29 May 2024

Top 5 British Landmarks

If you are visiting the UK, then there are certain landmarks that you should visit. They are spread apart so you may not get a chance to see all of them, but it is a good idea to try to see at least one of them during your visit.

Buckingham Palace

This is the residence of the Queen and even if she is not at home it really draws a crowd. Not only can you marvel at the house but if you time it right, you can see the changing of the guards ceremony, where the soldiers that protect the palace undergo a small ceremony when they change shifts. It is old fashioned but it is something which you really must do if you are visiting the London area.

Edinburgh Castle

If you are visiting Scotland, then chances are that you will go to Edinburgh, which is the capital city. There is a lot to see and do there but the castle is a must see. You can visit it for fre and you can even go inside and take a look at the Scottish Crown jewels. Although Scotland still no longer has its own monarch, it is still a great thing to see. The castle is up on a hill and so you get a great view of the city from the place.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

If you are in the Cotswolds then Shakespeare’s birthplace is a must visit. You can look at the house form the outside or pay to go in and have a look around. Many tourists choose to visit the pretty town of Stratford with its lovely canal and park, interesting shops and museums as well as the two Shakespeare theaters. If you enjoy literature and want to see something which all the tourists flock to then you must visit here.
Angel of the North

The Angel of the North is a sculpture in Gateshead which is locate din the North of England. It is steel and is a person standing at 20 meters tall with wings that have a 54 meter wing span. The wings are pointing slightly forwards which are supposed to imply an embrace as it welcomes people to the north. It stands on a hill which overlooks the A1 and A167 roads.

Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway is an interesting natural phenomenon in Northern Ireland. It is a selection of columns of Basalt which formed after volcanic eruptions in the area and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being a  nature reserve.  There is a legend that the causeway was built by Finn McCool the warrior to walk to Scotland to fight Benandonner. There are several versions of the story, one stating that he fell asleep before he got there and his enemy crossed to look for him and his wife put a blanket over his sleeping form to protect him by pretending he was her son. In another version when the warrior saw his enemy he was so scared of his size he ran away and hid under a blanket. In both versions, when seeing the size of the alleged son, the enemy assumed that McCool must be massive and ran away in terror.