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Quirky Places to Visit in the UK

Updated on April 13, 2017

Quirky Places to Visit in London

London is known for many iconic tourist attractions but it also has plenty of unusual and outlandish places. Check out the London's best kept secrets.


Tube-Themed Cocktail Bar

Cahoots in Kingly Court Carnaby is a tube themed cocktail bar which has a relaxed atmosphere and low lighting. Fans of the London underground will enjoy all the London underground paraphernalia. This is a cool place, I can recommend it as been there a couple of times.

Cahoots

Dennis Severs House, Folgate Street

If you want to be transported back to the 18th century, this is the house to visit. Dennis Severs' House in Folgate Street is a "still-life drama" created by the previous owner as an "historical imagination" of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers. Every room is lit by candlelight and it looks like people still live there. The experience ranks as one of the rarest in the world. The house has been featured in many history documentaries and dramas as well as contemporary fashion shoots and as a backdrop for exclusive product launches.

Dennis Severs House

St. Pancras Nose

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London Noses

There are a number of noses protruding from buildings around London. The artist Rick Buckley was provoked by the controversial introduction of CCTV cameras throughout London which were installed in the late 90's. You can find one of the noses at The Admiralty Arch, also one in Dean Street Soho outside Quo Vadis and one outside St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in Euston Road. There were initially 35 noses but many have been removed. How many are left is unknown. So if you fancy a nosey around London, you know what to do!

The Old Operating Theatre


A little known wonder in London is the Old Operating Theatre Museum in St Thomas Street London. If you ever wondered how doctors performed surgeries in the old days, then this is the museum to visit. Full of 18th and 19th-century surgical memorabilia and an interesting collection of unusual potions, herbs, and concoctions. There is also a bizarre assortment of rusty iron instruments and equipment that look more like tools for torture than items used for surgery. It also houses one of the oldest surviving operating theatres.

The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum in Greenwich houses an extensive collection of fans from around the world. Many years ago every lady had to learn the proper way of handling a fan. At this musuem you will learn about the history of Fans and how they were made including some made from tortoiseshells and ivory.

Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum is found at the Royal College of surgeons at Lincoln Inns Field. This is not the place to visit if you are squeamish. A must for anyone with an anatomical interest. With every medical specimen imaginable, human and animal alike. You will find the digestive tracts of humans and horses, as well as the genitals of different mammals and oddly, Churchill’s dentures.


Strange facts about London

  • Waterloo Bridge was mostly built by women
  • Hitler planned to dismantle Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and display it in Berlin
  • Covent Garden is actually a spelling mistake. The area used to be a market garden for a convent
  • There was great opposition on the proposal of building the London underground from Victorian Churchmen, they believed it would 'disturb the devil'
  • Heathrow Airport is named because the land it was built on was once a sleepy hamlet called Heath Row
  • The upper part of Tower Bridge was originally a walkway but it was closed in 1910 as it had become a haunt of prostitutes
  • In 1995 a flock of starlings landed on the minute hand of Big Ben and put the time back by five minutes
  • In 1829, with London running out of space to bury its dead, an architect called Thomas Wilson proposed building a 94 story pyramid on Primrose Hill to house five million corpses

Quirky Places to Visit in Wales

Wales has a lot more to offer than dramatic landscapes, coastlines and castles. There are plenty of unusual places to visit. So the next time your planning a trip to Wales put a couple of these on your itinerary.

Smallest House in Britain

The smallest house in Britain can be found near Conwy Castle, so handy if thats on your list of places to visit. It is jsut 6 feet wide and 11.5 feet deep. Someone lived in it untill May 1900 before the council deemed it un fit for human occupation. Since then its been visited from lots of people from around the world.

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The Glasshouse, National Botanic Garden of Wales

This botanic garden is a modern vision set in the sprawling countryside of Carmarthenshire. It was designed by Norman Foster who is an award winning and world reknown architect. It looks like a large giant raindrop from a distance. This is another recommendation from me as I have been. Its a must for any keen gardener. It houses some of the most endangered plants on the planet and they are growing and learning all about coffee and caffeine and investigating whether it really is good or bad for us. They have plenty of events going on throughout the year.


