Looking for a definitive list of the most notable and famous UK Landmarks? Look no further than these 26 stunning landmarks of the UK!
Europe is known the world over for its incredible landmarks, think of the stunning landmarks of Spain, sights of Italy, that of Greece, or even Portugal! Suffice it to say that the UK is certainly no exception.
Even after living in London for one glorious year, and having had the opportunity to travel throughout various parts and countries of the UK, I still haven’t even come close to fully exploring all the wonderful UK landmarks and sights scattered throughout the British Isles.
I had truly fond memories, from visiting the Tower of London, to eating fish and chips whilst strolling along the Brighton Pier, to admiring charming Windsor, and exploring Cardiff Castle to name but a few!
Whilst London often gets all the mention for its mix of historic and modern sights, and architecture, other parts of the country are equally as beguiling and filled with ruined castles, charming towns, beautiful man-made sights, and other notable monuments and buildings.
This has inspired me to collaborate with my fellow travel bloggers to bring you a varied mix of famous UK landmarks scattered throughout the country, that you should certainly consider adding to your UK travel itinerary for your next visit!
- 26 Well-Known British Landmarks
- The Shard in London
- Giant’s Causeway
- Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland
- Caerphilly Castle
- Glenfinnan Viaduct
- Tower Bridge in London
- Osborne House, Isle of Wight
- Ladybower Reservoir
- Hadrian’s Wall
- York Shambles – Charming UK Landmarks
- Balmoral – Landmarks in Britain
- Corfe Castle
- Buckingham Palace
- Edinburgh Castle
- The Titanic Museum in Belfast
- Hever Castle and Gardens
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Stonehenge – Famous Landmarks of the UK
- St Michael’s Mount
- Glastonbury Tor, Somerset
- Whitby Abbey
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Roman Baths in Bath
- British Museum – Famous Landmarks in the UK
- Tower of London
- York Minster
26 Well-Known British Landmarks
The Shard in London
By Paulina from ukeveryday
If you would like to see one of the most iconic buildings in the UK, look no further than the Shard. This super tall structure has plenty to offer to its visitors. During your trip to London make sure to book a visit to the Shard to admire the most beautiful skyline in the city.
Specifically, at levels 68, 69, or 72 you can see the most famous attractions from the viewing platforms. London Eye, Tower Bridge, or London Bridge are only a few of them. You can also visit the Shard to enjoy cocktails or try delicious food in one of the restaurants.
For a more luxurious experience, book a room at the Shangri-La The Shard hotel located in the building. The infinity swimming pool and spa packages for hotel guests are a great way to enjoy your time in London. Admiring beautiful views from the tallest structure in western Europe will be an unforgettable experience.
By Faith from XYUandBeyond
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is regarded as “a spectacular area of global geological importance”. Over a million visitors a year arrive on a Giant’s Causeway Tour to come and marvel at this natural phenomenon.
Within the route are four walking trails that are suitable for all abilities and ages. The Giant’s Causeway is made up of three areas Little Causeway, Middle Causeway is also known as the Honeycomb where you can see the stunning famous black basalt hexagonal columns. Don’t forget to sit in the wishing chair so all your wishes come true.
The Giant’s Causeway is 18 miles of coastline made up of perfectly interconnected polygonal basalt columns. Legend has it that the Causeway was built by warring giants. Benandonner was a Scottish giant living across the sea from the Causeway who continually taunted Finn the Irish giant.
The two giants toiled building the Causeway bridge and when it was finished Finn snuck across the bridge to finish Benandonner. Finn realized upon seeing the Scottish giant that he was massive and couldn’t be beaten so he ran home to ask his wife Oonagh for help.
Oonagh quickly wrapped Finn in a baby swaddling blanket and when Benandonner came storming him he saw this giant baby and thought to himself that if the baby was that size his father must be huge, so he gave up the fight, ran back to Scotland and destroyed the bridge on his way.
