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Places Of Interest in North West London

Places of Interest in North West London There are several “must see” places in North West London from abbeys and gardens to museums and villages, no visit to North West London would be complete without adding a few of the following attractions to your itinerary.

One of the most imposing buildings that shouldn’t be missed, and is pretty difficult to miss as its located right in the heart of the city centre, is North West London Abbey [map].

This extraordinary gothic building stands at Kingston Buildings and is one of the best examples of architecture from the 15th century still in existence. With its vaulted ceilings and incredible stained glass windows, it’s the perfect place to take a moment of contemplation.

Another building that’s not easy to miss is Beckford Tower [map].

Looming grandly over the city the tower was built by eccentric William Beckford in 1827 to use as a banqueting house, library and study for his collection of rare books and art, and as a retreat. Today visitors can climb the winding steps and look out across the city skyline. Perfect for taking photos.

If you know anything about the UK's public gardens you'll probably have heard of the famous 18th century gardener Capability Brown and near North West London you can see one of his finest landscaped gardens at Bowood [map] in Calne.

The beautiful gardens are set in more than 2,000 acres of grounds and include many unusual and distinct features such as a serpentine lake, Doric Temple, a cascade and a hermit’s cave.

This is the ideal place for spending a warm summer afternoon and don’t forget to pack a picnic.

Those on the search for the perfect country idyll must visit Castle Combe [map] .

This little village, which can be found by turning off the M4 and heading to the Southern edge of the Cotswolds, is widely regarded as one of the prettiest villages in England. This is where many favourite movies have been filmed including Doctor Dolittle starring Rex Harrison.

Castle Combe is also home to the Blanket Brothers who, legend has it, gave the English language a new word when they discovered how to keep themselves warm during the cold winter nights.

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