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  • 1. Avebury Stone Circles

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Surrounding part of Avebury village, the Avebury Stone Circles, the largest in the world, are one of England's most evocative prehistoric monuments...Read More

  • 2. Chawton House Library

    Garden/Arboretum

    Located in a Elizabethan country house on a 275-acre estate (part of the South Downs National Park), this library specializes in works by English...Read More

  • 3. Chesil Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The unique geological curiosity known as Chesil Beach (official slogan: "18 miles and 180 billion pebbles") is in fact not a beach but a tombolo...Read More

  • 4. Highclere Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Set in 1,000 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown, this is the historic home of the actual earls of Carnarvon—as opposed to the imaginary...Read More

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  • 5. Jane Austen's House Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This unassuming redbrick house is where Jane Austen wrote Emma, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park, and revised Sense and Sensibility, Northanger...Read More

  • 6. Longleat House

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Home of the Marquess of Bath, Longleat House is one of southern England's most famous stately homes, and possibly the most ambitiously, even...Read More

  • 7. New Forest

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This national park, still largely owned by the Crown, consists of 150 square miles of woodland, heaths, grassland, bogs, and the remains of...Read More

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  • 8. Osborne House

    Garden/Arboretum

    This palazzo-style Italianate house, much of it designed by Prince Albert in collaboration with Thomas Cubitt, was the royal family's private...Read More

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  • 9. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    Museum/Gallery

    The city's most impressive attraction includes an unrivaled collection of historic ships. The dockyard's most recent acquisition, HMS Warrior...Read More

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  • 10. Salisbury Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Salisbury is dominated by the towering cathedral, a soaring hymn in stone. It is unique among cathedrals in that it was conceived and built...Read More

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  • 11. Sherborne Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this castle remained his home for 10 years before it passed to the custodianship of the Digby family. The...Read More

  • 12. Stonehenge

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Mysterious and ancient, Stonehenge has baffled archaeologists, not to mention the general public, for centuries. One of England's most visited...Read More

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  • 13. Stourhead

    Garden/Arboretum

    Close to the village of Stourton lies one of Wiltshire's most breathtaking sights—Stourhead, a country-house-and-garden combination that has...Read More

  • 14. The Great Hall

    Historic District/Site

    A short walk west of the cathedral, this outstanding example of early English Gothic architecture, and one of Britain's finest surviving 13th...Read More

  • 15. Ventnor Botanic Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    Laid out over 22 acres, these gardens contain more than 3,500 species of trees, plants, and shrubs. Thanks to a unique microclimate, subtropical...Read More

  • 16. West Kennet Long Barrow

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    One of the largest Neolithic chambered tombs in Britain, West Kennet Long Barrow was built around 3400 BC. You can explore all around the site...Read More

  • 17. Wilton House

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This is considered to be one of the loveliest stately homes in England and, along with its grounds, a fine example of the English Palladian...Read More

  • 18. Winchester Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The imposing Norman exterior of the city's greatest monument, begun in 1079 and consecrated in 1093, makes the Gothic lightness within even...Read More

  • 19. Abbotsbury Swannery

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Just outside the village, this lagoon, a famous breeding ground for the birds, is the only managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world...Read More

  • 20. Alexander Keiller Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The Avebury Stone Circles are put into context by this collection of Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts from the site, one of the most important...Read More

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