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Aberystwyth, Wales

University of Aberystwyth Old College

A real-life Professor Snape once taught in this Welsh university building, which students of course nicknamed “Hogwarts.”
Wrexham, Wales

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The longest and tallest aqueduct in Britain can actually be sailed across.
York, England

Baile Hill

The little-known second castle that William the Conqueror built in York.
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 Snickelways of York

This network of narrow, medieval passages has the most delightful name.
York, England

Cat Statues of York

A century-old tradition has culminated in a small but singular collection of feline effigies.
Ripon, England

Ripon Cathedral Crypt

Reputedly based on the tomb of Jesus Christ, this crypt is the oldest surviving structure of any cathedral in England.
Durham, England

Stone Gargoyle Chair

An unusual stone chair can be found on the banks of the River Wear, not far from Durham Cathedral.
Durham, England

Marquess of Londonderry Statue

A monument with a strange legend involving a horse's tongue.
York, England

'Constantine the Great'

This sculpture marks the spot where one of the greatest Roman rulers was proclaimed emperor.
York, England

Hidden Wonders of York Minster

Semaphore saints, a golden dragon's head, and a stone carved with religious warnings all call this cathedral home.
York, England

The ‘Rocket' Locomotive

This innovative steam machine was no doubt the most famous of the pioneer locomotives.
Oxford, England

The Lantern of Guy Fawkes

The lantern carried by the infamous Guy Fawkes when he was arrested while attempting to blow the houses of Parliament and the King of England to smithereens
Durham, England

Sanctuary Knocker

Hundreds of years ago, this lion-shaped door knocker could help a person accused of a crime find temporary safe haven in Durham Cathedral.
Durham, England

"Cat" Ball Court

These courts are the only ones of their kind in the world, made for a unique ball game that dates back to the 1700s.
Eamont Bridge, England

King Arthur's Round Table

Though this large circular site is now named for the legendary king, its history dates back to the Neolithic era.
Eamont Bridge, England

Mayburgh Henge

An impressive Neolithic henge with banks nearly 10 feet high.
Oxford, England

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Used as an example in one of the first dictionary entries for "museum" in 1706.
Oxford, England

The Alfred Jewel

One of Oxford's greatest treasures likely belonged to the legendary King Alfred the Great.
Greta Bridge, England

Morritt Arms Hotel Dickens Mural

This impressive mural adorns the wall of this 17th-century hotel and honors the literary icon.
Penrith, England

Long Meg and Her Daughters

Legends say this red sandstone monolith and the dozens of smaller boulders that surround it were once a coven of witches—before a Scottish wizard turned them all to stone.
Penrith, England

Lacy's Caves

A series of idealized caves carved to entertain guests.
Leeds, England

Royal Armouries Museum

One of three sites in England that house the National Collection of Arms and Armour.
Cumbria, England

Epiacum

A well-preserved 2nd century fort where moles are the archaeologists.