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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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The gentle chalk downlands of Hampshire and Sussex along the south coast of England are close to some of the most populous parts of the country. It is a rich area of mixed farming, woodland, pretty villages, good pubs and walking without much altitude. The slopes will still test the muscles, though. It is also a grand place to meander on bike or by car and there is a multitude of attractions to visit.

Location/Address: South Downs National Park Authority
South Downs Centre
North Street
County: West Sussex
Post Code: GU29 9DH
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park

The first purpose built lighthouse to be lit by electricity. There are cracking views from the top, you can get up close and personal with a rather large light bulb and there is a fascinating museum. On the adjacent grass-covered wind-swept cliff top used to be a mining village - not a trace of it can be seen now. All about are the cries of hundreds of seabirds and the grassland - the Leas - is home to a variety of wildflowers.

Location/Address: Coast Road
County: Tyne & Wear
Post Code: SR6 7NH
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Souter lighthouse
Primary Management: National Trust

Coastal stretch running along the B8008 road between Arisaig and Morar, part of the old Road to the Isles to Mallaig and famous for its stunning beaches. There are also wonderful views across to the Isles of Muck, Eigg and Rum. The Silver Sands of Morar were featured in the movie, Local Hero (1983).

The post code is for a local golf club.

Location/Address: Arisaig
County: Highland
Post Code: PH39 4NT
Link to featured article: The Silver Sands of Morar
Tip/Nearby: The A830 Road to the Isles from Fort William is known for its scenery and takes in the Glenfinnan Monument.
Primary Management: Local Authority

The Seven Sisters are famous chalk cliffs on England's south coast. Within Seven Sisters' Country Park are a series of trails, taking in local views and wildlife, and a variety of outdoor activities are undertaken too. A favourite walk is from the country park following the small Cuckmere River to the beach, or up onto the cliffs. To get the famous view, you need to visit Seaford Head, accessed through the town of Seaford.

Location/Address: Exceat
County: East Sussex
Post Code: BN25 4AD
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: On top of Seven Sisters
Tip/Nearby: Beachy Head
Primary Management: Local Authority

One of Britain's largest colonies of common and grey seals is at Blakeney Pont, a 4 mile spit that sticks out into the North Sea. It is a national nature reserve, and a favourite spot for birds, native and foreign, as well as seals. Various companies run boat trips to see the seals. The trips last about an hour and tend to depart from Morston Quay.

The link below will take you to one operator - but there are others - no recommendation is implied.

Location/Address: Morston Quay
Nr Blakeney
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR25 7BH
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Seals at Blakeney
Tip/Nearby: Blakeney village, Cley
Primary Management: Other

The Scilly Isles, or more properly the Isles of Scilly, are an archipelago of 50+ islands and islets about 28 miles off the south-western tip of Cornwall. There are five inhabited islands - St Mary's, Tresco, St Martin's, Bryher and St Agnes. St Agnes is the most southerly point in the United Kingdom, about 4 miles further south than Lizard Point, the most southerly point of the British mainland. The capital of the Isles of Scilly is Hugh Town on St Mary’s, which is the largest and most populated island. The islands are famously warm, snow and ice being extremely rare, though they do suffer from Atlantic storms. They have a rich and varied history from prehistoric times, were known to the Phoenicians and Romans and are associated with many legends. The economy relies heavily on tourism and the Scilly Isles are a unique and lovely holiday destination. Access is by ferry, fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter; the ferry from Penzance takes about 3 hours.

Location/Address: Atlantic Ocean
County: Cornwall
Post Code: TR21 0LW
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Scilly Isles tourist website
Tip/Nearby: About 30 miles off the coast of Cornwall
Primary Management: Local Authority

Portsmouth was for generations the most heavily defended town in England. The city, unsurprisingly, developed round its port and naval facilities. Whilst the original harbour and military base was located around Portchester, where the Romans built a fort, by the medieval period the major settlement was at the harbour mouth, the area now known as ‘old Portsmouth’. Here, and at various points eastward along the seafront, are the scattered remains of fortifications, some of which were in use from the 14th century as defence against French attacks, right through the Tudor period, when Henry VIII built Southsea Castle, to the Second World War. Also along the sea front are many memorials that give hints of Portsmouth’s maritime heritage. There is free access to many of these fortifications, possibly best starting off near Portsmouth’s Broad Street, where the 15th century Round and Square Towers are situated. Under parts of the walls, where ammunition was once stored, are cafes and pop-up galleries. There are fine views of the harbour and sea traffic from the walls here - and the Round Tower is the place for front-row views of major ships entering or leaving port.

Location/Address: Broad Street
Old Portsmouth
County: Hampshire
Post Code: PO1 2FS
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Portsmouth Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Garrison Church, Southsea Castle, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Primary Management: Local Authority

The pretty Cornish village of Polperro has been a fishing port since at least medieval times and a magnet for visitors, including artists, for as long as anyone can remember. Narrow streets between quaint old flower-decked cottages mean that tourists are not able to drive their cars to the harbour, but there are carriages available – and boat trips too, when you get there.  The village’s name probably derives from the old Cornish ‘porth’ for ‘harbour’ and means ‘harbour of a man called Pyra’, but what is certain is its notoriety for smuggling in the 18th and 19th centuries – which has contributed to a rich folklore and is illustrated in the Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing overlooking the harbour.  Pilchards, apparently, were once a particular speciality for Polperro’s fishermen, while other members of the family were employed in processing them.  It is still a working fishing port as well as a popular tourist destination.  There is an annual Art Festival in June and the village has a renowned Fishermen’s Choir.

NB Don't rely on your Sat Nav - park outside the village and walk or take a carriage to the harbour.

County: Cornwall
Post Code: PL13 2RB
Main Historic Period: All
Useful Website Address: Local Polperro website
Tip/Nearby: Polperro Heritage Coast
Primary Management: Local Authority

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, as its name suggests, is predominantly coastal.   and has been likened to Cornwall without the crowds.  It offers a 260-mile coastline in south-west Wales, but in addition to high cliffs, dramatic seascapes and beautiful sandy beaches, it also has inland hills to explore.  It is renowned for its wildlife, including seals and dolphins, and prehistoric sites.

Location/Address: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Llanion Park
Pembroke Dock
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA72 6DY
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park

Orford Ness is Europe's largest shingle spit, approximately 10 miles long running between the River Alde and the North Sea in Suffolk. It is an internationally important area of shingle habitat, home to a huge variety of wildlife, much of it fragile and precious. It was also used for secret military testing and experimentation, including for aircraft, radio, radar, ballistics and atomic weapons, since the First World War until after the Cold War. Limited access is available via National Trust Ferry from Orford.

Location/Address: Orford Quay
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP12 2NU
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: What really happened at Orford Ness?
Tip/Nearby: Orford Castle, Havergate Island (RSPB)
Primary Management: National Trust
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