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Maybe it's the drizzle, maybe it's the island mentality but there are some seriously weird and wonderful curiosities dotted about Britain, both natural and man-made. Good news is, a number of sites are close enough to visit, marvel at, and still get back home in time to snuggle up and listen to the comforting chirrup of police sirens and partying neighbours. Here's ten of the strangest, most out-of-this-world places, taken from the book 'Escape London' by Yolanda Zappaterra. 

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Seen enough Roman villas to last a hundred school holidays? Take a walk on the weird side with these easily accessed offbeat outings