Ten intriguing visitor attractions

July 4, 2017 - Amanda

If these stones could speak … Newgrange: older than the Pyramids

Summer’s here – peak time for visitor attractions – and the team at Blue Sail has come up with a personal selection of attractions we found intriguing (and why).  This is the latest in our series of Top Tens to mark the company’s 10th birthday.  Hope you’re inspired to add one or more of these to your own list!

Newgrange – part of the Brú na Bóinne complex of passage tombs in Ireland’s Ancient Eastbecause there’s something profoundly moving about the moment when the lights go out, and you realise you’re standing in the same dark space that ancient people stood in 5,000 years ago.

King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester – because of the way the past collides with the present: the gripping story spans six centuries and is multifaceted – a story of power and reputation, mystery and intrigue, science and happenstance.  And at its heart, a shallow grave … momento mori indeed.

Jane Austen’s House Museum  – because there’s such a strong sense of Jane herself in this small quiet space in a small quiet place (the village of Chawton, in Hampshire): it’s where she felt settled at last and wrote most of her finest works at the surprisingly small writing desk that still stands by the front door.  Authentic.

Imperial War Museum North because of the amazing building (by Daniel Libeskind) at the water’s edge at Salford Quays, and how it portrays a difficult subject in a way which is moving, not glorifying of war.

Magna Science Centre in Rotherham –  because it’s like walking into a sci-fi movie or through a computer game.

World of Wedgwood in Stoke-on-Trent – because it has transformed a historic brand into a 21st-century experience without losing its heritage.

Erdigg House in North Wales – because of the large collection of servants’ portraits that the 19th century owner took which bring ‘downstairs’ alive.

Charleston Farmhouse in East Sussex, home to artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and country retreat for the Bloomsbury Set – because of its domestic scale, original (handpainted) interiors and brilliant guides.

The Bagno Ebraico, Jewish purification ritual baths (or Mikveh), in Ortigia in Sicily dating from 15th century, discovered when a hotel was being built from an old building in the Jewish Quarter – because of the atmosphere, sense of being on-the-spot, and the glimpse into a very different culture. (Book a visit at reception and descend 18 metres. No interpretation – but none necessary to see the baths still fed by an aquifer.)

Little Sparta – Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden of sculpture and poetry in the Scottish Borders because that’s where our name (Blue Sail) comes from!

If you enjoyed this blogpost, do catch up with our other Top Tens – 10 tips for place marketing agencies, 10 inspired gardens, 10 captivating events and 10 places to meet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

*

Latest Tweets

Turkey comes top of the first league table of European National Tourist Offices on Social Media now published… https://t.co/N71jFFLeoK
22 March 2019

Faroe Islands prepare for summer rush by saying no to tourism in April. Good management in action with 'volunto… https://t.co/kXAOEevnsW
21 March 2019

Launch of new event the Wicklow EcoTrail a series of running events from 17k to 80k. Wonderful example of the way i… https://t.co/F6UPEscOei
20 March 2019

London Mayor launches drive to 'bring back domestic visitors' to capital because they tend to spend more… https://t.co/iTe2Cq4tiT
20 March 2019

What an interesting way to experience a city - tours led by trained guides who have all experienced homelessness https://t.co/7pokXwbEMw
19 March 2019

See bluesailviews on Twitter