Architecture Throughout the Ages
Throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, you’ll come across a range of architectural styles, influenced over the course of time by a mix of cultures. You’ll find leftovers of Roman influence in structures like the Roman Baths in Bath, along with Somerset and Norman impact in the large, stone buildings like Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. One of the United Kingdom’s striking structures, though its purpose and creators are unknown, is the rock formation of Stonehenge in Amesbury, England. Much of the UK’s architecture can be linked back to the influence of invaders or past settlers, but the origins of Stonehenge remain a lengthy debate. While the popular theory links its construction to the Celtic high priests or Druids, more fantastical versions claim the wizard Merlin had a giant build it. While the Druids remain the widely accepted answer, Stonehenge is believed to be 2800 years older than the Celtic society responsible for the Druid priesthood.