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Haslingden, England

'Halo'

At night, the enormous sculpture looks like a UFO hovering above the English hills.
Preston, England

Preston Bus Station

Locals spent years successfully fighting to save this beloved Brutalist behemoth from demolition.
Blackpool, England

Comedy Carpet

A typographic tribute to the many comedic greats who make Great Britain laugh.
Bolton-le-Sands, England

The Praying Shell

A limestone sculpture of a praying man resides over the site where 23 Chinese cockle pickers died.
Morecambe, England

'Venus & Cupid'

A powerful statue sits on Scalestone Point, looking out over Morecambe Bay.
County Donegal, Ireland

'Eire 80' Sign

This World War II relic let Allied pilots know they were entering neutral airspace.
Whitehead, Northern Ireland

Victorian Walkway

This Victorian-era walkway is just one of the many 19th-century treasures in Whitehead.
Whitehead, Northern Ireland

The Wren's Eggs

These huge glacial erratics are humorously named after a much much smaller bird.
Larne, Northern Ireland

The Gobbins

A Victorian marvel of engineering is now a 21st-century tourist attraction.
County Down, Northern Ireland

Slieve Donard

The highest peak in Northern Ireland is topped with a stone tower and haunting burial mounds.
Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

Inch Abbey

A medieval abbey featured on 'Game of Thrones' that dates back to the 12th-century.
Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

The Grave of St. Patrick

A boulder in the Churchyard of Down Cathedral marks the legendary burial place of "The Apostle of Ireland."
Dalby, Isle of Man

Niarbyl Bay

The name Niarbyl means “the tail” and refers to the rocky formations that push out into the Irish Sea.
Rushen, Isle of Man

The Chasms

This unique rock formation has become a popular walking trail.
Cornaa, Isle of Man

Bellite Factory Ruins

The ruins of an unfinished explosives factory can be found while taking a gentle stroll through a Manx glen.
Liverpool, England

Eleanor Rigby Statue

This bronze statue was dedicated to a 1966 Beatles hit.
Liverpool, England

Western Approaches Museum

Hiding in plain sight is a World War II-era bunker that looks like it's frozen in time.
Oslo, Norway

Vigeland Sculpture Park

One man's exploration of the human form, including the bizarre and delightful "Man Attacked by Babies."
Aberystwyth, Wales

Constitution Hill

A 19th-century funicular railway shuttles visitors up this surprising sea cliff to one of the world's largest camera obscuras.
Ivrea, Italy

Battle of the Oranges

A 12th-century Italian skirmish gets reenacted with 500,000 pounds of flying citrus.
Capalbio, Italy

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi

Gigantic mosaic sculptures of the figures on Tarot cards fill this colorful Tuscan garden.
Realmonte, Italy

Scala dei Turchi

"Stairs of the Turks", a chalky white cliff eroded conveniently into stairs, allowing for easy pillaging.
Rivington, England

Liverpool Castle

This 20th-century replica of a 13th-century castle has itself fallen into ruin.
Merseyside, England

The Dream

Giant statue of a disembodied head.