You can visit the Giant’s Causeway for free if you park at the Nook Pub right beside the visitor’s centre and walk down the hill to see the Causeway. The bus that takes you down the hill is found behind the Centre and that costs £1 there and back. If you use the visitors centre parking you will pay £10 per person in the vehicle.
Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland
By Heather from Conversant Traveller
The Scottish Borderlands area is known for its monastic ruins, and Jedburgh Abbey in Roxburghshire is the jewel in the crown. Located just outside the town of the same name, this beautiful old site is an Instagrammer’s dream with its Gothic arches and Romanesque towers.
Built by King David I in the 1100s, Jedburgh Abbey is one of the best places to visit in the Scottish Borders as much of it is still standing. You can explore the sleeping quarters of the monks, as well as the refectory, old kitchen, and cellar, before taking a stroll in the cloister gardens.
There’s a small museum in the visitor centre which is home to some early Christian artefacts, as well as a gift shop and toilets, so you can spend as long as you like wandering the grounds. Don’t miss the herb garden and display of ancient stones either! The best views of the abbey and the surrounding countryside are from the balcony above the nave.
By Cath – Wales with Kids
A famous landmark in the United Kingdom that can be found in South Wales is Caerphilly Castle. Located a short distance from the capital Cardiff, it can easily be reached by train or car. The train takes just 20-minutes from the centre of Cardiff, while by car, the castle is located just 12 minutes from the M4 motorway.
The castle is a medieval castle dating from the 13th century and was built by Gilbert de Clare. Caerphilly is the second largest castle in the UK, after Windsor Castle, and occupies around 30-acres. It is also the castle that introduced concentric castle defences to Britain (two defensive walls).
Although the castle is a ruined castle, many parts of it are still intact including the Great Hall, the battlements, and part of the gateway towers. Visitors can enjoy exploring the castle, visiting Gilbert’s Maze to the rear, and also seeing the resident dragons, Dewi and Dwynwen, in their Dragon’s Lair. And make sure to stop by the Leaning Tower of Caerphilly Castle, which leans to a great degree than that one at Pisa in Italy!
Events take place at Caerphilly during the year, so visitors should check to see if anything special is going on during their visit. Be warned, the Great Hall is used for weddings so may be closed, especially at weekends. And there is no parking at the castle, although there is a public car park across the road at the supermarket.
If you are visiting South Wales and looking to visit somewhere special, then be sure to head to Caerphilly Castle.
By Stef from Open Road Odysseys
If you are a Harry Potter fan, you probably recognize the Glenfinnan Viaduct from the popular movie series. Even if you aren’t a Potterhead, this stunning railway viaduct is a must-see on any Scotland road trip.
Spanning 1000 feet long and 100 feet high, the viaduct is located among the beautiful scenery of the Highlands just outside the small village of Glenfinnan, which is about 30 minutes from Fort William.
If you time your visit just right, you can watch the Jacobite steam train cross the viaduct on its way from Fort William to Mallaig. This is a fantastic way to experience the beauty of the Highlands and feel like you are on your way to Hogwarts!
While you’re in the area, you should also check out the Glenfinnan Monument, which is a tribute to the fallen Jacobites during the Jacobite Uprising in 1745. If you make your way to Fort William, you should also explore Glencoe, one of the most beautiful areas in the Highlands.
Tower Bridge in London
By Pauline from Beeloved city
Tower Bridge is, without the shadow of a doubt, one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK. It’s located in the City of London, right by the Tower of London.
It was built in the 19th century, over 800 years after the Tower of London, and was at the time one of the most impressive suspension bridges in the world!
You can easily get there from Tower Hill tube station or from London Bridge via the Queen’s walk. It’s important to note that it’s entirely free to cross the bridge on foot. If you want to go inside and walk up to the top, you will need to book a ticket. This ticket can be bought directly there or in advance on the official website.
From Tower Bridge, you will discover beautiful views of London, the river Thames and some iconic buildings such as the Shard or the Walkie Talkie.
