English Landmarks part 2
Posted by Dan | Jul 11th, 2021 - 8:47pm
You have already had a chance to take on some English landmarks by description alone, so let us add 10 more to the challenge! Think you can identify landmarks based purely on their description? We have 10 iconic English landmarks, I will give you an overview of where you can find them and their most distinguishing features - all you have to do is pick the right answer!
This tourist attraction towering over a Lancashire town is an iconic piece of architecture recognised by anyone who has taken the time to visit. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, this 518-foot amalgamation of steel, iron and bricks has been acting as a radio tower and observation deck since 1894 - if you want views over the town and into the Irish Sea this is the attraction for you.
3 natural stacks of chalk in the English Channel come together to form this next landmark, plus a single lighthouse at the extreme end of the stacks. An often photographed and beautiful section of England, but you will need to travel to the Isle of Wight if you wish to see them...
A collection of vast exhibits in South Kensington that has allowed its visitors to get an understanding of all things flora and fauna for 140 years. Even if you don't step inside, the ornate facade is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, but should you venture inwards the great hall will great you with a spectacular sight, a combination of columns, arches and a hanging blue whale skeleton 'Hope' will be sure to knock you off your feet.
This National Trust managed hill in Somerset is an iconic landmark to anyone travelling through the area, not for its natural beauty but for the tower at its top - this single tower is the remnants of the 14th Century St Michael's Church. This is such a prominent mark on the landscape, standing tall over a largely flat region of the south that it's hard to miss - regardless of whether you are passing through on holiday, looking to visit the hill itself or perhaps popping by for a bit of music.
This blue-grey turned red-brown landmark in a Shropshire Gorge is an iconic piece of the areas industrial heritage. Designed by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard and built in the late 1700s by Abraham Darby III, the bridge was proposed to link the industrial towns of Broseley to the mining town of Madeley and the industrial centre of Coalbrookdale. Not only did this make navigating the gorge it spans much easier, but its position on the River Severn made access to an essential means of travel for the aforementioned towns even easier.
Not everyone would be happy to have a club-wielding naked man stalking their town, but for the residents of a small village in Dorset, it has become an essential part of their home identity. This now National Trust managed chalk drawing is an unmistakable icon that has potentially resided on the hillside since 700AD - a remarkably old man who needs to be seen to be believed.
A sprawling and incredibly well-preserved fortification in Central England, whose origins stem from a humble wooden fort constructed by William the Conqueror in 1068. Since then, the castle has grown and been refortified over centuries to form the 14th-century we recognise today. Coupled with its conversion to a country house by Sir Fulke Greville, this castle was actively used up until 1978. If you find yourself exploring the River Avon or travelling the M40 and want to see something spectacular then drop in here and check out all of its amazing features including Ethelfleda's Mound, The Bear, Clarence, Guy's and Caesar's Towers plus that sprawling courtyard!
This world heritage site spans nearly 100 miles of East Devon and Dorset coastline is not only known for its spectacular scenery but its 185 million years of geological history. The area is littered with arches, pinnacles and stack rocks making for dramatic and awe-inspiring views that are well worth seeing for yourself. This is the perfect area for fossil collectors and sunbathers alike and with so many beauty spots including Lyme Bay, Durdle Door, the Isle of Portland and St Alban's Head it is entirely possible you have already been here...
If you find yourself in the English capital and in search of some views over the skyline then this attraction may be for you. Of course, in a city full of ample skyscrapers there are plenty of ways to soak in the sites at height, but this turn of the millennium observation opportunity grants a gentle opportunity to spend the best part of half an hour checking out the world around you from above. As the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with more than 3 million visitors annually, there must be something special to see!
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