Must-see attractions in Great Britain

  • 27 May 2017: Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham - The Bowes Museum.  The museum owns a famous and renowned art collection and is built in a French style.; Shutterstock ID 657436690; your: Claire Naylor; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online ed; full: County Durham

    Bowes Museum

    Northeast England

    A monumental chateau half a mile east of the centre contains the lavishly furnished Bowes Museum. Funded by 19th-century industrialist John Bowes, and…

  • Life Science Centre


    Part of a sober-minded institute devoted to the study of genetic science, this centre lets you discover the secrets of life through a fascinating series…

  • London Eye and Houses of Parliament at dusk.

    London Eye

    South Bank

    It’s hard to imagine South Bank without the London Eye (officially named the London Eye after its current sponsor), the world’s largest…

  • Blue skies over Stonehenge historic site



    An ultramodern makeover at ancient Stonehenge has brought an impressive visitor centre and the closure of an intrusive road (now restored to grassland)…

  • Wales - St David's Cathedral

    St David's Cathedral

    St Davids (Tyddewi)

    Hidden in a hollow and behind high walls, St David's Cathedral is intentionally unassuming. The valley site was chosen in the vain hope that the church…

  • Blenheim Palace, UK - August 30, 2014: The Palace, the residence of the dukes of Marlborough, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ; Shutterstock ID 215696488; Your name (First / Last): Josh Vogel; Project no. or GL code: 56530; Network activity no. or Cost Centre: Online-Design; Product or Project: 65050/7529/Josh Vogel/ Destination Galleries

    Blenheim Palace


    One of the greatest stately homes in Britain, and a Unesco World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace is a monumental baroque fantasy, designed by Sir John…

  • United Kingdom, England, Oxford, Courtyard of Christ Church

    Christ Church


    With its compelling combination of majestic architecture, literary heritage and double identity as (parts of) Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, Christ Church…

  • Lanhydrock House, Bodmin, Cornwall, England

The house was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1881 as a home for the Agar-Robartes family


    East Cornwall

    This magnificent manor, 2.5 miles southeast of Bodmin, offers a fascinating insight into Upstairs, Downstairs life in Victorian England. The house was…

  • Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly, Glamorgan, Wales

    Caerphilly Castle

    Southeast Wales

    You could be forgiven for thinking that Caerphilly Castle – with its profusion of towers and crenellations reflected in a duck-filled lake – was a film…

  • View inside Kings college Chapel Cambridge, showing the fan vault ceiling and vast wooden paneling, and amazing stain glass windows.

    King's College Chapel


    In a city crammed with showstopping buildings, this is a scene-stealer. Grandiose 16th-century King's College Chapel is one of England’s most…

  • Caernarfon Castle Reflections

    Caernarfon Castle

    Anglesey & the North Coast

    Majestic Caernarfon Castle was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1330 as a military stronghold, seat of government and royal palace. Designed and mainly…

  • Duke Humfrey's library, the Bodleian Library

    Bodleian Library


    At least five kings, dozens of prime ministers and Nobel laureates, and luminaries such as Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien have studied in Oxford's…

  • The walkway at St Michael mount

    St Michael's Mount

    West Cornwall

    Looming up in the middle of Mount's Bay and connected to the mainland at Marazion via a cobbled causeway, this abbey-crowned island is an unforgettable…

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    Tresco Abbey Garden

    Isles of Scilly

    Tresco's key attraction – and one of Scilly's must-see gems – is this subtropical estate, laid out in 1834 on the site of a 12th-century Benedictine…

  • UK, England, North Yorkshire, York, York Minster, ceiling of chapter house

    York Minster


    York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in northern Europe, and one of the world's most beautiful Gothic buildings. Seat of the archbishop of York,…

  • Public space and tourist attraction

    National Gallery

    The West End

    With more than 2300 European masterpieces in its collection, this is one of the world's great galleries, with seminal works from the 13th to the mid-20th…

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    Constructed about 5000 years ago, Maeshowe is an extraordinary place, a Stone Age tomb built from enormous sandstone blocks, some of which weighed many…

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    Conwy Castle

    Anglesey & the North Coast

    Caernarfon is more complete, Harlech more dramatically positioned and Beaumaris more technically perfect, yet out of the four castles that compose the…

  • August 23, 2018: Ceiling inside the St Ives Tate Modern art gallery.

