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Harrogate, England

Old Swan Hotel

Where Agatha Christie mysteriously disappeared in 1926.
North Yorkshire, England

Coldstones Cut

A dramatic sculpture high up in Yorkshire with vistas on an industrial scale.
Manchester, England

Manchester Museum

19th century museum with an eclectic mix of curiosities, from Egyptian artifacts to items on archery history to the skull of the world's oldest horse.
Ripponden, England

Stott Hall Farm

The house in the middle of the motorway.
Knaresborough, England

Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag

A 600-year-old mini shrine guarded by a sword-wielding knight hides in a crumbling cliff face.
Sharow, England

Grave of Charles Piazzi Smyth

The pyramid-shaped grave of one of the first mountain astronomers and a pyramid theorist.
Whitby, England

Whitby Whale Bone Arch

These 20-foot jaw bones honor a time when the leviathan bones were a sign that whalers survived the hunt.
Whitby, England

Ruins of Whitby Abbey

The gloomy ruins that inspired Bram Stoker to bring Dracula to life.
Whitby, England

Fortune's Smokehouse

This tiny traditional smokehouse is the only one left in this historic fishing port.
Whitby, England

199 Steps Coffin Benches

These planks were originally installed to hold the dead.
Knaresborough, England

Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

Once thought to be the mysterious work of a witchy prophetess, a well with unusual properties turns objects into "stone".
Middlesbrough, England

Moses Carpenter's Grave

The final resting place of a celebrated First Nations man who traveled through England with a snake oil salesman.
York, England

Kings Square Gravestones

This popular square's history as the former site of a church is hidden in plain sight.
York, England

The York Ghost Merchants

Makers and sellers of the original and finest York Ghosts.
London, England

Paddington Bear Statue

After nearly 60 years, there's still a bear at Paddington Station looking for help.
London, England

Monument to the Great Fire of London

The commemorative stone column conceals a secret laboratory.
London, England

Tyburn Tree Marker

Never actually a tree at all, this spot was the site of London's public hangings for nearly 600 years.
London, England

Pelicans of St James's Park

Giant, friendly pelicans in Central London, the most unlikely of places.
London, England

The Monty Python Foot

The television series' iconic giant foot was borrowed from this classical painting.
London, England

Trafalgar Square Imperial Measurements

These official units of measurement—including chains and perches—lie hidden beneath tourists' feet in a popular London hub.
London, England

The London Beer Flood

On October 17, 1814, a 15-ft. wave of beer ran rampant through the streets of London.
London, England

Peace Garden at Tavistock Square

A quiet, semi-secret square with statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Virginia Woolf, and a conscientious objectors stone.
London, England

Cabmen’s Shelter in Russell Square

Originally built for London’s cab drivers, this bright green hut now serves anyone a hot drink or meal.
London, England

The Hardy Tree

This churchyard arbor is surrounded by hundreds of gravestones placed there by author Thomas Hardy.