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Buckingham Palace, London
The official London residence for blue blood since 1837, Buckingham Palace is still home to the Queen and has fairly recently opened its doors to tourists. Youâ€™re unlikely to catch Her Majesty in front of an off-track betting screen, but you can see paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer in the Queenâ€™s Royal Collection, and rooms fitted with some of the finest furniture and porcelain in the world.
Whitehall and Parliament Square (and Big Ben), London
The original building can be traced back to the eleventh century and is today home of the House of Lords. Itâ€™s mostly known for Big Ben, which is not the clock, but the 13.8-tonne bell inside. For reasonably good entertainment, view the House of Commons from the gallery when the Prime Minister fields questions
Westminster Abbey, London
Every Coronation since 1066 has taken place in this architectural masterpiece. There are also approximately 3300 people buried here, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Laurence Oliver and Ben Johnson, an Elizabeth poet who was buried standing up
British Museum, London
When a colonial superpower decides to bring home souvenirs, it doesnâ€™t mess about. Many of the worldâ€™s treasures can be found under this one roof, with free admission
Tower of London
The Tower of London isnâ€™t much of a tower, but it is the best-preserved medieval castle in any European capital. Itâ€™s been the royal living quarters, a prison for notorious traitors and even once housed lions and bears. Today, itâ€™s best known as the only place you can get nearly as close to the royal jewels as Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Thereâ€™s the royal crescent, a majestic half-ring of buildings designed by John Wood in 1767. Thereâ€™s Bath Abbey, with arching stained-glass windows and ornate spires. But the big pull (with a price to match) is the Roman Baths, built approximately 2000 years ago, over a hot spring that spits over a million liters of 4-degree Celcius water a day
This castle looks like itâ€™s dropped straight out of Lord of the Rings. Occupying the top half of a rocky hill in the centre of the city, this ancient castle gets over one million visitors a year and seems to sell as many portcards.
Join in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
The most interesting time to visit this ancient enigma is during the longest day of the year, when about 30,000 people show up. Whatâ€™s the big deal about the pile of rocks? Stonehenge is believed to have been built by the Druids, but how they moved this four-tonne stones from 400km away (in the Prescelly Mountains in Wales). In 2000 BC, a time when hydraulic fork-lift operators were hard to find, is something of an engineering marvel.
See Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeareâ€™s Globe
A reconstruction of the original open-air playhouse, the Globe Theatre in London is Shakespeareâ€™s backyard. The season runs from May to September
Watch a football match
The singing, cheering, yelling is at a fever pitch when the big teams clash. Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and other top teams play regularly throughout much of the year. But make sure youâ€™re wearing the right colours for your section of seats.
Play golf at St Andrews
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is unlikely to accept you as a member, but that doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t play a round on the 600-year-old Old Course, the worldâ€™s first golf course. The bunkers are the size of squash courts, the wind is typically hovering just around gale force and the thick gorse bushes can eat golf balls by the twelve-pack, if the â‚¬164 green fee doesnâ€™t eat your wallet first
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