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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 – 700+ entries as of October 2019.  Most entries have links for further information.

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RACTON FOLLY

A grand but much wrecked ruined 18th century folly, purpose unknown, commissioned by the 2nd Earl of Halifax. It is in a very poor state of repair and is favoured by ne'er do wells and ghost hunters.

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Location/Address: Monument Lane
off the B2147 near Racton Church (St Peter's)
County: West Sussex
Post Code: PO18 9DT
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: The curiosity of Racton Folly
Tip/Nearby: Idsworth church, Stansted Park
Primary Management: Unknown
SOUTH DOWNS (The)

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.

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

St Giles' Horsted Keynes is one of the most picture-perfect Norman -medieval churches you will ever see. Its wealth is evident from the stonework. The church actually has Saxon origins - though it is also thought to be built on a pagan site, and possibly within a stone circle. Among its many interesting features is the tomb of the 'Little Crusader' in the chancel; what looks like the effigy of a child is that of a crusader knight and it is thought this marks the burial place of a crusader's heart, brought home from the Holy Land. Famous burials include Robert Leighton (1611-84), Bishop of Dunblane and Archbishop of Glasgow, who retired to the village. Also in the churchyard are Harold and Dorothy Macmillan. Macmillan (1894-1986), later Lord Stockton, was Prime Minister from 1957-63.

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Location/Address: Church Lane
Horsted Keynes
County: West Sussex
Post Code: RH17 7AY
Main Historic Period: Norman
Useful Website Address: Church website
Tip/Nearby: Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park
Primary Management: Church authorities
St Nicholas, Bramber

The tiny church of St Nicholas at Bramber was originally the chapel of Bramber Castle, built by William de Braose in 1073 and eventually becoming Bramber's parish church. It is reputedly the oldest Norman church in the county. It was originally cruciform, but the transepts have long gone. There is a lovely 11th century chancel arch with decorated capitals and several other medieval features, including a 13th century font.

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Location/Address: The Street
Bramber
County: West Sussex
Post Code: BN44 3WB
Main Historic Period: Norman
Useful Website Address: 3Bs parish churches' website
Tip/Nearby: Next door to Bramber Castle
Primary Management: Church authorities
St MICHAEL’S Baddesley Clinton

St Michael's Baddesley Clinton is a short walk from Baddesley Clinton Manor House, through woods packed with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells. The church was originally dedicated to St James, but changed - probably in the 19th century. The present building dates from 1305, but it is generally thought that a church stood on or near the site before Domesday (though the latter makes no mention of one). Do not miss the beautiful east window, the interesting rustic oak screen - or the simple grave marker for Nicholas Broome, just inside the south door (under the mat!). Once lord of the manor, he murdered a priest and built the tower of the church as a penance.

Location/Address: Off Hay Wood Lane
Baddesley Clinton
County: Warwickshire
Post Code: B93 0DG
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Inormation on A Church Near You
Tip/Nearby: Baddesley Clinton National Trust property
Primary Management: Church authorities
The Ridgeway near Wayland's Smithy

The Ridgeway is thought to be Britain’s oldest road, in use for at least 5,000 years. It is one of the trackways that used to run along the dry higher ground in ancient times. The Ridgway, in its modern trail form, covers 87 miles from Avebury, Wiltshire, to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. There are various prehistoric remains along its route. In its original form, it stretched from the Dorset coast to the Wash.

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Location/Address: Avebury, Wiltshire to Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
County: Various
Post Code: None
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: Uffington's White Horse - etc
Useful Website Address: National Trail information
Primary Management: Other
COLLINGWOOD MONUMENT

Monument celebrating the life of Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, born in Newcastle in 1748. An able officer who served in the American War of Independence and Napoleonic Wars, Collingwood was Nelson's 2IC at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and took command when Nelson was fatally wounded. His statue looks out across the mouth of the Tyne. Four cannon flanking the steps of the monument were taken from his flagship, HMS Royal Sovereign.

Location/Address: Pier Road, Tynemouth
County: Tyne and Wear
Post Code: NE30 4DD
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: Tynemouth Priory
Primary Management: Local Authority
MARSDEN BAY

Marsden Bay is part of a stunning limestone cliff coastline between South Shields and Sunderland. It is a favoured nesting place for seabirds, particularly cormorants, fulmars and kittiwakes, much frequented by families and dog-walkers and admired by geologists. There is a famous and historic cave bar and diner, Marsden Grotto, attached to the cliff, which gets mixed reviews.

Location/Address: Coast Road
South Shields
County: Tyne and Wear
Post Code: NE34 7BS
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Marsden Bay isn't quite the Algarve
Tip/Nearby: Souter Lighthouse
Primary Management: Local Authority
TYNE BRIDGE

An iconic symbol of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Tyne Bridge was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson and built by the same company that later built Sydney Harbour Bridge, Dorman Long and Co. The Tyne Bridge was opened by King George V on 10th October 1928; it carries the A167 road across the river Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle.

Location/Address: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Tyne and Wear
Post Code: NE8 2BH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: The original New Castle.
Primary Management: Local Authority
ANGEL of the NORTH

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
Gateshead
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
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