The most famous places in Britain

Ashdown Forest

Britain has been around for quite a while, and the fact that it produced some of the most loved and respected writers and artists in the world lead to the rise to fame of several places in the country. After all, the best way to make a place known is to write about it or paint it! And even if that’s not the case, there are some destinations in Britain that have a claim to fame, for one reason or another. So if you want to be able to say that you stepped foot on some really famous destinations (real celebrities, as far as destinations go), here are some of the most famous places in Britain.

Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

Those who still remember reading the beloved Winnie the Pooh stories in childhood might remember that Ashdown forest was the home of the book’s animal characters. Ashdown forest is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but although the name might suggest a huge expanse of woods, Ashdown is has actually more heathland than trees in it. There is a sizable chunk of wooded area too, as well as ponds and streams. All in all, a great place for walks.

221B Baker Street, London

Sir Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are now more popular than ever, thanks to a couple of Hollywood blockbusters, but if you want to experience the Holmesian atmosphere as Doyle intended, a visit to 221B Baker Street is necessary. The address was fictional until the Sherlock Holmes Museum requested to be assigned the number by city officials, so now the real 221B Baker Street is located between numbers 237 and 241 on the street.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Jane Austen’s immensely popular Pride and Prejudice got several screen adaptations, but only one of the them used Chastworth House as a filming location, although this impressive manor was the author’s inspiration for Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s rich residence. Chatsworth House is literally the favourite country house of the UK (it has received the titles by vote several times).

Bronte Country, West Yorkshire

The haunting works of the Bronte sisters (especially Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre) have a heavy atmosphere inspired by the authors’ home near Bradford in West Yorkshire. The countryside in Bronte Country is probably less wild and vengeful than the natural settings of the books, but still very exciting. Visit the Bronte Museum in Haworth, the Bronte Trail or the wild moors around the village.

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Shakespeare is one of the most beloved (and hated at the same time) author in the history of literature, so if you are a fan of the Bard’s works, you should pay him homage by visiting his hometown. Stratford-upon-Avon is now home to the Royal Shakespeare Company – you can attend a performance if you want. The city tried to preserve as many buildings as possible from Shakespeare’s time, so it has a quaint and medieval feel, and it is definitely one of the most famous places in Britain.

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