Sunday, 25 April 2010

10 Seaside Locations in the UK to Explore Our Maritime History

Visit Britain has put together a list of the Top Ten Maritime Heritage sites in the UK.  So if you are looking for somewhere to go this summer, why not seek out some of our naval history and stories of smugglers, pirates and explorers setting sail to discover distant, unexplored lands.

The list that they have put together includes:

Whitby - a charming and historic fishing port on the coast of Yorkshire, famous for it's associations with Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'
Portsmouth - the famous naval town on the coast of Hampshire, where you can visit the Tudor warship 'Mary Rose' and Nelson's famous flagship 'HMS Victory'
Falmouth - a port on the coast of Cornwall that boasts the National Maritime Museum and has many tales of smugglers and the revenue men who tracked them down.
Greenwich - the historical maritime centre in London, where you can visit the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Park, and the Cutty Sark, which is one of the world's last tea clippers.
Cardiff Bay - which used to be the centre of the coal exporting industry
Bristol - visit the SS Great Britain which was the world's first large iron passenger steam ship and learn about Bristol's wine, tobacco and slave trading past in the 17th century
Aberdeen - on the coast of Scotland, Aberdeen has a Maritime Museum and is still an important port for the oil and fishing industries
Buckler's Hard - a quaint village in the New Forest National Park, where you can learn about the British Navy's shipbuilding operations. You can visit the Maritime Musem or take a boat ride down the river
Tenby - on the Pembrokeshire coast is an unspoilt beach resort, with a magnificent sandy beach and old medieval streets
Liverpool - on the mouth of the Mersey, Liverpool was one of Great Britain's busiest ports.  Visit the Maritime Museum and the new International Slavery Museum

So enjoy yourself this summer and learn about our rich maritime heritage at the same time!

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