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Old April 2nd, 2005, 01:06 AM   #1
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Best of Britain

Inspired by that...'Wonders of Greece' Thread!

Not just beautiful buildings....but beautiful sights and pictures that sum up Britain in all its glory!

Feel free to add your own pics...I will be adding many more!


Houses of Parliment


St Ives Beach


Fourth Rail Bridge


Hadrians wall...75 miles Long...East Coast to West Coast


London Eye...New Years


Brgh Island


Tresco Scilly Isles


Eden Project Cornwall


Piccadilly Circus


Royal Pavillion Brighton

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Old April 2nd, 2005, 01:08 AM   #2
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that's a tourist brochure
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Old April 2nd, 2005, 01:12 AM   #3
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What you on about....There are some top Buildings in there!

And anyhoo....why not...that greek guy did it!

You could say...
Im trying to teach the world what britain actually is about...

Its not a damp cold old boring place where people travel everywhere by umbrella and drink tea 24/7
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Great idea! I wouldn't agree that the isle of Jura, Brgh Island? and Picadilly Circus are the best of Britain though.
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Old April 2nd, 2005, 01:35 AM   #5
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Canterbury
Leeds Castle
Stonehenge
Bath
Chester
Oxford
Cambridge
Aberystwyth
Shrewsbury

would all have been much more appropriate contenders for a best of british. A St Ives palm tree, best of british? You're drunk?
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Giants Causeway:

The Giant's Causeway lies at the foot of the basalt cliffs along the sea coast on the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. It is made up of some 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea. The dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland. Geological studies of these formations over the last 300 years have greatly contributed to the development of the earth sciences, and show that this striking landscape was caused by volcanic activity during the Tertiary, some 50–60 million years ago.

Durham Castle and Cathedral:

Durham Cathedral was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries to house the relics of St Cuthbert (evangelizer of Northumbria) and the Venerable Bede. It attests to the importance of the early Benedictine monastic community and is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. The innovative audacity of its vaulting foreshadowed Gothic architecture. Behind the cathedral stands the castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the residence of the prince-bishops of Durham.

Ironbrige Gorge:

Ironbridge is known throughout the world as the symbol of the Industrial Revolution. It contains all the elements of progress that contributed to the rapid development of this industrial region in the 18th century, from the mines themselves to the railway lines. Nearby, the blast furnace of Coalbrookdale, built in 1708, is a reminder of the discovery of coke. The bridge at Ironbridge, the world's first bridge constructed of iron, had a considerable influence on developments in the fields of technology and architecture.

Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey:

A striking landscape was created around the ruins of the Cistercian Fountains Abbey and Fountains Hall Castle, in Yorkshire. The 18th-century landscaping, gardens and canal, the 19th-century plantations and vistas, and the neo-Gothic castle of Studley Royal Park, make this an outstanding site.

Stonehenge:

Stonehenge and Avebury, in Wiltshire, are among the most famous groups of megaliths in the world. The two sanctuaries consist of circles of menhirs arranged in a pattern whose astronomical significance is still being explored. These holy places and the nearby Neolithic sites are an incomparable testimony to prehistoric times.

Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd :

The castles of Beaumaris and Harlech (largely the work of the greatest military engineer of the time, James of St George) and the fortified complexes of Caernarfon and Conwy are located in the former principality of Gwynedd, in north Wales. These extremely well-preserved monuments are examples of the colonization and defence works carried out throughout the reign of Edward I (1272–1307) and the military architecture of the time.

St. Kilda

This volcanic archipelago, with its spectacular landscapes, is situated off the coast of the Hebrides and comprises the islands of Hirta, Dun, Soay and Boreray. It has some of the highest cliffs in Europe, inhabited by large colonies of rare and endangered species of birds, especially puffins and gannets. Very high bird densities occur in a relatively small area which is conditioned by the complex and different ecological niches existing in the site. The complex ecological dynamics in the three marine zones present in the site are essential to the maintenance of both marine and terrestrial biodiversity.

Blenheim Palace:

Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, stands in a romantic park created by the famous landscape gardener 'Capability' Brown. It was presented by the English nation to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory in 1704 over French and Bavarian troops. Built between 1705 and 1722 and characterized by an eclectic style and a return to national roots, it is a perfect example of an 18th-century princely dwelling.

