Brimham Rocks is a beautiful National Trust site in the Yorkshire Dales, not far from Harrogate. The rock formations on Brimham Moor have weathered over the years into all kinds of impressive shapes, with many rocks left ‘balancing’ on top of others. There are many paths around the site, leading from the car park to the National Trust shop, however don’t feel you have to stick to them. We found the more interesting formations didn’t have a path to them.
Harlow Carr is an attractive Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire. It started life as a Botanical Gardens back in 1950 but was originally the grounds of a hotel and Spa. The whole site covers 58 acres
Hampton Court Palace, just outside London, is one of Britain’s most important historic houses. It’s best known as the preferred palace of King Henry VIII and his various wives but has served many Kings and Queens over the years.
Longleat is a stately home in Wiltshire with its own safari park, zoo, mini railway and adventure playground. The house is still owned by the same family that built it in the 16th Century, but around 50 years ago, the pressures of maintaining a property of this size meant it had to start paying towards its upkeep.
Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire, England stands in an elevated location and dominates the surrounding city. It is an active place of worship which balances well the needs of a modern congregation whilst embracing the history of the surrounding building.
The Shard is currently the tallest building in the European Union, standing just over 1000 feet high above London Bridge station. As one of the newest additions to London’s skyline, a viewing gallery was built-in covering the top floors of the structure.
Barley Hall is a medieval town house nestled down a small alleyway in the centre of York, UK. It used to be the residence of the Mayor of York back in the time of Richard III, but its history became lost over the years that followed. The story of its re-discovery is the most amazing part of the exhibits you will see here.
The Warner Brothers studio near Watford was the location for much of the filming of the Harry Potter series of movies. Sets were built, used and stored here but when filming on the final movie was concluded, a decision was made to turn part of the complex into a visitor attraction.
The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham is a museum of crime and punishment which is based in the former courthouse and county gaol. The building is packed with history and your tour will include the perfectly preserved court room, which was still being used a couple of decades ago. Your tour then continues as you follow the steps of condemned men, from the dock, down to the former prison cells below.
Oxford Botanic Garden is Britain’s oldest Botanical garden and it’s located alongside the River Cherwell opposite Magdalen College. From the moment you enter, it’s a horticultural feast for the eyes with glass houses, a conservatory, rock garden, vegetable areas and attractive formal gardens. Look out for the stunning herbaceous border set against an old wall with a cottage-garden style gate, the pond, the composting area and the tropical plants in the very warm greenhouses.