47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain. Britain is an architectural goldmine. From ancient majesties such as York Minster to modern designs illuminating Britain’s cities, these magnificent feats of design stand boldly in the landscape.

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain

One of the most striking examples of Romanesque architecture is the Natural History Museum in South West London. Architect Alfred Waterhouse used terracotta for the entire building because of its resistance to harsh climates. Don’t forget to stop by the Tower of London while you’re at it for an immersive history lesson into the architecture that served as a fortress, royal palace and a prison!

1| Leadenhall Market

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Leadenhall Market
Turn a certain corner in the City of London and you'll step into the Victorian grandeur of Leadenhall Market, which has a long and fascinating history. It's located in what was once the epicentre of Roman London and has had several notable incarnations, first becoming the sort of covered market you see today when it was rebuilt after The Great Fire of 1666.

Think it looks familiar? That's probably because it appeared in the Harry Potter films as the atmospheric Diagon Alley.

2| Old Royal Naval College

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Old Royal Naval College
Designed by Christopher Wren, the Old Royal Naval College is the magnificent centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich. It's one of the most spectacular buildings in Britain, and has featured in a huge number of films from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Skyfall and Thor: The Dark World.

3| Brighton

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Brighton
The bustling sea-side city of Brighton is a short train ride from London. Explore the independent shops and beautiful historic boutiques of the Lanes, have a stroll along the pier and be sure to see Brighton Pavilion, a historic royal palace with spectacular Indian-style architecture.

4| Ely Cathedral

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Ely Cathedral
Just outside Cambridge, Ely is best known for its magnificent Romanesque and Gothic cathedral. Its construction began in 1083, and today it's a fascinating place to learn about the region's history, while marvelling at the craftsmanship of the building itself.

5| Battersea Power Station

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station makes a striking figure on the London skyline. Designed in part by Giles Gilbert Scott, it's one of London's best-known landmarks, despite being decommissioned as a power station in the 1980s. It famously appeared on the front cover of a Pink Floyd album, and was also used as a location in The King's Speech.

6| London Eye

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
London Eye
The enormous London Eye is difficult to miss. It towers above Westminster and the Houses of Parliament giving you a fantastic bird’s eye view over all of London. The ride takes 30 minutes, and carries you up to a height of 135 metres - taller than a football field is long

7| Houses of Parliament

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Houses of Parliament
Een van die gebouwen die je direct herkent. De Houses of Parliament staan groots en trots, uitkijkend over het water aan de over van de Theems. Het is mogelijk een rondleiding te krijgen en ook de geschiedenis en grandeur van de binnenkant te bekijken bij dit iconische bouwwerk. En natuurlijk ga je op de foto met de beroemde kloktoren die meestal Big ben wordt genoemd*.

*Voor de nauwkeurigen onder ons: de toren zelf heet sinds 2016 officieel de Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is de grootste klok die in de toren hangt. Voor 2016 heette de toren simpelweg Clock Tower.

8| Windsor Castle

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Windsor Castle
Few buildings share the rich history of Windsor Castle, the longest-occupied palace in Europe. It’s been the home to monarchs for nearly 1,000 years and today it’s the Queen’s favourite weekend home (she spends the week at Buckingham Palace). It contains fabulous treasures, including a large portion of the Royal Collection, and the sumptuous architecture of St George’s Chapel.

9| Chatsworth House

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House is one of the most enchanting and popular stately homes in England. It's home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and offers visitors 105 acres of gardens to explore, 30 lavish rooms to admire and one of Europe's largest collections of art. It's a popular filming location and famously starred in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

10| Gothic Temple

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Gothic Temple
Located in the grounds of Stowe, an 18th-century house and landscape garden, the Gothic Temple is a striking piece of architecture. It's available as accommodation for four people, so if you want to wake up somewhere extra special...

11| Rievaulx Abbey

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Rievaulx Abbey
One of Britain’s most complete abbey ruins and certainly one of the most atmospheric, Rievaulx Abbey in the North York Moors National Park is a fascinating glimpse into an ancient religious community. Step back 900 years amidst the glorious Yorkshire countryside.

12| Angel of the North

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Angel of the North
Antony Gormley’s towering sculpture has become an icon of Newcastle and the Northeast. Reaching to the height of four double decker buses and with a wingspan matching a jumbo jet, the steel angel is one of the most viewed artworks in the world. It’s seen by 33 million people each year, that’s 90,000 every single day!

13| The Pineapple

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The Pineapple
"Why is it called the Pineapple?" is a question seldom asked of this historic Scottish building. Designed around a huge recreation of the exotic fruit, it's totally unique. And the best thing? You can stay in it!

