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47 Scenic As Hell Places In Britain That Aren't London

This country is truly amazing — London is merely where your plane lands. Visit all of these British Famous places and travel like the locals do.

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1. Loughrigg Fell, a marvelous hike in the Lake District offering spectacular views of Lake Windermere.

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That little ladder is called a stile. The structure allows hikers to safely cross over ancient stone walls that criss-cross the English countryside.

2. Cambridge, where you can punt your way across town.

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This floating tour is an iconic experience and a great way to see the city.

3. Durdle Door, where you can lose yourself in island paradise.

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Britain is an island after all! The Marine Conservation Society also recommends this beach for its excellent water quality.

4. Eilean Donan Castle, a 13th-century castle located on an island in Scotland.

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This stunning castle sits at the meeting point of three sea lochs: Loch Duich, Loch Long, and Loch Alsh.

5. Looe, a fishing village in Cornwall famous for its seafood.

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If you're an early riser, you can watch fishermen auction off their catch on the quay.

7. The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, where exotic animals wander across an English estate.

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Hundreds of animal species live at this private wilderness preserve. It's definitely a unique day out.

8. Bristol Harbour, a vibrant waterside district with food, pubs, and scenery.

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It’s often called the Floating Harbour, since the water level remains constant and is not affected by the tide on the river.

9. The Clifton Suspension Bridge, a landmark bridge across the Avon Gorge in Bristol.

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The Clifton Suspension Bridge is more than 150 years old and an impressive 1,352 feet in length. It even lights up at night!

10. The Maunsell Sea Forts, a cluster of WWII sea defenses that look like something out of Star Wars.

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After their wartime service, they were decommissioned in the 1950s. But in the 1970s, they were famously taken over and turned into pirate radio stations!

11. The New Forest, an ancient forestland where wild horses roam.

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The horses can be friendly! They are all over the place, almost like squirrels.

12. Liverpool Cathedral, the largest Cathedral in the UK.

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Completed in 1978, you might say it's a modern classic.

13. Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Somerset.

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The city is renowned for its 18th-century architecture, its cathedral, and the Roman Baths for which it got its name.

15. Prior Park, a park and garden landscape containing one of only four Palladian Bridge in the world.

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Not only is Prior Park located in Bath, it was also originally built to demonstrate the properties of Bath stone as a building material!

16. Oxen Fell, a beautiful vantage point during a walk in the Lake District National Park.

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Taking a ramble through the English countryside needs to be on your bucket list.

17. The Jurassic Coast, 95 miles of storybook coastline in the southwest of England.

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Durdle Door and many other incredible rock formations line this dramatic coastline to the southwest.

18. Beer, a fishing village nestled in a cove on the Jurassic Coast.

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Sit in a lounge chair on this pebbly beach and watch the fishing boats go out with the tide. It's a quaint place that feels like vacation.

19. Whitby Abbey, the haunting remains of a 13th-century Gothic cathedral that inspired Stoker's Dracula.

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Don't worry. They aren't so scary on a nice day.

21. Mam Tor, an overlook in the Peak District.

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This hill (whose name actually translates to “Mother Hill”) is easily accessible by a stone walkway, which becomes part of the scenery and offers stunning views in all directions.

24. Y Lliwedd, an iconic rock face in Snowdonia, Wales.

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The peak offers an excellent view of Mount Snowdon, the UK's highest peak.

25. Tresco Abbey Gardens, a tropical paradise off the British Coast carefully constructed to shield plants from the elements.

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The gardens on the Isles of Scilly where built in the 19th century and populated with exotic plants brought back from all corners of the world. Even in winter, over 300 species of plants are in bloom.

28. Porthgain, a quaint coastal hamlet located in Wales.

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This is a great place to lose yourself in a pub for the afternoon.

30. Wells Cathedral, a grand and gorgeous cathedral in Somerset.

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It's been called the "most poetic" of the English cathedrals.

31. Blenheim Palace, a sprawling palace completed in baroque style, home to one of Europe's most extensive collections of art and antiques.

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The inside of the palace is perhaps even more dramatic, with endless rooms of gilded archways, murals, and tapestries.

32. Alderney, an island only 3.5 miles long, teeming with natural beauty and history.

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BTW you can rent a historic fort and spend the night there. Info here!

34. Neist Point, an iconic lighthouse located on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

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It's a short walk to the viewpoint with incredible views of the cliffs.

35. The Old Man of Storr, a dramatic rock formation on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

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Hiking to this viewpoint is the most popular walk on the isle for good reason.

36. Jupiter Artland, an outdoor sculptured landscape in Edinburgh.

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Many visitors to Edinburgh miss this unique park. Don't be one of them!

37. The 14 Peaks, a group of Welsh mountains over 3,000 feet high that look straight from Lord of the Rings.

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There are 15 peaks in total (don't ask why it's called the 14 Peaks). The famous challenge is to summit all 15 of the peaks within 24 hours, but many regular day hiking routes will summit three peaks.

38. Mount Snowdon, the tallest of the 14 Peaks, accessible by train.

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Who needs hiking when you can take a train to the highest peak in Wales? On a clear day, the view is SPECTACULAR.

39. The Radcliffe Camera, a neo-classical building at Oxford University.

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One of Oxford University's most iconic structures, the Rad Cam is a reading room for the Bodleian Library.

40. Gaping Gill, a cave in Yorkshire with a waterfall dropping inside the mouth.

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The cave was first explored in 1842 by John Birbeck, who was lowered in the chasm on a rope held by farm laborers.

41. Sunbiggin Tarn, a picturesque moor in the Peak District National Park.

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The moor is a preserved nature area with views of the countryside. It makes for a great picnic spot!

42. Chesterton Windmill, a mechanical marvel built in 1632 and located in Warwickshire.

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The mill remained in use, and running, until the year 1910. That's nearly 300 years of wind power!

43. Dove Stone Reservoir, a nature preserve outside of Manchester.

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The park offers hiking and biking, and the reservoir even has its own sailing club.

44. Spitbank Fort, a 150-year-old sea fort built to defend against the French, which has since become a luxury hotel.

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The fort was a military installation from its construction in 1860s through both World Wars. In 2012, it was converted into a unique hotel destination.

45. Corfe Castle, ancient ruins perched above a historic village.

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The village itself is small and full of charm. Come for the castle; stay for a relaxing weekend rambling over the countryside with evenings spent in a pub.

46. St. Mary's, the largest of the Isles of Scilly, with magnificent beaches and a laid-back atmosphere.

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Did you know Britain had its own island paradise off the southern coast? Well, now you do.

47. And finally: The Cotswolds, an interconnected region of historic hamlets tucked away in the English countryside.

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The Cotswolds are widely regarded as the most quaint and lovely area of Britain. This is probably the world capital of charming bed-and-breakfasts.

Pick your top 10 places and add them to your bucket list. It's time you explored the Great (British) Outdoors.

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