Once voted Britain’s most picturesque street, The Shambles in York is a curiously quaint, flag-stoned avenue overhung by haphazard timber-framed houses from the 15th century.
Discover #OMGB moments: Culture
You never know when your next cultural moment will strike in Britain. You could stumble across a Henry Moore (not recognizable) sculpture in the grounds of a grand stately home, drink artisan hot chocolate in a heritage city with a long history of chocolate-making, or dance on a clifftop at a boutique music festival. Over the centuries, Britain’s streets and fields have been layered with meaning, by medieval butchers and Georgian architects, 18th-century novelists and 21st-century street artists. From Shakespeare to The Beatles, Jane Austen to Banksy, cutting-edge art galleries to world-class ballet companies, there’s nowhere else on Earth with the same cultural wow-factor.
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Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare’s heartland. This is where he was born and where he died, and the playwright’s legacy is more strongly felt here than anywhere else in the country.
For four days every September, Portmeirion, a quirky village spilling down the cliffs of north Wales, is taken over by a unique festival: Festival No. 6, “a bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture”.
Cozy Quay House in Conwy, north Wales, is officially the tiniest house in Britain.