10 Significant Historic Sights
February 2016 | By Susan Milne | 3 minute read |
Britain and Ireland are filled with fascinating historic places. Our list contains 10 of the most significant which are popular with visitors; must-see highlights of these historically-rich nations.
1. Tower of London
Spend a fascinating day at Britain’s most visited historic attraction which has served as a palace, armory, prison, treasury and home to the Crown Jewels since 1078. Its famous Beefeater guards and protected Ravens add to the legend and character of this remarkable collection of historic buildings.
2. Westminster Abbey, London
The Abbey is famous for the many Royal Weddings and Coronations that have taken place here since 1066. It is also the burial place of many British greats including Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Take in the incredible atmosphere of this historic church with its direct connection to British Royalty and greatness.
3. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
The best known prehistoric monument in Britain is steeped in mystery as its original purpose is still under debate. The massive stones were brought from Wales to construct the impressive stone circle around 3,100 BC. Be there for sunrise or the Summer Solstice for an amazing, mystical experience.
4. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England
Of all the great houses of England, Blenheim Palace holds a special place as the birthplace of statesman Sir Winston Churchill. The residence of the Dukes of Marlborough is a magnificent structure. Take one of the many tours offered, attend a concert, dine in The Orangery Restaurant and stroll the picturesque grounds.
5. Edinburgh Castle to Holyroodhouse: The Royal Mile, Scotland
Wander the inspiring Royal Mile from Edinburgh’s fortress castle down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the seat of Scottish Royalty. This is the main street of Edinburgh’s Old Town with many important historic buildings along the way - and some of Edinburgh’s best spots for eating and drinking.
6. The Robert Burns Birthplace and Museum, Alloway, Scotland
Spend a day in the picturesque Scottish village of Alloway to encounter the world of Scotland’s favorite son, the poet Robert Burns. Visit the cottage where he was born and spent his early life. The modern museum houses the most important collection of Burns’ original works and personal belongings.
7. Derry, Northern Ireland
The historic walled city of Derry dates from the 6th century. You’ll find many important historic highlights in town and the surrounding area. The City Walls and Gates (17th Century), The Museum to the Siege of Derry (1688), St. Columb’s Cathedral (1633) are just three fascinating attractions.
8. Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland
A tribute to the infamous ship that was built here, the stunning aluminum-clad Titanic Belfast museum has become a top attraction. It encompasses the Harland and Wolff drawing offices and Titanic slipways. Explore the beginnings of this beautiful ship and attend one of the concerts often held on the slipways.
9. Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland
One of Ireland’s greatest treasures, there’s more to see here than the famous Blarney Stone, said to give you the gift of eloquence if you kiss it. Explore the rock close and gardens. Wander through the castle’s dungeon, court and wishing steps. Learn about the colorful inhabitants and folklore surrounding the castle built in 1446.
10. The Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland
This outstanding collection of medieval buildings is also known as St. Patrick’s Rock, believed to be the site where St. Patrick converted the King of Munster in the 5th century. It is a spectacular setting with the castle, church, round tower and other buildings sitting on a limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale of County Tipperary.