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- National Railway Museum at Shildon or Locomotion is a railway museum in Shildon, County Durham. The museum is arranged as stops along the 1 km demonstration line with station direction board signs and information points on the trail between the car parks and the main collection building. The museum has a six-spur apron in front of the main shed and another short length of track for showing off resident locomotives and visiting trains.
- Croxteth Hall and Country Park was the country estate and ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton. Within the estate, visitors will find five main attractions.the Historic Hall Croxteth Home Farm the Victorian Walled Garden where visitors can explore Liverpool’s historic botanical collection 500 acre country park and nature reserve the West Derby Courthouse that dates from the Elizabeth I reign. For youngsters, there is an adventure playground, minature railway and an orienteering trail.
- Berwick Barracks, among the first in England to be purpose-built. Today the Barracks hosts a number of attractions, including ‘By Beat of Drum’ – an exhibition on the life of the British infantryman. While there, visit the King’s Own Scottish Borderers Museum, the Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery and the Berwick Borough Museum.
- 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.
- Ashton Court has been the site of a manor house since the 11th century, and has been developed by a series of owners since then. The house stands within a large estate spanning the boundary between Bristol and North Somerset, approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Bristol city centre. It is on the western side of the River Avon close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the suburb of Leigh Woods and the Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve which are east of Ashton Court. To the north and west are open countryside. The estate covers 850 acres (340 ha) of woods and open grassland laid out by Humphry Repton.
- Beacon Hill Fort also known as Beacon Hill Battery was decommissioned in 1956 on the dissolution of coast artillery in the United Kingdom. Initially a blockhouse was on this site constructed in 1534 during the reign of Henry VIII, although abandoned within ten years. After the death of Henry VIII the site was rearmed. By 1625 the site had again fallen into disrepair and Harwich was considered to be defenceless. The site was upgraded to a redoubt of ten guns built in 1810, and in 1862 these guns were upgraded as a result of the 1860 Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom. By the 1889 work began on a totally new fort, which was completed in 1892. After World War I the fort was disarmed and sold. In 1940 the was bought back into service as a consequence of World War II and a twin 6 Pounder gun position and director tower were built. It became known as Cornwallis Battery.
- Clouds Hill, the former home of T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) and is now run as a museum by the National Trust. The cottage remains largely as Lawrence left it at his death. It features an exhibition detailing Lawrence’s extraordinary life, and most of his original furniture and possessions. The cottage reflects his complex personality and close links to the Middle East.
- The Grey Cairns of Camster are two large Neolithic chambered cairns and are among the oldest structures in Scotland, dating to about 5,000 years ago. The Cairns show the complexity of Neolithic architecture, with central burial chambers accessed through narrow passages from the outside. the two Cairns are:Camster Long – a 60 m (200 ft) long cairn with “horns” at each end, aligned in an NE-SW direction Camster Round – a circular cairn measuring 18 metres (59 ft) in diameter by 3.7 metres (12 ft) high