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4 Wonderful Museums to Visit during a London Tour

London is the capital city of the United Kingdom, and it is situated on the banks of river Thames. Often called the cultural capital of the world, the city has a good diversity of cultures, and the various peoples here speak over 300 languages. Statistics, published by various firms, reveal that it was the most visited city in the world in 2014. It was founded as the small settlement of Londinium by the Romans in AD 47. Travellers, coming for a London tour, can visit the Kew Gardens, Palace of Westminster and St Margaret Church, which are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tourists, interested in history and culture, can visit the Natural History, British, Victoria and Albert, and the Globe theatre museums, while exploring the city.

Natural History Museum

Known as British Museum (Natural History) till 1992, it is located on Cromwell Road, and it is within walking distance from South Kensington metro station. Almost 80 million items from various fields like palaeontology, botany, entomology, zoology and mineralogy are its prime attractions. During a London sightseeing tour, visitors will also see specimens collected by Charles Darwin. The galleries of the museum are named Red Zone, Green Zone, Blue Zone and Orange Zone. Skeletons of dinosaurs are among the largest, oldest and most admired exhibits of this amazing establishment.

British Museum

The British Museum was established in 1753, and it is located in Bloomsbury, which is a locality in the borough of Camden. Among the major displays here is the huge collection of Hans Sloane, an avid scientist. The British Monarchy under King George II bought the collection, which now contains about 8 million exhibits, for roughly GBP 20000. Travellers can come here from 10:00 am in the morning to 5.30 pm in the evening. The objects that visitors will see here during their London tour relate to the history of various parts of the world. Some of the regions, represented here, are ancient Rome, ancient and prehistoric Greece, Etruscan Civilisation, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Oceania and prehistoric Europe as a whole.

Victoria and Albert Museum

It is the largest museum in the world in terms of design and decorative art collection. The institution is spread across 12.5 acres, and it has been named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Over 5000 years of history from the ancient times to the contemporary age is represented by its displays. These works have been brought from North America, Europe, North Africa and Asia. The post-classical sculpture collection here, considered to be the largest in the world, can be seen during a London sightseeing tour for a more comprehensive understanding of world literature. Numerous temporary, but informative exhibitions and events are hosted here that draw huge number of people.

Globe Theatre Museum

Opened in 1997, the Globe Theatre museum is a replica of the original Elizabethan playhouse. The historical structure was built by the drama company of William Shakespeare in 1599, and it continued to function till being  destroyed by a fire in 1613. After being rebuilt in 1614, it was closed by the Puritans in 1944, as the group was strongly against any kind of merriment. The contemporary structure is located almost 750 feet away from the original one. Tourists on a London tour can attend plays, concerts and exhibitions that are organised here regularly. Visitors have ample opportunities of learning during their London sightseeing tour as courses on drama are offered here. Travellers can do their research work in the library of the museum, and the campus also has a playground for children.

Visiting these 4 places can help travellers to learn more about this wonderful city.

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Ethnic Mix of Population in London

London was founded in AD 50 by the Romans, as a small settlement, by the Thames River. Following the establishment, it grew continuously and became a truly global destination. The development of the city brought in migrants from various parts of the world, either as traders or slaves. Many of them settled here and as a result of which, the city has a rich multi-cultural charm. In the first half of the 19th century, the migration became so rapid that the ethnic mix of population in London underwent drastic changes. As a result, on trips to this city, visitors will encounter inhabitants with varied origins, and cultural and religious backgrounds.

British and Irish

The largest ethnic group that inhabits the city is British with a clear majority of over 77 percent. Then there are those who have migrated from other parts of the world, especially from Ireland. Records suggest that their population rose to over 49 percent (around 402800) since 2001. These immigrants now record a number of over 1.2 million in the British capital. There are reports that the Irish people began coming here since the Middle Ages, from the 12th century onwards. The most significant of their arrivals was the after-effect of the ravaging Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s when almost 1 million people migrated to Great Britain. Another wave of Irish immigrants came during the inter-war period, when they came and settled in large numbers in London.

