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- Castle Stalker is on its own island 25 miles north of Oban on the west coast of Scotland. It’s a romantic looking castle with the mood of the water surrounding it lending the atmosphere. The name means ‘hunter’ and originally this was a small fortified building belonging to the MacDougalls in 1320. In 1620 the castle was handed over to the Campbells as part of a wager and today it’s a family home that is only open to the public for around five weeks each year for tours. You’ll be taken to the castle by boat so no wheelchair access or large groups. The cafe is lovely and you can get a hot drink and meal before the tour.
- Monk Bar is one of the ancient gateways to the city of York in North Yorkshire. Dating back to the early 14th century, it is a self-contained fortress with the city’s only working portcullis. Each floor within the building was capable of being defended – you can still see the ‘murder holes’ through which boiling water and oil could be rained down upon attackers!
- The Stoney Littleton Long Barrow (also known as Bath Tumulus and the Wellow Tumulus) is a Neolithic chambered tomb with multiple burial chambers. It is an example of the Severn-Cotswold tomb. The barrow is about 30m (98 ft) in length and 15m (49 ft) wide at the south-east end, it stands nearly 3m (10 ft) high. Internally it consists of a 12.8m (42 ft) long gallery with three pairs of side chambers and an end chamber. There is a fossil ammonite decorating the left-hand door jamb.
- The Brighton Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence. It was built in three campaigns, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, from 1811 Prince Regent. It is often referred to as the Brighton Pavilion. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century, with the most extravagant chinoiserie interiors ever executed in the British Isles.
- Craigievar Castle is just South of Alford in Aberdeenshire. This is a fairy tale castle seven-stories high in the Scottish Baronial style. Here are the fancy turrets and gargoyles on pink walls, crafted plaster work ceilings and secret staircases of your dreams! The Great Tower stands just as it was when completed by Master William Forbes Danzig Willie in 1626. The simplicity of its lower towers contrasts perfectly with the turrets, the cupolas and corbelling that embellish the roof-line. Within its walls the collection includes an excellent show of family portraits. There is also original Jacobean woodwork and some beautiful furniture, including the ‘Craigievar table’. This perfect Scottish castle remains as unspoiled as it was when lived in by the Forbes-Sempill family. Surrounding the castle are extensive parkland grounds with two waymarked walks. There is also a small Victorian kitchen garden and a Scottish glen garden. The parkland around the castle is beautiful with majestic specimen trees and views that stretch for miles over the countryside right up to the Grampian Mountains. The castle is normally open to tourists during the summer months. The castle has holiday accommodation available at the Steading and Kennels cottages from April to the end of October. The castle is open throughout the Summer in the UK.
- Noltland Castle is a 16th century heavily fortified castle. Built from local, grey sandstone, the castle follows as a typical “Z” plan layout, with a rectangular central structure with a square tower position at diagonally opposite corners. The castle has 7 ft thick walls and the lower floors have no accessible windows. Today, access to the castle is via this courtyard, the arched entrance of which remains today. On the right hand side of the arch, and barely visible, is inscribed the cryptic message: “When I see the blood I will pass over you in the night.”
- M Shed is a museum, telling the story of Bristol, exploring the city’s history from prehistoric times to the 21st century. There are working exhibits on the harbourside including steamboats, trains and cranes as well as a café that opens out onto a public square on the dockside.
- The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, also known as Sherborne Abbey, has been a Saxon cathedral (705–1075), a Benedictine abbey (998–1539), and now stands as a beautiful parish church. Today you can see parts of the original saxon church in the abbey’s facade, but by far its most striking feature is the 15th Century fan vaulted ceiling. Some of the other original monastery building are now occupied by Sherbourne school.
- Cathedral of St Marchar was named after a disciple of St Columba and the initial site was set up in around 580AD. In the 1130’s it was named a Cathedral and underwent extensive restoration in the 13th Century under Bishop Cheyne and saw Sir William Wallace hung, drawn and quartered. His dismembered body was sent to different parts of Scotland but some say that his left arm was interred within the walls of St. Machar’s. After the war of independence construction continued under Bishop Alexander Kinnimund (1355-80) and Bishop William Elphinstone (1431-1514). The nave and towers on the west – which form the modern church were only one part. To the east of the nave, there was a crossing which had one large central tower. There was also a choir to its east and transepts pointing north and south. In 1520 a ceiling of panelled oak bearing 48 heraldic shields was commissioned by Bishop Gavin Dunbar (1518-1532). It was finally complete in 1530.
- Cregneash is a small village in the extreme south of the Isle of Man, about one mile from Port Erin. Much of the village forms a Living Museum dedicated to the preservation of the traditional Manx ways of life. Annual Manx festivals are held in Cregneash and it is home to a flock of the rare four-horned Loaghtan sheep.
- Cawdor Castle dates from the late 14th century, built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor. An ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree which visitors can still see today in the dungeon. The castle is still home to the Cawdor family to this day and lovingly filled with beautiful furniture, fine portraits, intriguing objects and amazing tapestries the Castle has evolved for over 600 years. The castle’s carefully manicured grounds encompass three beautiful gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood and a 9-hole golf course. The castle also has a gift shop, bookshop and wool shop, in addition to a restaurant located in the castle and a snack bar near the car park. Guided tours of either the Castle or Gardens are available via prior arrangement.