Unusual places to visit

The Souter Lighthouse © Matthew Antrobus

The Souter Lighthouse

There is much more to us than stately houses and sweeping estates. We own some extremely unusual places that you can visit.

Lighthouses

It is perhaps not surprising that we look after many lighthouses, when you consider how much coastline is under our care. Souter Lighthouse in Sunderland once housed one of the most powerful lights in the world while South Foreland Lighthouse, near Dover was used by Marconi in his experiments with radio transmissions. You can also visit the Georgian lighthouse on the island of Lundy, or the medieval tower on the Isle of Wight - also used to signal to passing ships.

Pubs

 After a day exploring the Lakes, you can unwind with a pint and a bite to eat at Sticklebarn - the only pub that we run ourselves. If you fancy sampling a taste of a 17th-century coaching inn, the likes of which are found in the novels of Dickens, then pop in to the George Inn on Borough High Street, London. The medieval Fleece Inn near Evesham, Worcs, is a cosy village inn popular with morris dancers and folk music enthusiasts. The Crown Bar is one of Belfast's most famous pubs, and visitors can enjoy cosy snugs and an ornate interior over their Guinness.

Mines

Britain has a great mining heritage, and visitors can now venture down to a Roman goldmine at Dolaucothi in Wales, visit the remains of tin mining around much of the Cornish countryside and the site of a former copper smelting works at Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall in Wales.

Other days out with a difference:

  • Whipsnade Tree Cathedral: Created after the first world war, it is free to wander around the park, and reflect on the spirit of 'faith, hope and reconciliation' as you enjoy the trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Theatre Royal, Suffolk: Catch a performance in Britain's only surviving regency playhouse, or take a tour of the venue to admire the stunning interior.
  • Patterson's Spade Mill, Co. Antrim: Spades have been made on this site for hundreds of years, and you can still experience the sights, sounds and smells of the last working water-driven spade mill in Britain.