If you want to admire the bridge itself, make sure to go to the Queen’s walk. This is also one of the best places to take photographs.
If you want to grab something to eat, you can easily walk to Borough Market and get some street food there. For a sit-down meal, head to The Old Thameside Inn. This pub has a terrace just above the river and you will be able to enjoy some traditional British food while looking at Tower Bridge. It’s a true hidden gem!
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
By Zoe from Together In Transit
Another of the famous UK landmarks that are a must-see when visiting the United Kingdom is Osborne House, located on the Isle of Wight. This royal home was once the summer house of Queen Victoria, who spent every summer with Prince Albert and the family on the island. So it’s a special royal place to visit if you want to see how the British royalty spent their summers. It’s a gorgeous location to enjoy!
Constructed in 1845, Osborne House is located in East Cowes, at the top of the island, which you can arrive at by car or easily with public transport. It is open all year round but can be busy on bank holidays so try visiting on weekdays or early mornings to avoid crowds. It is also accessible for all, with all facilities needed to enjoy a visit, including a shop, cafe and restaurant.
While visiting, the areas you can tour include the main house and royal chambers, the Swiss Cottage, the private beach area and surrounding gardens. You can also visit the gardens for free if you wish for a beautiful walk, where dogs are also permitted while on a leash.
Tip: Bring a picnic along to enjoy in the park area too, perfect for a summer’s day on the Isle of Wight!
By Pete from The Backpacking Family
Ladybower is an impressive reservoir beautifully situated in the rolling hills of the Peak District National Park. Surrounded by pine forests and trails, this area is great for walking, cycling and scenic picnics.
At the Upper Derwent Visitors centre, you can rent bicycles (£15 – £40 depending on the bike type and time). You can also buy snacks, explore nature trails for children and see the impressive Derwent Dam.
During rainy periods when the water level is high it is possible to see water cascading down the front of the dam. If you see this don’t panic – It is a very dramatic overflow system! Ladybower is also famous for the Dambusters memorial flyby. Lancaster Bombers fly at low altitude through the valley and over the Ladybower dam near Bamford.
If you’re planning to go for a walk in the area, the trails are relatively flat and well pathed. You can do anything from a short afternoon stroll to a full day trek around here. If you’re feeling intrepid, consider a trek to the Slippery Stones wild swimming spot.
Parking can be tricky at peak times. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. There are several laybys on the road leading to the Fairholmes Carpark. The car park and most of the laybys are pay and display. Parking ranges between £3 – £5.
By Maja from Away With Maja
Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the north of England, stretching across the modern counties of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, and Cumbria. While there are significant remains of the wall left today, one of the most iconic spots is at Sycamore Gap in Northumberland National Park. There is a large sycamore tree at a gap in the wall here – it was even used as a film location for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
The Hadrian’s Wall Path is an 84-mile long-distance trail, following the course of the wall from Wallsend in Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria. You can follow the trail on a short walk between Sycamore Gap to Housesteads Roman Fort, one of the best-preserved and largest remaining forts on the wall.
There is a car park at Steel Rigg, a short walk from Sycamore Gap, and at Housesteads Visitor Center. Sturdy footwear is recommended as you’ll need to walk to Sycamore Gap from either parking option.
York Shambles – Charming UK Landmarks
By Lu & Ad from Dual Adventures
The Shambles is a street in the centre of York, that’s famous for its well-preserved 13th-century buildings. The medieval buildings back then, housed mainly the butchers of York. But today, ‘Shambles’ is home to many different independent businesses.
The famous Harry Potter shop ‘The shop that must not be named’ is also on The Shambles Street. As well as three other Harry Potter themed shops. Making this the perfect place to visit for the Harry Potter fans! Not to mention, it is believed that this street was the inspiration for The Diagon Alley Set in the Harry Potter films too.
When walking down ‘Shambles’ you will feel like you’re back in medieval times, and that’s what makes it so special. The building’s shapes and the way they hang over the street is mesmerising… don’t forget to look up! But there is a very practical reason for the overhanging buildings, as they were used to protect the goods from the shop fronts below.
