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The Real Greenwich Prime Meridian
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.
51.4775, 0.0000
London, England

Pelicans of St James's Park

Giant, friendly pelicans in Central London, the most unlikely of places.
51.5029, -0.1301
East Molesey, England

Hampton Court Maze

England's oldest surviving hedge maze has been confusing visitors for over 300 years.
51.3985, -0.3494
Trench armour
London, England

The Imperial War Museum London

This massive collection of British military artifacts includes the heartbreaking personal letters of the men in the trenches of WWI.
51.4960, -0.1084
London, England

Darwin Centre Spirit Collection

Repository for more than 22 million pickled specimens.
51.4961, -0.1764
Giant Head
Cornwall, England

Lost Gardens of Heligan

400-year-old garden, restored to beauty.
50.2854, -4.8103
Eden glowing at night.
Cornwall, England

The Eden Project: The World’s Largest Greenhouse

Over one million types of plants in southwest England.
50.3611, -4.7384
London's smallest police station.
London, England

London's Lilliputian Police Station

London's smallest police station is barely the size of a phone booth.
51.5078, -0.1288
The Buried Remains of Little Compton Street
London, England

The Buried Remains of Little Compton Street

The signs of a long buried road can still be found hidden beneath a London sewer grate.
51.5138, -0.1297
Traffic Light Tree
London, England

Traffic Light Tree

A student driver's nightmare.
51.5063, -0.0149
The Churchill War Rooms
London, England

The Churchill War Rooms

The perfectly preserved underground rooms where Churchill plotted the war against Germany.
51.5021, -0.1290
Stones and Henge, respectively.
Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Famously misunderstood wonder of the ancient world.
51.1797, -1.8265
The Mail Rail
London, England

The Mail Rail

Hidden beneath the streets of London is a secret subway that only carried mail.
51.5112, -0.1198
The Ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East
London, England

The Ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East

One of the few remaining casualties of the London Blitz, this destroyed church has become an enchanting public garden.
51.5097, -0.0827
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway.
Bridgnorth, England

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway

This charming railway is one of the oldest and steepest funiculars in England.
52.5341, -2.4173
The Iron Bridge
Ironbridge, England

The Iron Bridge

This bridge is the first to be made entirely from iron, but designed like it was still made of wood.
52.6272, -2.4855
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
The Shambles.
York, England

Shambles of York

Follow the original medieval paths that wind through this intriguing section of the city.
53.9591, -1.0800
Lancashire, England

The Singing Ringing Tree

A metal tree emits eerie, melodic notes on top of Lancashire's Crown Point.
53.7566, -2.2272
The imposing approach to the Scar.
North Yorkshire, England

Gordale Scar

A long, winding trek rewards you with a gorge so captivating it inspired a painting in the Tate.
54.0676, -2.1340
Malham Cove
North Yorkshire, England

Malham Cove

Harry Potter once visited this massive limestone cliff, which was carved by an ancient glacial river.
54.0725, -2.1579
Bolton Strid
Yorkshire, England

Bolton Strid

This lovely little burbling creek is actually a deadly waterway that has dragged down everyone who ever set foot in it.
54.0036, -1.9034
London, England

Brown Hart Gardens

It is still illegal to "quarrel" at this unlikely urban oasis built on top of an electrical substation.
51.5131, -0.1514
Map Table in the Battle of Britain Bunker
Uxbridge, England

Battle Of Britain Bunker

Visit the WWII bunker where the British won the battle for the skies.
51.5423, -0.4638