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Places visited in West Midlands, England
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Oxford, England

Another Time II

Hidden in plain sight, this creepy sculpture watches from above.
Oxford, England

Beaumont Palace Marker

A hidden plaque is the only reminder of the lost palace where two storied English kings were born.
Derbyshire, England

Horse-Powered Ore Crusher

These crude contraptions were used to aid in the mining of lead, silver and gold.
Oxford, England

Eagle Ironworks

A little piece of Oxford's overlooked industrial heritage.
Stilton, England

Stilton Cheese Rolling Championship

Competitors race wooden replicas of pungent blue cheese.
Bolsover, England

Cundy House

This restored 17th century "conduit house," often mistaken for a watchtower, actually supplied water to nearby Bolsover Castle.
Nottinghamshire, England

Rufford Abbey

The undercroft is a spectacular example of medieval Cistercian architecture.
Nottinghamshire, England

Sibthorpe Dovecote

This 600-year-old tower was built as a comfy residence for cherished pigeons.
Derby, England

Arbor Low Stone Circle

6000-year-old site covered in more than 50 megaliths.
Stanton Lees, England

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Legend says this little-known stone circle is formed from people petrified as punishment for dancing on the Sabbath.
Nottinghamshire, England

Papplewick Pumping Station

This Victorian marvel of engineering and artistic prowess is nicknamed the "Cathedral of Steam."
Normanton, England

Normanton Church

The sanctuary seems to either float atop the water or sink into the dirt, depending on the water level.
Gloucestershire, England

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling

Every year locals tumble 650 feet down to the bottom of the hill chasing a Double Gloucester cheese.
Derbyshire, England

Crich Stand

This poignant WWI memorial looks like a lighthouse 100 miles from the sea.
Wirksworth, England

Moot Hall

This unique medieval court deals solely with the lead mining laws in two small areas of Derbyshire.
Nottingham, England

Church Cemetery

A spooky juxtaposition of caves and graves gives this legend-filled cemetery a particularly haunting vibe.
Nottingham, England

The Lost Caves

Hidden in a grotto 26 feet below Nottingham's oldest hotel, this stylish subterranean drinking den is notoriously hard to find.
Weston, England

Hawkstone Park

Created hundreds of years ago, the magical follies and landscapes at this park were almost lost to time before being restored.
Ashbourne, England

Dovedale Stepping Stones

These quintessentially English stepping stones were built for Victorian tourists.
Cheltenham, England

The Doughnut

Britain's answer to the NSA is based out of this deliciously-named circular headquarters.
Alton, England

The Chained Oak

A creepy tree with a local legend that inspired a nearby theme park ride.
Leicester, England

National Gas Museum

The world's largest collection of artifacts from our history of industrial gas use is hard to simply pass.
Chastleton, England

Chastleton House Croquet Lawn

Where the rules of that most quintessentially English game were first devised by an eccentric inventor.
Staffordshire, England

The Hanbury Crater

The site of one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, created when a massive bomb dump accidentally exploded.