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5 Extraordinary UK Attractions you have to Visit

The United Kingdom is known for many things. Exquisite tea, greasy spoon cafes and saying sorry a lot, to name a few. However, if you’re on your first trip to the UK, then it’s hard to narrow down so many of the incredible attractions to visit during your stay. Thankfully, here at Best UK Hotels, we’re on hand to give you a little guidance. So without further ado, we present 5 extraordinary UK attractions you have to visit!

Children in a forest adventure

5) The Forbidden Corner – North Yorkshire

You could be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped onto the set of Labyrinth but tucked away in a nook of North Yorkshire lays the Forbidden Corner. A maze swarming with puzzles, timorous beasties and surprises round every corner, this is a true delight to experience with the family.

Find out more about going on a trip to the Forbidden Corner!

4) The British Museum – London

One of the UK’s best loved and best known attractions; the British Museum is a must-visit for anybody taking a trip to the UK’s capital. Packed full of thousands of exhibits, artefacts and works of art, account for a full day to explore this British gem.

Find out more about the British Museum here.

Outside the British Museum

3) Diggerland – Various Destinations

It is what it says on the paint tin. Head on down to one of the UK’s Diggerland theme parks and drive a real JCB! Fancy yourself as a construction genius? Perhaps you just want to dig a big hole. We’ve heard it’s very therapeutic.

Visit Diggerland today!

2) Sgùrr Thearlaich – Isle of Skye

If diggers aren’t your thing, or even if they are, then a trip to Sgùrr Thearlaich on the Isle of Skye is a must. Have your breath taken away by some of the best scenery in the world.

Find out more about this area here.

1) Culross – Fife

You could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived at an historical reconstruction, but the town of Culross really is a pocket of history frozen in time. So enjoy the ambience of this quaint little town and enjoy an authentic Scottish day out.

And remember that, for some reason, you pronounce it pronounced “coo-riss”, not “cul-ross”. You’re welcome!

Find out more about Culross here.

UK Attractions to Visit

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Old Scottish castle in a scenic Scotland

Go Down In Scotland’s Secret History

If visiting the UK and exploring Scotland is one of your top New Year’s resolutions, why not take a trip down memory lane and discover Scotland’s secret history? We’ve looked into the weird and wonderful nooks and crannies of Scotland’s past to bring you some of the most intriguing and curious places and stories that you won’t find in the history books.

 

Secret Tunnels at Inchindown

Excavated out of solid rock in a hillside near the Invergordon naval base are six bombproof tunnels. They were constructed between 1939 and 1941 to secretly store reserve fuel supplies for British warships. The tanks themselves were long corridor spaces with arched roofs, lined with concrete walls 45cm thick. Despite still being in use during the Falklands War in 1982, the tanks were eventually decommissioned in 2002. Not only are these secret tunnels a must-see for anyone with a predilection for the more unusual sites in Scotland’s secret history, but also for those acoustic scientists with a keen ear for all things record breaking. Recently, a team from Salford University placed a new Guinness World Record for the longest echo in a man-made structure with a gun short reverberation lasting 112 seconds. This beat the previous record of 15 seconds by well, a long shot…

Chest filled with gas masks

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

You might not expect to find the world’s oldest surviving music hall down the street from a queued out Greggs and hidden above the false ceiling of an amusement arcade. But find it you most certainly will. Ta-dah! The Britannia Panopticon in Glasgow is definitely a hidden gem in the search for Scotland’s secret history, with a fascinating and curious story spanning from its opening in 1857 to its rediscovery in 1997 after sixty years of silence, boarded up and forgotten. In its heyday, the Britannia presented the biggest music hall stars of the time. It gave Stan Laurel his first performance. Thanks to the funds raised by trustees and volunteers, the original 1920s stage has now been restored. It hosts a selection of Victorian themed shows. So if you’re keen on all things nostalgic and fancy a jaunt down memory lane, then this is the place for you.

The Treasure of Loch Arkaig

Ok. Bear with us. In the grand scheme of Scotland’s secret history, the treasure of Loch Arkaig, otherwise known as the Jacobite Gold, ranks pretty highly because, well, it’s still a secret….

In 1746, seven caskets of Spanish gold arrived at Arisaig on French ships to support the Jacobite cause. But, by this point, the Jacobites had been defeated. Bonnie Prince Charlie was hotfooting it back to France. One casket had already been stolen. The remaining six were due to be distributed amongst the clan chiefs by the trustworthy Macpherson of Cluny. But he decided to run off with the money instead. He hid in a cave and lived as a fugitive instead. As you do.

The fate of the money remains unclear, and continues to baffle historians. It was reputedly buried at the head of Loch Arkaig. However a recent discovery of an 18th century deathbed confessional from a Jacobite supporter changed this. He revealed that he stole a bag of gold and buried it near Arisaig under a black rock with a tree root springing from it. And the rest, as the saying goes, is history. So, who needs a lottery ticket when all you need to do is arm yourself with a map and metal detector? The Spanish gold could be yours…

Chest full of treasure

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Things to Do in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games

Glasgow Commonwealth Games

On 23rd July 2014 the opening ceremony in the Commonwealth Games will take place in Glasgow, Scotland. The Commonwealth Games is the Olympic-style competition between all the countries of the British Commonwealth who gather to compete in athletic and Olympic-style games and challenges. This year, the host city is Glasgow and they are expecting hundreds of thousands of extra people in the city especially for the games.

So, what else is there to do?

Glasgow is one of the UK’s most historic cities and next to Edinburgh it is the most populated city in Scotland. Because of this, there are many other things to do while you wait for your next Commonwealth Games event. Clearly you won’t be sitting in the stadiums all day every day, so what can you do in those in-between moments? Well, of course there’s plenty of shopping to be had at the West End and Ashton Lane, but also, here’s a little list of the best things we have come up with to entertain and educate you while you wander around our gorgeous city.

Landmarks of Glasgow

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

The 1888 International Exhibition was largely responsible for the building of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum because it was built from the proceeds. The design takes full advantage of the Spanish Baroque style of architecture and follows in the footsteps of the Glasgow tradition for building with red sandstone from Locharbriggs. If you want to get a real taste of Glaswegian culture and Scottish history, make this one of your primary stops.

The Glasgow Museum of Transport

If you love old buses, trams, coaches, trains and anything transport related, this is the place for you. You could probably get lost in there for a day or two and still not see everything. The UK’s love of historic transport is brought to life in the Glasgow museum of Transport and documents the changing face of transport through the years. Definitely worth a visit.

Places to stay in Glasgow

You obviously need a roof over your head and with the Commonwealth Games literally just around the corner you might want to start thinking about booking because places are filling up fast. Some of the hotels we think would offer good service at a good price are the Grasshoppers Hotel—the classy Penthouse Hotel within Glasgow Central Station. Other classy places are the Mar Hall—the Scottish Edwardian Mansion Hotel in beautiful settings, One Devonshire Gardens—otherwise known as the Hotel Du Vin, The Blythswood, and The Grand Central—grand by name, grand by nature.

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