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Revolution House.
Old Whittington, England

Revolution House

A secret meeting in this small cottage changed the course of British history.
53.2702, -1.4258
The causeway part of the bridge over the floodplain and marshes
Derbyshire, England

Swarkestone Bridge

The longest stone bridge in England has an impressive history that dates back over 700 years.
52.8521, -1.4535
Women of Steel.
Sheffield, England

Women of Steel

A tribute to the women who quietly kept the local steelworks alive during both world wars.
53.3805, -1.4713
Splendid China, Orlando
Kissimmee, Florida

Splendid China

Once featuring over 60 miniature replicas of famous Chinese locations, the Splendid China theme park was completely abandoned and is now mostly rubble.
28.3376, -81.6057
Old Council Chamber in the guildhall.
Coventry, England

St. Mary's Guildhall

Built in the 1300s, this magnificent building that hosted England's kings and queens transports you to the Middle Ages.
52.4077, -1.5075
Robert the Bruce (left) and William Wallace (right) stand guard at the gates.
Edinburgh, Scotland

William Wallace and Robert the Bruce Statues

Overlooked by many, the two famous Scottish warriors guard the main gate of Edinburgh Castle.
55.9486, -3.1999
Palm trees beneath a double rainbow.
Elx, Spain

Palmeral of Elche

Originally planted by the ancient Carthaginians, this sprawling palm grove is one of the largest in the world.
38.2711, -0.6970
The Cobweb Bridge with Boris the Spider lurking above.
Sheffield, England

Cobweb Bridge

The whimsical steel spider lurking in the shadows of this suspension bridge shows that engineers can have a sense of humor.
53.3878, -1.4605
One of many tunnel portals on Alcoy Greenway.
Alcoi, Spain

Alcoy and Maigmó Greenways

A dictator's failed public works is reborn as two linked cycling trails through spectacular scenery.
38.6865, -0.4952
The forced rhubarb grows in complete darkness, aside from the occasional glow of a candle.
Rothwell, England

Rhubarb Triangle

A stretch of land where the sour-sweet vegetable is cloaked in darkness and grows so fast you can hear it crack, squeak, and pop.
53.7408, -1.4867
Sandal Castle.
Wakefield, England

Sandal Castle

Though much of the castle was robbed of its stones, the underlying earthworks are among the best-preserved in England.
53.6588, -1.4906
Angels around
Paris, France

Napoleon's Angels

Twelve grave-faced marble angels guard the emperor's tomb at Les Invalides.
48.8552, 2.3126
The Lumière Villa.
Lyon, France

Lumière Villa

Antique cinematography artifacts fill this museum dedicated to the inventors of the moving picture.
45.7452, 4.8696
Cyclists on the causeway with Pilgrims Way marker pole in the background.
Northumberland, England

Pilgrims Way to Holy Island

Twice a day this ancient path disappears with the tides, leaving the Holy Island of Lindisfarne out to sea.
55.6778, -1.8750
Merlin Satellite.
Cornwall, England

Goonhilly Earth Station

Arthur, Merlin, and Guinevere are among the largest and oldest satellite dishes on the planet.
50.0490, -5.1831
Two Princes Staircase in the White Tower.
London, England

Two Princes Staircase

Richard III supposedly disposed of his nephews' bodies here in an effort to seal his claim to the throne.
51.5081, -0.0781
Two of the ravens at the Tower of London.
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.
51.5087, -0.0762
The memorial.
London, England

Sir John Franklin Expedition Memorial

A tribute to the intrepid explorer and his crew who perished in terrible conditions on an ill-fated expedition to the Arctic.
51.4832, -0.0051
Water still flows through
London, England

Traitors' Gate

The watery entrance for condemned prisoners heading to the Tower of London is still visible along the Thames.
51.5074, -0.0769
The wreck of the Amsterdam.
Hastings, England

The Amsterdam Shipwreck

This remarkably intact 260-year-old cargo ship is only visible at the lowest of spring tides.
50.8477, 0.5206
Piece Hall.
Halifax, England

Piece Hall

This Georgian architectural masterpiece is the only cloth hall left in Britain.
53.7219, -1.8569
The elaborate top of the tower.
Halifax, England

Wainhouse Tower

This tallest folly in the world began its life as an elaborate factory chimney.
53.7124, -1.8827
The Halifax gibbet
Halifax, England

The Halifax Gibbet

A copy of the brutal decapitation device that predated the French Guillotine by about 200 years.
53.7238, -1.8673
Traboule de Lyon
Lyon, France

Traboules Secret Passages

Hundreds of hidden passageways weave through the old quarters of Lyon.
45.7620, 4.8274