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Sights to see in Great Britain
Spare a thought for those not lying on a beach reclining, basking in boiling hot temperatures and sipping pina coladas, or better yet, don't! Here in the UK, we have a veritable array of spectacular sites and attractions to visit on the cheap - why not base a short stay around seeing one or two of them?
Falkirk Wheel, Scotland
An astonishing feat of modern design and ingenuitive thinking, the Falkirk wheel was designed to solve an age old problem: how to connect two Canals in Scotland that were seperated by a height of 35m. The answer: a rotating set of dual opposed platforms that bring barges and boats up from the Union Canal or down from the Forth & Clyde Canal. Visitors can 'ride' the mechanism on board a boat, travelling through the aqueduct at the Forth & Clyde canal and out to the Antonine Wall, itself a treasured heritage site.
Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
Whilst we wouldn't advocate this site to vertigo-sufferers, we would recommend its fantastic natural views to any sightseer with a sense of adventure. The famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is 1m wide and a seemingly short 20m long and gives visitors amazing views across Bathlin Island and Fair Head. Every 200 years, local fisherman rig up the bridge in the Spring as a tradition. We won't tell them, however, if you have to take the boat back from the other side: the bridge sways considerably in the wind and stands above a 30m drop.
Conwy, Snowdonia, Northern Wales
A dramatic and impressive world heritage site, the Conwy Castle in Wales was constructed in the late 13th century as part of England's efforts to contain the rowdy rebellions of the Welsh people. The castle proudly boasts huge battlements, enormous drum towers and the incredible mountainous landscape of Snowdonia, which sits behind it. The town contained comfortably within the walls of this fortress contain a melange of medieval and Victorian buildings to explore.