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Join the Obelisk Tours Travel Club

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The Obelisk Tours Travel Club celebrates the rich tapestry of LDS Church history in Britain, and the significant locations of the Church’s past and present. Join today to receive: ✔️12 month membership to the Obelisk Tours Travel Club ✔️Membership pack containing; •Exclusive access to The Hymn Project – tracing the stories behind our British hymns • Exclusive access to The British Handcart Project – revealing the British Story before the USA story • Individually numbered and dated membership certificate ✔️Free access to seven Obelisk Tours of British LDS history via the Obelisk Tours mobile app worth £35! ✔️Quarterly e-newsletter focusing on details of the British LDS Story ✔️Advanced news of live LDS British tours visiting significant LDS sites   There’s more!  The first 1,000 members will also receive free, this 7″x5″ limited edition metal plaque print ready to frame, depicting Preston’s 1840 Flag Market and the Obelisk at which the

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literary Links” – Harry Potter in Oxford

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Literary Links” is a series of posts celebrating Britain’s wonderful links with great authors, dramatists and poets. A number of Christ Church College locations were used for filming the Harry Potter movies. The old cloisters provided the backdrop to Harry being shown his father’s Quidditch trophy. The stairway up to the Dining Hall was used as the entrance to Hogwarts where Professor McGonagall informs the new students they are about to be sorted into their houses. Christ Church decided to not use the Sorting Hat for the selection of their students. Two other scenes were filmed on this staircase: when Filch, the caretaker, catches Harry and Ron arriving late, and when Harry has a flashback of Dumbledore talking to Tom Riddle.   Even though the Dining Hall was not used for filming it was the inspiration for the Hogwarts’s main hall. You can easily imagine floating candles, moving pictures, flying

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“Literary Links” – Trolls in the Cathedral!

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Literary Links” is a series of posts celebrating Britain’s wonderful links with great authors, dramatists and poets. Gloucester Cathedral’s Great Cloister is the birthplace of fan vaulting – in which the structure of the ceiling is made of intricately carved ribs resembling a fan. These cloisters are magnificent – although many younger visitors come her to seek trolls rather than architecture.   The cloisters were started in 1351 and not fully completed until 1412. There are over 35 English buildings surviving today with these beautiful fan vaults with some great examples in King’s College, Cambridge, Bath Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Christ Church, Oxford. For centuries the cathedral reaped the benefits of pilgrims visiting the tomb of King Edward II, but a new type of pilgrim has been added to the guest list. These pilgrims are Harry Potter fans.who come to see the famous vaulted cloisters.   The first,

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“On the Road…” – Gloucester and the USA

1 year ago

On the road…” is a series of posts about our Discovery of Britain’s highways and byways. Whether it be some family fun, a surprising connection or just a beautiful spot we want to share our love for this country with you. Today we visit Gloucester to celebrate the 4th July – American Independence Day. So how does this English Cathedral City have any connection with American independence? You can guarantee that today there will be multiple renditions of the American national anthem being sung from state to state… and that is where Gloucester steps in. Or more precisely, that is where John Stafford Smith (1750-1836) steps in.     Smith was born along this street – the son of Gloucester Cathedral’s organist. The musical gene passed into his blood as he progressed from chorister to composer and, like his dad, organist. Somewhere around 1773 he composed some music called “The

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Beautiful buildings of Oxford built using locally sourced Headington Stone

47 Things That You Must Do If You Ever Visit England!

1 year ago

Whether you are born and bred in the UK or you find your travels take you to England, be sure not to miss these sites!   Loch ness Visitors flock to this freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands hoping to see the monster.   Kew gardens In the 19th Century tropical orchids were popular and thousands still flock to explore the 300 acres of gardens, greenhouses and a treetop walk.   Big Ben, London The Houses of Parliament’s most famous clock tower is one of London’s iconic landmarks.   St Michael’s Mount Know as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, it is believed to be where the Greeks traded for Cornish tin. It’s now a National Trust property boasting a castle and beautiful gardens.   Ben Nevis Standing at 4,409 ft, near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, this is the UK’s highest mountain.   White Cliffs of Dover, Kent A

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40 Fascinating Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about Britain

2 years ago

Our country is a fascinating place full of amazing culture, breath-taking sights and attractions and steeped in a rich history. We’ve brought together just a fraction of the fascinating, obscure and entertaining facts that give an insight into our British culture and history. According to British law, it’s still perfectly legal to kill any Scotsman who enters the city of York if he happens to be carrying a bow and arrow. People from Liverpool are often called ‘Scousers’. The name is short for ‘Lobscouse’, which was a Scandinavian stew eaten by the sailors who visited the port. Local families adopted the dish, and the name stuck. ‘Big Ben’ doesn’t refer to the famous clock at London’s Houses of Parliament, but to the bell inside. The building itself is called the Elizabeth Tower. The one-and-a-half mile journey from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney islands is the shortest scheduled flight

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Sneak Peek of the Revamped Obelisk Tours App!

2 years ago

Exciting things have been happening here at Obelisk Tours HQ and we are delighted to finally give you a sneak peek of the exciting new features on the soon-to-be released completely revamped Obelisk Tours App! Here’s just a taster of what’s to come on the new app update!   Coming soon: the Obelisk Tours app re-launch making your discovery of Britain’s well known landmarks and hidden gems an even more insightful experience! Clean, fresh and contemporary styling making use of the entire screen Bold mapping for viewing ease Still informative, intriguing and crammed with detail, the way tours are presented will be easier to browse and navigate with Tours listed by location and type Scrolling detail and choices that allow you to make choices from one screen Clearly defined tour locator pins with satellite and map view options Stunning images and lively descriptions of locations and features visited Clear audio

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Beautiful buildings of Oxford built using locally sourced Headington Stone

12 Fascinating Things you Probably Didn’t Know About Oxford

2 years ago

The city of Oxford proudly holds the position as one of the most attractive tourist places in the UK. Understandable given its beautiful architecture, fascinating culture, historical accolades and stunning scenery. From the fame of Oxford University being the second oldest surviving University in the world, right through to its popularity as a film location, featuring in movies such as Harry Potter, there is so much to discover in Oxford. Aside from these more obvious endearing landmarks that draw many tourists to the area, there are many ‘hidden’ and often unknown facts about Oxford City that show a new light to this fascinating area.     England’s Forgotten Capital! Amongst Oxford’s many accolades is that it was once the capital of England. During the English Civil War, from 1642 -following his expulsion from London by the Parliamentarian forces lead by Oliver Cromwell – King Charles I held his forces on

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