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Cairo, Illinois

Abandoned Town of Cairo, Illinois

A once-booming Mississippi River port town has transformed into an eerie, mostly abandoned ghost town.
London, England

Victoria & Albert Museum Dining Rooms

Revel in the Victorian splendor of the world's oldest eating establishment inside a museum.
Ghent, Belgium

Gravensteen

This fairytale castle was built as a show of power but was nearly torn down thanks to its history of torture.
York, England

Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate

One of the shortest streets in York has an especially odd name.
North Yorkshire, England

Fountains Abbey

One of the oldest and certainly best preserved Cistercian abbeys still in existence.
Gwynedd, Wales

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

This Welsh hotel is the spiritual home of the British 1953 Everest expedition, the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.
Gwynedd, Wales

Gelert's Grave

A tiny village in Wales claims the name of a noble medieval hound slain for a crime he didn't commit.
Abergele, Wales

Gwrych Castle

After years of slow decline, a derelict Gothic castle is now being restored to life.
Conwy, Wales

Quay House, The Smallest House in Great Britain

A former fisherman's hut deemed too small for habitation is now a delightful tourist draw.
Isle of Anglesey, Wales

Bryn Celli Ddu

This neolithic stone grave has been altered and restored so often its now more neo than lithic.
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Wales

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

This Welsh village gave itself a ridiculous name in a publicity stunt a century ahead of its time.
Gwynedd, Wales

Snowdon

The highest peak in Wales is said to be the final resting place of a giant killed by King Arthur.
Bruges, Belgium

House Bouchoute

The compass on its front was a handy tool for 17th-century merchants who needed to know the direction of the wind.
York, England

The Snickelways of York

This network of narrow, medieval passages has the most delightful name.
Portsmouth, England

Mary Rose

Hauled from the water's depths, Henry VIII's flagship is preserved in this capsule-shaped museum.
London, England

Boadicea and Her Daughters

A statue of the legendary Celtic warrior queen who fought the Roman invaders stands in one of the cities she once destroyed.
London, England

Traitors' Gate

The watery entrance for condemned prisoners heading to the Tower of London is still visible along the Thames.
Dover, England

Dover Castle

One of the few standing Roman lighthouses and a labyrinth of tunnels are a couple of the secrets at this historic castle.
Nottinghamshire, England

Major Oak

The largest oak in England is said to have been the hideout of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
York, England

Shambles of York

Follow the original medieval paths that wind through this intriguing section of the city.
London, England

Houseboats of Regents Canal

A community of artists and entrepreneurs seeks a simpler life on London's waterways.
Oxford, England

The Eagle and Child

J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other "Inklings" met at the Oxford pub to discuss the now legendary fantasy stories they were writing.
London, England

The Tower Ravens

Six ravens are kept captive (but well-fed) at the Tower of London to prevent the fall of the Crown.
London, England

The Real Greenwich Prime Meridian

Thanks to modern navigational tools we now know that the true prime meridian runs through a park next door.