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16 ruins in Great Britain

Ruins in Salisbury
Stonehenge
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Stonehenge is an old place quite famous in England. It is in the southeast, close to Salisbury, about 2 hours from London by car. You can also get there by train, and the other advantage is that with megabus.co.uk, prices for tickets start at 1 pound if you but them in advance. From Salisbury there is a bus that goes towards Stonehenge every hour during the day between 10h and 15h. The place has an estimated age of 4000 years, and the reason it was constrcuted is a mystery to this day. The stones come from up to 280 miles away! Some say that the place was used to make human sacrifices. To visit, or you can pay the $ 10 entry, and a little closer to the stones that if you stay off campus, but outside looks good, the 3 sides that form the triangular place, which is not much more than an English countryside with stones on top. The only thing you're missing by not paying is an audio guide, and the chance to walk on bridges to avoid getting dirty.
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Ruins in Winchester
Palace of the Bishop of Winchester
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These ruins are of the palace of the powerful Bishops of Winchester. The palace was one of the largest buildings in medieval London. The palace was built in the 12th century by Bishop Henry of Blois, the brother of King Stephen. This was a palace designed so the bishops could be in comfort when they visited London on business. What remains are the walls of one of the main rooms on the south bank of the river Thames. The wall had doors to access the kitchen, and a beautiful carved window. The rest of the palace was organized into two courtyards. It had a jail and even a butcher ... The bishop had private apartments with leisure gardens to relax. The palace was used until the 17th century. The ruins were renovated in the 1980's.
Ruins in Craignure
Iona Abbey
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Combined with the activities that were carried away in Iona, only a very short distance away was the convent of the Augustinian order, which today remain only the ruins. The visitor's imaginations wander to when it was once a convent with full activity, although small in size. The foundation of the XIII century convent and its destruction, as usual, was the work of religious reform undertaken by Henry VIII in all of Britain (with some caveats). The original name was Gaelic convent "Eaglais Dhubh" (Black Church, by the color of the habits of the nuns of the order). You can visit for free because the ruins are not in great condition. They are highly protected, though, and now there are some reforms.
Ruins in Newton Stewart
Glenluce Abbey
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Lost in green, unknown valleys are the ruins of beautiful abbey, a local gem that has little impact on the country's monastic history . Occupied by Cistercian monks, the abbey controlled the valley's natural resources while providing spiritual service to local people in southern Scotland (Dumfries area). Believed to have been founded in 1192 by Rolland of Lochlann (Lord of Galloway and one of the most important Scottish judges). After the religious reform of 1560 the abbey was progressively abandoned until the last monk died in 1602, the abbey was then finally abandoned and condemned to become ruins. It is now controlled by Historic Scotland who are in the process of digging for more information about its history. The cloister and the chapel have been carefully restored to prevent total damage, which makes them two very important places to visit, they are perfect examples of how these places were in the Middle Ages. A beautiful Abbey in a beautiful natural setting in the south of Scotland.
Ruins in Christchurch
Christchurch Castle
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All the photos you see below are of the castle of Christchurch, its ruins and gardens.
Ruins in Coldingham
Coldingham Priory
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The Priory of Coldingham was founded by Benedictine monks with the help and consent of the Scottish King David I in the 12th century . Although a community or settlement existed before this, the foundation of it encompasses the foundation of the village. There was a Catholic community in the Celtic which suggests it was founded in the year 640. The end of monastic life occurs with the attack of Oliver Cromwell in 1648, who destroyed the monastery. However there is a reconstruction that is currently used as a church (Church of Scotland) taking advantage of the existing structures existing there. Today the church compound encompasses the ruins that correspond to the cemetery, cloister and prior's quarters. Interesting the graves and tombstones, some of the eighteenth century but some of the fourteenth century. It's not the biggest attraction dudad historical and tourist town, it's free and for lovers of history and abbeys / monasteries, an unforgettable place.
Ruins in Enniskillen
Devenish Island Monastic Site
This is one of those places you'll fall in love with. It's a site with well-preserved ruins on a lovely island surrounded by a crystal clear lake. Entrance to the ruins is free, you just have to pay for the boat that takes you to the island. About 5 miles north of Enniskillen there's a jetty, but it's only open 2 hours a day. I think from the city there are also boat tours that include a stop at the ruins.
Ruins in Stirling
Mar's Wark
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Very close to Stirling Castle, and opposite the Argyll residence, are the ruins of what was once a splendid Renaissance residence in Stirling. Built in 1569 by the Earl of Mar, for a long time the guardian of Stirling Castle and regent of Scotland during the reign of James VI. On the main façade, the only one left standing, are different architectural elements such as carved stone figures, stone panels, gargoyles and other stones that were brought from Cambuskenneth Abbey. Because the noble house of Mar chose to support the Jacobite party, which ruled the rebellion of 1715, the mansion was reduced to ruins (literally at gunpoint), and was used as temporary barracks until their complete deterioration, leaving it in the state we see today. Even in ruins it's an historical place to visit in the old town of Stirling.
Ruins in Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle´s Walls
These walls surrounded Newcastle in the eleventh century, when the new castle was built, which gives its name to the city. You can still see Castle Keep near the entrance of the High Level Bridge. They were integrated into the modern city and some old doors to passageways from the lower to the upper city were kept. The walls were enlarged in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries to help protect against invasion during wars. They measure about 3 km long and at least a couple of meters wide. There were 17 towers and a road up the walls to get around, but they were destroyed by the expansion of the city.
Ruins in London
Ruins of Winchester Palace
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The ruins of this palace is located south of the river and was ordered to be built in the twelfth century by Henry de Blois in Tudor style. The great hall was built in 1136, additions made around 1350, also see the remains of three of the doors of the pantry and kitchen. The palace was destroyed by fire in 1814 and part of it was restored in the twentieth century. See other data on the official website of Tourism London, at 1 Palace Street.
Ruins in Chester
Chester Roman Amphitheatre
The Chester Amphitheater is the largest to be discovered in Britain, dating back to the first century when the Roman fortress of Deva Victrix was founded. The ruins are comprised of a large stone amphitheater, similar to those found in continental Europe, and many believe that a smaller wooden amphitheater stood on the site and predated the stone structure. Today, only the northern half of the structure can be seen; the southern half is covered by buildings, and the magnificent church on the south side is a serious obstacle to dig around.
Ruins in Stirling
Ruins in Gorebridge
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Ruins in Saint Monans
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Ruins in Blairgowrie
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Ruins in Cornwall
Porthcurno
The Minack Theater is built in open air out of cliffs looking out so see! Unfortunately we didn't visit the Telegraph Museum, the theater was however an awesome sight! Regrettably we did not see the opera, but rather took in the shear beauty and presence of such a stunning building.
Activities in Great Britain
Civitatis
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