If you’re visiting York, you must pay Shambles a visit, the street was even named ‘The most picturesque street in Britain’ in 2010.
Balmoral – Landmarks in Britain
By Erica of Travels with Erica
Balmoral Castle is one of the best landmarks in the UK to visit when you’re in the Scottish Highlands. It was purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1852 and has been privately owned by the royal family ever since.
The royal family vacations at Balmoral every summer, so it’s only open to tourists from April to July. Admission is £11.50, and you can rent an audio tour for a £5 deposit.
The only room inside the castle you’re allowed to tour is the ballroom. Every year there is a new exhibit featuring items from the Queen’s private collection inside the ballroom for tourists to view.
You’re allowed to walk around the grounds at Balmoral. You can also tour Queen Mary’s flower garden, the garden vegetables that feed the royal family when they’re staying at the castle, and the stables.
If you have time after touring the castle, be sure to visit the Royal Lochnagar distillery and take a tour of this factory. They continue to make their scotch in the traditional way, and the tour is unlike any other scotch tour you’ll go on.
By Cat from Cat’s Nine Lives
Corfe Castle in Dorset has been standing proud above the little village that bears its name for over 1000 years. It’s one of the UK’s most iconic spots and, even though it was partly destroyed in the 1600s during Britain’s Civil War, it’s an amazing place to get a feel for England’s history.
Take your time wandering through Corfe Castle’s ruins, learning about the fascinating events that have taken place here through the centuries. There are audio guides available across the site.
You can easily get to Corfe using the train, arriving from London in a little over 2 hours. The property is run by the National Trust and, if you’re driving, you can park in their car park right by the castle. National Trust members can enter for free, but otherwise, there’s a £10/adult entry fee.
In the village of Corfe, you should head to the historic Bankes Arms or Greyhound Inn pubs for a pint and classic pub lunch. Alternatively, visit Corfe Castle Model Village to see what the area looked like in the 1600s and sample one of the best cream teas in Dorset!
After all that indulging, you can head off on one of the many great walks in the area. I recommend checking out one of the nearby sections of the fantastic South West Coast Path!
By Nicole from Go Far Grow Close
Buckingham Palace is located in the City of Westminster in London and is undoubtedly one of the most famous buildings in the UK. It is the official London residence of the Queen of England and the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. When one thinks of London and significant UK landmarks, it is difficult not to think of Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace was initially built in 1705 as a large townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham. It became an official royal residence when Queen Victoria’ ascended the throne. She moved her family into the palace in 1837 and then, full construction of it was completed in 1853.
The palace has 775 rooms. The garden is the largest private garden in London. The staterooms used for official and state entertaining, as opposed to those rooms used as the Queen’s private residence, are open to the public for tours each year for most of August and September. Tickets are required, so be sure to plan this London day ahead of time.
Today, the palace is the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It is also a major tourist attraction. One of the reasons is to watch the “changing of the guards”. Normally, once a day, around 11:00 am, a formal ceremony occurs with music where guards hand over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace to the New Guard. This is free to watch and a fantastic thing to do when in London.
By Moumita & Sankha from Chasing the Long Road
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom. Sitting atop an extinct volcanic rock, Edinburgh Castle dominates the city skyline. Located at the heart of Edinburgh Old Town, a World Heritage Site, it is one of the best castles in Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle has a turbulent past. Throughout history, this medieval fortress has seen many battles and sieges. You can easily spend a few hours exploring the castle. The castle houses many historical artefacts, including the Scottish Crown Jewel – known as the Honours of Scotland.
Wander around the Great Hall, the Royal Palace and the St. Margaret’s Chapel – the oldest surviving structure inside the castle. Take a look inside the Scottish National War Memorial and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Visitors will enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the city from the castle terrace and towers. Watch the 1 pm Gun Fire ceremony from the Mills Mount Battery. It’s a century-old tradition for notifying time to the nearby ships. The castle is open in the summer from 9.30 am – 6 pm, and 9.30 am – 5 pm in winter.
