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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
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- Pevensey Castle was build as a coastal defence fortress.In the 4th century one of the last and strongest of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts. In the 1250s the towered bailey wall was constructed. Strengthened to face the threat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. World War II, pillboxes and machine gun posts were cunningly camouflaged among its ancient walls.
- The Town Hall is a listed building and built in banded pink and buff sandstone with a grey-green slate roof. The building is open on weekdays to the public when events are not being held, also run monthly tours and have annual open days. Today the council don’t use the building but it can be hired for functions and weddings.
- Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens are part of the estate of Ardkinglas House which stands on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll with an imposing backdrop of forest and mountains. The main house is an architectural masterpiece by Sir Robert Lorimer and is full of expert craftsmanship and often used in TV dramas like My Life So Far, The Waterhorse, MaxManus and This September. The house is only open to the public on a Friday from April to October but you can arrange a tour if you book during other months. It’s well worth the visit as the gardens are superb and the rooms in the house all look over Loch Fyne! Here you’ll find the tallest tree in the United Kingdom as well a family home to explore that has not altered a bit in a hundred years! It’s a wonderful day out as the atmosphere is magical and the estate offers walks, venue for weddings, fine dining, a self catering apartment in the house itself, private tours and a superb collection of plants.
- Easdale Island near Oban in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland is one of the Slate Islands and is of historical interest. Easdale Island Folk Museum displays a range of topics from the slate industry, army volunteers, education, geology, boats, and entertainment. There are genealogical records for the Kilbrandon and Kilchattan parish as well as rent books, Masonic records, and a map of Easdale Island circa 1881. Image of Easdale Island by Graham Cole.
- Belfast has had a number of castles. The first Belfast Castle was built by the Normans in the late 12th century. A second castle, made of stone and timber, was later constructed by Sir Arthur Chichester, Baron of Belfast, on the same site in 1611 but then burned down almost 100 years later. In 1862, the third Marquis of Donegall, a descendant of the Chichester family, decided to build a new castle within his deer park, situated on the side of Cave Hill in what is now north Belfast. The castle was finished in 1870.
- The New Forest Museum has displays and activities about the New Forest National Park. You can find out about the history, traditions and wildlife of the New Forest. The centre runs a wide selection of events throughout the year. Gift shop and wheelchair access.
- The Links of Noltland Neolithic and Bronze Age site near Grobust Bay on the north coast of Westray in the Orkney Islands contains the remains of both a Neolithic village and later Bronze Age dwellings. As well as the buildings the ‘Westray Wife’ was discovered, a lozenge-shaped figurine that is believed to be the earliest representation of a human face ever found in Scotland. The face has two dots for eyes, heavy brows and an oblong nose and a pattern of hatches on the body could represent clothing. The figurine can be seen in the Westray Heritage Centre. The site sits within the sand dunes and is under constant threat from coastal erosion.