With the arrival of autumn and the (sad) goodbye to swimsuits and sunscreen, are back in vogue destinations less “marine”, where falling in love with the vibrant and beautiful city architecturally and historically significant. One of the most beautiful countries to visit in this period is definitely the Great Britain. In addition, the overwhelming London, the metropolis with the charm lord, and always the latest fashion, there are a lot of steps not to miss in and around the nation. Let’s discover together those most compelling and, oddly, more or less underestimated from the mass tourism!
- Bath, the city’s most dandy of the country
- Nottingham, on the trail of Robin Hood
- Canterbury, the land of the “stories” immortal
- Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare
- Salisbury, cathedrals, constitutions, and the megaliths of Stonehenge
Bath, the city’s most dandy of the country
Bath, the charming town of Somerset , surrounded by the river Avon, is one of the most precious pearls of England. Owes its fame to two special features, namely its thermal baths, the unique natural of the whole nation, and its splendid eighteenth-century buildings in the Georgian style, an echo of the majestic, yet refined, classic style.
The spa resort is very well-known already for many centuries, Bath became a centre of the fashion, attended by high society around the EIGHTEENTH century, mainly thanks to the’style icon of the dandy, Beau Nash (1673-1762), which opened the first Pump Room (the room where the elite gathered for the cures) in 1706 and devoted himself to the organization of social events, such as dances and concerts to boost tourism, becoming the “master of ceremonies” of the centre.
In this period, Bath was also the protagonist of a “facelift” architecturaldesign, by careful planners such as Ralph Allen and John Wood, and the face to improve the services and facilities designed to accommodate visitors who came on holiday to relax or heal themselves in its warm and healing springs.
Among the places of interest the most important Bath items are definitely the Roman Baths, which were built by the emperor Vespasian in 75.C., are capable of producing over a million litres of water each day, at a temperature of about 46°C. not To be missed, then, the magnificent Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, abbey, erected in 1499, the new and dreamy Pump Room, built between 1790 and 1795, the picturesque Pulteney Bridge, a picturesque eighteenth-century bridge, surrounded by shops and romantic pavilions, the Circus, the impressive neoclassical circle of houses magically equal and beautiful, built in 1754, in light-coloured stone of Bath, from Wood, and the Royal Crescent.
This residential complex, built by the son of Wood, John Wood the younger between 1767 and 1774, is a large, neo-classical, elegant, and probably the masonic crescent, consisting of 30 units, became the symbol of the city. Bath reserve a surprise for the most romantic and for lovers of English literature because Jane Austen lived in the city, and here he set some of his novels, such as “Northanger Abbey”.
Nottingham, on the trail of Robin Hood
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, is a small town of extraordinary importance to the historical and folk-lore. The land of such legendary figures as Robin Hood, “the thief who stole from the rich to give to the poor”, and characters as real and relevant as the English monarchs, John the Landless , and Richard the lionheart and the writer David Herbert Lawrence, Nottingham was not only a flourishing centre for the textile industry and art, especially known for a refined school of engravers, alabaster (XIV century), but also the scene of battles entered the city, revolutions, and protests, as that famous of Luddisti.
This group of workers, at the beginning of’800, was opposed to the mechanical loom and industrialization too fast, coming to destroy the “machinery” responsible for the increase of the unemployment and low wages. The town, after centuries, continues to maintain a magical atmosphere suspended in time. Beautiful, its rocky and scenic castle, whose original building (in wood) dates back to the norman period, to the 1067 to be precise, and was chosen by William The. After centuries of changes and renovations, today, it is a powerful building that has in-depth exhibitions on the history and art of the city.
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Wonderful and absolutely engaging are also the many museums that await you in the center, and the Museum of Nottingham Lace (the lace Museum, Nottingham), the Museum of Costume and textiles sold (the Museum of costume and textile products), housed in a complex in the Georgian style, and the Gallery of Justice Museum, where a visit to a true and ancient prison and find out the functioning of the penal system and legal English.
If you love legends and popular traditions, do not miss the statue of Robin Hoodsituated in the castle, the tours and interactive experiences dedicated to this character, and, above all, hiking in the nearby Sherwood Forest, where, in ancient times, between oaks, birches, and ferns, hid on confabulare and organize shots bands (more or less) dangerous outlaws.
