Best Landmarks in The UK
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33 Best & Most Famous Landmarks in The UK

Travel Blogger’s Favorite Landmarks in The UK!

Consisting of four different countries, the United Kingdom is packed with amazing places to see.

Therefore, picking the absolute best landmarks is an almost impossible undertaking due to the vast tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders.

From the iconic cityscape of London, where landmarks like the majestic Big Ben and the historic Tower Bridge proudly stand, to the enchanting charm of Edinburgh’s ancient streets, the UK’s landmarks have lots of stories to tell.

But the allure of the UK doesn’t stop at the manmade wonders. Nature plays a starring role, too, with places like Durdle Door and the Lake District National Park, one of Europe’s best national parks.

So to squeeze in all the greatest sights and sheer beauty of the UK in only one article, I asked other travel experts to share their favorite landmarks with me.

The result is this comprehensive list of 33 sights across the UK, offering you a diverse and captivating journey through the island nation.

Let’s dive right in!

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The Best Landmarks in England

Famous Landmarks in London

1. Big Ben

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Big Ben, one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK, stands proudly right in the heart of London. Located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, this majestic clock tower is renowned for its imposing stature and melodious chimes.

While often mistakenly referred to as the clock or the tower itself, Big Ben is technically the name of the bell housed within.

The tower, officially known as the Elizabeth Tower since 2012, was completed in 1859 and has been a fixture in London ever since.

Big Ben

The adjacent Westminster Bridge and the banks of the River Thames offer prime vantage points for stunning views and memorable photographs.

Following an extensive 5-year renovation from 2017-2021, the tower is now open daily throughout the year. A visit is only possible as part of an organized tour that takes place every full hour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, except noon.

Tickets for a tour are £30 for adults and £15 for children aged 11-17 and they can only be purchased online.

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2. Tower Bridge

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Famous for its unique suspension design, the Tower Bridge is undeniably one of the UK’s most celebrated landmarks.

Nestled adjoining the Tower of London, this architectural marvel spans the River Thames, connecting the bustling districts of Tower Hamlets and Southwark.

What makes it special is its unique design that lets it lift for passing boats, a spectacular sight that has captivated visitors since its completion in 1894.

Famous Landmarks in The UK - Tower Bridge

You can explore the bridge daily throughout the year, gaining insights into its fascinating history, engineering brilliance, and panoramic views of London.

Tickets are £12.30 for adults and £6.20 for children aged 5-15 and it’s recommended to buy them online in advance to avoid queuing.

Organized tours, available every hour from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (excluding noon), provide a more in-depth and engaging experience.

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3. London Eye

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A landmark you’d struggle to miss in London is the iconic London Eye. It is situated next to the River Thames, near Westminster Bridge, and almost opposite the Palace of Westminster.

The London Eye, once known as the Millennium Wheel stands a staggering 135 meters high. A ride around on the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes.

It turns incredibly slowly so that you can spend your time taking in the views. On a good day, you can see for at least 25 miles. But don’t be put off if it’s bad weather as you can still enjoy some great views of London.

Most Famous Landmarks in The UK - London Eye

Queues are often long but you can pay a premium to skip the queues. You should allow at least an hour for your visit. Each pod is fully air-conditioned and with a regular ticket, you will share your pod with other tourists.

If you wish to visit alone you can pay a premium to hire out a pod.

The London Eye is accessible on foot from several London Underground stations. The experience is fully wheelchair accessible. A standard ticket costs from £30 online per adult and a fast track ticket costs from £45 per adult

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4. Tower of London

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One of the most famous landmarks in the UK is the Tower of London. Located in London beside Tower Bridge, this royal palace dates from the 11th century and was expanded over two centuries to the site that stands today.

The Tower of London is one of the most visited sites in London. Visitors come to hear tales of the palace from Yeoman Warders who conduct guided tours of the site throughout the day.

Tower of London

They will be happy to share the tale of an Irishman who was the only person to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower, later recovered. Unlike the Irish Crown Jewels which were stolen from one of Dublin’s top places to visit, Dublin Castle. They were never recovered.

Guided tours are included in the entry fee, which currently costs £33.60 per adult.