Polish

Travellers taking tours through the British capital are also likely to meet a large number of Polish immigrants. It is because, according to the 2011 census, they numbered around 145000, making them the second-largest nationality here after Britons. The story of their coming is an interesting one and is worth a thought. Marek Pruszewicz, an analyst with BBC, presents a detailed account of how all this happened. He explains that it all started during WWII, when Great Britain pledged assistance to Poland against the invading Nazi forces. Many Polish soldiers, who had fought in the British Army, settled in London, but the newly elected government failed to make a firm decision regarding these immigrants. It was after the Polish Resettlement Act of 1947 that they found proper homes here. Further after the formation of the European Union in 2004, the United Kingdom (UK) allowed them to work without restriction, and it again brought a large number of Polish immigrants here.

Asians

A thing that tourists will see while exploring the city during their vacations is that many locals have Asian features. It is because they make up almost 18.49 percent of its population. Indians, numbering about 542850, are the largest sub-ethnic group among Asians here. Of these, over 262000 were born in India and the remaining in the UK. The earliest mentions of people from the Indian subcontinent in Great Britain have been dated to 2nd century AD. Following the discovery of a direct maritime route between Europe and Asia by Vasco da Gama in 1498, more inhabitants from South Asia came to England. In the 17th century, another significant migration happened, when the East India Company brought Asians here as slaves. The post-war period led to acute labour shortage in the country and Punjabis who had previously served in the colonial army moved here and found work. They eventually settled here after a parliamentary act of 1962 checked the movement of workers away from the British Commonwealth.

Africans and West Indians

 

During holidays in London, tourists are bound to find inhabitants of origins other than British, Polish and Asians. Among them, African descendants have a storied history. Following her betrothal to Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon brought Africans as attendants with her to London. During the next two centuries, England was involved in slave trade with Africa and the Americas that again brought a large number of African immigrants. Most of the slaves in the Americas back then were also brought from Africa; hence, they came to London both from the African continent and the Americas. They were brought in as attendants for military officers, sea captains, government officials, plantation owners and traders. Following the abolition of slavery, the migration of Africans saw a slight decrease and as per the 2011 census, about 7 percent of Londoners had African origin.

The West Indian immigrants, meaning those from the Caribbean have a similar story. They were also victims of the notorious slave trade and were first shipped to the Caribbean region from Africa and then to Great Britain. Even after the practise was abolished, West Indians continued to migrate to London as students, professionals and some as government officials. The two World Wars led to the coming of more immigrants from the Caribbean as soldiers and labourers. After WWII, the shortage of labourers in England attracted more people from the region, many of whom settled in the city. The census of 2011 records about 4.02 percent of the total population of London as having Caribbean roots.

The Marvellous Titanic Belfast Monument and Museum

Belfast is replete with history and culture and serves as a worthwhile place to visit during UK tours. The city has a rich maritime history and many famous ships including Titanic, Britannic and Olympic were built here. Apart from cruise ships, many warships of the Royal Navy have also been constructed in the dockyards of the city. Several monuments have been dedicated to its maritime history, technology, labourers and even vessels. One such structure is called Titanic Belfast, which is dedicated to the ill-fated liner, which sank during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

The Monument

 

Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is located on the shipyard belonging to Harland and Wolff, the company that built the unfortunate vessel. Its 130000 sq. feet space is occupied by galleries, function venues and community centres. The construction began in 2009 while the inauguration took place in 2012, making it a fairly new place of interest. The response that it has received from visitors was astonishing and beyond general expectations. Its unique design makes its shape not easily recognizable, and many interpretations on it have been made. Some say that the angular façade looks like the hull of a ship when viewed from the front. Others are of the opinion that it looks like an iceberg.

Exterior and Interior

Much of its exterior is covered with 3000 aluminium pieces, anodised with silver. Its height of 126 metres is equal to that of the hull of the shipwrecked vessel. Numerous galleries related to the design, sinking and legacy of the ship are housed in this eight-storey building. On the top storey is a huge conference and banquet hall, capable of accommodating 700 people at once. A bronze sculpture of a diving woman, representing hope and positivity is in front of the building. It was dedicated by the Protestant, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist churches, much before the opening of the monument.

