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Some landmarks have become popular stops on a tour of England due largely to their historical significance, while others have gained fame thanks to their aesthetic appeal. However, there are many tourist destinations throughout the country that are well-visited largely because of how unusual they are. Checking out some of the oddest places in England will certainly leave a lasting impression once you've headed home. Here are some of the best, according to the BBC.
The Blowing Stone
While a perforated rock may not seem like such a large draw at face value, the Blowing Stone is a little different. Located in Oxfordshire, the stone has gained fame because its perforations are situated in such a way that they create a booming sound if someone blows into them the correct way. Not only that, but the supposed history behind the stone is especially interesting.
Legend has it that King Alfred used the stone to summon troops at the Battle of Ashford, which took place in the 9th century. There is also a legend that anyone who can produce the sound will be the future king of England.
Pitt Rivers Museum
Attached to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Pitt Rivers Museum is unique not because of how it looks, but for what it houses under its roof. A visit to Pitt Rivers will bring you face to face with some of the most compelling archeological and anthropolgical collections from Oxford, notes the BBC. There are an estimated 500,000 items in the museum ranging from shrunken heads to Japanese masks.
Wookey Hole Caves
The caves, which are located in Somerset, have been used by humans for an estimated 50,000 years and have become an unusual tourist hub in recent years. The popular destination is famous for a number of reasons, but arguably its most famous feature is the so-called Witch of Wookey Hole, a stalactite in the first chamber that roughly resembles a witch, supposedly one that has a significant place in English lore.
The Wookey Hole Caves are also famous throughout the region for supposedly being among the most haunted places in England. Rumor has it that the ghost of a caver who drowned during an expedition still roams the grounds. Other visitors have reported seeing the ghost of a child as well.
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