The Tower is open generally from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and visitors can easily spend half a day exploring the site which includes the Crown Jewels, the White Tower, and the other historical buildings.

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5. Covent Garden

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Covent Garden Market is a vibrant marketplace and cultural site located in London’s West End. It was established in 1845 and will surely take you back in time as you walk along the cobblestone streets. 

A visit to Covent Garden Market is a quintessential London experience, with its wide variety of shops and restaurants, housed in an iconic iron-and-glass structure.

It is a hub where people express their creativity through handmade crafts, trendy fashion boutiques, and gourmet delights. 

Covent Garden
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You’ll often see street performers here too, adding a splash of entertainment and a reason to stop by. You can also support local producers at the weekly farmers’ market that takes place on Saturday mornings.

When planning your visit, look out for any upcoming events and set aside at least two hours to fully immerse yourself here. If you’re visiting in winter, you may even have the chance to skate on the ice rink here. 

Covent Garden Market is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Saturday, and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Entrance is free of charge, but get ready to shop for local gems

6. St. Paul’s Cathedral

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St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most recognized buildings in London.

Its iconic dome has dominated London’s skyline for centuries and is frequently seen in film and TV, including iconic British series like Mary Poppins, Paddington, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who.

St. Paul’s has witnessed significant events, from royal weddings to state funerals, and has captivated visitors with its stunning design and spiritual atmosphere. 

A few must-see locations in St. Paul’s are the Golden Gallery for panoramic views of London, the Whispering Gallery for its unique acoustic properties, and the crypt, housing tombs of historical figures like Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.

St. Paul's Cathedral

But because there is so much to learn about its history, architecture, and cultural significance, a guided tour or audio guide is recommended.

Allow 1-2 hours to see the church. The guided tours are typically 90 minutes.

The best time to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral is during weekdays to avoid the weekend crowds and religious services. The church is open Monday to Saturday, 08:30 am to 4:00 pm, excluding major religious events and bank holidays.

Entrance fees are £25 per adult and £10 for kids 6-17 (free under six). To avoid queuing, you can buy skip-the-line tickets online in advance.

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7. Westminster Abbey

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Westminster Abbey, located in central London behind the Palace of Westminster on the northwest bank of the River Thames, is one of the most important landmarks in the UK. 

Many famous British people are buried under the floor of the abbey, including Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and many of the Plantagenet kings of England.

Westminster Abbey is also famous for being the location for royal weddings. King Charles and Princess Diana were married there in 1981, and Prince William and Duchess Kate were married there in 2011.

Westminster Abbey

The Abbey is open to the public from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays. It is closed to the general public on Sundays.

The entrance fee is £29 for adults, and children five and under are free. The abbey is always free for visitors wishing to attend services or conduct private prayers.

Give yourself at least two hours to explore the abbey and grounds, or to take a guided tour.

To get to Westminster Abbey, the closest underground station is St. James’ Park. It’s also a popular stop on London’s hop-on hop-off bus tours.

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8. Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace, a central London landmark, serves as the King’s official residence and a working royal palace.

Built in 1703, this iconic structure with 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms and 78 bathrooms, attracts visitors from around the world. 

While the external views of the palace are spectacular, visitors can explore the palace’s interior through various tours. Standard tours start at £32 per adult and include a multimedia audio guide.

Exclusive guided tours, priced at £95 per adult, provide a more intimate experience and are led by expert guides when the palace is not usually open to the public. 

Most Famous Landmarks in The UK - Buckingham Palace

These 1.5-hour tours take visitors through several grand state rooms, including the throne room, picture gallery, the white drawing room, and up the grand staircase.

In the summer months, 45-minute garden tours are also available for an extra fee.

Tours require advance tickets with timed entry and often sell out. Photography is also not allowed inside the state rooms.

Whether you choose a guided tour of the interior or you prefer to admire the palace from outside the front gates, you will want to plan your visit to coincide with the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony.

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9. The Shard

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The Shard, standing at a height of 310 meters, is the tallest building in the UK and offers breathtaking panoramic views of London’s skyline.

