British visitors voted York Minster one of the Seven Wonders of Britain in 2002. Its not surprising. This enormous and beautiful Gothic cathedral is like nothing else in the UK. It took about 250 years to build -- between 1220 and 1472, but there was probably a Roman Basilica on the site as early as 306 A.D. And that may have been built on top of a Roman fort. Currently the 600 year old East Front, with a stained glass window as big as a tennis court, is being restored. That window, by the way, is the biggest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. Yorkshire folk still do afternoon tea the way it should be done - with rich cakes, neat sandwiches and a bottomless teapot. The best place to have afternoon tea after a visit to York Minster is Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms another famous institution in the City of York.
A sacred fountain, possibly dedicated to a Roman goddess, hints at the origins of the elaborate Roman Baths that grew up around a natural hot spring in what is now the city of Bath. Luck and geography managed to protect the site, considered to be the best preserved religious spa from the ancient world. The complex now also includes the 18th century Pump Room, where fashionable people once socialized and "took the waters". Most of Jane Austens novels, sooner or later, involved a "season" of high class husband hunting in Bath. You can still drink from Baths natural hot spring before lunching in the Pump Room.
Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh Castle Rock) is an ancient fortress on Castle Rock in the heart of the Scottish capital – Edinburgh. Until recently, it was at the disposal of the British Ministry of Defense. The castle is open to the public and is a major tourist attraction in Edinburgh. Near it is the old main street of Edinburgh – the so-called Royal Mile. The castle is situated on the top of Castle Rock, which is an extinct volcano, which has been inhabited since time immemorial. Throughout its history the castle was a “key to Scotland.” Originally built as far back as the early Middle Ages, the castle was rebuilt in the early overhaul of the XVII century and adapted to the defense of the fortress with artillery. The castle gives the impression of an absolutely impregnable fortress. On the three sides it is defended by steep cliffs, and access to the castle was limited by a steep road on the fourth (east) side. By the way, you can pass only through the esplanade – a long, empty, full sweep of the fortress sloping site, where the annual parade held the Royal Edinburgh Military Band. Earlier, on the north side of the castle was located sufficiently large northern lake, or the Nor Loch, to defend the old city from the north. It was drained by the kings of the dynasty of Hanover in connection with the construction of the Edinburgh New Town. On the grounds of the castle is the oldest building in Edinburgh (and perhaps the whole of Scotland) – Chapel of St. Margaret’s, named after Margaret of Scotland, but actually built in the early XII century by her son, King David. Also in Edinburgh Castle is stored the Skunsky stone and the crown of Scotland.
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the United Kingdom and the whole of the British Isles. It is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William. As is common for many Scottish mountains, it is known both to locals and visitors as simply the Ben. It attracts an estimated 100,000 ascents a year, around three-quarters of which are made using the well- constructed Pony Track from Glen Nevis on the south side of the mountain. For climbers and mountaineers the main attraction lies in the 700-metre (2,300 ft) high cliffs of the north face; among the highest cliffs in the United Kingdom, they harbour someclassicprincipal locations in the UK for ice climbing.
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