We asked you five quick trivia questions about UK tourist attractions. Here are the answers:
- In which county is the apple tree that supposedly inspired Isaac Newton’s Theory of Gravity?
Lincolnshire. The story that the falling apple actually bashed Newton on the bonce is just a myth, and the tree that produced the apple is long gone. But you can still see a descendant of it at Woolsthorpe Manor, near Grantham.
- The Dales Way is an 80-mile trek that runs from Ilkley to where?
Bowness-on-Windermere. The Dales Way was created in the late 1960s by Colin Speakman and two colleagues and connects Leeds, Bradford and Halifax with one National Park (the Lake District) via another (the Yorkshire Dales). Windermere, at the western end of the Way, is England’s longest lake.
- What place in the UK is often referred to as the ‘home of cricket’ and is also home to the world’s oldest sporting museum?
Lord’s, the home of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) since the club was founded by Thomas Lord in 1787 – although it moved twice in its first 30 years of existence and has been at its present location in St John’s Wood in north-western central London “only” since 1814.
- Which UK beach featured in the films Robin Hood and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Freshwater West in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It provided the location for Shell Cottage and house-elf Dobby’s grave in both Deathly Hallows films. Freshwater West’s also renowned as a haven for surfers – it hosts the Welsh National Surfing Championships.
- What is the name of Scotland’s oldest purpose-built visitor attraction?
The Camera Obscura on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Originally founded as Short’s Observatory in the early 1850s, it passed through several different hands before being sold by the University of Edinburgh to Visitor Centres Ltd. It’s now known as the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. It underwent a major extension in 2010 and obtained VisitScotland’s coveted five-star status in 2011.
(Questions courtesy of UK Attraction)
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