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Britain is awash with history dating back as far as prehistoric times, simply take a wander around any museum or English Heritage site and you will come face to face with a relic dating back hundreds of thousands of years.
While history has all been said and done, still we uncover new and exciting facts that paint a better picture of what life used to be like.
It is for that reason that we shouldn’t forget to look back on history – both the good and the bad – to truly appreciate where we are. Not only that but visiting some of the most historic landmarks is a fantastic excuse to see more of the country.
This prehistoric monument found in Wiltshire is one of the most famous of its kind not just in Britain, but around the world. Archaeologists believe the structure dates back as far as 3000BC and no one is quite sure how or why the landmark was put together. Evidence suggests that the site was originally used as a burial ground; with human bone found that dates back to around the same time it is believed the structure was first erected. It has been listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 1986 and remains a popular tourist destination.
You cannot create a post on British history without a section dedicated to London. Our capital city is full of British history, so much so that some 38.8 million overseas tourists are expected to visit London in 2019.
Key landmarks, especially for those travelling from outside of the country, are landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Sites and structures that are ingrained in British culture that has been built around with modern landmarks such as the London Eye and the well-kept Hyde Park, that proves to be a big favourite in the summer months.
Equally, tourists also love to sink their teeth into the city’s darker past – and there is a lot here to get stuck into. London is probably home to history’s most revered serial killer, Jack the Ripper, who lurked the streets of Whitechapel in 1888. Many have attempted to follow the timeline of events in an attempt to unmask the otherwise anonymous killer, but no one has yet managed to do so…at least not convincingly.
Stretching for 73 miles coast to coast close to the Scottish-English border is Hadrian’s Wall, first built by the Romans between 122-128AD. The wall, named after the Roman Emperor Hadrian, was designed as a defensive structure.
It is, in fact, a common misconception that the wall sits precisely on the border between Scotland and England, but this actually isn’t the case. Hadrian’s Wall sits entirely on English soil and was never erected as a means of separating the countries, contrary to some stories.
Tourists can walk along Hadrian’s Wall with a significant portion of the structure still standing. There are also regular events along the wall, such as battle re-enactments and various Roman workshops where all the family can get involved.
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In Scotland you will find the highest peak anywhere in Britain as you encounter Ben Nevis, formerly an active volcano. You don’t have to challenge yourself to climb the mountain as numerous walks take place all year round. Once you reach the summit you will find evidence of a previous eruption, with lightly coloured granite visible.
Over 125,000 walkers take on Ben Nevis annually, making this one of Britain’s most popular – and healthy – tourist attractions.
With history almost everywhere you turn, we are incredibly lucky to be able to explore and uncover various chapters of British history. Let’s make the most of it!
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