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10 Of The Most Heart-Warming Places To Visit In The UK

Including an actual fairytale castle.

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1. Postman's Park: London, England

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Postman's Park holds The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice, a memorial built in 1900 to honour ordinary people who died while saving the lives of others. If you fancy a visit, the park is just a couple of minutes walk from St. Paul's station.

2. Galloway Forest Park: Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Galloway Forest Park has some of the clearest skies in Europe and is one of the only places you can see thousands of stars and even the Milky Way without using a telescope.

Galloway Park has Dark Sky Park status, awarded by the Dark-Sky Association. Astronomers formed the Association in 1988 to protect the night skies against light pollution, for current and future generations.

3. Jane Austen's House Museum: Hampshire, England

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Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in this cottage in Hampshire, up until 1817.

When the cottage was put up for sale in 1947, the Jane Austen Society wrote a public appeal and the cottage was bought by Mr. T.E. Carpenter. He was a great guy who turned the house into a museum dedicated to the life and works of Jane Austen. Carpenter opened the house to the public in 1949 in memory of his son who died in 1944.

4. The Animals in War Memorial: London, England

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This monument is a touching tribute to all the animals that served alongside the British, Commonwealth, and Allied forces in the wars of the 20th Century.

What's extra heartwarming about this memorial is that after a national appeal, the general public, charities, and companies came through to raise the £2 million needed to build it.

5. Hever Castle: Kent, England

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Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, where she was banished to after she fell in love with a nobleman (Henry VIII prevented them from marrying). A few years later, Henry fell for Anne, sent letters for her to the castle, and eventually they married. This led to the King leaving Catholicism and creating the Church of England, so pretty important stuff.

6. Greyfriars Bobby: Edinburgh, Scotland

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Greyfriars Bobby is a statue in Edinburgh, dedicated to a loyal Skye Terrier named Bobby. When his owner, John Gray, died in 1858, Bobby refused to leave Gray's graveside for any length of time. Dogs weren't technically allowed at the graveyard, but Bobby touched the hearts of locals who built him a shelter and rallied for him to stay. Unbelievably, he lay on the grave for ​14 years, only leaving for food.

Bobby continued guarding the grave until he died in 1872, aged 16. Bobby is buried in the same graveyard as Gray, in Greyfriars Kirkyard, which you can also visit.

7. The Pankhurst Centre: Manchester, England

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Emmeline Pankhurst and her family lived at Number 62, Nelson Street, for over eight years, and it hosted the first meeting of the Suffragettes in 1903.

When the house was set to be demolished in 1979, women's groups protested, and the house was leased to the Pankhurst Trust. They started restoration work in 1984, and ensured women were recruited to the project. The Centre was opened in 1987 on the anniversary of the first Suffragettes meeting. Not only is the Centre an incredible museum to visit, it also serves as a women's community centre.

8. Bevis Marks Synagogue: London, England

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Not only is Bevis Marks the oldest synagogue in the United Kingdom, it also has a moving history.

The synagogue used to be a central office for congregational and individual Jewish problems across the world. For example, they helped 7-year-old Moses de Paz, after he escaped from Gibraltar in 1777 to avoid a forced conversion. It was the heart of the Sephardic Jewish community in London for over a century, and their services and traditions are still carried out today.

9. Ulster American Folk Park: Ulster, Northern Ireland

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Ulster American Folk Park is an outdoor museum on three centuries of Irish emigration to America. It shows how Irish people left for America during and after famine, in search of a better life and to reunite with relatives who'd migrated earlier in the 19th century.

As well as giving a super interesting insight into the lifestyles of local families, you also get to taste traditional Irish and American Pioneer foods including soda bread and pumpkin pie. All in the name of history, of course.

10. Castell Coch: Tongwynlais, Wales

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In the 19th century, Castel Coch was a deteriorating building, until architect William Burges stepped in to turn it into an actual fairytale castle. He didn't hold back; the castle has a drawbridge and everything.

When Burges died in 1881, his colleagues continued working on the castle for another 10 years to fulfil his vision. If you feel like stepping into the pages of a fairytale book, go pay the castle a visit.

Who knew Britain had such incredible sights? For even more heartwarming places to check out, take a look at VisitBritain.