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Ten Popular Places to Visit in Britain

Shrine to St Margartet Clitherow, Bignor Roman Villa, Arundel Castle, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Broadway Tower, Bletchley Park, Lindisfarne Castle, Sutton Hoo, Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge.

Shrine to St. Margaret Clitherow

Located in the Shambles in York and a Shrine to St. Margaret Clitherow of York. Her actual house, located at 10 the Shambles is a little bit further down the street from the shrine. The daughter of a wax-chandler and a friend to members of the persecuted Roman Catholic clergy in the north of England, she invited priests into her home to say mass. An illegal act at this time of religious upheaval and reform. She was arrested in 1586 and sentenced to death by crushing, a sentence that was carried out on Good Friday of that year. The shrine is open to the public throughout the year.

Bignor Roman Villa

On the Bignor estate in the county of West Sussex is a the large Roman courtyard villa of Bignor. Originally discovered in 1811 by a local farmer, excavation was carried out rapidly and the site first opened to the public in 1814. Its high quality mosaic floors are well preserved and are some of the most intricate and complete in Great Britain.

Arundel Castle

Work on Arundel Castle was begun in 1067 during the reign of William the Conqueror at the behest of Roger de Montgomery who became the first person to hold the earldom of Arundel. It was heavily damaged during the English Civil War and underwent extensive restorative work during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is located in Arundel in West Sussex and is the seat of the Norfolk family.

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Located in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire this 16th century house, visitor attraction and small museum is the house in which William Shakespeare was born in 1654. It is managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust which carried out reconstruction work between 1857 and 1864 and restored the building to its 16th century state.

Broadway Tower

Located on Broadway hill, in the English county of Worcestershire, this Saxon style tower was designed by James Wyatt in 1794. The tower was built solely at the behest of Lady Coventry who sponsored its construction. She wondered whether a beacon lit in the tower could be seen from her house in Worcester located 22 miles away. It could.

Bletchley Park

Is an estate located in the town of Bletchley, in Buckinghamshire. During World War II it was the UK's main decryption establishment which collected and decrypted many of the codes of Axis countries. It provided crucial assistance to British Intelligence during this time and the work carried out here was said to have shortened the war by years and to have played a very decisive role in the outcome of the war.

Lindisfarne Castle

A 16th century castle located on Holy Island near Berwick-upon-Tweed. This castle is located on the once very volatile border between England and Scotland. It was needed in Tudor times as a fortification against the possible Scottish invasion. When James I came to the throne at the beginning of the reign of the House of Stuart, the need for the castle declined as he combined both the English and the Scottish thrones.

Sutton Hoo

The site of two 6th and 7th century cemeteries near Woodbridge in the county of Suffolk. The sites contains a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artifacts including an undisturbed ship. It is of primary importance to early medieval historians and help historians to narrow the margin between myth and legend. Many of the artifacts are now held in the British museum in London.

Blenheim Palace

One of England's largest houses and built between 1705 and 1724, this palace was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1987. It is situated in Woodstock in Oxfordshire and is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough. It is the birthplace and ancestral home of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

Stonehenge

This prehistoric monument in the county of Wiltshire is one of the most famous and well known sites in the world. Composed of a circle of large standing stones. It is believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. Archaeologists believe that Stonehenge could possibly have served as a burial mound. It is a national legally protected Ancient monument owned by the Crown.

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