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Britain, places to visit, attractions, heritageThis is the place to search for places and things of interest to visit in Britain, by name, location, type, keyword – or just have a browse.  It is a growing directory – over 780 entries as of June 2020.  Most entries have links for further information.

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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.

Location/Address: 20 Forthlin Road
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L18 9TN
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Lennon and McCartney's childhood homes
Tip/Nearby: Penny Lane is a 'bus ride away...
Primary Management: National Trust

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.

Location/Address: 49 Bankside
County: London
Post Code: SE1
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: Christopher Wren did not live here
Tip/Nearby: Borough, Southwark Cathedral, Globe, Tate Modern
Primary Management: 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.

County: London
Post Code: W1U 7GB
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: I spy - Secret London
Tip/Nearby: Madame Tussauds
Primary Management: Private - not open to the public
Abbey Park, Leicester

Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and opened in 1882.  It includes gardens, lakes, a café, sports pitches and facilities for bowling, tennis and boating.  It is a place for families and lies about a mile north of the city centre.  The River Soar divides it into two distinct parts – a Victorian park with shrubberies, boating lake and miniature railway, and the western part which includes the remains of the 12th century Leicester Abbey, where Cardinal Wolsey died and was buried, and the ruins of the 17th century Cavendish House, a mansion which was Charles I’s HQ before the Battle of Naseby.  It was destroyed and plundered by Royalist troops.

Location/Address: Abbey Park Road
County: Leicestershire
Post Code: LE4 5AQ
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Leicester City Council website
Primary Management: Local Authority

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.

Location/Address: New Barn Road
Nr Weymout
County: Dorset
Post Code: DT3 4JG
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Abbotsbury Swannery website.
Tip/Nearby: Abbotsbury Abbey (remains) and St Catherine's Chapel
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

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.

Location/Address: Temple Sowerby
Nr Penrith
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 1SP
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: Brougham Castle
Primary Management: 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.

Location/Address: Outside St Giles' Cathedral
The Royal Mile
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH1 1RE
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: St Giles' Cathedral
Primary Management: 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.

Location/Address: Nr Watermillock
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA11 0JS
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Aira Force
Tip/Nearby: Wear stout shoes or boots. Nearby - spectacular countryside.
Primary Management: National Trust

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.

Location/Address: Liverpool Waterfront
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L3 4AA
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Albert Dock website
Tip/Nearby: 5 minutes from Mathew Street and the Cavern Quarter
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

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.

Location/Address: Aldborough
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO51 9ES
Main Historic Period: Roman
Tip/Nearby: St Andrew's parish church and the adjacent town of Boroughbridge.
Primary Management: English Heritage
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