Exhibitions

 

The Boomtown gallery here educates visitors about the history of the city in the 20th century and displays actual drawings and models of the liner. Images and audio related to its construction can be seen and heard in the Shipyard section. The launching of the liner and all of its decks and cabins are displayed in separate galleries. One of its wooden decks has been created in The Maiden Voyage, which shows pictures taken by one of the passengers. Another section portrays events of that wretched night. Sounds of Morse code and survivors telling their experiences are interspersed with images of the wrecking. A huge iceberg has been made by piling up life jackets and photos of events are projected on it.

The after-events of that night are depicted in the Aftermath gallery. A life-size replica of one of the lifeboats aboard the ship dominates the entire area. On either sides of the boat are panels displaying enquiries made by the Americans and British. Information about legends and myths, associated with it, is provided in a separate gallery, with the iconic Celine Dion song playing in the background. The Beneath section has actual photos of the remains of the wreckage, buried more than 12000 feet under water. Europe holidays can be customised to visit this wonderful piece of architecture, brimming with information and interesting facts.

The Historic Edinburgh Castle

The United Kingdom consists of the isle of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain further comprises England, Scotland and Wales. Scotland is situated to the north of England and has its ceremonial capital in Edinburgh. There are various places of tourist interest in the city, such as the Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Canton Hill and its churches. UK holidays can be planned by tourists to explore the city and its beautiful attractions.

 

Edinburgh Castle

 

The Edinburgh Castle is a prominent attraction, not only in Scotland but the entire United Kingdom. It is situated on the top of an extinct volcano, which is believed to have been inhabited since the Iron Age. Most of the structures inside the castle date from the 12th century onwards. The forecourt, at the base of the volcano, leads to the Gatehouse, which is the main entry. Following the paved road, visitors reach the Portcullis Gate, under the Argyle Tower. Moving further, a small flight of stairs leads to Argyle Battery, which is one of the several military structures inside the complex. Outside the building, is the One O’ Clock, which is fired at 1 pm every day and opposite to it is the Mons Meg cannon, which was given to King James II by the Philip of Burgundy in 1457. The western defences are reached by climbing steps, beside the Argyle building and then going right. To the left of these steps are the      Governor House and National War Museum. Various weapons used by the Scottish armies are housed in the museum. Opposite the museum are barracks and the regimental museums. Behind the regimental museums are the Durys Battery and military prisons. The former houses the Prisons of War, where prisoners from France, Spain, US, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Denmark were kept.

 

A narrow road from the buildings leads to the Crown Square, which is surrounded by buildings like the Great Hall, Royal Palace and Scottish National War Memorial. The king administered his country from the Great Hall, where the guests honoured him and sang his praises. A rather sizeable collection of weapons and arms is on display here. The Scottish monarchs sometimes resided in the royal palace, which also provided refuge during times of turmoil. King James VI was borne by Queen Mary of Scots inside this building. Its first floor houses the royal crown, sceptre and the sword of the monarch, which are collectively known as Honours of Scotland. A boulder, known as the Stone of Destiny, atop which the coronations happened, is also part of the exhibits. The Scottish National War Memorial has stained glass paintings of WWI and sculptures symbolising courage, justice, peace and eternity of the human soul. Statues of animals representing various vices and virtues are worth seeing.

 

Coming out of the Crown Square and following the road through the Foogs Gate gets visitors to the chapel of St. Margaret, built in 1130 by David I. Weddings and baptisms are still held inside it. People then follow the road past the Forewall and the Half-Moon Batteries. The latter overlooks the main entry and was built to hurl cannonballs towards it in the event of an attempted invasion. A London tour can be modified to explore this medieval establishment, which dominates the Edinburgh skyline.