The Titanic Museum in Belfast
By Annabel from Smudged Postcard
Along with the twin cranes of Belfast – Samson and Goliath – the Titanic Museum is an iconic sight to behold in Northern Ireland’s capital. The Titanic Museum was completed in 2012 and sits on the former Harland and Wolff shipyard.
This striking museum rises from the docks imposingly and inside visitors are treated to an impressive exhibition about the city’s shipbuilding past. The museum is very interactive – families visiting Northern Ireland with kids will enjoy the carts which take visitors on a trip through the recreated docks, exploring the sights and sounds.
Older visitors to the museum will no doubt enjoy the immense detail that has gone into recording the rich history of Belfast. The fated ship’s final moments are presented sensitively and sympathetically.
If you’re visiting Belfast, ensure you also make time to head north to the Antrim Coast – this has to be one of the most scenic drives in the world. The route runs from Belfast all along the north coast to Derry with stunning cliffs, beaches and rock formations.
Hever Castle and Gardens
By Asha Bhatia from Home Travel Guide
Hever Castle is one of the most famous historical landmarks in the UK. This beautiful, historical 13th-century castle is located in South East London in Kent. It was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn; 2nd wife of Henry VIII and the mother of Elizabeth I.
What makes this fairy tale castle stand out is the area it is surrounded by. There are so many places to discover including the Castle itself, the Yew Maze, the lake where you can rent a rowing boat in the summer and the beautiful gardens where you can relax and just step back in time.
You can easily spend the entire day here and if you feel like a bite to eat there are 2 restaurants; Moat and Guthrie Pavilion which serves hot meals. There are also activities and entertainment organised during certain times to include archery, shield painting and jousting. If you visit during the Christmas period you can enjoy a spectacular light show which illuminates the Castle and Gardens.
Eilean Donan Castle
By Pamela from The Directionally Challenged Traveler
One of the most well-known landmarks in the UK is the historical Eilean Donan Castle. Nestled comfortably between three lochs and the Kintail mountains leading to the Isle of Skye, the backdrop for this impressive castle is photo-worthy.
Visiting Eilean Donan Castle is a must-do in Scotland because of the rich history hidden in its walls. While it is most known for its starring scene in The Highlander movie, Eilean Donan is more than just a Hollywood celebrity. The castle was originally built in the 11th century as a defensive fortification. In the 17th century, Spanish soldiers helped to hold it during the Jacobite rebellion. After the British took control of the castle, they used gunpowder to blow it up. It sat in ruins for years before being restored to what it is today.
The castle grew and shrunk in size over the years depending on the needs of Scotland. Some of the walls that are still standing are over 3 meters (14 feet) thick!
You can go inside on your own or take a guided tour. It’ll take about an hour inside the castle grounds. Guided tours really help to bring the castle to life. It is important to note that the castle is not handicap accessible. There are virtual tours available in the gift shop for anyone with mobility issues
Stonehenge – Famous Landmarks of the UK
By Ada – Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Stonehenge has dominated the Wiltshire landscape for nearly 5000 years. The United Kingdom’s most famous landmark, Stonehenge is an England must-see and an easy day trip from London.
Visit for an amazing look at Neolithic innovation. The largest stone at Stonehenge weighs about 30 tons and some of the stones were transported over a hundred miles to the site. It’s believed Druids used Stonehenge for solstice rituals.
Today traffic whizzes past the prehistoric landmark on the busy A303 motorway 24/7. You reach the ancient stones via a tunnel under the road. Ropes keep you about 50-75 feet from the stones. If you want to wander among the stones, you’ll need to book a Stone Circle Experience. Offered in the early morning or evening, Stone Circle Experiences are limited to 30 people and can be booked online in advance.
