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THE UK SECTION: BEST VISITOR ATTRACTIONS

The Palace Pier, Brighton

One of the finest piers built in Britain's seaside resorts. It stretches a third of a mile into the English Channel, has delicate ironwork arches and orientalish-looking kiosks; was built 100 years ago.
At the very end one finds all kinds of rides, such as roller coasters, spinning wheels, old-fashioned carousels, go-karts, ghost trains and trampolines.There are stalls where you can throw darts, do archery or play basketball and, of course there is a huge gambling casino. The pier even has its own radio station. There is food to be had, e.g. a typically English meal of good-quality cod, chips, mushy peas and bread and butter. There are three pubs on the pier, one of which for karaoke.
On a bank holiday the pier has as many as 50,000 visitors.

Chester Zoo

Has been chosen Zoo of the Year. It is a zoo without bars (like San Diego Zoo in California) You watch the animals by just strolling through the zoo's complex; but more comfortable is taking the monorail or even a boat ride. Highlights are the glass-sided penguin-pool, the Twilight Zone bat cave, the orang-utan breeding centre and the crocodiles in the Tropical Realms.
More on the zoo on http://www.demon.co.uk/chesterzoo

Edinburgh Castle

This historical monument is Scotland's No.1 visitor attraction. In fact, it has several attractions like St Margaret's Chapel, the Half-Moon Battery or the Crown Square.
One can make one's way by the help of an excellent presentation on an audio-machine, which guides you through the whole complex. But there are conventional guided tours, too.
If you feel hungry, go for lunch to the Hub Cafe in the new Festival Centre. The Witchery restaurant can also be commended.

Yorvik Viking Centre

Between 1976 and 1981, an archeological dig in York revealed the remains of an extensive Viking settlement - 15,000 artefacts, 4 1/2 tons of animal bones and the best preserved Viking houses anywhere in Britain. On this site a large museum was opened in 1984. Visitors board a 'time car' for a 15-minute ride through history. At the end of it there is a more conventional museum containing some of the best Viking artefacts. More information on http://www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

Legoland, Surrey

Mainly for parents with children up to the age of 10. Legoland Windsor is an imitation of Legoland Denmark. Children needn't be passive, as there are a lot of hands-on-activities. Made from Lego units are a miniature St Paul's Cathedral or the Houses of Parliament. There is the exciting Dragon Ride or the Pirate Falls which are extremely popular not only with children.
More info on http://www.legoland.co.uk

Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Shakespeare House comprises five historical buildings in or near the town that are associated with the great dramatist and his family.
If you only want to see one house, haed for Shakespeare's Birthplace in Henley Street. The Visitors Centre exhibition tells the story of his life and background. Anne Hathaway's (Shakespeare's wife) House is two miles away, Mary Arden's House is five miles. The other two houses are even farther away and include Nash's (husband of Sh's granddaughter) House and Hall's Croft. Nash's House overlooks the grounds where once stood the New Place, Sh's final home.
Further info http://www.shakespeare-country.co.uk

Natural History Museum, London

If you haven't been to the Natural History Museum for quite a while, you'll be surprised how much more interesting the museum has become.
It splits into two: Earth and Life. The most poular family attractions are the dinosaurs, esp. the animatronic deinonychus feasting on a tenontosaurus. Other features are the earthquake experience in the Power Within and the Blue Big Whale in Mammals. Popular with children are the hands-on-activities which include the Creepy Crawlies, Human Biology and the Discovery Centre. Nearest Tube is South Kensington.
The Waterhouse Cafe is the most attractive restaurant of the food establsihments, but only for snacks.
Further info on http://www.nhm.ac.uk

Polesden Lacey, Surrey

The lavish Regency estate of Polesden was home of the Hon. Mrs Ronald Greville. She aquired art objects, in particular Dutch masters, silver, porcelain and furniture, which fill the nine show rooms.
The house is situated on a 1,385-acre estate, crisscrossed with interesting walks and beautiful spots. The house is now in charge of the National Trust. The place is hard to find by car (2 miles south of Great Bookham, off the A246).

Westminster Abbey

It is more than merely an abbey. It is the embodiment of 1000 years of English history. For a quick visit enter the west entrance and see the tombs of Darwin, Newton, Jonson or Livingstone. For a full guided tour (90 min.) you will have to join the queues at the north entrance.
Further info on http://www.westminster-abbey.org

Wisley Gardens, Surrey

Wisley Gardens is the showplace garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. Its 240 acres are home to roses and rock gardens, Mediterranean blooms and vegetables, model gardens and glasshouses and a huge plant centre with 10,000 varieties. Wisley Gardens is not only aplace for people with a 'green finger', but also for everyone else to enjoy a pleasant experience.
Wisley is near Ripley south of junction 10 on the M 25.
Further info on http://www.rhs.org.uk


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