Enjoying Holidays with London Eye

London – the English capital – is among the largest and most-significant cities in the world. It is a global city and a major centre of the world economy. The city was officially founded by the Romans in AD 43, though archaeological findings have traced its history back to around 4500 BC. The area has been under the rule of different people, including the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Normans. It became the capital of England in the 12th century and has remained as such since then. Being the seat of the monarch, it has always had a significant spot in terms of heritage. The effects of modernism can also be witnessed here as it now is a bustling mega-city and an important metropolis. Tourists from around the world plan exciting London holidays to visit its places of interest like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and London Eye.

 

London Eye

 

It is a Ferris wheel situated right by the River Thames, which divides London into two parts. Tony Blair – the erstwhile Prime Minister of Britain – inaugurated it in 1999, but public was allowed inside only since 2000. The wheel has a diameter of 210 metres, and the entire structure is 135 metres high. An A-shaped structure holds its centre to the ground. The rim is connected to the centre by metal bars, which makes the attraction look like the wheel of a bicycle. Each of the 32, 10-ton viewing capsules can hold 25 people at once. Tourists can either walk inside them or sit comfortably as seating is provided inside. Its rotation speed is 0.9 km/hour and each rotation takes about half an hour. The slow speed allows people to get inside while the capsule is on the ground and still rotating, but it is generally stopped to let physically-challenged people in. Once at its highest point, tourists can look far and wide into the city from the chambers. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) light the entire metal and glass wheel.

 

An entire chamber can be hired for an extraordinary gazing experience. Couples can book the Cupid Capsule for an exceptional romantic time with complimentary Champaign and a box of truffles. Chocolate junkies can reserve the Hotel Chocolat chamber to sample the rich cocoa desert and Prosecco wine. Those wanting to experience the ultimate, the Champaign Tasting Capsule offers them five different brands of the most-famous wine. Connoisseurs may want to book the entire capsule just to taste the five finest wines in the world. Family get-together can be boosted to unprecedented levels by booking a chamber and choosing from the multiple food and drink options. Events like weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, family dinners, anniversaries, engagement and birthday celebrations can all be hosted inside these capsules.

 

Ticket Prices, Location and Other Information

 

It is situated in South Bank and the Waterloo metro and train stations are just 5 minutes away. UK tour packages generally take travellers here so they can enjoy their holiday like never before. General ticket prices are from GBP 12.60 to GBP 118 while reserving a chamber costs between GBP 350 to GBP 970. The entire Ferris wheel can also be hired for up to eight guests, after it has closed, for GBP 5000.

More information can be gathered at the official website of London Eye at: www.londoneye.com/

Beaches of UK

Holidays with family and friends on a shore is considered to be the best way to getaway from the mundane life by many. Be it crystal clear waters, golden sands or the palm-fringed vegetation, a seaside vacation undoubtedly beats all other options. Serenity and tranquility best define a beach location, where I spend a lot of vacation time. Whenever I felt tired of the monotony of modern lifestyle, I make it a point for such trips and have never been disappointed. A weekend or more of desolate freedom amidst the calming sea breeze and whoosh; all the tiredness and fatigue goes away. Perhaps, this is the sole reason, which has made me visit numerous shores around the globe time and again.

Europe, the smallest continent in the world, is a mesmerizing place to visit due to immense climatic variance, stunning natural and man-made architectural wonders and varied topography. However, the fact that it has a plethora of exquisite beach locations, which are frequented by vacationers is a known fact. Most of its countries are bordered by a number of small and large water bodies, thus paving the path for scenic shores. Among these places, United Kingdom is one of those nations that never disappoints an eager beach side visitor. Some of my favorite coastal regions are situated in this country, which I have visited time and again over the years.

Viking Bay, Broadstairs

Viking Bay, Broadstairs
Viking Bay, Broadstairs

Viking Bay is the most famous spot in Broadstairs and is a horse-shoe shaped beach side. It is the main bay at this location amongst the other six and is patrolled by lifeguards. Ideal for family holidays, this spot is frequented by tourists all around the year. Apart from the usual swimming and sunbathing activities, this coast side is also popular as a fishing destination. Several stalls, restaurants and other attractions are dotted along the coast that make the visit to this place a refreshing one. Its extensive sandy bay, broad walk and the cliff-top promenade make this destination worthwhile to visit with family and friends.

