Visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

A red-topped flyer caught my eye in the Visit Scotland tourist information centre (3 Princes Street) in the Scottish capital. ‘VISIT SCOTLAND’S BEST ATTRACTION’ urged the flyer in white capital letters on a red background. A stylised picture of the royal yacht looking much like a liner on an advertising poster from the 1920s.

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Alnwick Castle is the modern-day family home of the Dukes of Northumberland. Sculpted stone figures depicting medieval soldiers top the crenallated tower above the castle’s bailey. Many visitors recognise the castle from the films Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It has been used by filmmakers as sets in numerous movies, as well as Brancaster Castle in special editions of the popular Downton Abbey television series.

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Georges Island National Historic Site is in Halifax Harbour. Once part of the city’s defences, the island reopened to public in 2020. You can take self-guided tours of the island. Guided tours of tunnels that are part of Fort Charlotte are available on weekends.

The Grand National at Aintree Racecourse

The Grand National has been a feature of Britain’s sporting calendar since February 1839. The horse race takes place at Aintree Racecourse, on the north-east fringe of Liverpool. Now run over a course with a length of four miles, three-and-a-half furlongs – that’s around 7.14 kilometres if you think in metric terms.

Magna Carta and where to see it

In 1215 King John put his royal seal to Magna Carta. The document is regarded by many historians and libertarians as the most significant ever written in England’s history. It influenced the Constitution of the United States of America and laws in several other countries of the world.