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Plymouth, England

The Leviathan

Overlooking the spot where the Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower stands Devon's answer to the Colossus of Rhodes.
London, England

Trafalgar Square Imperial Measurements

These official units of measurement—including chains and perches—lie hidden beneath tourists' feet in a popular London hub.
Ulverston, England

The Laurel and Hardy Museum

This museum dedicated to the famous comedy duo is located in the town where Stan Laurel was born.
London, England

Temple of Mithras

Rebuilt remains of a temple to Roman god Mithras.
Bewdley, England

Dowles Graveyard

The church is gone, but the graves and legends remain.
London, England

Novelty Automation

A tongue-in-cheek arcade where the games are based on everyday life.
London, England

Stables Market

Catacombs turned marketplace.
London, England

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Vectors of Disease Frieze

The Art Deco artwork depicts gilded carriers of deadly illnesses.
London, England

London Wall

Scattered throughout London are ancient remnants of the city's former bounding wall.
London, England

Twinings Tea Shop

A 300-year-old tea shop that brought tea to the English people, not to mention the Queen herself.
London, England

Leadenhall Market

This ornate Victorian marketplace was the setting for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter films.
London, England

Aldgate Pump

This pump on the bad side of Victorian London betrayed a horrifying revelation about the water supply.
London, England

The Real Greenwich Prime Meridian

Thanks to modern navigational tools we now know that the true prime meridian runs through a park next door.
London, England

Ruined Victorian Folly

Remnants of a Victorian garden feature sitting in public woodland.
Glasgow, Scotland

The Highlandman's Umbrella

Displaced highlanders would take shelter from the wet Scottish climate under the large walled bridge at Glasgow Central Station.
Denbigh, Wales

Denbigh Insane Asylum

The decaying ruins of Wales' first asylum for the mentally ill.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

De Poezenboot (The Cat Boat)

A floating cat sanctuary on an Amsterdam canal.
London, England

London's Lilliputian Police Station

London's smallest police station is barely the size of a phone booth.
London, England

Calvert 22

East London art gallery showcasing contemporary art from Europe's Eastern Bloc.
London, England

Black Museum

Since 1874, this macabre collection has developed into a museum devoted to Scotland Yard's mementos of dastardly deeds.
London, England

Aldwych Tube Station

This Underground station has been a popular filming location for decades, even before it closed.
London, England

The 'Scribble'

A giant scrawl on the skyline of south London.
London, England

The Lioness and the Lesser Kudu

This striking statue brings a scene from the African savannah into central London.
London, England

Wellington Monument

This once-controversial and slightly confusing statue of Achilles was built out of captured cannons.