Weird and wonderful attractions in the UK you’ll want to add to the bucket list

Secret gardens, a witchcraft museum and a ghost bus tour of Edinburgh have been named as the top weird and wonderful attractions in the UK.

A survey conducted by Sykes Holiday Cottages has unveiled Brits' top unusual days out of choice, and the best part is that there are heaps of budget-friendly offerings.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall proved the most popular quirky attraction, thanks to the rare wildlife, ancient woodlands and impressive bamboo tunnels.

Meanwhile, second place went to another Cornish hotspot; the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. (Think less Harry Potter and more historic artefacts).

Oh, and if you're into your witches and ghosts then the Edinburgh ghost bus tour is sure to be a hit, sharing some of the city's ghoulish tales while offering plenty of sightseeing opportunities.

We take a look at the top 10 weird and wonderful attractions in the UK below…

1. Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

 

Dating back to the mid-18th century these gardens were once one of the glories of Cornwall.

The garden was restored in the 1990s, and now you can wander through the landscaped gardens, look out for the rare wildlife, explore the ancient woodlands and feel like you're in a fairytale, or explore the gardens' Jungle with bamboo tunnels, giant rhubarb and bananas.

Adult tickets from £15, child tickets from £7. You can find out more on the official website.


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2. The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Cornwall

Tucked away in the village of Boscastle right by the harbour, this small but fascinating museum is filled with witchcraft-related artefacts, exploring how they played a role in British history.

The museum also offers a glimpse into the magical practice and beliefs from around the world through educational exhibitions, and drawing upon the insights of magical practitioners.

You can find out more on the official website.

3. Ghost Bus Tour, Edinburgh

 

Edinburgh has heaps of world-famous sights and attractions, but for something a little different you may want to hop onto this spooky bus tour.

Hear ghoulish tales from the city's history including the ghost piper of Edinburgh Castle, the cold-blooded murder that took place at the former home of Mary Queen of Scots, and the infamous body snatchers Burke and Hare.

Oh, and the very brave can even stop off at one of the world's most haunted graveyards…

Adult tickets start from £17.50 and child tickets from £12.50. Find out more on the official website.


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4. Longleat Hedge Maze, Wiltshire

Located in the Longleat estate, the biggest maze in Britain is sure to put your wits to the test thanks to the various twists and turns, dead ends and winding paths.

The aim is to reach the central observation tower where you can enjoy picturesque views of the landscape – and then of course, find your way back out!

Visits to the maze can take anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes, depending on how long it takes for you to reach the middle!

Find out more on the Longleat website.

5. The Crooked House, Dudley

 

This quirky pub catches visitors' attention thanks to its wonky structure!

The building became a pub in the 1800s, at which point it had already begun sinking to one side due to mining in the area.

It's estimated now that one side of the pub is over a metre lower than the other, with plenty of optical illusions throughout to add to the overall effect.

Find out more on the Crooked House website.


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6. Mother Shipton's Cave, North Yorkshire

One of England's oldest visitor attractions, this cave is where the famous Yorkshire prophetess Mother Shipton is said to have been born.

It's right by the 'Petrifying Well', a unique geological phenomenon which never fails to impress visitors as the cascading water seems to turn everyday objects to stone…

Find out more on the official website.

7. Llama treks, The Lake District

 

Want to learn all about llamas and get up close to these adorable creatures?

There are heaps of llama treks on offer throughout the Lake District where you can walk alongside the animals and get to take in the views of the spectacular region at the same time.

It can make for a quirky way to spend a day out for the whole family.


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8. The Small House, Conwy

Quay house is the smallest house in the UK, with a floor area measuring just 3.05mx1.8m.

It's open to visitors and can easily be spotted thanks to its bright red exterior, so you can explore the living room, the room for coal and an open fire, and the cramped bedroom with a small niche for storage.

Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children. Find out more on The Small House website.

Located in Santon on the Isle of Man, this sanctuary was founded in 1996 to provide a haven for unwanted, disabled and traumatised cats.

The impressive sanctuary spreads across six acres, and the cats can roam freely. Visitors can wander around and meet some of the friendly residents, while exploring the impressive property.

You can find out more on the Mann Cat Sanctuary website.

10. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

 

No, that wasn't a very odd typo. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is the name of a small, quiet town in Anglesey, and it's famous for having the longest place name in an English-speaking country.

Attracting around 200,000 visitors a year, it boasts plenty of attractions including the railway station with its full name, while other local highlights include the Menai Bridge and Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens.

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