The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country with a rich history, beautiful legends and many interesting places to see. It’s the land of magnificent palaces and quiet parks, unique museums and breathtaking landscapes. Overall, if you have never been to the UK, do it as soon as possible. Pack your bags, book an economy class ticket or find first class specials, and don’t forget the camera. For those, who find the most popular highlights, like Big Ben or Stonehenge, too boring, here are five interesting spots in the UK.
1) Cotswolds, South West England
This place can be called one of the most interesting in the UK. Cotswolds is famous for its charming English villages and amazing scenery. All the houses here are made of limestone. Be sure to visit the town of Bourton-on-the-Water, the heart of the Cotswolds, and Shakespeare’s hometown, the city of Stratford-upon-Avon. Check out the Snowhill lavender farm. It has a lovely setting in the Cotswold Hills, overlooking the Vale of Evesham. To get a taste of Cotswolds, you should stop here for at least a week.
2) The Cartoon Museum in London
London has a huge variety of museums, but the Cartoon Museum is one of the most remarkable. It is a small exhibition where every visitor can feel like a child in the wonderful world of cartoons. The museum features more than 5000 cartoon characters and 4000 comic books. Also, the museum is known for his political satire: here you can find not only the images of Winnie the Pooh but also, for example, caricatures of Queen Elizabeth II.
3) Borley Rectory, Essex
The house of a rector, built on the site of the destroyed benedictine monastery in the village of Borley, has gained fame as “the most haunted house in England”. In the 1920s, the mysterious events that took place in the house were even described in the pages of Daily Mail. As the legend goes, a nun, who lived in the ancient monastery where the house now stands, fell in love with a monk from a nearby monastery. But before they managed to escape, their relationships have been disclosed, and the lovers were murdered. According to one version, the nun was buried alive in the walls of the monastery.
Since then, her silhouette repeatedly appears near the place of her death. There are two books devoted to Borley Rectory, describing the supernatural events that took place here. In 1939, the house burned down, but the ghost keeps haunting local residents and drawing people from around the world.
4) The Beachy Head, East Sussex
Not far from the town of Eastbourne in East Sussex County there is the highest chalk headland in the UK. Its height is 162 meters. Beachy Head has formed about 100 million years ago when this piece of land was still under water. The place is notorious for a large number of suicides that took place here. Currently, there is even a special working team, whose aim is to prevent such incidents.
5) Glastonbury, Somersetshire County
Glastonbury is one of the oldest towns in England, located near Glastonbury Tor. The main attractions here are the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the remains of settlements which existed before the Roman invasion. In the XVI century, after the king’s order to dismantle the abbey, Glastonbury lost its national significance. The city is also famous for Glastonbury music festival that attracts visitors and artists from around the world.