So last week, Luke and I revisited Calke Abbey. This is a historic house that we love and it was actually the first historic house that we visited together. I’m fairly certain that this is the house that made us fall in love with visiting historic places.
It’s been over a year since we visited Calke Abbey, and since we haven’t actually been out on a proper date in nearly 5 months (sucks I know), this seemed like the perfect spot to go and visit.
For starters, it was only the garden that was open, so it was a nice open space. But also how perfect is it to return to the place where we first fell in love with exploring historical places together?
Anyway, it got me thinking about how we still enjoyed visiting the same place and how, in a way, it was actually better (ignoring the fact that we couldn’t enter the house, as it was only the gardens that were open). So here are a few reasons why revisiting the same place is just as good, if not better!
You Will Always Miss Something
The one thing I have learned from revisiting places is that I always seem to miss something. Doesn’t matter how big or small, there is always something. For example, when me and Luke went to Calke Abbey the first time we never took part in Calke Explore.
We also seemed to miss some hidden artwork on the bricks on the building, the ice house and the gardeners rooms (including the little shed for the garden pony).
I have no idea how we missed all that from our first adventure together, but clearly we weren’t very good explorers back then.
But even so, there are plenty of places that I have visited, Conwy Castle, Kedleston Hall, Shugborough, Caernarfon Castle etc… and every time I’ve visited I have always found something to marvel at. Something new to enjoy.
So, no matter how many times you visit a place you will always miss something, which is why visiting the same place is always a good idea.
If You Loved it the First Time, You’ll Love it Again
From my own personal experience, I know that there are many places that I have fallen in love with from my very first visit and I keep loving them every time I visit.
There’s just something comforting about visit a place where you know where you are going. It’s like when you are driving to a completely new place, does anyone get scared because they don’t know what the parking will be like?
That’s something you don’t have to worry about when you revisit the same place again.
And just because you loved it, doesn’t mean that you won’t love it any less the next time you visit. In fact, you’ll probably love it more as you’ll have more memories associated with it.
You Won’t Feel Like a Tourist
Have you ever gone round a castle or a historic place and just felt like you didn’t know enough? You read every sign, ask all the questions, listen to the audio guides if there are some and sometimes people can feel self-conscious.
This isn’t something that happens to everyone, but the good thing about revisiting historic places is that you will already have a good idea of the history behind them.
It’s not just about the history either, you will also find your favourite spot to explore as well, or your favourite place to have a picnic! So it’s great when you know where you are going, and what your favourite spot is.
I have no problem joining a tour or asking something which might be an obvious question, as I always want to learn as much as I can about a place. But there comes a point where you visit somewhere so often that it just feels like a second home.
I always find that quite comforting as I don’t feel like such an outsider (not that there is anything wrong with being a tourist, otherwise how would you get to explore these amazing places).
You’ll Learn More
The most obvious reason to visit a place though is the fact that you will learn a lot more then you did on your first visit.
This is the great thing about visiting historic places as it is the best way to learn about past. It’s a lot more interesting to see how things would have been done, to have a visual rather then just read about history in a book.
As previously mentioned, you will also miss out on a lot of information when you first visit. Some historic places are huge and it would be impossible to learn everything about them in just one day.
Which is why you should go back, not just for a second time, but for a third, a fourth etc…
If You Didn’t Like it the First Time, Give it Another Try
This isn’t something I can relate to when it comes to historic places, but I always try and give places (like a pub), the benefit of the doubt if I didn’t like it the first time.
Often, as humans, we are too quick to judge. But I do think that some places can just have a bad day. Obviously if it’s horrendous then you can make that judgement call on whether you return or not.
For things like if it was raining when you visited, then that can affect whether you liked it or not. But please don’t let the rain be the reason you don’t like visiting a place!
One of my favourite times is when I visited Bolsover Castle with Luke, and even though it was a miserable wet day, it was also the day that we took our first selfie together – so of course we didn’t let the rain ruin our day.
But even if you didn’t like it the first time, just give it another chance. Some historic places will be different each time you visit them. They might have different events on, more tour guides on offer, more volunteers etc…
Of course you are allowed to have your favourites, I know I do, but every place I’ve visited has always fascinated me. And every single one that I have revisited has just been that much better!
What are your thoughts, have you revisited any historic places and preferred them the second time? Or do you normally only visit a place once, and then never again?