Sunday, 14 April 2013

The Seven Wonders of the United Kingdom

There is so much more to the United Kingdom than just London but so many visitors to the capital don’t take the chance to explore the rest of the country. This week guest blogger Louisa will take you on a tour of the seven wonders of the United Kingdom. Enjoy!

If you take some time to travel around the UK, you'll find ancient monuments and awe-inspiring architecture that will take your breath away. The top seven wonders of the UK include historic structures and natural wonders which are a must for any sightseer.

The basal columns of the Giant's CausewayGiant's Causeway uploaded by Sean MacEntee on Flickr

The Giant’s Causeway

This natural wonder, located on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, is an extremely popular tourist site. Consisting of more than forty thousand basalt columns, the Giant’s Causeway was formed by an ancient volcanic eruption. The interlocking columns act as stepping stones, with the tallest reaching twelve feet. This is definitely not a sight to be missed.

Where is Hadrian's WallHadrian's Wall uploaded by quisnovus on Flickr

Hadrian’s Wall

Dating back to 122AD, Hadrian's Wall is a Roman British fortification stretching for seventy three miles from Wallsend-On-Tyne to Bowness on the Solway Firth. Hadrian’s Wall was initially built by order of Emperor Hadrian, yet significant portions of it still stand erect. With beautiful landscapes and an astounding array of rare wildlife, Hadrian’s Wall is well worth a visit.

StonehengeStonehenge uploaded by nyaa_birdies_perch on Flickr

Stonehenge

This prehistoric structure found in the picturesque countryside of Wiltshire, dates back as far as 3000BC and is one of the most famous sites in the world. Little is known as to why this ring of colossal and strategically placed stones was formed, however some argue that it was built as a place of worship or perhaps acted as a solar calendar. Whichever theory you lean towards, nothing will prepare you for the wonder that Stonehenge will inspire.

The Eden Project CornwallEden Project Cornwall uploaded by antidigital_da on Flickr

The Eden Project

Situated in Cornwall, an area of England famed for its rugged beaches and traditional towns, the Eden Project is made up of enormous greenhouses featuring artificial environments such as tropical rainforest ecosystems. Housing thousands of species of plant from all over the world, boasting astounding garden displays and offering a wide range of sculptures and art collections, the Eden Project truly is an unmissable experience.

Dover CliffsDover White Cliffs uploaded by HBarrison on Flickr

The White Cliffs of Dover

Overlooking the English Channel, the cliffs act as an historically symbolic guard against invasions from the continent. The chalk-white cliffs form a spectacular natural wonder, and being such a prominent feature of the British coastline, visitors from all over the world come to see this amazing three hundred and fifty foot high cliff-face, get lost in the tunnels and visit the castle which looks out over the channel. Can you spot France in the distance?

The London Eye in Black and White
London Eye uploaded by Tom Soper Photography on Flickr

The London Eye

The London Eye is a giant Ferris Wheel situated on the bank of the Thames. Standing one hundred and thirty-five metres tall and spanning one hundred and twenty metres in diameter, the London Eye offers breathtaking views over the city of London. Also known as the Millennium Wheel, the London Eye is a world famous tourist attraction that provides an experience unlike any other.

Medieval English castle of Kenilworth
Kenilworth uploaded by jayneandd on Flickr

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle is the UK’s finest castle ruin. Located in Warwickshire, it dates back to Norman times. Home to the Earl of Lancaster in 1265, and housing various members of the Royal Family and noblemen of medieval Britain for many centuries, Kenilworth Castle never fails to impress. The elaborate architecture and cultivated Victorian gardens make this a splendid place to visit.

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