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Taxidermy animals and a whale skeleton
London, England

Natural History Museum of London

70 million natural history specimens call this gargantuan museum home.
51.4966, -0.1765
Gwynedd, Wales

Portmeirion Village

A miniature Italianate fantasy village on the coast of Wales and the set of ITC classic "The Prisoner."
52.9176, -4.0929
Indoor and outdoor exhibits abound, including live demonstrations of historic locomotives in action
York, England

British National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York is the largest railway museum in the world, attracting almost 1 million visitors per year.
53.9606, -1.0979
Cornwall, England

Hawker's Hut

A writer's tiny retreat built from salvaged shipwreck timbers.
50.9074, -4.5629
The Huer's Hut
Newquay, England

The Huer's Hut

An ancient hotspot for spotting schools of fish.
50.4198, -5.0885
Bude, England

The Storm Tower

An octagonal folly tower overlooking the sea.
50.8251, -4.5479
Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond as seen from the grounds of Ross Priory. (Margaret MacGillivray/Atlas Obscura)
West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Loch Lomond

Largest lake in Great Britain measured by surface area.
56.0453, -4.5356
Falkirk, Scotland

Falkirk Wheel

Old-fashioned knowledge and modern engineering create the world's only rotating boatlift.
56.0003, -3.8417
Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle Dog Cemetery

The final resting place of soldiers' loyal canine companions.
55.9493, -3.2002
Shanklin Chine in 1910
Shanklin, England

Shanklin Chine

This stream-carved gorge has inspired poets, hidden smugglers, and trained soldiers, all without losing its beauty.
50.6267, -1.1742
Dinosaur Isle
Sandown, England

Dinosaur Isle

This purpose-built dinosaur museum is shaped like a pterodactyl and holds fossils that were found in its very village.
50.6578, -1.1450
Osmington White Horse.
Osmington, England

Osmington White Horse

Want to properly offend a king? Sculpt a giant hill figure in chalk of him riding out of town.
50.6578, -2.4044
Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village
Bourton-on-the-Water, England

Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village

A miniature village mimics the surrounding buildings so well it includes itself.
51.8835, -1.7551
Cerne Abbas, England

The Cerne Abbas Giant

Giant naked man on a hillside.
50.8137, -2.4746
Excavated, reconstructed 16th century cottage
Saint Fagans, Wales

St. Fagans National History Museum

Stroll through Welsh history in a village of reconstructed structures.
51.4869, -3.2726
Avebury
Wiltshire, England

Avebury

The largest stone circle in the world has ended up bringing up more questions than it has answered.
51.4280, -1.8538
Coleford, England

Puzzlewood

The mysterious, fantastical woodland inspiration for "The Lord of the Rings."
51.7817, -2.6114
Paragliding above Westbury White Horse.
Bratton, England

Westbury White Horse

A giant white horse drawn on an English hillside may not have been intended to be a horse at all.
51.2676, -2.1265
The Observatory
Bristol, England

The Observatory & Camera Obscura

The Bristol Camera Obscura housed in an ancient windmill.
51.4566, -2.6265
View from across Piazza San Marco.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower - Torre dell'Orologio

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
45.4347, 12.3389
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel, France

Mont Saint-Michel

This 1,300 year old monastery built atop a single rock was once only accessible depending on the whims of the tide.
48.6352, -1.5105
Sark, Channel Islands

Sark Dark Sky Island

The first island in the world designated a light-pollution-free astronomical observation point.
49.4302, -2.3609
Guernsey, Channel Islands

The Little Chapel

An intricately decorated tiny place of worship.
49.4414, -2.5876
The site of Blackgang Chine current
Isle of Wight, England

Blackgang Chine

The UKs oldest theme park slowly slips away.
50.5886, -1.3129