Situated in the vibrant borough of Southwark, The Shard is easily accessible and can be found near London Bridge Station.

What makes The Shard so special is not only its impressive height but also its unique architectural design. With its iconic glass facade, the building reflects the changing colors of the sky, creating a stunning visual spectacle.

The Shard

Inside, visitors can enjoy a variety of attractions, including restaurants, bars, and even a hotel.

To visit The Shard, there is an entrance fee of £32 per adult and it is recommended to buy tickets online in advance to avoid waiting times.

The opening times of this building may vary from time to time due to special events. Make sure to allocate a minimum of one to two hours to truly soak in the breathtaking views during your visit.

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10. Natural History Museum

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Whether you spend a week or just 2 days in London, your trip won’t be complete without visiting the Natural History Museum. This famous visitor attraction is known worldwide for its breathtaking setting and unique collections.

The Natural History Museum consists of four zones (Blue, Green, Red, and Orange), each with different exhibits.

Here, there’s something to everyone’s taste including exhibitions on dinosaurs, space, geology, volcanoes, and human evolution. As there’s so much to see, you’ll want to allow at least 3-4 hours for your visit. 

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The Natural History Museum is located in South Kensington, just a 5-minute walk from South Kensington tube station. It’s open daily from 10:00 am to 5:50 pm, although the last entry is at 5:30 pm.

Entrance is free unless you’re visiting a paid exhibit or booking a guided tour. Use that saved money in the museum shop after your visit, where you can pick up a cool souvenir

For the best experience, you’ll want to visit in the early morning to avoid the crowds. If you can, opt for a weekday as it will be much quieter, and also try to avoid visiting during the school holidays as the museum will likely be packed with children.

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11. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

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Another one of the famous landmarks in the UK that shouldn’t be missed is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

The Globe Theatre, renowned for its association with William Shakespeare’s plays, stands proudly along the banks of the River Thames.

The original structure was built in 1599 and burned down in 1613 when a fire engulfed the theater during a performance of Shakespeare’s “Henry VIII”.

It was promptly reconstructed in 1614 and continued to be a hub for the dramatic arts until 1642 when it was eventually closed. The theater as it exists today was built in 1997 and is located about 750 feet from the original location.  

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

The best ways to experience the Globe Theatre are by joining a guided tour and seeing a performance. Guided tours are from 9:30 to 4:00 pm and they take about 50 minutes. Ticket prices are £26 for adults and £19 for those 16 and under.

Plan for a 2-hour visit as that includes time for the guided tour and self-guided areas of the space.

Attending a performance at the Globe is an extraordinary experience that shouldn’t be missed. Tickets can be booked online and range in price from £5 – £68

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12. Castle Combe, Cotswolds

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Castle Combe is one of the most quintessential British villages one can visit.

Located in the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire, its beauty has made it a popular residential area for local celebrities such as Jeremy Clarkson and The Beckhams.

The reason Castle Combe is high on the bucket list for most travelers is that it’s simply a stunning village. From the traditional brick houses to the beautiful gardens, arriving in Castle Combe is almost like stepping back into a British era long forgotten.

This picturesque village is visitable at any time and completely free, all you have to do is get there.

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The easiest way to reach Castle Combe would be to hire a car and drive – albeit parking is limited. As a bonus, with car access, it’s easy to visit other villages in the Cotswolds too!

However, there is also a way to travel via public transport. Initially, catch the train to Chippenham Station, followed by hopping on a 20-minute bus (95A) from that station to Castle Combe Center.

Planning for an hour or two to explore every corner of Castle Combe is enough as it’s relatively small. But consider pre-booking a traditional English afternoon tea at The Old Rectory, releasing your inner Downton Abbey with a photoshoot, or sinking a pint at The Castle Inn!

13. Blackpool Tower, Lancashire

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A famous landmark in the UK is the Blackpool Tower, located in Lancashire, England. Standing at 158 meters tall, it first opened in 1894, and unsurprisingly, the design was based on the Eiffel Tower in France

The Blackpool Tower Eye is an observation deck at the top of the tower with a glass SkyWalk. Alternatively, the building at the base is home to a range of different attractions.

