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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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Victorian dock area, originally built of iron, stone and brick, now fully restored and claiming to be the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country. The complex includes car parking, hotels, shops, restaurants and several museums, including: Slavery Museum; Maritime Museum; Beatles Story; and Tate Liverpool. Albert Dock is about a 20-30 minute walk from Lime Street station.

Location/Address: Liverpool Waterfront
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L3 4AA
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Albert Dock website
Tip/Nearby: 5 minutes from Mathew Street and the Cavern Quarter
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
Atlantic Bridge

Clachan Bridge, popularly known as Atlantic Bridge, or the Bridge over the Atlantic, was built in 1792 and joins the Island of Seil with the mainland on the B844, about 10 miles south of Oban. Nearby is the Tigh an Truish Inn - the house of trousers. Seil is the most northerly of the slate isles.

Location/Address: Clachan
County: Argyll
Post Code: PA34 4TJ
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Atlantic Bridge
Useful Website Address: Tigh an Truish Inn website
Tip/Nearby: Slate Islands and Heritage Centre. Oban 10 miles to the north.
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
EAGLE and CHILD, Oxford

Popular 17th century pub known for its associations with regulars , the writers RR Tolkien and CS Lewis. The pub is also known as 'the bird and baby'. It is owned by St John's College, but leased out.

Location/Address: 49 St Giles
County: Oxfordshire
Post Code: OX1 3LU
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Aslan and Gandalf go for a pint
Useful Website Address: Entry on CAMRA's website
Tip/Nearby: Oxford City Centre and colleges. Lamb & Flag is opposite.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

This is the last remaining galleried coaching inn in London. The current building dates from the 17th century, but there has apparently been an inn on the site since medieval times. And it serves a good pint. The property is owned by the National Trust, leased to a tenant.

Location/Address: 75-77 Borough High Street
County: London
Post Code: SE1 1NH
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: The George Inn at Borough
Useful Website Address: The George Inn's website
Tip/Nearby: London Bridge
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Hardraw Force, England's highest unbroken waterfall above ground, can only be visited via the Green Dragon Inn in Hardraw, where you will need to pay a small fee. It is worth the effort if you're in the area, but don't expect Niagara Falls. Take stout footwear. The pub is highly tempting.

Location/Address: Hardraw
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: DL8 3LZ
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: A bit about Hardraw Force
Tip/Nearby: Hawes
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
LAMB and FLAG, Oxford

A tavern since 1695, the Lamb & Flag is owned by St John's College and was voted Oxford's best pub by CAMRA members in 2016. It has some association with JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and was apparently where Thomas Hardy wrote most of his last novel, Jude the Obscure.

Location/Address: 12 St Giles
County: Oxfordshire
Post Code: OX1 3JS
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: Aslan and Gandalf go for a pint
Tip/Nearby: Eagle and Child is opposite
Primary Management: Educational establisment

Known as 'the Philly', this is a grand pub opposite Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall, built in grand Victorian splendour rather in the style of a gentlemen's club. Gents - you really should check out the gents!  The Philly has been - and probably still is - visited by the great and the good of Liverpool.

Location/Address: 36 Hope Street
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L1 9BX
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: Ye Cracke, John Lennon's college pub, is round the corner in Rice Street
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
Saracen's Head, Southwell

Previously known as The King's Head, the historic Saracen's Head Hotel in Southwell is where King Charles I stayed before surrendering to the Scots' army in 1647. It is now a pub, hotel and wedding venue.

Location/Address: Market Place
County: Nottinghamshire
Post Code: NG25 0HE
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Useful Website Address: Saracen's Head Hotel website
Tip/Nearby: Southwell Minster, Southwell Workhouse
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Sky Garden is a bar and restaurant complex on the top 3 floors of the 'Walkie-Talkie' - 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London. This controversial 38-storey office block was designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly - the footplate actually increases in size as you ascend the building. It cost £200million and was constructed between January 2009 and May 2014. Sky Garden, which has restricted, but free, public access, was opened in 2015. Here you can enjoy an expensive drink or a meal with some fabulous views over Britain's capital city. You need to book in advance via the website (see below).

Location/Address: 1 Sky Garden Walk
20 Fenchurch Street
County: London
Post Code: EC3M 8AF
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: London's Sky Garden
Useful Website Address: Sky Garden website
Tip/Nearby: All City of London sites
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

One of the oldest pubs in London, said to date from 1585. Full of legends, it was either named because it was once the home of the Spanish Ambassador, or because it was owned by two Spanish brothers, who quarrelled over a woman. Dick Turpin is said to have been a former customer and there are several ghosts. It has appeared in work by Charles Dickens and Bram Stoker - and it has been claimed that Keats wrote 'Ode to a Nightingale' in the garden. The garden, incidentally, is great. A busy, but must visit, kind of place - situated close to Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath.

Location/Address: Spaniards Road
County: London
Post Code: NW3 7JJ
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Link to featured article: A stroll across Hampstead Heath
Useful Website Address: Spaniards Inn website
Tip/Nearby: Kenwood House, Keats House, Hampstead Heath
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
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