Saunton Sands Beach, Braunton

Saunton Sands Beach, Braunton
Saunton Sands Beach, Braunton

Saunton Sands Beach is located on the coastal region of North Devon in Braunton and is most popular as a surfing location. It is also an ideal place to visit by families during a vacation. The clear waters are apt for swimming, and the long beach provides ample space for a quiet sunbathing experience. This waterfront is regarded ideal for surfers, be it beginners or experts; the waves offer some of the best surfing experiences. The seaside promenade is lined with a number of food outlets, restaurants and other shops that make a visit to this destination all the more exciting.

Durham Heritage Coast

Durham Heritage Coast
Durham Heritage Coast

The mesmerising Durham Heritage Coast has a plethora of beaches together with vivid landscapes and monstrous cliffs. This coastal region has received many accolades, the most noteworthy among these being UK Landscape Award in the year 2010. This region has a variety of flora and fauna, grasslands and several other places of historical and natural interest. The stunning views along the beaches is splendid and give tourists an opportunity to admire the beauty of nature. The entire length of the coastline offers some of the best views of the countryside of Britain.

Sandbanks Poole

Sandbanks Poole
Sandbanks Poole

Sometimes, Sandbanks Beach is stated as the best beach side location in the United Kingdom. It is, essentially, a small peninsula at the opening of the Poole Harbour on the coast of English Channel near Dorset. The beauty of this place is so surreal that it has earned the fourth largest land value across the globe. Having a shallow bay, the beach is extremely clear and the azure water here allows people to engage in swimming. Tourists can also walk into the waters for quite some distance due to its shallowness. It is regarded as one of the safest coastal regions in the continent of Europe. Ample recreation opportunities are offered along the coastline for the entertainment of visitors.

Nairn Beach

Nairn Beach Map
Nairn Beach Map
Nairn Beach
Nairn Beach

One of the best locations to spend a quiet retreat, Nairn ranks high among my favourite place for a quiet weekend. It is mostly visited during the summer season by families and large groups for vacations. Located in the Highland council region in Scotland, the shore at Nairn also has a promenade of grassy area and low sand dunes. The region from Black Isles to Moray Firth offers a stunning view of the nearby region and is an ideal spot to click pictures. Enthusiasts can also spot dolphins, which are a major source of attraction here. Nairn is also home to some of the most popular golf courses in the world, attracting pioneers of the game from around the globe.

Filey Beach

Filey Beach
Filey Beach

The small town of Filey is home to a stunning beach located towards the northern area of Yorkshire in England. It has a stunning stretch of approximately five miles of golden sandy coastline. Dotted with a historical promenade and chalets with a Sculpture Trail, this location is a favourite among explorers and adventure seekers. Apart from the usual seaside activities, pony rides and sailing courses are offered here, which attract youth and old people, alike. Lifeguards patrol the shores for the safety of tourists. Filey Beach remains open all around the year, thus emerging as one of the most popular vacation spots in the country.

Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly are a one-stop destination for those people who want to make the best of a seaside vacations. It is an archipelago located away from the south-western region of the peninsula of Cornish of Great Britain. Sometimes, this place is regarded as the best in England due to its unspoilt and clean nature. A place, which I visit again and again, offers some of the best views of turquoise waters and silvery sands. A lot of entertainment activities are offered here that visitors can take part in for their merriment. People can spend an entire day simply by relaxing on the beach and gazing into the azure horizon.

Weymouth Beach

Weymouth Beach
Weymouth Beach

Weymouth Beach is located close to the town of Weymouth in Dorset, England. People who are looking to spend their vacation by sea can pay a visit here. This shore is quite long and has a gentle slope, thus allowing swimming and bathing quite easy. Most visitors who come to this place spend their time by indulging in games and sunbathing. The small waves and crystal clear waters are quite friendly even for amateur swimmers. Spending a refreshing weekend on this serene beach can be a memorable experience for many.