    Tate St Ives

    St Ives

    After an 18-month, multimillion-pound refit, St Ives' most illustrious gallery reopened its doors, complete with a monumental exhibition space that's been…

  • Lady Chapel in Liverpool Cathedral

    Liverpool Cathedral


    Britain's largest church, this magnificent neo-Gothic building is also the world's largest Anglican cathedral. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott …

  • Front entrance to the Ashmolean Museum in Beaumont Street.

    Ashmolean Museum


    Britain’s oldest public museum, Oxford’s wonderful Ashmolean Museum is surpassed only by the British Museum in London. It was established in 1683, when…

  • MARCH 15, 2016: Chatsworth House reflected in a lake in Derbyshire.

    Chatsworth House

    Peak District

    Known as the 'Palace of the Peak', this vast edifice 3 miles northeast of Bakewell has been occupied by the earls and dukes of Devonshire for centuries…

  • British Library, interior.

    British Library

    North London

    Consisting of low-slung red-brick terraces and fronted by a large piazza with an oversized statue of Sir Isaac Newton, Colin St John Wilson’s British…

  • ATPAX7 Woman visitor at the Great Orme Ancient Copper Mines excavation Llandudno Wales UK

Great Orme Bronze Age Mines

    Great Orme Bronze Age Mines


    Sitting unobtrusively near the top of the Great Orme is the largest prehistoric mine ever discovered. Nearly paved over for a car park, this site of…

  • Overview of Kynance Cove on Lizard Peninsula.
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    Kynance Cove

    The Lizard

    A mile north of Lizard Point, this National Trust–owned inlet is an absolute showstopper, studded with craggy offshore islands rising out of searingly…

  • Culzean Castle & Country Park

    Southern Scotland

    The Scottish National Trust's flagship property, magnificent Culzean (kull-ane) is one of the most impressive of Scotland's stately homes. On approach the…

  • View along the main street in the centre of Chester, Cheshire, UK.  Shops can be seen on either side of the road and people can be seen walking and sitting on benches. The rows of upper level shops are pictured on left.



    Besides the City Walls, Chester's other great draw is the Rows, a series of two-level galleried arcades along the four streets that fan out in each…

  • Hereford Cathedral

    The Midlands & the Marches

    After Welsh marauders torched the original Saxon cathedral, the Norman rulers of Hereford erected a larger, grander cathedral on the same site. The…

  • Bodnant Garden

    Anglesey & the North Coast

    Laid out in 1875 and painstakingly landscaped over 150 years, Bodnant is one of Wales’ most beautiful gardens. Lord Aberconway of the McLaren family …

  • Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum

    Northeast England

    The most dramatic site of Hadrian's Wall – and the best-preserved Roman fort in the whole country – is at Housesteads, 4 miles north of Bardon Mill on the…

  • King Richard III: Dynasty, Death & Discovery

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Built following the incredible 2012 discovery and 2013 DNA testing of King Richard III's remains, Leicester's high-tech King Richard III visitor centre…

  • Morgan Motor Company

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Morgan has been handcrafting elegant sports cars since 1909. You can see the mechanics at work on two-hour guided tours of the unassuming shedlike…

  • Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

    Cardiff Castle


    There's a medieval keep at its heart, but it's the later additions to Cardiff Castle that really capture the imagination. In Victorian times, extravagant…

  • Sun shining on the exterior of Winchester Cathedral.

    Winchester Cathedral


    One of southern England's most awe-inspiring buildings, 11th-century Winchester Cathedral boasts a fine Gothic facade, one of the longest medieval naves…

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    Sir John Soane's Museum

    The West End

    This museum is one of the most atmospheric and fascinating in London. The Georgian building was the beautiful, bewitching home of architect Sir John Soane…

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    Castle Howard

    North Yorkshire

    Stately homes may be two a penny in England, but you'll have to try pretty damn hard to find one as breathtakingly stately as Castle Howard, a work of…

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    Gloucester Cathedral

    Oxford & the Cotswolds

    Gloucester’s spectacular cathedral is among the first and finest examples of the English Perpendicular Gothic style. Benedictine monks built a Norman…

  • The main entrance to Hampton Court Palace, Richmond, London, England.

    Hampton Court Palace

    Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1515 but coaxed from him by Henry VIII just before Wolsey (as chancellor) fell from favour, Hampton Court Palace is…

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington, London, England.

    Victoria & Albert Museum

    Kensington & Hyde Park

    The Museum of Manufactures, as the V&A was known when it opened in 1852, was part of Prince Albert’s legacy to the nation in the aftermath of the…