Alnwick Castle in Northumberland has topped a list of Britain’s top 10 “must-see” attractions in a recent survey by Virgin Travel Insurance. The castle is better known as Hogwarts after featuring in the first two Harry Potter films and is a “must-see” attraction for many Harry Potter fans and tourists alike. Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, is the second largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor Castle. The castle is set in a stunning and picturesque landscape and is steeped in history, having acted as a major defence against invading armies in the middle ages. If you are planning a visit to England, Alnwick Castle is well worth a visit and makes an interesting day out. There is so much to see and do there. For more information, follow the link below:-
Also appearing in the top five list of “must-see” sights is the new reconstructed Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, a popular tourist attraction which came in at no. 4. The "Backs” of the riverside colleges in Cambridge which provide stunning views throughout the year were no. 5 with The Royal Crescent row of Georgian houses in Bath coming in at No. 3. The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, one of Northern Ireland’s most breathtaking attractions came in at No. 2.
The survey also asked people to name the most disappointing tourist attractions. I was quite surprised to see that Stonehenge in Wiltshire came in at No. 1. I visited Stonehenge myself a few years ago and remember thinking what a fascinating site it was. There is nothing quite like Stonehenge anywhere else in the world. However it seems that the majority of Britons are not impressed at all by the mystical 5,000 year old standing stones. I did a recent post on how time travel could soon become reality and asked readers if they could travel back in time to any century, where they would choose to go and what characters from history they would wish to meet. One reader, Granimore from And So Begins My New Life said he would like to go back in time to see how both Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids were constructed. I would too, despite what the majority of Britons think, Stonehenge is a fascinating structure and I believe well worth a visit. Other sites on the “hit” list which Britons found disappointing, included the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Blackpool Tower and Land’s End in Cornwall. Unfortunately there's no accounting for some people's tastes!