Visit England’s Hall of Fame

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Tower Bridge - the most well-known bridge in the world?

Tower Bridge – the most well-known bridge in the world?

There are just another ten days to go if you want to submit entries for Visit England’s Hall of Fame. And so far there have been some tremendous suggestions so Just about Travel thought it would share some with you. Remember you get the chance to vote on which should actually enter the Hall of Fame when the shortlist opens for voting on April 23rd.

The world’s smallest cinema: Nottingham’s Screen 22 is claimed to be the smallest digital recognised single screen cinema in the world. With only 22 seats, you can experience the comfort of your living room alongside the big screen. Screen 22 also has the rare facility of being able to screen films in their original letterbox format, via anamorphic projection.

The world’s longest pleasure pier: Southend Pier. Southend was hailed the holiday destination to visit in the nineteenth century. Competing with the fashionable Margate of the time. Originally made of wood, in 1887 the pier was replaced for an iron counterpart. It currently extends 1.34 miles (2.16 km) into the Thames Estuary making it the longest pleasure pier in the world. It even has its own tram system.

The world’s first chocolate bar: Bristol In 1847 Fry’s chocolate factory in Union Street, Bristol, moulded the first chocolate bar. The firm starting producing the Fry’s Chocolate Cream bar in 1866 and also brought to the UK, the first chocolate Easter Egg.

The world’s first public museum: The British Museum. Founded in 1753 and open to the public in 1759, London’s British Museum is the world’s first ever national public museum. Today, the popular London attraction houses a staggering eight million artefacts from across the globe and spans across two million years of human history. Highlights include the ancient Egyptian Rosetta Stone, the Benin Bronzes and classical Greek sculptures the Elgin Marbles.

The world’s oldest public library: Chetham Library was founded in 1653 and is claimed to be the oldest surviving public library across the English-speaking world. Housed in a medieval sandstone building in Manchester city centre, the library was the meeting place of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels when Marx visited Manchester. The economics books Marx was reading at the time can be seen on a shelf in the library, as can the window seat where Marx and Engels would meet.

The world’s largest royal home: Windsor Castle s said to be both the world’s largest and oldest occupied castle. It is an impressive architectural medley spanning centuries, with stone-clad battlements and luxurious furnishings making it an arresting sight both inside and out. Known as the Queens official residence, it’s been the family home of English kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. Much of the castle is open to the public, such as the State Apartments, and St George’s Chapel

The world’s most infamous serial killer: Jack the Ripper is claimed to be the most infamous serial killer in the world. He stallked the Whitechapel area of London back in 1888  but who exactly was he? Was he the grandson of Queen Victoria, the Queen’s physician, a cabbie or a butcher? This ‘who dunnit’ conundrum remains a constant source of dark fascination.
The world’s oldest football club: Sheffield FC  Though it’s thought similar games were played in ancient China, Greece and Rome, football – as we know it – is claimed to have been created in Sheffield back in 1857. According to Sheffield FC, the rules of the game were first drawn up by pioneers Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest, who also founded the world’s first football club in 1857.

But there are so many others that could join the list. Is the telephone box near Leith Hill in Surrey the smallest museum in the world? Is Cromer in Norfolk the only place in the world where tourism is promoted by having a statement from Winston Churchill saying that he hated his time there? Is Towere Bridge the most recognisable bridge in the world?

And why doesn’t this idea get quickly hovered up by Visit Scotland, Visit Wales, Tourism Ireland and even local tourism groups? What about a Blackpool Hall of Fame or a Leicestershire one?

Anyone that nominates or later votes for a claim will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a weekend break away. You can nominate either using Visit England’shall of fame page or their Facebook page. But you have only until March 23rd. The app is available at, and on VisitEngland’s Facebook page.

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