Always in the surroundings of Nottingham, visit, also, the Wollaton Hall, an elegant English country house built around 1580 by the will of Sir Francis Willoughby, and immortalized in films like “The mummy – tomb of The Dragon Emperor” (2008) and “The dark knight – The return” (2011), and Newstead Abbey, a magnificent abbey church transformed into a private residence in the SIXTEENTH-century ancestral home of the family of the passionate and scandalous poet Lord Byron.
Canterbury, the land of the “stories” immortal
Canterbury is a centre that is extraordinarily beautiful, with thesoul stops to the middle Ages.
The beginning of one of the paths of pilgrimage of the Via Francigena, that is, the complex of roads, from England and from France, went to Rome, the city is the protagonist of the first work masterfully significant works in English literature: “The Canterbury Tales”, a collection of 24 tales of mischief and of courtly love, written by Geoffrey Chaucer around 1387-1388. In the city you expect a lot of attractions, including the St. Martin’s Church, church, library and the picturesque, the beautiful , St. Augustine’s Abbey, the abbey was founded in 597 d.C. by Saint Augustine, the Roman Museum, the King’s School, opened in the VI century and considered the oldest school in the world, the mighty city walls and the oldest hospitals for the poor, the elderly and pilgrims.
The monument that will impress you most, however, will certainly be the splendid norman cathedral, built in 1070. Outstanding example of English gothic and a UNESCO world Heritage site, the place of worship it is a joy to chromatically overwhelming for the eyes and for the spirit. Let yourself be amazed by the flurry of spires, buttresses, pinnacles and sculptures of the facade from the high columns of the nave, from the fleeting “Windows of the Redemption”, from the tomb of Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, nicknamed “the Black Prince”, and by the luminous Trinity Chapel, the “Chapel of the Trinity”.
The cathedral is also linked to an event of crime news, medieval: just inside of the building, on the 29th December 1170, archbishop Thomas Becket, a supporter of ecclesiastical privileges, was killed by four assassins sent by king Henry II.
Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare
Stratford-upon-Avon, a small and beautiful centre of Warwickshire, is a stage in miss Great Britain because, in Henley Street, is one that should be the birthplace of the greatest playwright in the history of western literature, William Shakespeare.
This exceptional figure was born, in fact, in Stratford in 1564 and died here in 1616. The author of masterpieces such as “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet”, “Othello”, “Macbeth”, “Richard III” and “Dream of a midsummer night’s dream” saw the light in a half-timbered house bought by his father John around 1556. Today, the building has been converted into an interesting museum where you can admire some original editions of his works.
Among the attractions related to the Bard, there’s also Hall’s Croft, the elegant home of the eldest daughter Susanna and her husband, dr. John Hall, the cottage where he lived from the maiden, the wife, Anne Hathaway , and the Royal Shakespeare Theater, the theater opened in 1932 and home to the theatre company and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
If you want to give you a night dream, see here , the programming of the RSC and run to buy tickets! In the Holy Trinity Church (Church of the Holy Trinity), instead, Shakespeare was baptized and buried in a simple tomb in the choir of the property, bought for 440 pounds. The epitaph that reads is: “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blest be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones”, or “my Dear friend, for the love of Jesus, avoid stirring the dust enclosed here. Blessed is he who leaves in peace these stones, and cursed be he that moves my bones”.
Salisbury, cathedrals, constitutions, and the megaliths of Stonehenge
Salisbury, in the county of Wiltshire, is a picturesque town that still retains its old-world charm and legendary. The first settlement of the area, built around a fortress in the hill, and later occupied by Romans, Saxons and Normans, dating back to the iron age and is called Old Sarum. When, in 1219, the old cathedral was destroyed, the population moved to the valley, along the river Avon, where was erected a new and more imposing place of worship.
It was built as the Nova Sarum, i.e. the “modern” Salisbury. The beautiful and “new” cathedral was built in a perfect gothic style between 1220 and 1258, while, at the beginning of the FOURTEENTH century were added the beautiful and high tower and the impressive tower. Be sure to admire its mechanical clock, one of the oldest in the world, and a magnificent copy of the Magna Carta, the famous document signed in 1215 by king John the Landless, the charter of fundamental for the birth and affirmation of the constitutional laws and for the recognition of civil rights of the citizens.
The historic centre of Salisbury is the other great attraction of the city: a maze of medieval streets with houses, gable and half-timbered stretches from the Market Square, the square that today is a little bit like hundreds of years ago, every Tuesday and Thursday hosts a lively market with dozens of stalls.