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach
Fistral Beach

Situated at the northern coastal region of Cornwall in England, Fistral Beach has been one of the most visited shores since decades. The waterfront facing the Atlantic is backed by undulating sand dunes, which are a major attraction at this destination. The best activity to indulge in at this place is surfing, and people from around the globe come here for it. With consistent waves, its western part provides ample surfing opportunities. Several international surfing events are organised along the coastline every year. Visiting this beach and enjoying azure waters of the Atlantic is considered a delight by globetrotters and locals, alike.

Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth

Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth
Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth

Hengistbury Head is regarded as top seaside destinations in the United Kingdom. Supporting various natural habitats, it is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The shore is south facing and is dotted with pebbles and clay cliffs. Apart from being a major tourist hotspot, it is also noteworthy as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The extensive sandy beaches are frequented by families that make up for a relaxing and memorable vacation. Popular among locals, this place is frequently visited by people who are planning to trip a seaside location on excursions and picnics.

The United Kingdom is one of the most visited places, not only in the continent of Europe, but also in the world. Since it has become home to a cosmopolitan population, tourists to get a homely feeling while touring this place. A sojourn to any of its mesmerizing coastal regions can be a memorable experience for any. Transport options are available in plenty at this place, which a relief for travelers, who wish to travel from one location to another with minimum hassles. Most of the seaside destinations are dotted with accommodation options, shopping arcades and food outlets, which take care of all requirements of visitors. UK holidays, with a visit to any of its coastal spots, is not only an exciting experience, but one that remains in memory for a lifetime.

Castles and Palaces for Staying While on A UK Tour

United Kingdom has a long history of construction of castles and palaces. The conquerors and rulers have constructed architectural masterpieces from time to time in different parts of the British Isles. Some of these have been turned into staying accommodations for the tourists who are eager to know about the lives of their past incumbents. You too can stay at the following popular castle locations which are available all through or at select times during the year. Do have a look at your UK holidays packages to know whether any of these accommodations are being provided.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Powis Castle

 Powis Castle

  • Medieval Castle located in Welshpool, Mid Wales.
  • Was residence of Earl of Powis.
  • Clive Museum, Reynolds Portrait, State Bedroom and the Garden are prime attractions.
  • www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powiscastle/

Traquain Castle

 Traquain Castle

  • It is a fortified Mansion, not a proper castle.
  • Oldest house in Scotland to be inhabited continually.
  • Has a brewery which was started by Peter Maxwell Stuart in 1965.
  • http://www.traquair.co.uk/

Amberley Castle

 Amberley Castle

Bovey Castle

 Bovey Castle

  • Situated at Dartmoor, Devon in England.
  • Was built in 1907 for second Viscount Hambleden. Operated by Hilwood Resorts since 2006.
  • Jacobean style architecture.
  • 18-hole golf course
  • http://www.boveycastle.com/

Ruthin Castle

Ruthin Castle

  • Medieval fort situated in Wales, close to Ruthin town.
  • Spa, banquet and a range of other facilities are present here.
  • http://www.ruthincastle.co.uk

Skibo Castle

Skibo Castle

 

The Grand Castles in Wales- Chirk and Powis

Lying towards the north-western shore of Europe, United Kingdom (UK) is a constitutional monarchy that comprises nations of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel, North Sea and Irish Sea on each side. The landscape of the region is diverse and largely comprises lush green terrains, snow-capped mountains, beautiful islands and serene shores. The quadruple nations of United Kingdom include numerous mesmerising places, which are flocked by travellers from all over the globe. A few of these destinations are ideal for backpackers and adventure seekers, whereas others cater to the interest of art lovers and romantics. Wales is one such nation in UK that offers breathtaking views of imposing castles, rugged hills and long stretching coasts. Travelers planning for UK holidays can explore the historical significance and ancient charm of Wales by visiting some old edifices.

Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle
Chirk Castle

Located in the town of Chirk, in the county of Wrexham, this castle is a landmark of the region and is among the most splendid chateaus of Wales. It was built in the late 13th century by Roger Mortimer de Chirk and was the last palace to be constructed during the reign of King Edward I. This 700-year-old edifice is erected amidst a large parkland, which is home to several wild flowers, tall trees and rare invertebrates. The building comprises a 17th century gallery, service and state apartments, dungeons and medieval towers. This chateau is open for public during the months of March and October and during the remaining months, people can come here on selective days only. During the spring season, several events are held in the garden area and complex that provide tourists with an insight into the rich legacy of the place.

Powis Castle and Garden

 

Powis Castle and Garden
Powis Castle and Garden

In the neighbouring area of Chirk Castle lies the Powis Castle and Garden, which is another palace from the medieval era. It is largely influenced by the French and Italian architecture styles and is constructed over an elevated platform. The building was erected in the 13th century and initially served as a military stronghold for the Welsh kings of Powys.

The Clive Museum
The Clive Museum

This grand mansion houses several other significant attractions, such as The Clive Museum – exhibiting Indian artefacts, The State Bedroom – known for its opulent interiors and a finely-manicured terraced garden. The entire fortress is embellished with murals, portraits and sculptures that depict the regal lifestyle of the erstwhile rulers of the region.

The State Bedroom
The State Bedroom

At present, the edifice is under the supervision of National Trust of Wales, and this organisation operates it as a tourist attraction. The fortress is open on selective days for the public and also hosts various events between the months of February and April.

There is a large concentration of such magnificent buildings in the entire country and these are famous for their grandeur. Art and nature lovers are appeased after exploring these edifices and desire for visiting the country again. Wales tour will prove to be a highlight for excursionists, who are on a sojourn to United Kingdom as the country has many beautiful locations that will linger in the mind of people for long.

Popular Shopping Streets of London

United Kingdom (UK) is one of those destinations that avid travelers must try visiting once in their lifetime. A large variety of sightseeing options in the land offer a delightful experience to tourists coming here from all over the world. The rich history of the region along with its vivid culture and traditions are hugely appreciated by frequent vacationers. There is a profusion of beautifully built architecture, lofty mountain ranges, wildlife reserves and other significant sites, which people can explore at this place. Such an abundance can also be witnessed in its capital city – London. Historians suggest that the origin of this region dates back to the period of the Roman empire in the 1st century BC. The city lies on the banks of the Thames River and is one of the largest metropolitan areas of UK. This urban zone offers one of the best nightlife experience to people for it houses a variety of amusing places that keep tourists completely delighted. Such are the factors owing to which almost all UK tour packages have this destination in their itinerary.

Camden Market 

Camden Market
Camden Market

Camden Market is one such location that attracts a number of tourists that come to explore London. It is a long stretch of local retail shops located near the Regent Canal, which is popularly known as Camden Lock. This locality depicts the charm of UK by housing a variety of traditional artefacts, vibrant attires, jewellery, pottery utensils and sumptuous food items. The place on which this plaza stands today was earlier occupied by warehouses, which were associated with Regent Canal. Later, in 1975, this shopping street was established and only operated on the main trading day of Sunday. At present, it is open on all days of the week between 10 am to 6 pm.

Brick Lane Market

Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane Market

Situated along the Cheshire street in Brick Lane, this market is among the largest flea market of London. This shopping destination is crowded with designers who are trying to sell a range of ornaments, clothes and handbags to several tourists and locals. People can be seen bargaining with the shopkeepers and trying to make a purchase of various antiques, pottery items, shoes, sandals and home decor items. This place is a hub of the Bangladeshi community. A number of restaurants serving mouth-watering curries can also be found in this region.  Frequent travellers advise that Sunday is the best day to visit this location as the streets are bustling with people and retailers. Unique graffiti can be witnessed on several walls of the street that are quite eye-catching. Visitors can be seen clicking photographs with the exuberant atmosphere of this place as the backdrop.

There are many other shopping streets in the city that cater to shopaholics from around the globe. Vacationers planning London tours do not consider the completion of their journey without going on a shopping spree on the local streets of the region. Some of the items found in these plazas are rare and make for a good souvenir to be taken back home.