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- The Needles Batteries are on the westerly point of the Isle of Wight and were constructed between 1861-95 for the coastal defence of England. The overlook the Needles, a famous coastal and played a really important part in both world wars. The new Battery has been used more recently to test the Black Knight and Black Arrow space rocket engines and in recent times were given to the National Trust and opened to the public in 1982 giving visitors the most superb views of Dorset, the Solent and Hampshire. While you can drive right up to the Batteries there is also a great open top bus that runs every half hour on a circular trip via Yarmouth, Freshwater Bay, the Needle Pleasure Park and TotLand allowing you to step off at the Battery to see the remains of the rocket site and enjoy a snack and walk to the New Battery before rejoining the bus. Car parking is charged per day and it’s an easy walk to the Old Battery. The Needles Pleasure Park offers everything from ice creams to restaurant facilities and has public toilets.
- The Waterford Crystal Factory Visitor Centre is located on the Mall in the heart of the Viking Triangle in Waterford City. The centre includes the history ofthe House of Waterford and offers tours to see exquisite pieces of crystal created before your very eyes. The centre includes shop and cafe.
- Oystermouth Castle is a Norman stone castle founded by William de Londres soon after 1106 following the capture of Gower by the Normans. Features include 14th century graffiti, plus people can explore the medieval maze of deep vaults and secret staircases and enjoy the magnificent views over Swansea Bay from the 30 foot high glass bridge.
- Ascog Fernery and garden is part of Ascog Hall. Ascog Hall is renown for the Victorian fernery and most beautiful, fairytale gardens on the Isle of Bute. This is a wonderful spot to visit if you’re in Edinburgh or Glasgow as it’s not too far from either. The gardens here date back to 1870 and were replanted over the last two decades to feature some of the original pathways found after clearing. There is a wide selection of perennials and shrubs as well a scented rose garden and other surprises to enjoy like the famous ‘fernery’ that was uncovered as the owners cleared away the jungle like overgrowth. The fernery housed exotic sub tropical ferns – or the remains thereof – and it took a long dialogue with Hostoric Scotlnd who then awarded a grant to the restoration of the roof and restocking slowly took place under the advice of The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. It opened to the public in 1997. The house is open daily from Easter to October.
- Bembridge Windmill is the only surviving windmill on the island and was built in the 1700s and played a vital role in the local community for two centuries providing work for generations. In the 1880s the arrival of the railway meant cheaper flour was available and from 1897 only cattle feed was made and by 1913, with the local men all signed up in the war, the mill closed. In the late 1950s, the mill was given over the National Trust. The mill is a Grade 1 listed building and an integral part of the island and still has its original machinery in place. You can climb to the top of the mill and figure out how it worked as you wind your way down the four levels and feel the smoothness of the wooden machinery telling the tale of those who worked there. The steps are steep but the view from the top is really worth the climb. Families can enjoy the countryside and have a great day out, although saying that, the mill is very educational with a short film explaining the milling process. Turner was inspired by the countryside around the area and there is a painting by Turner of the mill. Open daily and charges apply.
- Blairs Museum was originally within Blairs College where it stayed for 157 years. Here, articles that pertain to Scotland’s Catholic heritage are stored and include renown works of art – textiles, paintings, silver and memorabilia – donated over the years by priests, friends, bishops and Scots Colleges. It is a rara and wellworth seeing collection of religious heritage. Today, Blairs Museum gives visitors a unique insight into Scotland’s Catholic heritage, providing an enjoyable, memorable, and inspiring experience for all. Highlights include:Paintings Sacred Silver and Gold Church Textiles
- Burghead is built on a peninsula that projects north-westward into the Moray Firth, resulting in the town having the sea on 3 sides. The Visitor Centre is in the former coastguard lookout and will take visitors through the history of the area from about 400AD to the present time.
- Beaumaris Gaol, opened in 1829, as a Victorian Gaol in the heart of Beaumaris. The gaol was thought to be a model prison with running water and toilets in each cell, before this time gaols were just for holding prisoners before they were heard in court, hanged or transported to the colonies. When walking around you get a feeling for life in jail during Victorian times. You can see and read about the small cells, infirmary, men and women’s work rooms, punishment cell, human treadmill, chapel and much more. On the first floor you have an interesting door that would lead out to the gallows where during its life as a prison two people were publicly hanged. After the jail closed down it became the Beaumaris police station and later was used to house prisoner of war during the world war.