14| Canterbury Cathedral

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Canterbury Cathedral
Towering above the historic city of Canterbury is Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and a place of pilgrimage for centuries – Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales feature pilgrims on their way here in the 14th century. See the spectacular fan vaulting of the Bell Harry Tower and the spot where Thomas Becket was martyred.

15| London Paddington Railway Stations

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
London Paddington Railway Stations
One of London's main railway stations, Paddington is the main terminus for travel to the west of England. Much of the mainline station dates from 1854 and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It of course is also where a certain bear called Paddington was found, and appeared in Richard Curtis' film About Time, so pay it a visit if you're a fan.

16| York Minster

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
York Minster
Thrusting up from York’s maze of ancient streets are the three muscular towers of York Minster, the largest gothic building in Britain. The cathedral you see today was begun in 1220, took around 250 years to finish and is now widely considered to be one of Europe’s finest medieval buildings.

17| Gateshead Millennium Bridge

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
The sweeping steel arc of Gateshead’s Millennium Bridge forms the world’s first tilting bridge, the latest spectacular span across the River Tyne. Bridges don’t come much more high-tech and seeing the ‘Winking Bridge’ lift to allow boats through is mesmerising.

18| Waterloo Bridge

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Waterloo Bridge
If you've never heard Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks, this is the place to hear it for the first time. The view from here is one of London’s best, particularly as the sun sinks and the lights from London’s best known buildings wink on. 'As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise...'

19| King's College Chapel

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
King's College Chapel
Of Cambridge's many famous buildings, King's College Chapel is perhaps the most iconic. If you can, catch a choral evensong here and imagine you've been transported back to the Middle Ages.

20| Diana Memorial Fountain

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Diana Memorial Fountain
Built in memory of the late Princess Diana, the Diana Memorial Fountain sits within Hyde Park and is just the place to relax on a hot day or meet friends. Built from Cornish granite, its rivulet of water flows in two directions at once, before meeting in a pool at the bottom.

21| Maritime Greenwich

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Maritime Greenwich
Stand on the world-famous Meridian Line at the very home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by which the whole world tells the time. Within footsteps across Greenwich Royal Park, you can also explore Britain’s seafaring past at the National Maritime Museum, climb aboard the world’s oldest surviving tea clipper ship, Cutty Sark, and take a stroll along this beautiful stretch of London's River Thames past Christopher Wren’s magnificent baroque Old Royal Naval College, which has been used as a filming location for many a movie.

22| Kelvingrove

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Kelvingrove
With 8,000 objects in 22 galleries, Kelvingrove is one of Britain's largest free museums. Explore its wealth of art and historical objects, from arms and armour to paintings of all eras and movements, and even a natural history section.

23| Glasgow School of Art

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Glasgow School of Art
The architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art, is a remarkable building, noted for its art nouveau ironwork, curling organic forms and unusual furniture. To see inside, you’ll need to join a tour, so as not to disturb the students who work here.

24| Durham Cathedral

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral is one of Britain's most magnificent buildings, and looms high on the city skyline today as it has for close to 1,000 years. It is one of the world's finest examples of Norman architecture and is a World Heritage Site.

25| Pulteney Bridge Weir

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Pulteney Bridge Weir
The stunning weir beneath Bath's Georgian Pulteney Bridge plays the part of the River Seine in the film version of Les Misérables. Pay Bath a visit and see it for yourself (but don't jump in, like they do in the film!)

26| Manchester Town Hall

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Manchester Town Hall
This grand Victorian Gothic building is best known for its Ford Maddox Brown murals and its magnificent Sculpture Hall, full of statues of past Manchester notables. It was also used as a location in the Sherlock Holmes films.

27| Clifton Suspension Bridge

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Clifton Suspension Bridge
This icon of British engineering sits high above the city of Bristol, spanning the stunning Avon Gorge. The view from the bridge is spectacular, and the woods and hills on either side are excellent for walking.

28| Salisbury Cathedral

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Salisbury Cathedral
Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as you admire an original copy of the Magna Carta, spot Europe’s oldest working clock and climb Britain’s tallest cathedral spire to look out across the Wiltshire countryside.

29| Georgian Bath

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Georgian Bath
Walking around Bath is like exploring another era. Be sure to see the grand Royal Crescent, the Circus and more as you explore this magnificent city.

