5 cool and unusual things to see in England

Smugglers' caves, a poison garden, a graffiti tunnel, monster supply shop and a jail museum.

England is chockfull of fascinating and unusual attractions [VIDEO] if you know where to look for them. Weird and wonderful rules here with many unusual places.

Here we visit some unusual [VIDEO] caves, a garden full of poison plants, a tunnel dedicated to legal graffiti launched by Banksy, a monster supply shop and a prison museum.

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Beer Quarry Caves - 6 Quarry Ln, Beer, England, United Kingdom

These caves have been visited over thousands of years. The winding underground network has been a limestone quarry, a hiding place for smuggler’s to store their booty and a secret place of worship. The Romans quarried the stone to build their homes and temples. During the Protestant Reformation, Catholics escaped persecution by worshipping here. The notorious smuggler, Jack Rattenbury, was known for hiding his stolen contraband in the cave system. Now tours are available for visitors.

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Alnwick Poison Gardens - Denwick Lane, Alnwick, England, United Kingdom

An English duchess was inspired by the Padua botanical gardens to create a garden which is dedicated only to flora which is narcotic and/or deadly. This beautifully curated garden is not somewhere you can take the kids, as it contains plants like Conium maculatum (hemlock) and Strychnos nux-vomica (strychnine). Guides and signs in the garden warn people not to touch the plants, or even smell them, as many of the species can kill.

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Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel - Leake Street, Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom

It was here that the iconic and secretive artist Banksy held the first Cans Festival in May 2008. With the event, Banksy personally invited street artists to practice their craft in the pedestrian only tunnel. While graffiti is normally frowned upon and can lead to an arrest, graffiti artists can work here to their hearts’ content.

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Hoxton Street Monster Supplies - 159 Hoxton Street, London, England, United Kingdom

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies looks like a shop where monsters and other scary creatures of the night could do their shopping. The shelves are stocked with boxes and tins of ingredients like “A Vague Sense of Unease,” “Fresh Farts” and “Flayed Skin.” Patrons are warned that only one giant can visit at a time and that patrons should please refrain from eating the employees. However, the whole thing is a front, as this shop offers a community writing programme

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The Clink Prison Museum - 1 Clink Street, London, England, United Kingdom

This museum is set in what could be the oldest prison in England. The prison ran from 1144 to 1780 and is now dedicated to the prison’s criminal past. Visitors can handle prison artifacts and enjoy tours by costumed guides. There are also audio and visual presentations and realistic characters dressed to look like the original prisoners and their jailers.

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