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The 10 Most Beautiful Places in the UK You Didn't Know Existed

Sure, we all know about Stonehenge, and frankly it's getting kind of old. So instead, here are 10 of the lesser-known wonders of the United Kingdom, both manmade and all-natural, that you probably didn't know existed...

Finnich Glen

Glasgow
Finnich -- otherwise known at "The Devil's Pulpit" -- is a 100ft gorge intercut by a river that runs a blood-like red, thanks to the sandstone it flows over. Said to have been the meeting place for druids 2,000 years ago, it remains almost completely hidden from the road nearby.

Stair Hole 

Dorset
Sitting on Dorset's fossil-laden "Jurassic Coast," Stair Hole in an area of exposed, weirdly folded limestone leaning on a pair of rock pillars, and enclosing a small beach below. 

Staffa Island

Scotland
Home to Fingal's Cave sitting just off the West coast of Scotland, Staffa is Norse for "Pillar" with no prizes for guessing why. Like the Giant's Causeway in Ireland, this place is built on strangely geometric basalt columns.

The Royal Pavilion

Brighton
... is in Brighton, not India. It was originally commissioned by the Prince of Wales in 1787, back when "taking in the sea air" was supposed to be like a shot of antibiotics, and when building stuff in the style of the Far East was cool as hell.

The Yew Tunnel

Painswick
Created over the course of 300 years (although some of the trees are 900 years old) in Gloucestershire, this church yard has precisely 99 trees in it at all times.

Smoo Cave

Durness
Unique within the UK, this huge opening in the earth is a combined sea cave and freshwater cave. This waterfall is 20m high, but the total size of the cave remains a mystery thanks to the fact that cave exploration is crazy dangerous.

Logan Botanic Garden

Logan
This here? This is in Scotland. And no, there is no biodome covering this place, it's all outside. It's actually got a freakishly warm climate thanks to the balmy North Atlantic Drift, and the uniquely sheltered geography of the area, allowing it to grow tropical-only plants a mere 700 miles from the Arctic Circle.

Minack Theatre

Cornwall
Modeled after a Greek amphitheater, the Minack is built into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, with many of the performances (mostly Shakespeare) being immortalized by having their dates & name literally carved into the seats.

Nanjizal Beach 

Cornwall
This Cornish cave is only visible at low tide, when it reveals this narrow, slit-like arch, and the tidal pool below. It's also generally deserted for this reason, and the fact that it's so far from a road.

Mealt Falls

Isle of Skye
Dropping 55m down, and straight into the sea below (which in itself is fairly rare), Mealt also has the distinction of sitting on a "Kilt Rock" formation, which despite sounding like a truly horrific band idea, is actually a mountainous outcropping that apparently looks like a kilt.

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