30| The Royal Pavilion

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
The Royal Pavilion
The Royal Pavilion was built as a fashionable seaside retreat for the Prince Regent (later George IV). It's a remarkable building: outwardly an Indian-style palace, its interiors are styled after palaces of the Far East. You won't find many buildings more opulent than this.

31| Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to a fantastic selection of ships that have played a key role in history. Perhaps most striking of all is Admiral Lord Nelson's ship the Victory. Take a fascinating tour of its decks, see the place where Nelson was killed in battle and journey back to the terrifying world of naval warfare in the 18th century.

32| Piccadilly Circus

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Piccadilly Circus
London’s iconic Piccadilly Circus joining Piccadilly with Regent’s Street and Shaftesbury Avenue is the gateway to London’s West End theatre district and has several sights in its own right. See the statue of Eros, star of a thousand postcards, or discover the bizarre at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The best time to visit is at night when the huge neon signs light up the bustling crowds.

33| St Paul's Cathedral

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
St Paul's Cathedral
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1711, St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable features on the London skyline. Topped by a magnificent dome, the cathedral has seen royal weddings and funerals, and survived the bombing raids of World War II. Visit to see the magnificent tombs of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington and to climb the mighty dome for views across London.

34| Montacute House

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Montacute House
Travel back to Elizabethan times at Montacute House, an idyllic country mansion in Somerset. You'll find Tudor portraits in the long gallery, and magnificent gardens to explore. You might also recognise the house from the film Sense and Sensibility, for which it was used as a location.

35| Tower Bridge

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge crosses the Thames from the Tower of London in the north to Shad Thames on the South Bank. You can walk or drive across it, but for the best views, visit the exhibition to access the high level walkways. It’s also worth being on the riverbank when the bridge opens to allow tall-masted ships to pass through – opening times are published on the Tower Bridge website.

36| Oakworth Station

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Oakworth Station
The charming heritage station of Oakworth in Yorkshire was used as the station in the 1979 classic, The Railway Children as well as in the 2008 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.

37| The Lowry

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
The Lowry
The Lowry is a truly striking building, and a bustling centre for arts and entertainment. Home to the UK's largest collection of works by L.S. Lowry, a painter who dealt extensively with industrial scenes in northern England, it also houses two theatres.

38| Brideshead Revisited

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Brideshead Revisited
Combining art deco and ocean liner style, 1930s Eltham Palace is a classic of 20th-century design. Its interiors provided the backdrop for the ocean liner scenes in the 2008 film Brideshead Revisited.

39| Highgate Cemetery

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Highgate Cemetery
The most famous of London's historic cemeteries, Highgate takes you on an atmospheric journey into Victorian London with its array of Gothic tombs. It's also the final resting place of a number of illustrious figures, including Karl Marx.

40| Natural History Museum

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Natural History Museum
Are you ready to face the dinosaurs, or see a life-sized blue whale? The Natural History Museum in London houses a host of natural wonders, from complete dinosaur skeletons to a moving, roaring recreation of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

41| Osterley Park

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Osterley Park
Just a short ride from central London on the Tube is the graceful Georgian Estate at Osterley Park. It’s one of the few country estates left in the capital and is surrounded by gardens and farmland. Interiors from the house were used in Miss Potter for the art gallery scenes.

42| Oxford Street

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Oxford Street
Oxford Street is London’s central spot for high-street shopping. A huge number of top high-street brands have their flagship stores here, from Topshop to H&M and Urban Outfitters, and it’s just the place to browse for affordable goods.

43| Falkirk Wheel

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel boat lift is the world's first and only rotating boat lift. This graceful feat of engineering joining the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal is a beautifully balanced structure that's both a highly practical solution and a work of art.

44| Lavenham

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Lavenham
With its half-timbered cottages and a 15th-century church, Lavenham in Suffolk is one of the best-preserved medieval villages in Britain.

45| St Pancras Station

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
St Pancras Station
More than just a station, St Pancras is a marvel of the Victorian age. Arrive in style on the Eurostar, have a glass of bubbly in the longest champagne bar in Europe or book into the extraordinary St Pancras Renaissance Hotel for a real taste of luxury.

46| The Shard

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
The Shard
Piercing the sky next to London Bridge Station is the mighty Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, designed by Renzo Piano. From its viewing floors you’ll get superb views across London helped by the interactive ‘Tell:scopes’ that give you information on the London skyline below in real time.

47| Lincoln Cathedral

47 Architectural Landmarks To Travel In Britain
Lincoln Cathedral
For nearly 300 years Lincoln Cathedral was the tallest building in the world and its awesome scale still dominates the historic city. It is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest gothic buildings and is crammed with astonishing carvings.

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