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Dreaming of the UK: 5 Places to Visit

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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1 thought on “Dreaming of the UK: 5 Places to Visit”

  1. Always interesting to see your country through the eyes of outsiders. Of your top five, I know two quite well. I used to work about ten minutes’ walk from the British Museum. Yes, highly recommended, not only for the incredible displays but because of the buzz – so many people from all parts of the world – and the building itself has a light and airy feel inside, not what you expect from an old museum.

    The Lake District I know pretty well too and it is spectacular. The mountains are not always peaceful! I mean the weather, though there are times and places to avoid – Keswick, Windermere and Ambleside in August, say – unless you like crowds. I don’t dislike them (see comment above) but they do rather detract from wild, bleak beauty.

    Sezincote House I had never heard of, The other two I know from the outside, plus some history about the Tower. Worth remembering the Lake District is completely at the other end of England from London!

    If you’re in London, I recommend St Paul’s Cathedral, though I never went inside until I knew I was moving out. If you think of visiting another cathedral, I recommend Durham, which is not so very far (by car) from the Lake District and has a castle and a respected university. If you go to the Lake District, you’re no distance from one end of Hadrian’s Wall and from Scotland, in particular, Burns country.

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