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West Port, St Andrews

Said to be the best preserved city gate in Scotland, West Port was built in 1587 and renovated in 1843. St Andrews was never a walled city - more than anything, the gate is a mark of civic pride.

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Location/Address: Junction of South Street and Bridge Street
St Andrews
County: Fife
Post Code: KY16 9EG
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: St Andrews Castle, Cathedral, Blackfriars Chapel, University Museum
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
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
Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, often confused with London Bridge, is one of the capital's iconic landmarks, known all over the world. It was built between 1886 and 1894 and connects Southwark on the south bank of the Thames with Tower Hamlets on the north, on the eastern edge of the City of London close by the Tower of London. Visitors can tour the Victorian engine rooms, see an exhibition of the bridge's history and even cross a glass walkway 138 feet (42 metres) above the river. Private tours are also available. But of course you can simply look at it, or cross it, for nothing.  Visit its website to check out times when it will be raised.

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Location/Address: Tower Bridge Road
County: London
Post Code: SE1 2UP
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Tower Bridge up close and personal
Useful Website Address: Tower Bridge website
Tip/Nearby: Nearest tube stations - Tower Hill (north of the river), London Bridge (south). Handy for the Tower of London and HMS Belfast.
Primary Management: Other
TEMPLE BAR

The original Temple Bar marked the boundary between the old City of London and the royal area of Westminster. A gate was built there, but this was removed in the 19th century for road widening. The spot is now marked by a Victorian memorial in the middle of the Strand/Fleet Street, close to the Royal Courts of Justice. Temple Bar Gate, after a period of decorating a country house in Hertfordshire, is now in the south-east corner of Paternoster Square, next to St Paul's Cathedral (EC4). The featured article will give you the full story, more or less.

Post code is approximate for the memorial at Temple Bar.

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Location/Address: Strand/Fleet Street
County: London
Post Code: WC2R 1DA
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: London's Temple Bar
Tip/Nearby: Strand/Fleet Street is on an old ceremonial route between the City and Westminsiter, with Trafalgar Square in the west and Ludgate Hill in the east, leading to St Paul's Cathedral.
Primary Management: Local Authority
TARR STEPS

Late medieval, possibly earlier, clapper bridge over the river Barle - said to be the longest clapper bridge in Britain. Pleasant walks nearby.  Post code is for the nearby Tarr Steps Inn.

NB Post code is for nearby Tarr Steps Inn.

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Location/Address: Nr Liscombe
County: Somerset
Post Code: TA22 9PY
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Link to featured article: Tarr Steps
Primary Management: National Park
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT BUILDING

Scotland's Parliament was dissolved with the Act of Union between Scotland and England in 1707; there would be just one parliament, in Westminster. The Scotland Act of 1998 re-established a Scottish parliament, with certain devolved domestic powers, and it was decided that a new building was needed for it to meet in. The result was the Scottish Parliament Building, one of the most controversial government projects ever undertaken in the United Kingdom. Completion was more than three years late and, at a cost of £414.4 million, it was 10 times over budget. Many consider it ugly, at least externally, but it is interesting to visit and the debating chamber makes more sense than those at Westminster.

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Location/Address: The Royal Mile
Holyrood
Edinburgh
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH99 1SP
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Website of the Scottish Parliament
Tip/Nearby: Opposite the Palace of Holyrood
Primary Management: Local Authority
LEADENHALL MARKET

Originally a fresh food market dating back to the 14th century, Leadenhall Market stands at the centre of what was Roman London. It was redeveloped into an ornate iron and glass arcade building in 1881 and, with its distinctive red, gold and green colour scheme it is a site in its own right. It contains a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as several high-end specialist shops. Leadenhall Market famously featured in the film, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.

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Location/Address: Gracechurch Street
County: London
Post Code: EC3V 1LT
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: Bank, Monument
Primary Management: Local Authority
JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY

The John Rylands Library holds the special collections of the University of Manchester's library. The library was built by Enriqueta Rylands, the widow of wealthy industrialist John Rylands, who died in 1888. It is a fantastic neo-Gothic building, designed by Basil Champneys (with help from Mrs Rylands) and opened to the public in 1900. One of its first acquisitions was the 40,000 volume Spencer Collection, which includes about 3,000 early printed books - including a Gutenberg Bible. The library has undergone various refurbishments. Although a research library, it is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Manchester.

Location/Address: 150 Deansgate
Manchester
County: Greater Manchester
Post Code: M3 3EH
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Manchester's John Rylands Library
Useful Website Address: University of Manchester website
Primary Management: Educational establisment
HOUSES of PARLIAMENT

The Houses of Parliament is the home of the UK Parliament and consists of two 'houses' - the Commons (elected) and Lords (unelected). It is possible to take a tour, even take tea, or watch a debate. Information about visiting can be found on the UK Parliament's website - link below.

The Houses of Parliament is situated on the site of Edward the Confessor's 11th century palace and is still known as 'the Palace of Westminster'. It has been the traditional home of the English parliament since medieval times and much of the UK's parliamentary democracy developed here. However, most of the current building dates from the 19th century and was designed by Charles Barry, following a disastrous fire in 1834 that destroyed most of the old palace. The oldest building on the site is the magnificent Westminster Hall, which has witnessed 900 years of British history.

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Location/Address: Westminster
County: London
Post Code: SW1A 0AA
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: Whitehall, Westminster Abbey, Churchill's Bunker, Embankment, St James's Park...
Primary Management: HM Government
Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Kirkby Lonsdale’s Devil’s Bridge is a medieval structure with three graceful arches and is a scheduled ancient monument. It was replaced by Stanley Bridge as the main bridge carrying traffic over the River Lune along the main road (A65) between Kendal and Skipton in 1932 and is now a favourite with visitors – and weekend motorcyclists.

Location/Address: Off the A65 or walk from Town Centre
Kirkby Lonsdale
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA6 2DF
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Kirkby Lonsdale's Devil's Bridge - and the bikers who live there
Tip/Nearby: Kirkby Lonsdale, Yorkshire Dales
Primary Management: Local Authority
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