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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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BROCKHOLE on Windermere

Brockhole was built in the late 19th century as a country house and estate for Manchester silk merchant, William Gaddum and his wife, Edith - a cousin of Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor. Since 1969, it has been a Lake District National Park Centre. It offers a range of family activities, including a treetop trek, zip wire, adventure playground, boat hire, mini-golf, woodland walks and gardens. It also includes a cafe, exhibition area and shop.

Location/Address: Windermere
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA23 1LJ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Brockhole's website
Tip/Nearby: Windermere
Primary Management: National Park

One of probably hundreds of open farms in the UK, primarily aimed at children. Greenlands has all the farm animals you would expect, plus some you wouldn't, such as deer, a chameleon, an owl, a snake and alpacas. There are a couple of great slides, plus a good indoor play area, as well as various shops and a cafe - and picnic tables.

Location/Address: Tewitfield
County: Lancashire
Post Code: LA6 1JH
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Greenlands Farm Village website
Tip/Nearby: Carnforth Heritage Railway Station, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales
Primary Management: Independent
Royal Liver Building

The Royal Liver Building is one of Liverpool's 'Three Graces' - the elegant buildings situated at Liverpool's Pier Head (the other two are The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building). The Royal Liver Building opened in 1911 as the HQ of the Royal Liver Group, whose roots began with the formation of the Liverpool Liver Burial Society in 1850. On top of the building are the mythical Liver Birds, Bella and Bertie, whose metal wings are alleged to flap every time a virgin walks across Pier Head - though the birds are actually there to protect the city and sailors. In April 2019, the Liver Building was opened up with a visitor centre and tours to the 10th and 15th floors (Royal Liver Building 360), from which there are spectacular views over Liverpool and the Mersey.

Location/Address: Pier Head
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L3 1HU
Main Historic Period: Edwardian
Useful Website Address: Royal Liver Building 360 website
Tip/Nearby: Albert Dock, Beatles' Experience, Liverpool Museums...
Primary Management: Other

Snape maltings is a complex of shops, holiday accommodation, café and pub centred around the world famous concert hall. The buildings are mainly converted Victorian industrial buildings, originally used for the malting of barley. The venue was created by composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, singer Peter Pears, reclaiming the old buildings. A programme of music runs all year.

Location/Address: Near Aldeburgh
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP17 1SR
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Snape Maltings' website
Tip/Nearby: Aldeburgh, Orford
Primary Management: Independent
Trafalgar Square

Laid out in 1830-41 on the site of the earlier royal stables, Trafalgar Square in central London commemorates Admiral Nelson's naval victory in 1805 and has Nelson's Column as its main feature. There are four plinths for statues in the square: General Sir Charles James Napier, Major General Sir Henry Havelock and King George IV. The fourth plinth, empty for many years, now features contemporary works of art. There is an equestrian statue of Charles I to the south of the square, traditionally the original location for Charing Cross and the site of execution of the regicides after the restoration. Trafalgar Square, London's largest square, is surrounded by attractions - like the National Gallery - and has long been a location for meetings, protests and revels. Legend has it there is buried treasure beneath its paving stones...

County: London
Post Code: WC2N 5DN
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Exploring Trafalgar Square
Tip/Nearby: Whitehall, Westminster, National Gallery, Covent Garden...
Primary Management: Local Authority
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