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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 750 entries as of February 2020.  Most entries have links for further information.


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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

Antony Gormley's iconic steel sculpture near the A1 south of Gateshead. It weighs 200 tonnes, is 20 metres high and has a wingspan of 54 metres.

Location/Address: Durham Road
Low Eighton
County: Tyne & Wear
Post Code: NE9 6AA
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Angel of the North, steel statue and daffodil
Tip/Nearby: Access from the A167.
Primary Management: Local Authority

Art installation by the sculptor Antony Gormley. 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along the foreshore and out to sea.

Location/Address: Mariners Road
Crosby Beach
County: Merseyside
Post Code: LE23 6SX
Main Historic Period: Modern
Primary Management: Local Authority

Memorial statue by Tom Murphy to Billy Fury, born Ronald Wycherley in 1940, died 1983, and one of the top pop stars of the early 1960s. The statue was unveiled in 2003 and is close to the Piermaster's House - address approximate.

Location/Address: Albert Parade
Albert Dock
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L3 4BB
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Website for the Billy Fury fan club
Tip/Nearby: Tate Liverpool, Maritime Museum, Beatles Experience
Primary Management: Local Authority
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was a work of art consisting of 888,246 ceramic red poppies placed in the moat of the Tower of London, between July and November 2014 to commemorate the centenary of World War I. Each poppy represented a lost life from Britain or one of its Dominions, killed in the war. It attracted a huge number of visitors. Members of the public could purchase a poppy and part of the installation then went on tour around the UK organised by 14-18 NOW until 2018, after which it was decided to have permanent displays at IWM London and North Museums. The work was created by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper.

Address is IWM London.

Location/Address: Lambeth Road
County: London
Post Code: SE1 6HZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: 14-18 NOW's website
Tip/Nearby: NB This work is no longer at the Tower of London - check with IWM London for the latest information.
Primary Management: HM Government
Captain Johnnie Walker

Captain Frederic John Walker, known as 'Johnnie Walker' was Britain's most successful anti-submarine commander during the Battle of the Atlantic in WW2. The tune 'A Hunting We Will Go' used to be played through the tannoy of his ship, the sloop HMS Starling. A career sailor, Johnnie Walker was born in Plymouth on 3 June 1896 and died on 9 June 1944 in Seaforth, Merseyside.

The statue is by local sculptor Tom Murphy.  Address approximate.

Location/Address: Albert Parade
Albert Dock
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L3 4BB
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Albert Dock museums, Mersey Ferry
Primary Management: Local Authority
EDWARD I STATUE, Burgh by Sands

Dramatic statue of Edward I, unveiled in 2007 to mark the 700th anniversary of the King's death on nearby Solway Plain.  There is a monument on the alleged site of his death, about 1.25 miles north of the village.

Location/Address: Adjacent to the Greyhound Inn
Burgh by Sands
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA5 6AN
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Memorial to Edward I
Tip/Nearby: Hadrian's Wall ran through the village. Visit St Michael's church.
Primary Management: Local Authority

9 foot high steel statue by Ray Lonsdale depicting a British soldier immediately after hearing the news of the Armistice at 11 o'clock on 11th November 1918.  Also known as 'Tommy', the nickname for British troops everywhere since the 18th century, the town of Seaham raised the necessary money to keep him.

Location/Address: Terrace Green
County: Co Durham
Post Code: SR7 7EZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Eleven O One
Primary Management: Local Authority

Flatford Mill and the area around it inspired the artist John Constable.  The National Trust has a small exhibition nearby and there are waymarked walks which take in the places Constable knew, and painted.  Guided tours are also available.  Or you can hire a boat on the river Stour.

There is no public access to Flatford Mill or Willy Lott's House (pictured).

Location/Address: East Bergholt
County: Suffolk
Post Code: CO7 6UL
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: A bit about Constable Country
Tip/Nearby: Colchester
Primary Management: National Trust

Huge steel sculpture by Ray Lonsdale of a former miner who, as a young man, was one of the first Allied troops to enter Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp.

Location/Address: North Bay, Scarborough
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: Y012 6PF
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers
Tip/Nearby: This attraction does not have a post code - just get close to it and head for the sea.
Primary Management: Local Authority
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