The smallest house in Britain has been a popular tourist attraction for decades now, and most visitors agree that it’s exactly want it says on the tin.
But for some, it’s apparently “too small”? Yes, we’re just as confused as you are.
If you’re not familiar with the little property and what makes tens of thousands of people flock to visit it each year, The Smallest House in Great Britain can be found nestled at the end of a row of terraced houses on Conwy’s quayside in Wales, and even though it may be tiny, you really can’t miss it because the outside is painted bright red.
A national treasure that’s well worth a few minutes of your time, the tiny house stands at 122 inches tall and is only 72 inches wide, with just 1.5 sq m of usable floor space.
Although it may seem too small to live in, the house is actually extremely practical, with just enough room for a single bed, a fireplace, and a coal bunker, and it was actually occupied by several different families for more than 300 years right up until May 1900.
But ever since then, it has been visited and marvelled at by millions from around the world.
Even though the clue is in the name, it turns out that some visitors to The Smallest House in Great Britain over the years have been astonished to find out that it is, in fact, a “very small house”, and they’ve taken to TripAdvisor to air their grumbles about the size of it.
“Yeah….. it’s a tiny house. Nothing amazing, just a cute photo opportunity especially with kids, so if you’re in the area, just stroll by,” one review reads.
Another matter-of-fact review sums the house up quite brutally: “It’s a small house on the sea front, it’s very small and to be honest, it’s hard to fill out 100 characters as it’s not very big, says it all.”
Some reviewers also moaned that the tourist attraction is lacking in capacity and facilities, with one person claiming they “couldn’t spend more than half an hour there,” and another saying there “wasn’t enough space to turn around.”
It was also dubbed nothing more than a “small extension” by one unimpressed reviewer.
Overall, most visitors seemed to be suitably impressed by what they saw though and loved getting to experience the history, character, and period charm on offer – but one reviewer summed up the general consensus best: “Worth seeing and worth going in, but once you’ve visited, you won’t need to visit again.”
Well, fair enough.
Featured Image – Visit Conwy
Eurovision 2023 grand final to be screened live in cinemas across the UK
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest is to be screened live in cinemas across the UK for the first time ever.
With fans from across the globe set to descend on Liverpool in a couple of months time as the UK hosts the 2023 edition of the world’s biggest song competition on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine, those who weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets will instead by able to head to their nearest cinema to experience the action on the big screen.
Distributor CinemaLive has announced it will be broadcasting the Eurovision grand final show live in cinemas nationwide for the first time ever.
It means that Eurovision fans up and down the country who missed out on grabbing tickets to the final – which sold out in under 40 minutes after going on sale earlier this month – will be able to come together to celebrate what is set to be the “biggest, brightest, boldest music party of the year”.
500 cinemas across the UK, including several here in Greater Manchester, will be screening the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, and Everyman are just some of the cinema chains taking part.
Vue Manchester Printworks, Odeon Great Northern, and Everyman Manchester are the Manchester city centre venues lined-up to screen the event – with cinemas in the The Lowry Outlet Mall, Trafford Centre, Didsbury, Heaton Moor, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, and more also set to welcome Eurovision fans through their doors.
Event organisers say the screenings will encourage singalongs and fancy dress.
“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC to bring Eurovision’s grand final live into cinemas across the UK for the first time ever,” said John Travers from CinemaLive.
“We want audiences to enjoy themselves, so get your fancy dress on, and come together to enjoy this historic occasion on the big screen.”
With an illustrious entertainment career spanning over four decades, O’Grady may have been most well-known and loved by British audiences as a comedian, presenter, broadcaster, actor, writer, and the former drag queen Lily Savage – but he was also one of the nation’s most-famous dog lovers and animal rights advocates.
O’Grady was a longtime supporter and Ambassador of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and helped raise the profile of the shelter to millions around the world through the hugely-popular ITV series Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs.
Battersea says there’s “no doubting” that O’Grady’s influence has helped thousands of rescue animals find new homes over the years.
Over several series of the show, O’Grady would make an effort to spend quality time with these animals and show-off all of their quirks and loveable qualities, which went a long way to proving that rescue animals “really are the best pets”.
Paying an emotional tribute to O’Grady following his passing today, Peter Laurie – Chief Executive of Battersea – said: “To many, Paul O’Grady was the immensely popular TV and radio presenter and comedian who lit up their screens with his razor-sharp humour and perpetual generosity and warmth [but] Battersea will forever remember Paul as a devoted animal lover with the biggest heart, who fell head over heels in love with every dog he met at our centres.
“Paul will always be associated with Battersea and we are truly saddened to have lost such a true friend and huge part of our charity.
“Paul had an extremely hands on approach as a Battersea Ambassador and has been fundamental in helping our charity to communicate important campaign messages.
“He was a champion for the underdog and would do anything to ensure all animals live a healthy and happy life.
“He will be dearly missed.”
Since the news of O’Grady’s passing was announced, touching tributes have been pouring in in their hundreds from right across the world of entertainment and on social media.
Countless famous names have shared supportive messages and memories.
Emotional tributes to O’Grady have been flooding in all morning, both from those who knew and had worked with him in the past, and from those who admired his work and all that he achieved and had stood for throughout his respected career.