Visiting the United Kingdom is an exciting prospect. With so many fantastic destinations, it can be hard to decide on which spots to focus. The expansive history of the UK can help make those determinations. Here are ten of the most interesting historical destinations in the UK.
Stonehenge: No one is 100 percent certain of its origin, but most theories posit that Stonehenge was created as either an astrological observatory or a religious ceremonial site. These huge stones form a ring almost a quarter of a mile around on the Salisbury Plain.
Tower of London: Much more than a medieval prison and torture chamber, this symbol of Norman Conquest was begun by William the Conqueror in 1066-67. It houses the crown jewels as well as priceless weaponry and artifacts.
Westminster Abbey: The Abbey has served as the coronation church since 1066 and is the resting place of 17 monarchs as well as countless poets, philosophers and others who played important roles in English history Hadrian’s Wall: Built by Roman Emperor Hadrian during a time of shaky peace between Romans and native Britons, the wall was a defensive boundary. Construction began in 122 AD. Walking its path takes about a week, but it’s an exercise in the history of two of the world’s greatest empires.
Shakespeare Houses: William Shakespeare’s houses will captivate readers and history buffs alike. Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Nash’s House & New Place and Hall’s Croft are all located in central Stratford. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is about three miles from Stratford Centre. The last of the houses is Mary Arden’s Farm, located in Wilmcote.
Buckingham Castle: Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, the castle became the royal family’s residence in 1837. Nineteen state rooms are open to the public for eight weeks out of the year. These same rooms are used by the Queen and other royals for both state and ceremonial occasions.
Edinburgh Castle: This is an icon of Scotland. The Castle features a Great Hall with an elaborate ceiling, an amazing collection of weapons and lavish royal apartments. In addition, the Castle houses Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny.
The Cathedral, City of Canterbury: Charged with restoring Christianity to southern England, St. Augustine founded the first cathedral in England in 597 AD. Ruins of the first cathedral remain, and visitors will feel awed as they approach this historic and ancient city.
Bath: The Romans built the city of Bath around a natural hot spring. Much of the original architecture still stands, making it seem as if one has truly stepped back in time when entering this magnificent city.
Cambridge, England: This fantastic university city has much more to offer than just the university. The medieval streets offer both modern nightlife and a walk back into history. The city is small enough to navigate easily by foot, and offers museums and historic churches.
Visiting the UK will leave an indelible mark on your mind. Taking in the history is something that everyone should do as they walk these ancient streets and monuments.
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