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Circus have been welcoming visitors for 130 years. The circus is well worth checking out with some amazing acrobatic acts from around the world!

There’s also Dino Mini Golf, The Blackpool Tower Dungeons, Madam Tussauds, and a Peter Rabbit interactive experience.

Blackpool Tower, Lancashire

Each year between September and December, the tower is a central point for the famous Blackpool Illuminations. Every evening, the ‘Tower Projections’ light video shows are projected onto the front of the building.

With accompanying music and sounds, it’s a great free thing to see while in Blackpool!

The attractions shut for a few months during the winter, so make sure to check opening hours if visiting in the off-season.

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14. York Minster

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York Minster is the crown jewel of the city of York. It’s the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and one of the top sights to visit on a trip to York.

Most of the present structure dates back to the 14th century, although some parts of the Minster are even older. Be sure to see the stunning Great East Window, which is one of the best collections of medieval stained glass in Europe, and the beautiful Chapter House.

Head underground to the Undercroft Museum, where you can see a culvert from the former Roman foundations – which still has running water!

York Minster

For an additional cost, you can book a trip up the tower as part of your visit. While there are 275 steps to climb up, the views overlooking the city from the top are simply magnificent.

Give yourself at least 1-2 hours to explore York Minster, especially if you’re doing a tower tour. The entrance fee is £18 for adults and a ticket including the tower is £24.

Opening times are 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Saturday, and 12:45 to 2:15 pm on Sundays. The Minster also holds regular services, which are free to attend.

15. The Shambles, York

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The Shambles is a maze of narrow cobbled medieval lanes in the centre of York.

There is no fee to enter and you can wander the area to your heart’s content. At the heart of the Shambles is the lane called The Shambles, one of the best-preserved medieval streets in the world.

William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book mentions the Shambles in 1086.

Historians think that the name originates from the Anglo-Saxon word for shelves or shammel, as this district was full of shops, particularly butcher shops.

The Shambles

One of the attractions in the Shambles is Margaret Clitherow’s house. A butcher’s wife, Margaret was brought up as a Protestant. In 1574 she became a Catholic and sheltered persecuted priests in her home.

Over a period of 12 years, she was arrested on several occasions and spent over three years in prison. Margaret refused to speak at her trial and was condemned to be crushed to death, naked under a heavy stone on the Ouse Bridge in York.  

The Shambles is also the inspiration for Diagon Alley of Harry Potter fame and attracts fans from around the world.  

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16. Durdle Door

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The stunning natural arch of Durdle Door is truly captivating, ranking among the world’s most beautiful. The 60-meter-high peninsula gracefully juts out into the sea, forming the most iconic spot on the Jurassic Coast.

The arch was formed by millions of years of wave erosion, slowly sculpting the sedimentary rock over time. The arch’s hole as we know it today took shape quite recently, 10,000 years ago when sea levels rose at the end of the Ice Age. 

To reach Durdle Door, you need to get to the county of Dorset, located between Southampton and Exeter.

It lies at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, a stretch of coastline in southern England designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its incredible rugged white chalk landscapes. 

Durdle Door

A brief but steep 10-15 minute walk from the landmark’s parking lot leads you to the beach. This easy access makes it a very popular swimming spot among both locals and tourists in summer. 

Alternatively, a scenic 2-hour loop hike from Lulworth Cove, another picturesque rock formation, is also an option.

If you don’t feel like going all the way back, a short bus ride from the Durdle Door Park Entrance will take you back to the hike’s starting point. 

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17. Stonehenge

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Probably one of the most ancient and significant landmarks in the UK is the site of Stonehenge. This megalithic structure has been dated between 3,100 BC to 1,600 BC.

It has become an icon of British culture and made a European UNESCO Heritage Site along with its surrounding area.

What makes it so unique is that there does not seem to be any record of who constructed it or why. There have been countless debates and wild conspiracy theories on whether it was made for pagan worship, Druidic religious rites, or even a communication device to extraterrestrials.

Stonehenge, England

Its location is in Wiltshire, England just along the Salisbury Plain. It’s an easy day trip from London, which is why it has become such a popular tourist attraction.

