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Places visited in Essex, England
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Sheffield, England

Sheffield Botanical Gardens Bear Pit

In the 19th century, this pit housed a fully grown black bear for the entertainment of visitors. Today there is a sculpture in tribute to the poor creature.
East Somerton, England

The Witch's Leg at St Mary's Church

A witch wreaks ruinous revenge on this ancient church with her "enchanted leg."
Basingstoke, England

The Baverstock Arms

At this historic pub, you can sit back, sip, and watch a whole century go by.
West Mersea, England

Monkey Beach

This stretch of beach is the site of a prime watering hole and a primate watchtower.
Great Leighs, England

The Witch Stone of Great Leighs

Near this allegedly haunted pub, you can find strong spirits on the rocks.
Felsted, England

The Felsted Hag

This 400-year-old house tells a tale of witchcraft and woodwork.
Little Dunmow, England

The Tomb of Maid Marian

It's believed Matilda Fitzwalter's life was the basis for the famed literary figure.
Copenhagen, Denmark

CopenHill

The world's first combination ski slope and power plant.
Saint Briavels, England

St Briavels Castle

This Norman castle frequented by the infamous King John is now a youth hostel.
Stow-on-the-Wold, England

St Edward's Church

This medieval sanctuary's tree-framed door looks like a portal to a mythical realm.
Hampshire, England

The Grave of Thomas Thetcher

This gravestone and its inscription inspired a movement that has spanned generations and saved countless lives.
Portsmouth, England

Spinnaker Tower

This striking observation tower shaped like a spinnaker sail is the newest icon in historic Portsmouth.
Sheffield, England

The Green Police Box

This police call box harkens back to an era of pre-radio communications, and has a rather unique feature.
London, England

Tulip Stairs

The first geometric self-supporting spiral stairs in Britain are a truly beautiful sight.
Plymouth, England

Beatle Bums

The only place where can you share a seat with the bums of the Fab Four.
Essex, England

Old Harkilees

This wooden effigy believed to be King Charles I hung for centuries outside an inn and was mistaken for a deity.
Bury Saint Edmunds, England

The Nutshell Pub

The smallest pub in Britain was once a cabinet of curiosities and it still has the dead cat to prove it.
Mistley, England

Old Knobbley

This ancient oak tree sheltered accused "witches" in the 17th century.
Essex, England

The Manningtree Ox

This sculpture pays homage to Shakespeare and his reference to a Manningtree tradition.
Essex, England

The 'Gants' of Braintree

You won't find these curiously named passageways anywhere else in England.
Essex, England

Essex Witch Hunt Victims Memorial

Centuries later, the victims of Great Britain's greatest hysteria are finally being remembered.
Essex, England

Talliston House & Gardens

An English artist has turned an unassuming ex-council house into a time-lost house of mystery.