Ten of England’s oddest sights
Wookey Hole, Somerset
Where can you combine cackling witches with England’s tastiest cheese? If you squint a bit, one of the rock formations in these dramatic southwestern caves at Wookey Hole vaguely resembles an ossified witch. From this gnarly stone a tourist mecca was born in the heart of an impressive system of subterranean caverns. A real-life witch (in tasteful black lipstick) leads children’s tours into the caves, but superstition-free visitors can simply admire the awe-inspiring stalactites. Toast your visit with cheese from nearby Cheddar Gorge.
The eyebrow-raising name of this town inspires a small stream of visitors to detour from the fossil riches of Dorset’s Jurassic coast. Some just want to pose by the chortle-inducing road sign, others have been moved to steal it. Shittertonians even clubbed together for a thoroughly immovable stone road sign to scupper the thieves.
Cross Bones graveyard, London
Excavations confirmed this site in London as a medieval prostitute graveyard, but the area has become a focal point for remembering London’s “outcast dead”. Ribbons, candles and curious offerings are strewn around the site. Time your visit for the monthly candlelit vigil or the annual Halloween procession.