The United Kingdom is truly one of the most eclectic countries on the planet. This region has something to offer nearly everyone. From the white cliffs of Dover to the verdant green hills in the south, it is no wonder why the United Kingdom attracts millions of visitors from around the world each year. While much time has been devoted to the grandeur and unspoilt landscapes in the more rural regions, we should not forget that there are a number of enchanting and unforgettable city parks that are open to the public and provide a wonderful sense of history in a natural environment. Let us have a brief look at the top five of such parks.
Located will within the London city limits, Hyde Park occupies no less than three-hundred and fifty acres of pristine fields and woodlands. This park is steeped in history, for it was none other than King Henry VIII who first rode his horse through this region on a hunting excursion. In our modern times, Hyde Park plays host to a memorial fountain for Princess Diana as well displays the wonderful 19th-century architecture of the famous Grand Entrance.
This park is actually contiguous with Hyde Park and covers an area of approximately two-hundred and seventy acres. Once the private gardens of famous Kensington Palace, this park is now open to the public and boasts such attractions as the Italian Garden Fountains, The Serpentine Bridge and a statue of Peter Pan.
Moving away from London and north onto Manchester, Platt Fields is considered to be one of the most well-known tourist parks in the country. The primary attraction is the large lake that is located in the centre. Visitors can water ski, fish and take romantic boat rides amongst the placid waters. Platt Fields is also one of the most family-oriented parks in the country, for there are many additional amenities provided throughout the year. Cultural festivals, music concerts and regional events are all held within these tranquil confines.
Located in Northampton, Abington Park is widely known for its popularity with families, joggers and dog walkers. There are a number of attractions that this location offers including an aviary, a playground and a fascinating museum that offers visitors into the unique historical significance of what was once a medieval village. In fact, ruins of medieval structures are said to be below the park grounds themselves. Notwithstanding this interesting history, Abington Park is perhaps best known for the numerous Horse Chestnut trees that grow within its confines. With the arrival of autumn, these trees will turn a captivating and regal golden brown colour; perfect for those who have a talent with the camera or simply wish to feast their eyes upon nature’s beauty.
The last stop on our brief journey will take us to this wonderful example of Georgian architecture that is located near the heart of Bristol. One of the largest Georgian Squares in all of Europe, Queen’s Square was originally built in the 17th century, only to fall into disrepair until the 1990’s. Since then, the citizens of Bristol have restored this natural landscape to its former glory. One of the central highlights of this park is the massive statue of King William III that is located in its centre.
These are but a handful of city parks that have continued to attract both natives and tourists alike each year. Rich in history, culture and natural beauty, these splendid gems truly represent the unique and unforgettable history of the United Kingdom.