If you are in the process of planning a trip to the United Kingdom, no doubt romantic images are dancing in your head. You may be thinking of mysterious old castles, foggy bogs and historical ruins. Indeed, when you visit the U.K., you will be experiencing a land rich in history. So, what are some of the historical places that every visitor should be sure to see?
Naturally, Stonehenge is high at the top of the list of most visitors. It’s because Stonehenge is not only mysterious and magical, it is also one of the most iconic symbols found in the United Kingdom. Near Salisbury in England, Stonehenge rises up from the plains as a ring of stones which inexplicably stand in testimony to some unknown time or event. The stones date back to 2,500 years before our common era!
Who can visit London without witnessing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace? This event has delighted visitors for decades. Moreover, nothing denotes history more than large stone castles! In the United Kingdom you can visit many, principally in England and Scotland. Windsor Castle is one of the largest and well known castles in the U.K. Knole Castle, too, is a popular destination. It is known for its unique architecture and the fact it was designed with a room for each day of the calendar year. It also has separate staircases for each week of the year!
Those visiting Hever Castle do so because it is the home of Anne Boelyn. The castle has a rich history and has been very lovingly restored. Many people believe the castle is haunted by Anne Boelyn’s ghost to this day! On the other hand, Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, is the current summer residence of the British royal family. This place, too, is a popular travel destination.
If you are interested in the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, be sure to visit the Holyroodhouse. Originally, this is a monastery dating back to the 12th century. The castle also served as the home of the historical figure. Alton Towers is another location rich in history and also filled with fun! The park was originally the estate of the Earl of Shrewsbury over 500 years ago. The estate boasts several gardens which were each designed around specific themes.
Many of these have lovingly been restored or recreated. You can visit sections of the estate based on themes such as:
- Merrie Olde England;
- The Forbidden Valley;
- Storybook Land;
- Gloomy Woods;
- Adventure Land
Since you are interested in British history, here are a few fun facts that even many British citizens are not aware of.
- Big Ben is not the name of the iconic clock tower in London. Instead, it is actually the name of the bell found inside the tower!
- Windsor Castle is the largest of all the royal homes around the world. Although not used as a royal residence until Henry I, the castle dates all the way back to William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings in 1066!
- Many people are aware the great fire of London ravaged the city back in the 17th century. That fire, however, was blessing instead of a curse. How so? While sadly eight souls perished in the conflagration, thousands of others had their lives spared. It is because the fire ended the spread of the terrible plague of 1665!
- Her Majesty’s Royal Palace & Fortress is the correct name of the Tower of London. It was here that Anne Boleyn became the first queen to be executed. She is followed by Katherine Howard and Mary Queen of Scots. The last prisoner to be held in the Tower of London was Rudolf Hess.
Few countries on earth provide the rich historical heritage you will find in the United Kingdom. Isn’t it about time for you to pay this historical land a visit soon?