You only need an hour or two to walk around the site as it is fenced off to keep people at a reasonable distance.

Opening times are from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. You will need to book a ticket online which can be between £23 – £26 if you choose to donate to the organization that helps maintain the properties.

If you are a part of an organized tour they will usually assist in purchasing the tickets and set times on your behalf.

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18. Lake District National Park

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The Lake District National Park is a beautiful area in the northwest of England and is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK.

There are plenty of things to do in the Lake District from hiking in the countryside including the Scafell Pike which is the highest peak in England to sailing on the largest lake in England, Lake Windermere, or exploring all the quaint little towns. 

Kendal is the first town you come to and is dubbed the gateway to the Lake District. It is a market town with lots of things to do including discovering the local history at Kendal Museum, visiting Kendal Castle for panoramic views, or having a drink in one of the best pubs in Kendal.

Lake District NP

Other places not to be missed on a visit to the Lakes include the towns of Ambleside and Hawkshead where you can find cute stone buildings, coffee shops, and lots of tiny alleyways filled with shops to explore.

The best time to visit the Lake District is during the springtime because the weather will be better, but it won’t be as busy with tourists as during the summer months.

To fully explore everything the Lake District has to offer you should aim to visit for at least a week and stay in a few different areas.

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19. The Roman Baths, Bath

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Bath is unique in the UK for its naturally hot springs, and people have been coming here for centuries to indulge in the warm, mineral-rich waters.

The most famous bathers were the Romans, who built an extensive complex of baths, gyms, and temples around the hot springs in what is now Bath city center.

The Roman Baths are still one of the most iconic landmarks in Bath. Located right next to Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths complex is housed in beautiful 18th and 19th-century buildings in golden Bathstone.

Roman Baths in Bath

It’s possible to see the pool from outside without paying the £21.50 entry fee, but there’s so much more to see inside.

There’s an excellent museum telling the story of the Romans in Bath, with artifacts including an amazing bronze sculpture of the Roman/Celtic goddess Sulis Minerva.

Allow at least two hours for your visit to the Roman Baths.

You can no longer swim in the water at the Roman Baths, but you can enjoy a modern version at Thermae Bath Spa, just two minutes’ walk away.

Thermae Bath Spa also uses naturally hot spring water but with 21st-century indulgences like a rooftop pool. 

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20. St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

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St Michael’s Mount, a legendary tidal island located off the coast of Marazion in Cornwall, England, is one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks.

Home to a medieval castle and church and with its oldest buildings dating back to the 12th century, the island offers a rich historical experience.

But that is not all! The access to the island is also quite unique.

At low tide, visitors can walk across the causeway (for about 15 minutes), following the footprints of pilgrims from centuries past. When the tide rises, boats ferry visitors to and from the island, but only between March and October.

St Michael's Mount

As the entry fees and opening times vary significantly depending on the season and tides, it’s recommended to check the official website and book in advance before your visit. 

Once you’re there, a few hours are typically sufficient to explore the castle, walk through stunning gardens and the small village that inhabits the island, or take a guided tour to learn about the island’s history.

You can also enjoy panoramic views of the Cornwall coast from the top of the castle, grab a bite, and shop for unique souvenirs.

Just a short drive from Falmouth, and boasting a twin (Mont Saint-Michel in France), St Michael’s Mount is a must-visit for those who appreciate history, stunning landscapes, and unique experiences!

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Famous Landmarks in Edinburgh

21. Arthur’s Seat

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One of the most famous landmarks in the UK is Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano that hasn’t erupted for over 340 million years.

It also forms the main peak surrounding the city of Edinburgh and sits inside Holyrood Park. It’s a great place to go if you enjoy hiking but don’t feel like heading into the Highlands. 

In total, this 2.6-mile hike should take just under two hours to complete. You can do it either as an out-and-back hike or as a loop so that you can walk along a different route on the way back.

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

It’s a moderately difficult hike and is worth the effort since the views of Edinburgh from the top are second to none. Just try to do the hike on a clear day and pack a jacket since the weather at the top can be quite windy. 

