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BATH: The sun illuminates the Bath Abbey. (March 1, 2012)

London: three great daytrips

London wins the gold medal for gridlock. But the adventures around the city abound: Here's a look at three great daytrips.

OXFORD: A view of Christ Church College from
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OXFORD: A view of Christ Church College from The Broad Walk. (March 22, 2012)

OXFORD: People pass the Radcliffe Camera, an 18th
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OXFORD: People pass the Radcliffe Camera, an 18th century Oxford University building housing library reading rooms. (Aug. 1, 2007)

OXFORD: A woman views Edouard Manet's 1868 painting
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OXFORD: A woman views Edouard Manet's 1868 painting "Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus" in the Ashmolean Museum. (Feb. 24, 2012)

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OXFORD: Students walk past the Radcliffe Camera building
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OXFORD: Students walk past the Radcliffe Camera building in the city's center. (Oct. 8, 2009)

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: The grave of William Shakespeare in Holy
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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: The grave of William Shakespeare in Holy Trinity Church, where the playwright was also baptized. (Sept. 21, 2009)

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Holy Trinity Church is the burial spot
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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Holy Trinity Church is the burial spot of William Shakespeare. The playwright was also baptized there. (Sept. 21, 2009)

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: The Royal Shakespeare Company's theater, on the
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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: The Royal Shakespeare Company's theater, on the banks of the River Avon. (June 27, 2011)

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Holy Trinity Church is the burial spot
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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Holy Trinity Church is the burial spot of William Shakespeare. The playwright was also baptized there. (Sept. 21, 2009)

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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Hall's Croft, the 17th Century home of
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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Hall's Croft, the 17th Century home of William Shakespeare's eldest daughter Susanna and her husband Dr. John Hall. (Feb. 22, 2009)

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: People line up waiting to visit Anne
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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: People line up waiting to visit Anne Hathaway's cottage. The home of William Shakespeare's wife is one of the most popular tourist spots in the English countryside. (May 8, 2000)

BATH: The Holburne Museum houses a collection of
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BATH: The Holburne Museum houses a collection of fine and decorative arts, built around the collection of Sir William Holburne, assembled in 19th-century Bath. (April 14, 2011)

BATH: A couple rests near the Royal Crescent
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BATH: A couple rests near the Royal Crescent after riding in the Bath SkyRide. (July 25, 2010)

BATH: The sun illuminates the Bath Abbey. (March
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BATH: The sun illuminates the Bath Abbey. (March 1, 2012)

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BATH: The Great Bath in the Roman Baths.
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BATH: The Great Bath in the Roman Baths. (Jan. 27, 2012)

BATH: the view from inside the ancient Roman
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BATH: the view from inside the ancient Roman bath, with Bath Abbey in the background. (Nov. 11, 2006)

BATH: The elegant Georgian architecture of the Royal
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BATH: The elegant Georgian architecture of the Royal Crescent, a series of mansions built in a semicircle in the late 1700s. (Feb. 23, 2006)

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