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If you want to get away from the big city, there are a lot of interesting sites outside London where you can spend a day in a more peaceful atmosphere. You can take the opportunity to see the prehistoric earthworks of Stonehenge erected approximately in 3100 BC, to visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespeare in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, or to learn the history of the nearby Warwick castle, with numerous Medieval festivals taking place on its premises. Other interesting sites include Legoland Windsor, where especially the kids will have a blast, the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham housing 60 displays featuring various species from all over the world, and the Chessington World of Adventures combining a zoo and a theme park.


Althorp
Website: http://www.althorp.com

Althorp has been the family home of the Spencers, and Princess Diana, for the last 500 years. The house, parks and atmosphere have been redesigned to reflect the fashion wims of each epoque the family has lived through. As the Spencer estate is also Princess Diana's burial place, thousands of vistors pay homage to the princess each summer.
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Avebury
Website: http://www.avebury-web.co.uk

Avebury, a World Heritge Site and National Trust Area, is the largest prehistoric monument of its kind, consisting of a henge and stone circles around the village of Avebury, some 30 kilometres south from the famous Stonehendge. It is said that the prehistoric stones date back to some 5,000 years. Decoding the time element of the monument is difficult because of the demise of the stones, either taken for house construction or deliberately destroyed for fear they repersent pagan rituals.
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Bath
Website: http://www.visitbath.co.uk

The city of Bath is located in the county of Somerset, in the valley of the Avon River, some 100 miles west of London. As one of the most delightful areas in England, Bath boasts such nature only compared to the spa of the Greek Olympic gods. Besides the natural hot springs and spa, the city holds an historical heritage reaching back to the times of the Celts, Romans and all periods of the English past.
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Blickling Hall
Address: Blickling, Norwich Norfolk
Phone: +44 12 637 38 030
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/places/blickling/

Under the care of England's National Trust, Blickling Hall is a former stately home located in the village of Blickling in Norfolk. The house is a major attraction for tourists because of its impressive architecture, gardens and the library, which houses some of the oldest manuscripts of homilies. A unique and popular feature of the house is that it is said to be the most haunted house in Britain, declared so by a survey of the National Trust.
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Chessington World of Adventures
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Website: http://www.chessington.co.uk
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The Chessington World of Adventures theme park, some 12 miles from the London central area, boasts one of the oldest zoos in England, as well as rollercoasters, rides and various theme-related sections about vampires, pirates and geography. The park is open for visitors between March and October, and has special events for visitors during Halloween, when opening hours are longer as well.
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Colchester Zoo
Phone: +44 12 06 331 292
Website: http://www.colchester-zoo.co.uk

The Colchester Zoo is located in the town of Colchester, Essex, England. The zoo showcases some of the richest and most impressive collections of cats and primates in Europe and worldwide, including such rare species as the Waldrapp Ibbis and the Amur Leopard.
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Cotswolds
Website: http://www.the-cotswolds.org

The Cotswolds is a beautiful range of hills in western England, rated by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The NAAONB represents areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Cotswolds is so 'typically English', immersed in the colour of 'English green', with smooth hills, fragrant meadows, tiny towns and mystic villages of traditional architecture and hospitable people. The region today has attracted many wealthy people to build their second homes or retire to this unique area.
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Donnington Castle
e-mail: customers@english-heritage.org.uk

Donnington Castle is located in Berkshire, north of Newbury. The castle originates from the 14th century, when it was built by Richard Abberbury the Elder after permission from King Richard II. Throughout the centuries the castle has had many owners, including the monarch of England. It was first owned by the parlaimentarians, but then taken by the rowlists. Under the command of Sir John Boys, the castle was protected in the Second Battle of Newbury by attacks of the parliamentarians. Today, the anniversary of the battle is commemorated each year and special honor is given to all the soldiers and combatants who died in it.
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