England

Alton Towers

Rounding off our totally unplanned week of obscure towers is… Alton Towers, which is very obscure, being that it’s actually a theme park. Located in the grounds of a former stately home in Staffordshire, England, Alton Towers opened as a…

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Friday, 25th July 2008

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew

While I don’t admit to possess a particularly green thumb, I do have a penchant for anything which either looks good from the air, or lays claim to unnecessary, ambiguous World Records. Just like here at the Royal Botanic Gardens,…

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Friday, 11th July 2008

The Top Gear Test Track

Last night in the UK saw the start of the eleventh series of popular BBC2 car show Top Gear – so it’s time to finally visit the Top Gear studio and track! Based at Dunsfold Park in Surrey, the two…

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Monday, 23rd June 2008

Thomas the Tank Engine Returns

When we last spotted Thomas the Tank Engine he was happily entertaining children on the Isle of Wight. People said things like “Best. Sight. Ever!“, and we all reminisced about the favourite anthropomorphised train from our childhood. Since those halcyon…

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Friday, 16th May 2008

Britain’s Tallest Cow

The web is abuzz today with news that an English animal sanctuary has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to have one of their bullocks, “Chilli”, recognised as Britain’s tallest cow. The giant Friesian apparently measures a staggering…

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Tuesday, 13th May 2008

The Onion (and the Gherkin)

Last Sunday saw the swearing in of Boris Johnson, conservative MP for Henley (and renowned committer of gaffes), as the new Mayor of London. This means that, not only will he have power over nearly everything in Greater London, he…

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Friday, 9th May 2008

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

High Line Park, New York

Recently opened in New York, the High Line is a unique new public park as it isn’t at ground level,…

Standing But Not Operating: Abandoned Theme Parks

‘Standing but not operating’ (SBNO) is the term applied to amusement parks and amusement rides that have been abandoned by their owners but remain structurally intact. Not only are abandoned amusements favourites among urban the urban exploration crowd, SBNOs also make for great Google Sightseeing!

The War of 1812 – Canada

This summer, communities around North America are marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the start of the War of 18121. Perceptions…

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