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    Visitors to theUK often have a series of destinations in mind, many with a clear historicalcontext. London is the most obvious example, whether it be to visit The Tower
    of London, the Palace of Westminster (the official name for the Houses of
    Parliament), royal residences, past and present, at Buckingham Palace, Hampton
    Court or Windsor (just a short hop along the motorway from the city).

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    You might even look at history in another way with a fun time spent at Madame
    Tussauds famous waxworks! Away from the capital, however, there are many other
    historical destinations to consider. The ancient university cities of Oxford
    and Cambridge offer a unique experience of modern bustle (especially during
    term time) amongst the most historical of settings.

    Heading north, the midlands is of the course home of Shakespeare at Stratford,
    and another truly stunning castle at Warwick. To the west you’ll find the Welsh
    border counties, where many battles were fought, and the Roman city of Chester
    (with one of the most charming zoos you will ever visit). Right across the
    country is York, with the famous Minster, and much to tell of both a Roman and
    Viking heritage. Don’t regret a missed opportunity Many folk head on, of course, to Scotland. However, just an hour’s flight from
    London takes you to the heart of another Kingdom that many visitors miss – and
    they shouldn’t. Taking advantage of DriveNow Newcastle
    car hire
    opens up an incredible vista once described as “The Land of the
    Wide Skies”; the kingdom of Northumbria. Within less than an hour’s drive of
    Newcastle is one of the world’s great cathedral cities, and a World Heritage
    Site. Durham, in the centre of what was once known as “The Land of the Prince
    Bishops”, simply entrances those who gather there to discover its history –
    both religious and Roman, scholarly and bloody.

    Sticking with a Roman theme, a short drive northward takes you to the length of
    Hadrian’s Wall – another World Heritage Site. You, and the family, actually
    have the chance to explore Roman Forts and settlements and walk on a wall that
    was constructed almost two thousand years ago.The Northumberland countryside is littered with captivating castles and graced
    by a stunning coastline. Among the former is Alnwick Castle, where part of
    Harry Potter was filmed, and the accompanying gardens and waterfalls, where you
    can also have lunch in a treehouse – that’s one with an actual, live tree
    growing through it! Reaching the coast, you can take boat trips from Seahouses
    out to the Farne Islands, home of many seals and countless seabirds. Further
    north stands Bamburgh Castle, daring the world to come near!

    A final port of call in Northumberland should be Holy Island, or Lindisfarne.
    Be warned! This is only reached by causeway when the tide is low and, each
    year, visitors who haven’t paid enough attention have to be rescued from their
    cars and an incoming tide. Don’t worry though; your hotel will be able to
    provide you with the safe-crossing timetable. Visit its charming castle and
    priory, with a history of Celtic Christianity from the 6th century onwards.
    Just don’t try the local mead sold on the island if you are the one behind the
    wheel! Edinburgh is also less than a couple of hours’ drive from Newcastle, so be one
    of the wisest of visitors and spend some of your UK time in the Kingdom of
    Northumbria.


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