Anonymous asked in TravelUnited KingdomOther - United Kingdom · 7 years ago

Most Iconic buildings/landmarks in the uk?

I am doing a photography road-trip from John O Groats to Portsmouth (via any which way) this Easter/Summer and was wondering if people could help me with places and landmarks or anywhere special that would take a great picture be it subject or landscape I will be taking my time throughout the whole process and would prefer to avoid castles on this thread as I am doing a separate project on them... maybe if we could start with top 10


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  • .
    Lv 5
    7 years ago
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    wow! epic trip!!

    do you want monumental, public buildings, or ones which have a local resonance?? a mix of both could be cool. what's your definition of iconic???

    i dont know scotland outside of edinbrugh and glasgow, so i'll leave that for someone else. ooh. except peel towers. they are weird, tall towers, built along the borders, at the time we were warring. they stand tall in the barren landscape, and were designed for people to hole up in, animals included, AND be a look out.

    hadrian's wall.

    in northern england, saltaire is amazing; its an iconic building locally, but also has a unique place in british history- socially, economically, architecturally, technologically, politically!

    im not sure which ones have them, but some nuclear power stations still have the amazing 'golf ball' shaped containment buildings. they are huge white balls, just amazing to see.

    the angel of the north, obv. york cathedral.

    the national trust doesnt just do castles and manor houses~ it also has cragside, which is the first house to be lit be electricity. its a very cool victorian place

    in the midlands, though to locals theyre part of the landscape, i love the shapely chimnies of the potteries. the same applies to the huge warehouses and mills across the north; the industrial revolution started there, and we were known as the workshop of the world at the time. some of them are huge and very beautiful. you should also take a look at some of the exchanges, and town halls- manchester town hall looks like a mini house of common.

    also in the midlands~ coventry cathedral. its the one of last built, and was the phoenix to the origional blitzed to ashes in the war. beucase we had engigma, churchill knew the germans were going to bomb it, but couldnt evacuate the city, because the germans would have cottoned on. it was a horrible decision, as thousands died, but a momentious step towards wining the war. the cathedral has some beautiful stained glass, and is a real symbol of new life.

    the iron bridge, shropshire

    if yorue nipping cross the border, the giant aqueduct is awesome

    south- the cerne abbas giant, and the horse (chalk figures cut into the hillside).

    along the south coast, ...again, not a building, but hastings, given its place in out military history, ha ha.

    more obviously along the south coast, there are hundreds of defences from differense wars- against the spanish, french, germans etc. i love ww2 pill boxes : ) im knocked out by the incredible acoustic mirrors, of ww1 which are like nothing you've ever thought of~

    the southampton docks were rebuilt after severe blitzing; the fire was seen for miles. docks, and even small harbours, are brilliant places to shoot.

    also~ stone henge, white cliffs of dover,

    london- st pancs, parliament, nelson's column, the gherkin, st paul's, westminster abby, natural history mus, brit mus, picadilly circus, kew. the Monument is one of my faves

  • Ray
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    The Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth.

    Blackpool Tower

    Ribblehead Viaduct (preferably with a steam train on it)

    The Avon Suspension Bridge, Bristol

    The Humber Suspension Bridge

    The Howgills, just off the M6 near Tebay


    High Force, Teesdale (waterfall)

    Arlington Row, The Cotswolds

    The dreaming spires of Oxford


    For our friend who likes the use of the word plonker:

    The Forth Bridge

    Edinburgh Castle

  • 7 years ago

    Bath Roman Baths

    Big Ben

    Tower of London

    White Cliffs of Dover

    The Eden Project

    Angel of The North

    York Minster

    The Houses of Parliament


    Blackpool Tower

    London Eye

    St Pauls Cathedral

  • 7 years ago

    Amazing really - the majority just listing a load of English places. How about the Giants Causeway? Edinburgh Castle? St Andrews golf links? The Mountains of Mourne? Carrickfergus Castle?

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  • 7 years ago

    So if you come down the east coast and head for FILEY follow the signs for The Country Park leave the car and walk along the cliff tops, or head back to where you came into the car park and take the slipway down on to the beach, turn left and walk along the bottom of the cliffs now on your left and follow ''the path'' along on to The Brigg which is a rock peninsular that runs out in to the sea.

    If your into a bit of climbing when walking back keep right which takes you on to the back of The Brigg where there is a ladder up the cliffs and from there you can walk back to where your car is.

    If the sea is in you cannot get round the back so you may want to look up the tide times.


    Source(s): Bin there done that 100's of times.
  • 7 years ago

    I'm going to suggest the least well known and some of the most rewarding:

    Clough Williams Ellis' village of Port Meirion in North Wales

    The Stipperstones near Church Stretton Shropshire

    The Long Mynd near Church Stretton Shropshire

    Ludlow, Shropshire.

    High Vinnalls, Mortimer Forest near Ludlow

    Wells Cathedral, Somerset

    Silbury Hill (prehistoric man made hill) near Avebury Wiltshire

    Martinsell Hill/Oare Hill near Marlborough/Pewsey Wiltshire

    The village of Wootton Rivers (almost entirely thatched) near Marlborough/Pewsey

    Kingley Vale National Nature reserve near the village of West Stoke, 7 miles north west of Chichester, West Sussex. The largest Yew tree forest in England with some trees over 2,000

    years old and therefore very weirdly shaped. From the ancient burial mounds at the top of the reserve, there are extraordinary views of much of southern England

  • RR
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Some good suggestions already.

    For Landscape, there is The Lake District (eg Langdale Pikes) and the Yorkshire Dales (eg Malham Cove).

    When you arrive in Portsmouth, you have the Spinnaker Tower

  • 7 years ago

    Big ben

    London eye

    Houses of parliment

    Lake district

    Buckingham palace

    Stone henge

    Tower bridge

    Nelson's column

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    He said the UK not England you plonkers.

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