I give to you my wish list of places I yearn to visit in the UK. Maybe you will see locations that match with your own list. Or, maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own. I included a few lesser known places on this list, in all fairness. Enjoy!
1. British Museum
Let’s start this list with a bang! Established in 1753, the British Museum has accumulated vast collections over a period of centuries. Thirteen million artifacts and objects rest in the British Museum alone, not including the collections in the Natural History Museum or British Library. Artifacts within the building, an architectural feat in itself, range from the Rosetta Stone, statues from the Parthenon, drawings from Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli, the Lothair Crystal, Chinese ritual bronzes, the Admonitions Scroll by Chinese artist Gu Kaizhi, a vast coin collection, and so many other artifacts across a range of countries and time periods! Writing that list, my heart pitter-patters.
2. Lake District
Poetry breathes through the region. Gentle lakes, peaceful mountains, and quiet forest comprise this natural masterpiece. However, my reason for including the Lake District on this list is, not only an admiration for its beauty, but the Lake Poets. The Lake Poets, comprised of William Wordsworth, Walter Scott, Charles Lamb, and others, found inspiration in the region for their poetry. Looking at the pictures, can you not see why?
3. Sezincote House
Sezincote House was constructed in 1805 by Samuel Pepys Cockerell. The house stands as a cross between Mughul and Georgian architecture. When the Prince Regent visited the home, the magnificence of the architecture inspired him to have the Brighton Royal Pavilion built. My reason for including Sezincote House on this list is it serves as the inspiration for the setting of a novel I am currently working on.
4. Tower of London
The Tower of London is rich in history, because it has stood for almost an entire millennium. Monarchs were crowned here. Royals and courtiers once resided here. Wars and battles fought. However, the most interesting part of the history comes in the structure’s use as a prison. Prisoners such as Anne Boleyn, William Wallace, Margaret of Anjou, Thomas Cromwell, and William Penn are a few notables amongst a long list of prisoners. Gruesome in history, this is a place I want to see!
5. London Eye
I’ll admit upfront I have a fear of heights, but I would brave my nightmares for a chance to ride this fun attraction. Currently Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, it stands on the Thames River, offering a view of London. If I could see London from such a height, maybe I could shed my fears. Maybe, but at least I could panic over a beautiful view.