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- Clovelly has a single steep cobbled street that runs down past 16th Century fisherman’s cottages to the harbour. The road is half a mile (0.8km) long but drops some 400ft (122m). Once at the bottom Clovelly harbour is a 13th Century stone quay. Clovelly has not been spoilt by the holiday trade over the years as it is owned by the Clovelly Estate and so you will not find holiday homes but arts and crafts. The car park and visitor centre is at the top of the village and does offer some transport down via back lanes, but the beauty at Clovelly is the walk down to the harbour.
- The Monastery of Saint Paul in Jarrow was once the home of the Venerable Bede, whose most notable works include The Ecclesiastical History of the English People and the translation of the Gospel of John into Old English. At the time of its foundation, it was reputed to have been the only centre of learning in Europe north of Rome. In 794 Jarrow became the second target in England of the Vikings, who had plundered Lindisfarne in 793. The Monastery was later dissolved by Henry VIII. The ruins of the Monastery are now associated with and partly built into the present-day church of St. Paul, which stands on the site. One wall of the church contains the oldest stained-glass window in the world, dating from about AD 600. Just beside the Monastery is “Bede’s World“, a working museum dedicated to the life and times of Bede. Bede’s World also incorporates Jarrow Hall, a grade II listed building and significant local landmark.
- Paxton House is an 18th century country house in Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland. Described as one of the finest examples of neo-Palladian architecture in Scotland, Paxton House was built between 1758 and 1763 by John Adam for Patrick Home. Paxton houses one of the foremost collections of Chippendale furniture as well as other valuable antiques and paintings. Visitors today can tour the house in all its splendour. The gardens are also well worth a visit, as the onsite gift shop and restaurant. Open from March to November.
- La Hougue Bie is where you’ll find one of the best examples of passage graves in Europe. Here you can find out more about life in a Neolithic community on Jersey around six thousand years ago. There is a medieval chapel on the mound now but it’s still a tranquil and spiritual place where you can stand inside the chamber of the grave itself. There is a museum too where you can discover more about this time and the German Occupation in WWII. Exhibits include coin hoards, axes, swords and spears. Read more about the impressive Prince’s Tower once situated at the site.
- Launceston a medieval walled city was Cornwall’s capital for centuries. Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape with its unusual keep consisting of a 13th-century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. The castle has views of both Dartmoor and Bodmin.
- Flodden Battlefield is the site of the Battle of Flodden, which took place on 9th September 1513 between the armies of King James IV of Scotland and the Earl of Surrey, representing King Henry VIII of England. The field is located in Branxton, Northumberland. 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of this national tragedy, where 15,000 Scots and English soldiers died, as well as 100 noblemen and King James IV. Today the battlefield is marked by a granite cross, erected in 1910. The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum links together 12 sites in the Borders area, which are all connected to the story of Flodden.
- Arbroath Abbey was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion for a group of Tironensian Benedictine monks from Kelso Abbey. It was consecrated in 1197 with a dedication to the deceased Saint Thomas Becket, whom the king had met at the English court. It was William’s only personal foundation and he was buried before the high altar of the church in 1214.
- Castle Rising Castle completed around 1140 AD by the Norman lord William d’Albini for his new wife, the widow of Henry I. This is now one of the largest, best preserved and most lavishly decorated stone keeps in England, surrounded by 20 acres of mighty earthworks.
- The Tower of Refuge sits on St Mary’s Isle, which is a partially submerged reef within Douglas Bay. The structure was built upon the reef on the orders of Sir William Hillary (who helped to found the Royal National Lifeboat Institution) in 1832. After several shipwrecks upon the semi-submerged rock, he wanted a refuge for survivors until help could arrive.