Additionally, be sure to pack any water and snacks that you need as you explore one of the coolest landmarks in Edinburgh since there are no stores in the immediate vicinity.

22. Edinburgh Castle

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Perched over an extinct volcanic rock, Edinburgh Castle is one of the main tourist attractions in Edinburgh and one of the oldest fortified places in Europe

This mighty fortress has a rich and fascinating history. It was once the home of Scottish kings and queens and has the prized possession of The Honours of Scotland, the oldest Crown jewels in Britain.

Also, the historic St. Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh, lies inside the castle. 

Edinburgh Castle

From the top of the castle, there is an awe-inspiring view of Edinburgh’s cityscape and the Firth of Forth. Also, visitors gather at the Half Moon Battery at 1:00 pm to witness the traditional One O’clock gunfire ceremony.

Edinburgh Castle is one of the busiest places in the city during the peak summer months. So, visiting the castle early is recommended to avoid crowds. Also, it’s better to book the tickets online in advance.

The castle is open all year round from 9:30 in the morning. An adult ticket costs £19.50 when bought online.

Since there are several historic buildings and museums around the castle complex, it takes around two hours to visit them.

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23. Royal Mile

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An incredible UK landmark you should visit is none other than The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. This wonderful street runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

The roadway links the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse and the well-known Edinburgh Castle, both of which are incredible.

In between these landmarks, the street is lined with charming cobbled streets and some of Edinburgh’s top historic sites. 

Just walking the street is so much fun. It truly feels as though you have been transported back in time, and there are plenty of areas to take photos.

Royal Mile Edinburgh

While here, check out The Real Mary King’s Close to experience over 400 years of history. This is especially great for children as they will learn all about myths, legends, the Plague, and so much more of Scotland’s history.

St. Giles’ Cathedral is another noteworthy landmark that sits on the Royal Mile. For something more modern, stop by the Scottish Parliament Building, which boasts striking architecture.

Finally, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants and drinking spots. Make sure to check out The Edinburgh Fudge Kitchen for some sweet treats!

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24. Loch Ness, Inverness

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Loch Ness, the famous UK landmark home to a monster, is located in Inverness and is a must-see on any trip to Scotland.

Not only is it a great place to learn more about the fabled Loch Ness Monster, but the loch is the biggest freshwater lake in Britain, measuring a whopping 21.6 sq miles, meaning there are plentiful lake cruises ready to take you out to explore what is above, and below, its murky waters.

For monster hunters, Loch Ness is the holy grail of unexplained phenomena. For holidaymakers, this beautiful part of Scotland has plenty of things to do besides searching the loch for “Nessie”.

Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle sits on the shores of Loch Ness and was once one of Scotland’s largest castles. Its thousand-year-old ruins now attract tourists from far and wide, making it one of the most visited castles in Scotland.

Visitors can admire the castle from the water during a loch cruise or visit it in person on a short drive from Fort Augustus, the gateway to Loch Ness.

Back in town, there are cafés, souvenir shops, pubs, and walking trails to enjoy. Visit the Falls of Foyers waterfall or do the four-mile circular walk to Dores Beach to experience Loch Ness’s natural beauty.

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25. Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow

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Glasgow, Scotland, is an underrated city and so much of that has to do with the vibrant arts scene, including many museums and murals throughout the city.

Opening in 1901, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is housed in a stunning Victorian building that residents regularly vote as their favorite building in the city.

Throughout the museum, you’ll find collections of art and design, dinosaur skeletons, ancient Egyptian artifacts, and more.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow
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Make sure to take in the innovative designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Scottish architect and designer. Moreover, don’t miss the daily organ recital that happens at 1:00 pm Monday to Saturday and at 3:00 pm on Sunday. 

The museum is open seven days per week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Thursday & Saturday, and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday & Sunday. Admission is free and there’s no need to book a ticket, you can just drop in!

Although it is not located right in the city center, it is easily accessible by bus, train, subway, or a hop-on-hop-off bus tour

26. Dunnottar Castle

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Dunnottar Castle is a castle in Scotland located in Aberdeenshire that is famous for being built right onto the rocky cliffside.

