We have a heritage in Britain that many countries such as America and Australia envy. Those relatively new settlements have no ancient buildings to admire. Because much of the population descended from the British, they can only trace their roots so far before looking over to our fair isle to trace their ancestors.
A surprising number of people here rarely leave their immediate surroundings and spend their entire lives ignorant of the treasures that they can find in some of our historic cities. That is not necessarily a bad thing, one man’s bread is another man’s butter, or so they say. They would argue that it is now that matters most, and what was in the past has gone for good. It is purely a matter of opinion.
If you crave knowledge of our history and enjoy the architecture, here are a few exciting towns and cities that you should visit before you die.
The capital of Scotland has much to offer those in search of knowledge. Edinburgh castle sits on the remains of what was once a mighty volcano, so there is something there for geologists too. It was built in the 12th century, long before we discovered America, but there is evidence of iron age occupation there too.
The National Museum Of Scotland is in Edinburgh, and it contains over seven hundred and fifty exhibits to exercise your curiosity.
It is easy to identify the three spires of Lichfield Cathedral. It was seven hundred AD when the first cathedral appeared on the site, but they did not start work on the present one until eleven ninety-five. The construction material is sandstone and has many ornate carvings. The famous Samuel Johnson (Dr) lived in Lichfield too. His first dictionary wasn’t very good by today’s standards, but it did lay the foundation on which others could build.
Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford, as its name suggests, lies on the river Avon about eight miles from Warwick. It has much Tudor architecture and is the town where the great William Shakespeare entered the world. He was a man who was, and still is, hated by some, and loved by others. There is an emphasis on tourism here, and it brings a lot of money to the local economy. It is such a beautiful area and many people decide to put down roots there. Take a look at the estate agencies in Stratford Upon Avon if you think it may be a good place for you to settle down too.
Of course, the most impressive city is London. The houses of parliament are where we first planted the seeds of democracy. Our political system is the envy of the world, though it does appear to be suffering abuse by those in power at the moment. Watch and listen as Big Ben, the tower clock chimes the hours as the pass. The tower of London is a very exciting attraction where you can marvel at all of the heinous deeds that were carried out in the name of justice. It was once a place where many would meet their doom.
I think that the argument is compelling. We owe it to our ancestors to learn about the things they did and the buildings they left behind. Knowledge is never a bad thing; I am sure you will agree.