Westminster Palace:

Westminster Palace, rebuilt from the year 1840 on the site of important medieval remains, is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture. The site – which also comprises the small medieval Church of Saint Margaret, built in Perpendicular Gothic style, and Westminster Abbey, where all the sovereigns since the 11th century have been crowned – is of great historic and symbolic significance.

City of Bath:

Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, Bath became an important centre of the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant town with neoclassical Palladian buildings, which blend harmoniously with the Roman baths.

Hadrian's Wall:

Built on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian c. A.D. 122 at the northernmost limits of the Roman province of Britannia, the 118-km-long wall is a striking example of the organization of a military zone. It is a good illustration of the defensive techniques and geopolitical strategies of ancient Rome.

Tower of London:

The massive White Tower is a typical example of Norman military architecture, whose influence was felt throughout the kingdom. It was built on the Thames by William the Conqueror to protect London and assert his power. The Tower of London – an imposing fortress with many layers of history, which has become one of the symbols of royalty – was built around the White Tower.

Canterbury Cathedral:

Canterbury, in Kent, has been the seat of the spiritual head of the Church of England for nearly five centuries. Canterbury's other important monuments are the modest Church of St Martin, the oldest church in England; the ruins of the Abbey of St Augustine, a reminder of the saint's evangelizing role in the Heptarchy from 597; and Christ Church Cathedral, a breathtaking mixture of Romanesque and Perpendicular Gothic, where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170.

Old & New town's of Edinburgh:

Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the 18th century onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. The harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character.

Greenwich:

The ensemble of buildings at Greenwich, an outlying district of London, and the park in which they are set, symbolize English artistic and scientific endeavour in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Queen's House (by Inigo Jones) was the first Palladian building in England, while the complex that was until recently the Royal Naval College was designed by Christopher Wren. The park, laid out on the basis of an original design by André Le Nôtre, contains the Old Royal Observatory, the work of Wren and the scientist Robert Hooke.

Orkney Island:

The group of Neolithic monuments on Orkney consists of a large chambered tomb (Maes Howe), two ceremonial stone circles (the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar) and a settlement (Skara Brae), together with a number of unexcavated burial, ceremonial and settlement sites. The group constitutes a major prehistoric cultural landscape which gives a graphic depiction of life in this remote archipelago in the far north of Scotland some 5,000 years ago.

New Lanark:

New Lanark is a small 18th- century village set in a sublime Scottish landscape where the philanthropist and Utopian idealist Robert Owen moulded a model industrial community in the early 19th century. The imposing cotton mill buildings, the spacious and well-designed workers' housing, and the dignified educational institute and school still testify to Owen's humanism.

Liverpool Waterfront:

Six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool bear witness to the development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems, and port management. The listed sites feature a great number of significant commercial, civic and public buildings, including St George’s Plateau.
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Old April 2nd, 2005, 02:29 AM   #7
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I was also going for Beautiful britain aswel as 'best of'
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Manchester, the world's first industrialised city... I mean just check out the photos thread in my signature!
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The Roman Baths...in Bath

Was Bath named after the Baths...or are Baths...named after Bath?
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Royal Albert Hall, Built 1860s


St Pauls Cathedral....the most loved building in England!

(This building was recently cleaned....anyone got pictures of Clean white St Pauls?)


Trafalgar Square


Lord Nelson....Britains Hero
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that manchester bird is getting on my tits!
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Was Bath named after the Baths...or are Baths...named after Bath?
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Cheddar Gorge
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thank you!

Dartmoor
Offa's Wall
Monmouth
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The Uffington White Horse...2000 Years Old


SECC Glasgow

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St Pauls Cathedral....the most loved building in England!

(This building was recently cleaned....anyone got pictures of Clean white St Pauls?)
It's still in the process of being cleaned. They haven't even started on the dome yet. They hope to have the whole thing finished in time for the 300th anniversary of its construction in 2008.
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View from Fleet Street taken by LSyd.

"Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese" on the left is a very famous pub that's been going since the 1500's and was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666.



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The Angel of the North


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