The castle can be seen from miles away, however, not until getting inside can visitors truly understand this historic landmark. 

From the coastal village of Stonehaven, there is a lovely 1.5-mile walk to Dunnottar Castle, following the coastline and going right by a Scottish War Memorial.

Alternatively, you can jump on the bus heading out of Stonehaven and get dropped near the castle. 

Famous Landmarks in The UK - Dunnottar Castle

Entrance to Dunnottar Castle varies per visitor, though expect to pay just over £10 to enter. It’s open daily from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm, with the entrances accepted one hour before closing.

To take in all the Dunnottar Castle offers, you should plan to spend at least four hours exploring both inside and outside the castle grounds. 

As an extra bonus, when finishing your day at Dunnottar Castle, be sure to grab a deep-fried Mars bar from the local Carron Fish Bar. 

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27. Stirling Castle

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Stirling Castle, located in the lovely town of Stirling, is one of Scotland’s most historic sites. The castle has been atop a volcanic crag since the 12th century and has therefore seen a lot of history over the centuries.

Mary Queen of Scotts was crowned in this castle, and William “Braveheart” Wallace and Robert “the” Bruce fought battles within sight of the castle walls.

Stirling is an easy day trip and a pleasant escape from the crowds of Edinburgh. If you arrive late in the day, you may just have the place to yourself!

Most Famous Landmarks in The UK - Stirling Castle

Plan at least two hours for your visit to Stirling Castle. That’s enough time to join the guided tour, explore the dark recesses of the castle on your own, and walk the ramparts for views of the surrounding landscape.

The standard entrance fee is £19.50 and there are discounts available for children, families, over 65, and the unemployed.

Stirling Castle is open from April 1st – September 30th from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (last entry at 5:00 pm) and from October 1st – March 31st from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:00 pm).

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28. Old Man of Storr

Recommended by Jess of Uprooted Traveler

The Old Man of Storr is one of the most iconic landmarks in Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

This stunning rock formation, a 55-meter-tall spire of basalt, is actually the remnants of a 2,800 million-year-old volcanic plus.

While the rock formation is otherworldly in and of itself, its stark contrast against the surrounding scenery – the lush green hills of Skye, and the turquoise water of Bearreraig Bay – make it that much more jaw-dropping.

Most Beautiful Landmarks in The UK - Old Man of Storr

It seriously looks like something straight out of Game of Thrones!

You can either walk up to the formation along the Old Man of Storr hike, a challenging 5.4 km trail, or along a viewpoint, right next to the road that you’ll pass driving to or from the trailhead’s parking lot.

If you’re driving to the trailhead, it costs £5 for up to six hours or £7 for up to 12 hours, which you can pay with either cash or card in several machines around the lot. 

29. Glenfinnan Viaduct

Recommended by Zoe of Zoe Goes Places

Made famous by the Harry Potter films, Glenfinnan Viaduct is located in the beautiful Scottish countryside 15 miles to the west of Fort William. 

On the big screen, the viaduct is famous for being where Harry and Ron were in a flying car over the Hogwarts Express. And now, between April and October, the Jacobite steam train crosses the viaduct to bring the magic of Hogwarts to life.

However, it only crosses twice a day in each direction – once in the morning and once in the afternoon – so you have to time your visit right.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

It’s free to enter and you’ll get the best views from the Glenfinnan Viaduct viewpoint – which you can walk to from either the car park or Glenfinnan Station.

Or you even have the option to book a ticket for the train and enjoy the journey across the viaduct and through the Scottish hills. 

This is a must-do for Potterheads, train enthusiasts, and outdoor lovers alike. You can also visit the nearby Glenfinnan Monument and take a walk along the banks of Loch Shiel to make a full day of it. 

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The Best Landmarks in Wales

30. Cardiff Castle

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If you want to see one of the best landmarks Wales has to offer, look no further than Cardiff Castle.

Found right in the middle of the Welsh capital, this historic landmark is an amazing experience for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of the city. 

What sets Cardiff Castle apart is its unique blend of medieval and Victorian architecture. The Norman keep and opulent Victorian apartments show the full historical story of what happened in the castle and city. 

