St. Mary's See & Do
Collected by Gavin McOwan
Mc Farland's Down, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NS, UK
The Isles of Scilly have a greater concentration of historical sites than anywhere else in Britain. One of the most fascinating is at Innisidgen, the site of Bronze Age burial tombs—comprised of an oval mound of earth hiding a well-preserved,...
Former British prime minister Harold Wilson, who loved the Isles of Scilly and visited every summer (his wife, Lady Wilson, now 100, still does), is buried at the pretty Old Town Church in its atmospheric graveyard. The grave is modest compared to...
Tresco, Isles of Scilly TR24 0QQ, UK
Abbey Garden, on the island of Tresco, is one of the most magnificent gardens in the U.K.—or indeed anywhere. The Isles of Scilly’s mild, frost-free winters allow subtropical plants to thrive here; the gardens were once likened to London's...
Old Town, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NL, UK
You cannot visit St. Mary's without taking in its unique marine wildlife, and the craggy, beautiful island itself. The best way to do it is on a fun but informative tour which will whisk you around St. Mary's in a rigid inflatable boat. You'll see...
Holy Vale, St Mary's TR21 0NT, UK
In 2009, Robert Francis planted 7,000 pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris vines at Holy Vale, in the center of St. Mary’s. The first wine from Britain’s most southerly vineyard was bottled last summer. There’s not a hint of enological snobbery...
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