Keep in mind that there isn’t much to do at Stonehenge once you’ve circled the stones and wandered through the visitor centre and gift shop. Combine your visit with a trip to Salisbury where you can visit the world-famous cathedral and learn more about Stonehenge at the Salisbury Museum.
St Michael’s Mount
By Sarah Carter from Cornwall’s Best
The legendary St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall is a tidal island connected to the nearby town of Marazion by a man-made causeway. The St Aubyn family owned the mount from 1660 until 1964 when the property was given over to the National Trust, although the family have a 999-year lease to live in the castle and operate viewings of the public rooms at the Mount.
St Michael’s Mount opening times depend on the tide, so you’ll need to plan carefully around those. Entrance is free to National Trust members, although all parking in nearby Marazion is paid for. St Michael’s Mount is one of the most distinctive castles in Cornwall, and the island also includes a harbour and a village too.
There’s a free downloadable audio guide with key details available at the Mount and you’ll want to ensure you see the clock that tells the tide times along with the time of day, a piece of a coat that Napoleon wore at the Battle of Waterloo, and a sofa belonging to Queen Victoria. And definitely don’t miss the amazing views of the coast from the island too!
Glastonbury Tor, Somerset
By Suzanne from Meandering Wild
Glastonbury Tor can be seen rising above the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Situated in the southwest of England, a short drive from both Bath and Bristol this small town has a long and colourful history.
Glastonbury Tor is a large hill that has the ruined tower of a church on the summit. There are a number of walks up the Tor from the town although most are steep. From the top, there are spectacular views across the surrounding landscape. On a clear day, it is possible to see Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire as well as across the Bristol Channel to South Wales.
Glastonbury town is located at the bottom of the Tor and has an eclectic mix of New Age shops. The town is steeped in myths and legends and it is believed that King Arthur and Guinevere are buried in the beautiful Glastonbury Abbey.
Glastonbury is probably best known for its annual music festival. This takes place on a farm a few miles outside of the town. If you are visiting during festival week, then be prepared for the town to be busy and roads to be congested.
By Agnes from The Van Escape
Whitby Abbey is much more than just a spectacular-looking landmark on the cliffs. Generations have been drawn to these famous ruins, as this famous and world-renowned Abbey is a place of literary inspiration and pilgrimage. It is also known as one of the most atmospheric visitor attractions along the Yorkshire coast.
The ruins of Whitby Abbey are among the most famous sights in North Yorkshire. The first monastery, founded around 657, developed into one of the most important religious centres in the Anglo-Saxon world. In 664, it was the site of the Synod of Whitby, a landmark in the history of the Church in England.
When Bram Stoker stayed in the West Cliff area overlooking the ruins of the Abbey in 1890, he was inspired by the Gothic splendour of the Abbey. He wrote the world-famous novel “Dracula,” noting the atmospheric setting and many features of the town, such as the ruins of the Abbey, the church, tombstones, the rooftops of Whitby, and the bats.
In addition to the Abbey ruins, Dracula’s novels have numerous traces, making Whitby an excellent destination for a trip. In addition, beautiful beaches, a fishing harbour, and great bars and restaurants make Whitby a lovely place to spend a weekend.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
By Clotilde from A princess travelling with twins
St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in the world, and one of the most famous landmarks in England. Even if it is not as centrally located as Westminster Abbey, it should not be left out of any London itinerary.
The present building was completed at the end of the seventeen century by Sir Christopher Wren after the previous church, dating from 604 AD, was destroyed in 1666 during the Great Fire of London.
You will have to pay a fee to enter unless you go for a service, but it is definitely worth it. Take a stroll down the aisle where Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married in 1981, and be enthralled by the breathtaking architecture and stained glass windows.
Take time to admire the beautiful organ and don’t miss the crypts containing the tombs of important British people such as Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.
Then climb to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral dome. Your efforts will be rewarded with amazing views of London for you to enjoy. Stop at the Whispering Gallery on the way up, and while going towards the exit, soak in the serenity of nature in the surrounding gardens.
