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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh

St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic city church of Edinburgh. St Giles, the man, was a 7th century hermit who became became the patron saint of both a church and of Edinburgh itself. St Giles' Cathedral dates to about 1124 AD. St Giles’ Cathedral was built mostly in the fourteenth century Gothic style.
St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh, Scotland.

St Giles’ Cathedral contains nearly two hundred memorials honouring distinguished Scots. The majority of these memorials date from the 19th century and early 20th century. St Giles’ Cathedral also has a remarkable collection of stained glass windows. These windows date from the 1870s and include a wide array of styles.

St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh, Scotland.

St Giles's Cathedral is home to the Thistle Chapel which was designed by Robert Lorimer and finished in 1911. The Order of the Thistle is Scotland’s great order of chivalry, and membership is considered one of the country’s highest honours. Appointments are made at the personal discretion of the Sovereign.

St Giles’ Cathedral,
Tel: 0131 225 4363

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in Kent is sometimes described as the "loveliest castle in the world" and is a favourite destination of one day tours for tourists from London.

Leeds Castle, Kent, UK.

Leeds Castle is known for its wide, glittering lake and 500 acres of beautifully manicured parkland. As early as the middle eighth century there was a manor house situated here, owned by the Saxon royal family. Following the Norman conquest in 1066, Norman barons built strong fortresses in Kent (positioned on the vital route from London to France), and in 1119 a stone castle was first constructed.

Leeds Castle, Kent, England, UK.

Leeds Castle was a royal residence from the time of Henry VIII (reigned from 1509 to 1547), who spent large sums of money refurbishing and remodelling the buildings. Visitors to Leeds Castle may be surprised to know that it once served as a prison and that the gatehouse now holds a small dog collar museum. The grounds of Leeds Castle have both an aviary and a maze.

Leeds Castle, Kent, England, UK.

Leeds Castle
Kent ME17 1PL

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dover Castle

Dover Castle in the port town of Dover in Kent is England's largest castle and one of its most important and historic fortresses.

Dover Castle, Kent UK.

Dover Castle was founded in the 11th century and built by the invading Normans on what was thought to have been the site of an early hill fort and the Roman light house (Pharos). Adjacent to the light house is the Anglo-Saxon church of St. Mary in Castro.

The castle as we know it today was begun during the reign of Henry II (1133-1189) with improvements to the castle occurring at regular intervals thereafter including during the reign of Henry VIII and during the Napoleonic Wars, when Dover Castle's strategic importance as the "key to England" was recognised. The first and only underground barracks for troops were built here during the wars with Napoleon's France.

Dover Castle, Kent, UK.

During the Second World War the underground tunnels were converted into a command center and hospital and Dover castle was once again part of Britain's defences against attack from overseas. Today Dover Castle is a Grade I listed building and a major tourist attraction now owned and operated by English Heritage, who have renovated the castle's interior.

Dover Castle, Kent, UK.

Dover Priory Station is the main station serving the town of Dover and is the southern terminus of the South Eastern Main Line from Charing Cross Station in London.

Dover Castle
Castle Hill, Dover
Kent CT16 1HU
Tel: 01304 211 067

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