10 British landmarks that should be on your bucket list
With castles, cathedrals, and structures alike, there’s something for everyone to see here in Britain. Whether you want to go sightseeing or learn more about our rich history, there are plenty of British landmarks perfect for all occasions.
Buff up your sightseeing bucket list with our list of the top 10 landmarks for your bucket list.
These 4,500-year-old Wiltshire stones attract regular visitors and tourists from all over the world. Known as a wonder of the world and a very spiritual place, the exact origin and placement of the stones is still unknown – which is what makes them so magical. As well as the stones themselves, they also have an exhibition museum displaying a range of timely artefacts. Why not visit during the summer solstice, their most popular event, to watch the sunrise from behind the stones.
Directly 21 miles away from France, the chalky cliffs of this seaside county hold an immense amount of historical significance. As well as being the location used primarily in the second world war, the cliffs were also home to several historical buildings such as the Langdon Convict Prison and the Tramway. Wander along the cliffs or perhaps stop off for a tour of the Fan Bay Deep Shelter for a look into a WWII time capsule.
Standing tall since the middle ages, this iconographic 1,400-year-old cathedral is well known for its prominence in Medieval England. The Archbishop of Canterbury was the most religious figure to stay at the cathedral as well as the most famous to be deceased there. After being restored to its glory after many years, tourists can now wander the halls decorated with memorabilia and mock scenes from the historical age.
As one of the oldest fortified castles in Europe, this historic monument was once a royal residence, a military fort and a prison. Held as the former seats of Kings and Queens of Scotland, this castle holds ancient artefacts such as the Crown Sceptre and Sword of State, the oldest in the UK; the Stone of Destiny. They also have a National War Museum on-site explaining how the castle was utilised during the war over the years.
Visit England’s largest national park for an experience that will have you thinking you’re on holiday abroad. Take a long stroll or hike around the park grounds for a memorable and picturesque experience. Or perhaps engage in one of their many activities dotted around the park, such as cycling, stargazing, boating and guided walks. With ten unique regions of the district, there is no doubt that you will have to make more than one trip!
Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North is one of the most famous art landmarks in the UK. This iconographic monument towers 20m high and 54m wide, which is as wide as a jumbo jet! Installed in 1998, this giant structure made of weather-resistant steel sits just off the A1 visible for passers-by. It’s the perfect place for an Instagram-worthy snap, so make sure you visit on a beautiful day.
This coastal shingle beach makes for a gorgeous view and experience whatever the weather. Being one of the most famously photographed beaches and landmarks, the iconic natural arch eroded by the waves is truly a sight to see both in person and through your camera lens. Relax and enjoy a day at the seaside and soak in the gorgeous surrounding scenery at this iconic British location.
This famous national park in the valley of Wales is the perfect place to add to your travel bucket list. With astounding views of the Welsh countryside and wildlife, this is truly a travellers dream location. As well as breathtaking scenery, there are plenty of activities to try like rock climbing, underground excursions and stargazing. Or perhaps take a hike up Pen y Fan, the highest mountain range in South Wales standing at 886 metres.
Known for its appearance in the iconic Harry Potter franchise, this track located at the head of Loch Shiel attracts thousands of visitors every year. The famous viaduct carries the railway Glenfinnan Station across 1,000ft and makes for a gorgeous view from afar. Why not take a day to visit their monument and visitor centre dedicated to the Jacobite clansmen, a Highlands adventurer group.
These famous bubbles hold more excitement than you could think. Visit the worlds largest indoor rainforest down in Cornwall for an immersive and unique experience. Enjoy their extensive outdoor gardens, contemporary works, performance and storytelling about caring for your planet. If you’re looking for more adventure, why not have a go on their popular zip wire across the site, giving you a stunning view of the gardens.