20 Great British Wonders That – Shockingly – Aren’t World Heritage Sites
Few places in Britain have such a magnificent medieval center. From its Norman castle (housing one of the original four copies of the Magna Carta) and its enormous cathedral (once the tallest structure in the world), narrow cobbled streets and overhanging houses descend the hill to the New Town below. âIt could almost be a Tuscan hill town, the intact centro storico above, the new town below,â says Gail Simmons.
âThe connection with Italy is not as spurious as it sounds. Before being one of the great medieval centers of England, Lincoln was known as Lindum Colonia. It was a home of retreat for the Roman veterans of the Second Legion, and you can still see an impressive section of wall, an arch and a fragment of the forum. “
Snowdonia National Park
The highest mountain in Wales and the third tallest in the UK, Snowdon is easily conquered and the views from the top are well worth the effort. However, if you really can’t bother to climb all the way to the top on foot, there is a railroad that will do the job for you.
Snowdonia National Park, the UK’s third (announced in 1951, after the Lake District and the Peak District), is also home to the iconic Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway, which connects the port of Porthmadog to the mining town slate from Blaenau Ffestiniog.
One of Britain’s most beautiful castles, according to historian and broadcaster Dan Jones. He adds: âThe first thing I was told when I arrived at Warwick Castle was not to crawl into the medieval keep known as the oubliette, as it was wet, cold and possibly dangerous. Obviously I went straight to the dungeon and crawled in. They were right – that was the row.
The rest of the castle, on the other hand, is breathtaking and immerses you successively in the era of William the Conqueror, the War of the Roses and the Civil War. In some rooms you can still see graffiti made by 17th century prisoners carving their names and family crests into the stone walls. The ramparts are as splendid as the gardens; The same goes for apartments that were occupied by the Greville family until they sold them in the mid-20th century. Now the place is full of Horrible History stalls, archery and hawking demonstrations, a giant catapult that shoots fireballs, and a new high-tech attraction called Time Tower. As well as being historically fascinating, this is one of the best family outings in England. “