The Glasshouse

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Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Under Snowdonia you can go into a slate cavern. You will learn all about slate quarrying and see a reconstructed village which shows how the miners lived. Via the world's steepest cable mining railway you can go down into into tunnels and caverns 500 feet underground.

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King Arthur's Labyrinth

Another unusual attraction under Snowdonia is King Arthur's Labyrinth. You go in a boat through a waterfall back to the days of King Arthur. You are told tales from the native Celtic people and the Saxon invaders. Its like going on an underground storybook adventure with dramatic scenes, light and sound. Its new for 2017 and on my bucket list. Also it's the perfect all-weather attraction which is always a bonus when visiting Wales.

Quirky Places to Visit in Scotland

Scotland also has a lot more to offer than kilt and bagpipes. Its famous for its gold and whisky but also for its folklore and mythology. There are lots of quirky places to visit if castles isnt your thing.

Inverarary Jail

Inveraray Jail is in in Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is one of the finest example of a is a 19th-century prison and courthouse. One of the best-preserved jail and courtroom complexes in the world. It was in use as a prison from 1820 to 1889. Some prisoners with strange crimes include Robert Adston who's crime was being furious and insane. Archibald Malphine got 42 days for habitual drunkeness. Angus Campbell got 40 days for deserting his wife and child and Lillian Rose got 6 months for keep your pregnacy secret! Lots of kids aged just 10 were imprisoned for thieving, the youngest being just 7. Crazy crimes in todays society.

Cultybraggan WWII POW Camp

The Cultybraggan WWII Prizoner of War Camp in Comrie Scotland was built to hold Nazi war prisoner. It was known to hold the toughest and fanatical Nazi prizoners. It is one of the most complete PoW camps you can visit in the UK.

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The Kelpies

The Kelpies are two head horse sculptures created in 2013. They are made of steel plates and stand around 100 feet tall. Scotland is known for its folktales. These horses represent one which tells of water spirits known as kelpies which generally take the form of a horse.

Torwood Blue Pool

Torwood Blue Pool in Falkirk Scotland is a small brick hand made pond which there is little history about. A chap Nigel Turnbull investigated the pool before his death but never got to the bottom on its history. Knowbody knows who built it, why they built it, its purpose and where the water comes from. Its about 12 feet deep.

Quirky Places to Visit in England

There are plenty of places to visit all around England which are away from the typical tourist attractions.

Underwater Ballroom

Down in the South East of England in Surrey is Witley Wonder Underwater Ballroom. It's called the 'underwater ballroom' and was built under a mansion. The abandoned underwater lesiure room was built by Whitaker Wright. Wright was a flamboyant mining tycoon who made his money in America before moving to England. In 1890 Wright purchased an estate named Lea Park and made some great alterations to the grounds. Today the underground conservatory/smoking room is looking a little worse for ware but its facintating to explore.

The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic

The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic can be found in Boscastel in North Cornwall. It houses numerous items and documents over two floors. This is another recommendation from me as i have been there. It houses a vast collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia some 100's of years old. There is plenty to read and learn. It was only £5 to get in which I thought was great value for money. There is a shop where you can buy books, potions, spells, candles and much more.

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Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood is another great gem of England. It's the woodland inspiration for "The Lord of the Rings" but has been used as a filming location for Doctor Who and Merlin. It can be found in the Forest of Dean near Coleford Gloucestershire, England. Bit of a tourist attraction as there are farm animals, outdoor picnic tables, children’s playground, a nice little cafe and gift shop. It costs £6.50 for adults and £5.50 for kids, with under 2's going free. Well worth a visit.

Puzzlewood

The Upper Derwent Reservoirs

Those planning a visit to Derbyshire should check out the Derwent Reservoirs.They are a chain of three impressive manmade lakes that snake through Peak District National Park. They are controlled by two Gothic-style masonry dams and one large earth bank.

The Crooked House

The Crooked House in Dudley is just that crooked! I have been here and its quite eerie and odd when your inside, I recon its haunted. During the 1800s due to mining in the area, one side of the building sank. In the 1940s it was deemed unsafe and was going to be demolished, but it was rescuded by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries. They made the structure safe using buttresses and girders. Today its a pub and restaurant. If you roll a marble you can see the builing its a bit tipsy.

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