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Roughs Tower, United Kingdom

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The Roughs Tower sea fortress, which represents an ancient sea platform, not far from the harbour town of Haridge, is a unique object. The platform was built during the Second World War for the protection of the port. And in 1967 a strange event happened to the former strategic object. The platform was captured by a retired Major Paddy Roy Bates, who proclaimed the captured fortress as an independent principality of Sealand.

Roughs Tower, United Kingdom The invaders failed to achieve recognition of the state. For many years the major himself and his family lived on the platform. During this time, strangers never managed to set foot on the territory of the fortress. There have been cases when residents of the unrecognized state fired passing ships. The creation of the principality on an abandoned sea platform is considered one of the most amazing adventures of the past century. The founder of the state spent 40 years of life on the platform, during this time he managed to earn a good fortune.

For many years Bates's income provided radio piracy, and afterwards, he profitablely sold several titles of the principality. Surprisingly, since its inception, the principality of Siland has had a very strong legal basis, which allows it to exist for many years. To get to the old military platform to outside people is literally impossible, at the same time, it has long attracted the attention of tourists from all over the world. In 2012 on the official website of the state there were reports that the government of Silenda intends to develop the tourism industry of the country. It is likely that soon everyone will be able to visit the amazing self-proclaimed state. Next - Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum

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ATM bankomat: 'Asda Harwich Supermarket' located in 14 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Pavilion Auto Services Ltd' is located in 13 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Morrisons' in 13 km
Supermarket: 'Morrisons' in 13 km
Parking: 'Newbourne Springs' in 19 km
Apotheek: 'Phillips Mobility' in 11 km
Police station: 'Felixstowe Police Station' in 12 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'The Tower Hotel' in 14 km
Railway station: 'Felixstowe' in 11 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Southend Airport SEN - in 64 km
 »  Stansted Airport STN - in 83 km
 »  Lakenheath RAF Airport LKZ - in 84 km
 »  Norwich Airport NWI - in 87 km
 »  Rochester Airport RCS - in 90 km
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Best hotels near Roughs Tower

Castle Lodge

Located in 11 km from Roughs Tower
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Rooms: 10
Rooms at Castle Lodge come elegantly decorated with print wallpaper and large windows. Some rooms boast sea views and all have en suite facilities, a … More: photo, rates and booking
The Hotel Continental

Located in 14 km from Roughs Tower
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Rooms: 14
Each en suite room at The Hotel Continental has a TV, radio, tea/coffee and Wi-Fi. Apartments have flower arrangement on the lounge ceiling, modern … More: photo, rates and booking
Premier Inn Harwich

Located in 16 km from Roughs Tower
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Rooms: 45
Some of the comfortable rooms at Premier Inn can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children (under 16 years). The 2 children are also served a free full … More: photo, rates and booking
Lifehouse Spa And Hotel

Located in 21 km from Roughs Tower
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Rooms: 89
Bicycles and wellington boots are available upon request, and the pretty seaside town of Frinton-on-Sea is within 4 miles of Lifehouse Spa & Hotel … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Roughs Tower - Ipswich

In the vicinity of the city is a unique archaeological area of ​​Sutton-Hoo. It is a large necropolis, the area of ​​which is about 245 acres. The opening of this archaeological area was held in 1939. During the exploration of the area, many treasures were discovered: ancient ornaments, funeral accessories, weapons and other attributes that have become a real discovery for archaeologists of the United Kingdom. Today the district is fully equipped for tourists; there are many paths for walks, cozy recreation areas and even playgrounds for children.

In the variety of cultural institutions in Ipswich, it is worth mentioning the Felixstowe Museum. It is a large museum complex, which is housed in former military buildings. Its visitors can see a lot of interesting exhibitions. In the museum, there is a hall with historical artifacts, as well as archaeological discoveries dating back to the times of the Roman Empire. This museum has a very interesting photo archive, and even exhibitions of contemporary art are often held in it.
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