Roman Baths in Bath
By Shobha from Epic England Travel
One of the best things you can do in England is to visit some of the ruins and artefacts left behind by the Roman Empire. The Roman baths in the city of Bath in southwest England, a UNESCO world-heritage listed site, is the only hot spring in the UK. No one knows the exact source of the three hot springs that feed Bath. Every day over 1 million litres of hot springs water rises to the surface.
People have been bathing in the hot waters of Bath even before the Romans set up their bathing complex 2000 years ago. In addition to the baths, there is also a temple of Minerva, a museum and an 18th-century assembly room. Near the Roman baths, there is the Thermae spa complex where you can rest and relax in the same waters that feed the Roman baths. The rooftop swimming pool has great views over the city of Bath and the surrounding countryside.
You will need to buy tickets to visit the Roman baths. The accompanying spa is visited by reservation only. It allows for children over 16’s in the main Thermae spa and over 12’s are allowed nearby in the smaller Cross Bath.
British Museum – Famous Landmarks in the UK
By Kenny from Knycx Journeying
While there is no lack of iconic landmarks and museums in London, the British Museum is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive museums in the world and its impressive collection of exhibits has attracted millions of visitors every year all around.
Opened in 1753, the museum is dedicated to human history, with a coverage of almost every part of the world, in particular, from Britain, Rome, Greece, ancient Egypt, to the Middle East.
Highlights of its collection include the Elgin Marbles of Greece, the Rosetta Stone of Egypt, mummies of ancient Egypt, Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs, Samurai armour in Japan, and moai from Easter Island.
The museum itself is a mix of historic and modern architecture. The surroundings of the museum were constructed in Greek Revival style, covering an area of almost 1 million square feet. The iconic Reading Room and Queen Elizabeth II Great Court was added in the late 1990s, designed by the architect Norman Foster, with his signature geometric framework and glass that provide shade and welcome natural light into the common area of the museum.
Unlike many museums in Europe, entrance to British Museum is free, making it a wonderful educational and pastime for any type of visitor.
Tower of London
By Keri of Bon Voyage With Kids
One of the most famous landmarks in the UK is the Tower of London. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the must-visits when visiting London. And it is one of the best things to do in London with kids! Even toddlers can visit.
The Tower of London is an iconic and historically significant landmark because of its incredible history. It has served as both a castle and a prison and has a fascinating- albeit gory – past. It is where Henry the VIII imprisoned and ultimately had beheaded his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Many others also lot their heads here as well. The legend goes if the ravens disappear, the Crown will fall and the country of Britain along with it.
It is also known for its guards, the Yeoman Warders (also called Beefeaters) who are still present to this day. They give tours and also ensure the ravens stay on the property as the legend goes if the ravens disappear, the Crown will fall and the country of Britain along with it.
The Tower itself is iconic, but within it, you can see the Crown Jewels, armor dating back hundreds of years, and rooms that served as prisons, to name a few. It is a fascinating experience to walk in the footsteps of English history at this famous landmark and one not to be missed. One tip is that with your ticket, you can buy a combo to be able to take a boat ride on the River Thames and get a view of the Tower Bridge and the many important landmarks of the West Bank.
By Lavina from Continent Hop
York, located in the North of England, is quite popular with tourists because it is one of the most haunted places in Britain, and The Shambles here is the inspiration for the Harry Potter movies.
There are quite a few things to do here like visit York Minster, attend the Jorvik Viking Festival, see the railway museum, and pay a visit to Clifford’s tower, being some of them. York Minster should not be missed as not only is it massive, it is also the cathedral with the most enormous stained glass windows in the entire country!
The medieval architecture of the cathedral is quite stunning even if you don’t enter it. However, if you do, visits must be booked in advance and can be done online. Tickets for adults cost 12 pounds each. It’s worth visiting the Minster and Tower as the views from the top are priceless! A combo ticket costs 17 pounds for adults.
If you spend a weekend here you could also visit places like Whitby and Scarborough that are located not too far off.