attraction, and the result of volcanic activities resulting in thousands of basalt columns, at the core of the sight they look precisely like a giant causeway stepping out of the Sea! The group of Neolithic monuments on the Orkney Islands UNESCO with impressive Stone circles (Ring of Brodgar), Skara Brae, the ruins of a Neolitic village at a very scenic location near the sea, plus Maeshowe burial mound. Shetland Islands Jarlshof prehistoric Norse settlement, St. Ninian's Isle with a scenic sand bar beach, see the shimmering celestial phenomenon of the Northern Lights, a climb to Ronas Hill (450m, highest point on the islands) or many more trekking oppourtunities like around Eshaness lighthouse, or Gloup Voe on the North Isles.