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Places to Visit in the British Isles

Places to Visit in the British Isles

The landscape of the British Isles is dominated by many historical landmarks and monuments. It has witnessed the fall and rise of tribes, kingdoms and empires. Not many countries in the world have such a rich history behind them, which makes the British Isles a joy to explore. The British Isles are formed of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, all of them with a long history behind them and unique monuments that still stand to this day.

The Roman Baths, England

Dating back to ancient times, there are the Roman Baths, which are some of the most well preserved ancient structures. The baths give us a deep and comprehensive look at the lives of Romans that lived in the area in ancient times. The Baths are preserved in four main features; the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and a museum that holds many artefacts. It was constructed around a natural hot spring in the first century AD and the Roman settlement was at the time known as Aquae Sulis. The Baths were used throughout the Roman dominion of Britain until the 5th century. It was in 1878 that the Baths were rediscovered and after that, work began to uncover the remains of the structure. It was opened to the public in 1897 and it was conserved throughout the 20th century.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

One of Scotland’s most visited attractions, Castle Edinburg located above the city of the same name has become a national monument and world heritage site. The castle was built in the 12th century and it was the main royal Scottish residence until the union of the crowns in 1603. The castle was first mentioned during Roman Britain as Din Eidyn, or the fortress of Eidyn. Today, with the help of guided tours, visitors can explore the castle and its history. Humans have been active around the area of castle Rock for almost 3,000 years. The hill that the castle stands on has been formed by a volcano explosion 340 million years ago and is now extinct.

The Hippodrome, England

The Hippodrome, located in Westminster, London, has been known in the past as an amazing music hall and theatre. Its reputation as a casino is only recent and throughout the years it has undergone many changes. It was opened as a casino by the now Mayor of London, Boris Johnson in 2012 and since then it has risen in popularity, being regarded as the most popular entertainment venue in London. At the Totally Gaming Awards, the casino was awarded as the best land-based casino in 2013. The casino offers three floors of live gaming where people can enjoy games such as poker, blackjack, roulette and of course, slot machines.

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

A true description of the Cliffs of Moher cannot be put into words. Almost nine miles long and standing at a towering height of 702 feet above the water, a place such as this cannot be found anywhere else in the world. No visit in Ireland, or the British Isles for that matter can be complete without viewing the Atlantic from the cliffs. The cliffs are believed to be over 340 million years old and they have a rich history behind them, filled with folklore. The cliffs are located in the Burren region of county Clare. Like many other wonders of the world, the location has served as inspiration for many stories. The name comes from the fort called Moher that stood in the southern part of the cliffs which is known as Hag’s Head.

 

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