UK boasts the world’s shortest street measuring just 6ft 9in with one address

The world’s shortest street measures just 6ft 9in (2.05m), meaning you can cover the whole street in just a few steps.

Ebenezer Place in Wick, in Scotland’s Caithness has held the Guinness World Record for being the World’s Shortest Street, and only boasts one address; the Mackays Hotel, which has been there ever since the street itself was first created.

In 1883, Alexander Sinclair returned from travels and built the Mackays Hotel, but the council told him he would need a name on the building’s end as they deemed it a street. So in 1887, Ebenezer Place was created.

Nowadays, the Mackays Hotel is still going strong, and remains the only address on Ebenezer Place.

No.1 Ebenezer Place, Wick, Caithness, Scotland, UK
No.1 Ebenezer Place, Wick, Caithness, Scotland, UK

Although the street dates back to 1887, it wasn’t officially recognised as the world’s shortest until the Guinness World of Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday came to the town of Wick on October 28, 2006 to check it.

According to the Mackays Hotel website, it didn’t make for the easiest journey. Thanks to “gale force winds and storms”, it took Mr Glenday nearly 50 hours and a lot of detours before he arrived at the spot. However, it didn’t take too long for the checks to be completed – an hour later, Ebenezer Place had claimed the title.

You can find out more about the street and hotel on mackayshotel.co.uk.

Mackays Hotel in Wick sits on the world's shortest street
Mackays Hotel in Wick sits on the world’s shortest street

The hotel has everything you could want for a comfortable stay – elegant rooms, a bistro restaurant (aptly named No.1 Bistro in a nod to the hotel’s address) and some beautiful views of the River Wick.

We know that during the pandemic local (and national) restrictions apply, and a staycation may not be on the cards at the moment – but there’s no harm in bookmarking places to visit when we can travel around again.

If you’re after more quirky adventures, you may want to check out our top pick of weird and wonderful attractions in the UK, from a crooked house to lost gardens, and even a witchcraft museum!

Oh, and you can also find plenty of inspiration on our UK holidays page which we regularly update with deals and destination guides that we think you’ll love.

Are there any quirky attractions where you live? Let us know in the comments below.

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