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We travel through the flags of UK to find the most bizarre and creepy yet fascinating destinations.
First stop….. England.
Alnwick Poison Gardens, Alnwick
With Adams family like big black gates, lies a deadly garden which contains around 100 killer plants from deadly Nightshade, Strychnine, to Hemlock.
Signs posted throughout the gardens: “Do not touch any of the plants, don’t even smell them. There are plants here that can kill you.”
Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle
When you think of Witchcraft you automatically think of Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690’s. But did you know England was still punishing “witches” well into the 1950’s, in Boscastle – now the famous eery Museum of Witchcraft and Magic?
Second stop….. Ireland.
Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast
Standing tall and proud since being established in 1826 as a ‘pit stop’ along the railway from Belfast to Lisburn, lies a pub. Originally know back then as the Railway Tavern, it’s changed hands a few times and since 1885 is known as the Crown Liquor Saloon. It boasts ten private “snug” areas with their own doors which are ringed with small, stained glass flourishes. Make your next pint a historical occasion!
The Dark Hedges, County Antrim
Warped trunks, twisted branches, and an eerie eco give this well-known road in Ireland an aura of the supernatural. It’s no surprise this road has featured in various t.v shows including Game of Thrones. There are also rumours of a “Grey Lady” who floats along behind the rows and disappears just as the lane ends.
Third stop….. Scotland.
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
You can only reach this destination by foot, hiking through the Glen Brittle forest. Small waterfalls are scattered around and have become some of the most pristine swimming holes in the world. On sunny days the pools boast crystal clear turquoise water allowing you to see each moss-covered stone at the bottom. On a rainy day you’ll see torrents of water rush and whirl in thunderous cascades between pools with waterfalls of various shapes and sizes.
Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Holywood
A 30-acre spectacular garden whose design is guided by the fundamentals of modern physics, with spiral snail-shaped grass mounds, entwined DNA helix sculptures, and undulating waves of rhododendrons make up the Garden of Cosmic Speculation. The unusual garden was designed by architecture theorist Charles Jencks and his late wife, Maggie Keswick, an expert on Chinese gardens.
Last stop….. Wales.
Abandoned Denbigh Insane Asylum, Denbigh
Built in 1844, this hospital was a refuge for Welsh-speaking mental patients only. It accommodated around 200 patients but due to overcrowding eventually expanded to accommodate 1500 patients. After 147 years of service, it eventually closed its doors in 1995. Unfortunately, since closing their doors the hospital keeps getting vandalised and plans have been made to demolish the historic building but these were never completed. It has been featured an episode of “Most Haunted” back in 2008.
Llechwedd Caverns Trampoline Park, Gwynedd
An old mine with huge springy nets suspended underground creating a unique subterranean bounce park. After entering the park via an old mine train you stumble upon a staggering maze of 10,000 square feet of nets. There are three levels with trampolines – 20 feet, 60 feet and 180 feet off the ground. You can bounce from one to another by going through the industrial-sized slide, creepy crawl through a tunnel, or descend a spiral staircase deep into the cavern.
So we hope that you find these fascinating places as interesting as we do.