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50 great things to do in Britain

Why head for the airport when there is plenty to occupy you closer to home, says Samatha Warwick
Win a home break

See Stonehenge at dawn
By day, you could take your place in the traffic jam that regularly snakes nine miles from Salisbury on the A303. A better option (summer solstice aside) is to set your alarm so you hit the site at sunrise.
· Guide Friday (01225 444102) operates two-hour tours to Stonehenge from Salisbury (around £13.50).

2 Walk Hadrian’s Wall
You can’t quite see it from space, but at 73 miles Hadrian’s Wall was the greatest single engineering project undertaken by the Roman Empire and is now a World Heritage Site. The country’s newest national trail – the Hadrian’s Wall Path – sweeps over the north of England’s hills and moorland.
· Hadrian’s Wall Tourism Partnership (01434 322002).

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Is Orkney the new Ibiza?

Er, not quite, but it has got a banging club scene and plenty of natural chill-out zones, writes Stephen Khan

She is drunk. But good drunk. ‘Urr ye goaun tae Phewshziun?’ comes the melodic inquiry. The young woman’s accent almost makes me send a spout of lager from my mouth in an arc across the Ferry Inn.

Sadly, I let myself down and parody her. ‘Phewshziun, aye we micht.’ I shouldn’t have done that. We might all have chuckled at Cameron ‘the virgin’ Stout’s languorous vocal calls during Big Brother, but the Orcadian lilt has its charm.

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