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Monsal Dale Viaduct, Derbyshire

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend we asked you to send us your nominations for the UK's hidden treasures by Twitter and email. Here is a selection, and details of who suggested each location:

Aston Hall, Birmingham


  • "Love Aston Hall, in Birmingham (where I live), it's so beautiful and has great historical roots. They do candlelit tours at Christmas too!"
  • Website: www.bmag.org.uk

Castleton, Derbyshire

@LizJL - Liz Littlewood

Caerwent and Caerleon, Wales

@adesmith1972 - Adrian Smith

  • "Roman Caerwent with its amazing walls, houses, temple and forum basilica. And nearby Caerleon, the fortress with its barracks, amphitheatre and baths. They are digging there right now!"
  • Website: www.caerleon.net

Chysauster Ancient Village, Penzance, Cornwall.

Edwin Deady

  • "Courtyard of Iron Age houses to explore. Fabulous place with a view of the sea and the prehistoric landscape of the end of the country."
  • Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, Burton-on-Trent

Roy Barratt

  • "One of Britain's largest restored steam operated pumping stations. Examples of Victorian steam and engineering technology can be seen here as well as the oldest operating electrical generator in Britain. This really is a historical industrial gem."
  • Website: www.claymills.org.uk

Didling Church, Sussex

@gazleton - Gary Middleton

  • "Didling Church is at the foot of the Downs in Sussex. Tiny with no electricity. Services by candle light."
  • Website: www.achurchnearyou.com

Dunbar Close, Edinburgh

@sarasheridan - Sara Sheridan

  • "My treasure is the Mushroom Trust's 17th century garden, hidden just off the High Street in Edinburgh."
  • Website: www.edinburgh-royalmile.com

Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

@amylou981 - Amy Louise Western

  • "Dunluce castle is a ruin but it's so magical. It's got a lovely atmosphere about it - very mysterious and it's right on the edge of the cliffs."
  • Website: www.northern-ireland-travel.com

Escomb Church, Durham

@simonmcurtis - Simon Curtis

  • "Escomb Church in Durham is hidden, and the most atmospheric place I've been in. There is Castle Stalker also."
  • Website: www.thisisdurham.com

Holy Trinity Church, York

@richard3museum - Richard III

  • "Holy Trinity Church tucked away off busy Goodramgate, York - box pews, beautiful stained glass and quiet churchyard."
  • Website: www.historyofyork.org.uk

Hulne Park, Alnwick

@danielthew - Daniel Watkins

  • "The remains of two stunning monasteries, Brizlee Tower, and some of the best views and scenery anywhere."
  • Website: www.visitnorthumberland.com

Kinloch Castle, Scotland

@meefymeef - Martha Bryce

  • "Kinloch Castle on Rum with humming birds, early air conditioning and the first house with electricity in Scotland."
  • Website: www.isleofrum.com

Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, Wales

Mark Johnston

  • "A 15th century stained glass window over the altar and the grave of Prince Cadfan marked with the first Celtic cross (8th century). It is also a lovely quiet place, holy for 1,300 years."
  • Website: www.photosofchurches.com

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Jim Thomson

  • "A 16th Century tower house with 19th Century extensions overlooking the Firth of Forth. Step inside and you see it just as it was in 1926, when it was left to the nation by the last private owner, Mrs Reid."
  • Website: www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk

Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire

@thehistorygeeks - Andrew Woodall

  • "My treasure is Lichfield Cathedral. Only medieval English cathedral with three spires. Has been an important site for 1400+ years."
  • Website: www.lichfield-cathedral.org

Monsal Dale Viaduct, Derbyshire

@Dr_RaulDuke - Chris Murphy

Mottisfont Abbey, Wiltshire

@LiffyMuddle - Liffey Morris-Soper

  • "A Medieval monastery converted into a house. Whistler painted one of the rooms. Lovely!"
  • Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Museum of Brands, Notting Hill, London

@HangingPuppet - Neil Ridulfa

  • "Literally hidden in a residential mews behind Portobello Rd Market. The tourist crowds don't know it's there."
  • Website: www.museumofbrands.com

The Old Library, Cardiff

@amylou981 - Amy Louise Western

  • "Beautiful building and stunning 'Tiled Corridor' now reopened to the public as @thecardiffstory"
  • Website: www.cardiffstory.com

Pevensey Castle, Sussex

@Annalie111 - Annalie Seaman

  • "Upstanding Roman Walls surrounding a moated medieval castle, WWII gun emplacements hidden in the grounds FAB!"
  • Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Inchmahome Priory, Menteith


Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne

@joseaman13 - Jonathan Seaman

The Ridgeway, Dorset

@alanbritton - Alan Britton

  • "87 miles long on the North Wessex Chalk Downs. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Free Access. Stunning"
  • Website: www.dorsetforyou.com

The Royal Arcade, Norwich

@stuartalder - Dr Stuart Alder

Speke Hall, Liverpool

@rosieposie958 - Rosie Croker

Staffordshire Moorlands

Robert Jones

  • "One of England's best kept secrets. As well as some stunning scenery and lovely walks have a look at Flash, the highest village in Britain at 1518ft above sea level. It also has the highest church in Britain."
  • Website: www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

St James' Church, Louth, Lincs

@gailywailywoo - Gail Bourne

  • "St James' Church is where The Lincolnshire Rising started. It has tallest parish spire in England."
  • Website: www.stjameschurchlouth.com

St Mary's Church, Holne, Dartmoor

@Mizz_Moneypenny - Becky

The Tank Museum, Bovington

@Paigetheoracle - Tony Sandy

  • "The only one of its kind in the UK, even though there are other maritime, aircraft and general war museums as well as others specialising in peacetime vehicles and transport, principally cars."
  • Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Tintern Abbey, Wye Valley, Wales


  • "I love Tintern Abbey. The Wye Valley is a beautiful and underrated part of the British Isles."
  • Website: www.castlewales.com

Tomb of the Eagles, Orkney, Scotland

@meefymeef - Martha Bryce

  • "What about visiting The Tomb of the Eagles on Orkney. Amazing place - meet the farmer who excavated it, sky burials..."
  • Website: www.tomboftheeagles.co.uk

Tudor House Museum, Southampton

Ruth Maybee

  • "It's only just reopened after about eight years closure because it was falling down. It's a wonderful, amazing and magical place to visit. 15th Century meets 21st."
  • Website: www.southampton.gov.uk

Uffington Castle, Wiltshire

Jacqueline Monument

  • "You can climb the hill where St George killed the dragon, walk the Ridgeway to an Iron Age grave site. All with stunning views of Wiltshire."
  • Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Washington Old Hall, Tyne & Wear

Lesley Sharpe

  • "A gem with American connections. Stunning medieval house and gardens, original features... it's great!"
  • Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Wet Earth Colliery, Clifton, Manchester


  • "World's first deep shaft mine, industrial archaeology and good countryside too!"
  • Website: www.salford.gov.uk

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