Britain's Got Heritage

'Heritage is all around us. Helps us understand how the past has shaped who we are. Makes places more interesting and characterful' claims this year's English heritage handbook. And it tells the truth, actually. Our week of summer-travel-relaxing-photographing-bit sightseeing-trip to Cornwall turned out to be a journey through England's history, ranging from ancient castles and deserted fortresses to fabulous gardens.
This unfamiliar, permanent presence of historic sites makes me wonder why we don't have that much heritage in Germany either? One answer may be we just don't recognise it, because we're not to pay whenever facing an ancient building. Admittedly, English sites charm with an amazing, matchless charisma.

So, welcome to Britain's Got Heritage, a neat presentation of several significant British sites around Cornwall. Unlike at a popular TV series, as a spectator of importance it'll be your pleasure to take part, judge and vote for the site you like most. All right? Let's go!


Opening the challenge, our first candidate is certainly the most famous. Actually, I'm sure you all know the prehistoric monument Stonehenge, so I needn't bother to bore you with further facts. Anyway, regardless of any weather situation, hundreds of visitors swarm the area every day. Even if Stonehenge has been photographed to death and corrosion, the old standing stones combined with green gras and blue sky are still providing a suitable desktop background, aren't they?

Jungle at Lost Gardens of Heligan Mud Maid

Imagine, you had a garden and it covered the size of 45 football fields. You'd need the luxury of 20 gardeners to prevent it from overgrowing, like the Tremayne family has employed for more than 400 years. Though the Lost Gardens of Heligan provide various kinds of vegetation, even including a lovely subtropical jungle area, in my opinion you can do your pocket a favour and examine grandma's garden instead.

St Michael's Mount St Michael's Mount

It's Cornish translation means 'the grey crag in the forest'. However, St Michael's Mount is not surrounded by trees, but by water. Geologists impute today's status to progressive erosion, which has settled the original abbey onto an island.
Since having arrived in nearby Marazion at low tide, we were able to make our way by foot, but were minutes late to leave the island before the oncoming tide, so we watched the last crossing walkers to be covered by water up to the hip, before boarding a ferry.


Surrounded by the Atlantic sea on more than three sides, peninsula Tintagel's history dates back to medieval times, when the Romans occupied the stony cliffs. Today's remains of settlement derive from a period of Celtic kings using the windswept coastline as seasonal residence. According to the legend, famous King Arthur was conceived there in the 12th century, after wizard Merlin had helped his father to get into the adversarial castle by changing his appearance. However, tourists probably don't visit to adore King Arthur, anyway Tintagel's scenery is kind of magic!

Bodmin Moor

Our next candidate is not a cliff, but nevertheless pretty rocky. Instead of scaring tourists by setting them into impermeable fog and causing headlines because of drowned victims, Bodmin Moor appears as a flat dangerless ocean of moss and bushes, occasionally cluttered with an accumulation of huge stones, some of which form strange furniture-like shapes.

Bodmin stone pit

Lots of constructions all over England, including Westminster Bridge, were built with granite from Bodmin Moor's stone pits, which contrast beautifully with the barren soil today by revealing a gorgeous pond-green grass idyll.

Minack Theatre Minack Theatre

Recreated as a Greek amphitheatre, hand-crafted seat rows and stage make up Minack Theatre. Its location directly in the cliffs over the sea gives plays a sensational setting, and allows visitors an unforgettable sunset experience.

Land's End

Fittingly, we have reached our last site, which doesn't belong to heritage so far, but is at least that popular. Actually I could have shown a picture of any other unique cornish cliff, and those who haven't been there yet, would have taken it for Land's End. Of course, I'm not kidding you and it is the symbolic, most western place of England, but there's nothing too special about it, except the by now already well-known attractive seaside landscape and the stable local forecast: 'If you can see Skilly Islands, it's going to rain. If you can't see them, it's raining.'

Now it's your turn to figure out the most beautiful site. Just leave a comment down here, stating your favourite site and what made your decision!

It has been my great joy to be your presenter. Thank you for your interest and I'd be very pleased to have you here another time. Bye!

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Hallo BTL,

das ist - mal wieder - eine sehr gelungene Präsentation. Mein Favorit ist Tintagel. Die Küste dort ist sehr beeindruckend und als Fan der alten Englischen Sagen habe ich dort schon ein Gefühl für die für die lange englische Geschichte bekommen.







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