You can explore the outside of the castle for free and a certain part of the grounds. But for the best experience, buy a ticket. This will allow you to explore every part of the castle.

Best & Most Famous Landmarks in The UK - Cardiff Castle

If you are a Cardiff resident, you can visit for free. Otherwise, it’s £14.50 for adults and £10.00 for children over five. 

The visiting hours vary throughout the year but it is open every day apart from Christmas, Boxing, and New Year’s Day.

To guarantee entry, try and visit between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. It’s recommended to spend at least 2-4 hours here to fully appreciate the castles. 

Thanks to its convenient location, you will also be able to easily get here from Cardiff Airport or other parts of the UK. 

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31. Caerphilly Castle

Recommended by Kieren of Wales Guidebook

Caerphilly Castle sits at the heart of the charming town of Caerphilly in South Wales. This iconic landmark is renowned for its imposing size. It holds the title of the largest castle in Wales and the second-largest in the UK, after Windsor.

The castle dates back to the 13th century when it was constructed by Gilbert de Clare, a Marcher Lord who served under King Edward I. The castle was strategically positioned to defend against potential Welsh uprisings.

Today, Caerphilly Castle is a ruin, but it still stands in good shape and has become a big tourist attraction in Wales.

Best Landmarks in The UK - Caerphilly Castle

It’s known for its leaning tower which leans at a greater angle than the famous tower in Pisa. This isn’t from battle damage as locals proclaim, but from ground subsidence.

Allocate about an hour if you want to visit the castle. Inside, you can climb its towers, walk along the walls, and explore the great hall.

If you don’t want to pay for entrance, there’s also a great walk around the outside so that you can still appreciate its grandeur.

The Best Landmarks in Northern Ireland

32. Titanic Museum, Belfast

Recommended by V Kay of Travel Addicted Unicorn

The Titanic Museum in Belfast is situated in the Titanic Quarter where the ship was originally built and launched.

The museum’s building is designed to look like the bow of the Titanic and seen from above, it resembles the star from the logo of White Star Line. The latter is the British shipping line that owned RMS Titanic.

Inside the museum, you can explore the comprehensive exhibitions showcasing the Titanic’s construction, launch, and tragic sinking in 1912.

It also features interactive displays, full-scale reconstructions, and different artifacts, providing a detailed and immersive experience.

Titanic Museum in Belfast

The entrance fees for an adult are £24.95. Keep in mind that the admission tickets are timed and there are slots available every 10 minutes. You can buy them online in advance.

The operating hours depend on the time of year and the days of the week. Therefore, it is best to check their official website for the exact timings.

The museum is quite large so it is recommended to allocate at least 2-3 hours to fully appreciate all the exhibits and displays, especially if you’re a history enthusiast and/or interested in the story of the Titanic.

As the biggest Titanic visitor experience in the world, it’s also one of the main things to do on the island of Ireland.

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33. Giant’s Causeway

Recommended by Janae of Adventures With TuckNae

One of the most famous landmarks in Northern Ireland is Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO World Heritage site is most famous for the geological formation of basalt columns.

In fact, there are over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns at Giant’s Causeway! These formations are unique, making it one of the most Instagrammable places in Ireland.

There is also a famous legend about Giant’s Causeway that adds to the allure of this location.

As legend would have it, a giant named Finn McCool built Giant’s Causeway as stepping stones to reach Scotland and challenge another giant named Benandonner. 

Giant's Causeway

The National Trust manages Giant’s Causeway, and you’ll find a visitor center with exhibits, a shop, a café, and restrooms. To access the visitors center, you must purchase a ticket, which costs £13.50 per adult and includes an audio tour.

You can explore the Causeway for free if you don’t wish to enter the visitors center or use the facilities. 

There is a long walk to reach Giant’s Causeway from the car park, or you can pay a small fee to ride a bus round-trip, but you must have exact change.

Please keep in mind that you will be doing lots of walking at this site, so wear comfortable shoes with good traction and plan to spend at least 2-3 hours exploring the area.

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  1. This is the best compilation of the famous landmarks in the UK. It covers most of the historical, cultural, along with ancient and modern architectural wonders.

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