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Top ChoiceChurch in The West End

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

A splendid mixture of architectural styles, Westminster Abbey is considered the finest example of Early English Gothic. It's not merely a beautiful place of worship – the Abbey is still a working church and the...

Top ChoiceCastle in Windsor & Eton

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

The world’s largest and oldest continuously occupied fortress, Windsor Castle is a majestic vision of battlements and towers. Used for state occasions, it’s one of the Queen’s principal residences; when she’s at...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

An ultramodern makeover at ancient Stonehenge has brought an impressive visitor centre and the closure of an intrusive road (now restored to grassland). The result is a strong sense of historical context, with...

Top ChoiceCastle in Old Town

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (r 1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military...

Top ChoiceCathedral in St Davids (Tyddewi)

St David's Cathedral

St David's Cathedral

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 would be overlooked by Saxon raiders, but it was ransacked...

Top ChoicePalace in Woodstock

Blenheim Palace

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 Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor, and built between 1705 and...

Top ChoiceCathedral in City of London

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

Towering over diminutive Ludgate Hill in a superb position that's been a place of Christian worship for more than 1400 years (and pagan before that), St Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most magnificent...

Top ChoiceCollege in City Centre

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 attracts tourists galore. Among Oxford’s largest colleges – the...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in City Centre

Roman Baths

Roman Baths

In typically ostentatious style, the Romans built a bathhouse complex above Bath's 46°C (115°F) hot springs. Set alongside a temple dedicated to the healing goddess Sulis-Minerva, the baths now form one of the...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kensington & Hyde Park

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

On a vast 5.7 hectare plot and housing 80 million specimens, this colossal and magnificent building is infused with the irrepressible Victorian spirit of collecting, cataloguing and interpreting the natural...

Top ChoiceVillage in Porthmadog

Portmeirion Village

Set on its own tranquil peninsula reaching into the estuary, this fantastical collection of colourful buildings with a heavy Italian influence was masterminded by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis....

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Bodmin

Lanhydrock

This magnificent manor, 2.5 miles southeast of Bodmin, offers a fascinating insight into Upstairs, Downstairs life in Victorian England. The house was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1881 as a home for the...

Top ChoiceNature Centre in St Austell

Eden Project

Eden Project

Built at the bottom of a china clay pit, the giant biomes of the Eden Project – the world's largest greenhouses – have become Cornwall's most famous landmark, and an absolutely essential visit. Looking rather...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in City of London

Tower of London

Tower of London

The unmissable Tower of London offers a window into 1000 years of gruesome and compelling history. A former royal residence, treasury, mint, armoury and zoo, it's perhaps most remembered as the prison where a...

Top ChoiceCastle in Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle

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 set rather than an ancient monument. While it is often used...

Top ChoiceChurch in Cambridge

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 extraordinary examples of Gothic architecture. Its inspirational,...

Top ChoiceCastle in Caernarfon

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

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 supervised by Master James of St George, from Savoy, its...

Top ChoiceLibrary in City Centre

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 Bodleian Library, a magnificent survivor from the Middle...

Top ChoiceGallery in South Bank

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

One of London's most amazing attractions, this outstanding modern- and contemporary-art gallery is housed in the creatively revamped Bankside Power Station. A spellbinding synthesis of modern art and capacious...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Durham

Durham Cathedral

Monumental Durham Cathedral is the definitive structure of the Anglo-Norman Romanesque style, a resplendent monument to the country’s ecclesiastical history and, since 1986, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Beyond...