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20 FORTHLIN ROAD

Paul McCartney's former Liverpool home, where he spent his teenage years with his father, Jim, and his brother, Mike. This is where Paul and John went when they 'slagged off' from school to play the guitar and compose, later joined by George Harrison. Several of the Beatles' hits were written at Forthlin Road, including 'I Saw Her Standing There'. The house been restored back with incredible attention to detail to how it was when Paul and Mike McCartney lived in it and includes several of Mike's photos of 'the boys' on the walls.

Entry into 20 Forthlin Road is only possible by booking a minibus tour with the National Trust. This also takes in John Lennon's former home in Menlove Avenue. Knowledgeable guides greet you at both properties. You can also view 20 Forthlin Road from the outside - many do - though bear in mind this is a residential area and respect the privacy of those that live nearby.

20 Forthlin Road
Allerton
Liverpool
Merseyside
L18 9TN
Modern
Lennon and McCartney's childhood homes
Penny Lane is a 'bus ride away...
National Trust
49 BANKSIDE

A Queen Anne house, situated on the south bank of the Thames between the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern, which has a plaque on the wall declaring that both Christopher Wren and Katherine of Aragon lived in it (not simultaneously). Both assertions are false. The plaque is of unknown date. The house is a private residence.

49 Bankside
Southwark
London
SE1
Stuart
Christopher Wren did not live here
Borough, Southwark Cathedral, Globe, Tate Modern
Private - not open to the public
64 BAKER STREET

From 1940 - 1946, 64 Baker Street was the world headquarters of the Special Operations Executive, SOE, a clandestine organisation ordered to be set up by Churchill with the instruction to 'set Europe ablaze' by helping local resistance movements and conducting espionage and sabotage in enemy-held territories. A plaque was unveiled on the building in May 2010 by Margaret Jackson MBE, who was PA to Brigadier, later Major-General, Colin Gubbins, head of SOE from 1943 known by the initial 'M'. Margaret Jackson, herself a remarkable woman, was just 23 years old in 1940; she died in Croydon on 2 June 2013.

London
W1U 7GB
Modern
Madame Tussauds
Private - not open to the public
ABBOTSBURY SWANNERY

This is, allegedly, the only place in the world where you can visit a colony of nesting Mute Swans. (Trust me, they are not mute).  A Benedictine monastery was established at Abbotsbury in the 11th century and the monks began farming swans - which often featured at medieval banquets. The monks have long gone, but the swans are still there (different ones, obviously). If you visit Abbotsbury Swannery these days, you'll find about 600 swans, all free to roam. The colony is established adjacent to a shallow lagoon, the Fleet, which lies behind Chesil Beach. It's a unique location.

New Barn Road
Abbotsbury
Nr Weymout
Dorset
DT3 4JG
N/A
Abbotsbury Swannery website.
Abbotsbury Abbey (remains) and St Catherine's Chapel
Private - open to the public
ACORN BANK

Attractive garden and partially open 17th century red sandstone manor house. The estate at Acorn Bank dates back to the medieval order of the Knights Hospitaller. The main attraction now is the 17th century walled garden, with its fascinating medicinal herbs, pretty formal area, traditional orchard, woodland walks and industrial past complete with restored working watermill dating from the 16th century.

Temple Sowerby
Nr Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 1SP
Georgian
Brougham Castle
National Trust
ADAM SMITH, statue

Bronze sculpture, by Alexander Stoddart, of the Scottish economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790), who is probably best known as the author of 'Wealth of Nations'. The statue was unveiled in 2008.

The post code is for St Giles' Cathedral.

Outside St Giles' Cathedral
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 1RE
Modern
St Giles' Cathedral
Local Authority
AIRA FORCE

Fairly spectacular waterfall with a 65 foot drop set amongst what was once fairly cultivated parkland. A pleasant (though relatively steep) walk to the top of the falls from a car park (free to NT members). There's a network of trails nearby and some lovely views.

Get there via Kirkstone Pass on the A592 from either Windermere or Ambleside - Aira Force is a bit past Glenridding. Or from the A66 between Penrith and Keswick, take the A5091 through Dockray.

Nr Watermillock
Ullswater
Cumbria
CA11 0JS
N/A
Wear stout shoes or boots. Nearby - spectacular countryside.
National Trust
ALBERT DOCK

Victorian dock area, originally built of iron, stone and brick, now fully restored and claiming to be the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country. The complex includes car parking, hotels, shops, restaurants and several museums, including: Slavery Museum; Maritime Museum; Beatles Story; and Tate Liverpool. Albert Dock is about a 20-30 minute walk from Lime Street station.

Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 4AA
Victorian
Albert Dock website
5 minutes from Mathew Street and the Cavern Quarter
Private - open to the public
ALDBOROUGH Roman Town

The remains of Isurium Brigantum, a significant Roman town between the 2nd and 5th centuries AD, lie largely under the charming village of Aldborough ('old borough'). Little of the Roman town is visible - small sections of town wall and a couple of good mosaics. There's a small museum, and it's a pleasant stroll round the site, but people expecting to see a great deal might be disappointed.

Aldborough
Boroughbridge
North Yorkshire
YO51 9ES
Roman
St Andrew's parish church and the adjacent town of Boroughbridge.
English Heritage
ALDEBURGH

Popular Suffolk seaside sailing town, famous for its fresh fish sold from the seashore, the Scallop sculpture by Maggi Hambling and the Aldeburgh Festival, started by the composer Benjamin Britten, who lived in the town and whose house, the Red House, can be viewed. The main concert venue is at Snape Maltings, just up the road. Aldeburgh also boasts a fine Tudor Moot Hall and a Napoleonic Martello Tower - the latter is not open to the public, but is available for holidays. Aldeburgh is a fairly buzzy place, with a variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and a cinema.

Suffolk
IP15 5DS
Victorian
From a house in the clouds to a fort
Suffolk Coast website
Orford Castle, Orford Ness, Thorpeness
Local Authority