The Summer months are a great time to get out and explore, but many of us find ourselves travelling abroad and forgetting about the wonderful landscapes that Britain has to offer. Ourselves included are guilty of this however, we have put together a list of beautiful British landmarks you should see before the year is out, to give you some inspiration and a new love for the country we live in. Even if you only manage one that's better than nothing, plus we won't tell!
1. The Angel Of The North, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley. Completed in 1998, the steel sculpture measures a whopping 20 metres tall, with the wings measuring 54 metres across. The ambitious artwork was created to become a landmark of the regions character and has stood tall and proud for all to see since, and has become one of the most recognisable pieces of public art ever produced. We must admit, we love seeing the angel on the hill. Although, we have never been up close, it truly is fascinating from all angles and is definitely worth seeing at least once!
2. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument. It consists of a ring of standing stones, with each stone standing around 13 feet high, seven feet wide and weighing around 25 tons. It is still fascinating even today as to how the stones were placed and arranged there, with the bluestones, weighing between 4 and 5 tons, coming all the way from the Preseli Hills in South-West, Wales. This is definitely one of the wonders of Britain that should be on your travel bucket list.
3. Giants Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Place yourself upon the hills and look down on the thousands of basalt columns tumbling into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s an stunning sight, with 40,000 or so of these hexagonal-shaped pillars, which date back to a volcanic age, almost 60 million years ago. Once you've witnessed it for yourself, you'll understand why there are so many wonderful dreamy and fantastical myths surrounding the Giants Causeway and you'll believe you've truly walked in the footsteps of giants!
4. The Roman Baths, Bath, England
The Roman Baths are...well they are pretty self explanatory. Constructed in around 70AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex, the Roman Baths is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, where 1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water, reaching 46°C, still fills the bathing site every single day. Don't know about you but we definitely want to witness that!
5. Jurassic Coast, Exmouth, East Devon to Studland Bay, Dorset, England
The Jurassic Coast stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset and has a distance of around 96 miles. The coastline has become a World Heritage Site due to its incredible geology of global importance. Here you can find three geological time periods: the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretateous. These three time periods of Earths history, collectively make up the Mesozoic Era, running from around 250 to 65 million years ago. Walk where the dinosaurs once did and take in the amazing power of the Earth!
6. Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands and is best known for the alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, otherwise known as Nessie. The monster has certainly brought mystery and a world of fantasy to the Loch and we feel it truly does add to the excitement and enchantment of the place. Whether Nessie is or was there, it's wonderful to believe that maybe it was and appreciate how it's highlighted this landscape of natural beauty.
7. Old Harry Rocks, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
Yes, we know the Old Harry Rocks are actually part of the Jurassic Coast but we felt they needed a specific shout out. The Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack and a stump, and mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic coast. Just look at the beautiful formations of the land and think about how exhilarating it would be to stand on top of the furthest mound. We're adding this one to our travel bucket list for sure!
8. The Needles, Isle of Wight, England
The Needles, similar to the Old Harry Rocks, is a row of three stacks of chalk that rise about 30m out of the sea, off the western extremity of the Isle of Wight. What makes this natural beauty even more exciting is the Needles lighthouse, which stands at the outer end of the formation. How amazing would it be to travel round this coastline by boat and get a fantastic close up view of those beautifully white chalky rocks!
9. Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Now we couldn't not have a royal residence amongst the mix. As a nation we love to be patriotic, and celebrating our royals and having an insight into their lives is what we thrive on! Situated in Berkshire, the original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Overtime, it has become notable for its architecture and of course its association with the British royal family. Last year we saw not only HRH Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex get married here but also, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. It is a building with some certainly interesting history and many tales to tell.
10. Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar, Somerset, England
Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge and is the site of the caves in which, the oldest complete human skeleton, estimated to be over 9,000 years old, was discovered. At 400ft deep and 3 miles long, this is England’s largest gorge and with its spectacular pinnacles and beautiful caves, it’s just waiting to be explored! Just look at that winding drive through the formations of the land, it's enough to convince us!
11. The Peak District, Midlands, England
Now the Peak District is truly one of the UK's most extravagant natural beauties. Situated in central England, you can explore steep limestone valleys to dramatic gritstone ridges and stark moorland plateaus. The Peak District is one of the UK's most visited national parks spanning around 555 square miles and there's no wonder why when it has so many contrasting breathtaking views. You definitely have to take some pictures just to keep the beauty forever!
12. The Eden Project, Cornwall, England
The Eden Project, situated in Cornwall, is a project which is exploring how we can work towards a better future. Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments, and has become the largest rainforest in captivity. The stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to their striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events. If you're into sci-fi but also interested in how we could be living in years to come, this is a definite must visit to let your imagination go wild!
13. Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Snowdonia National Park is concentrated around mountains and glacial landforms. It is home to Mount Snowdon, plus an extensive network of trails, over 100 lakes and craggy peaks. Its contrasting views of outstanding natural beauty are truly magical, in the morning you can be standing on the snowy peaks and by the afternoon you can be relaxing on sunny beaches. It's things like this that give us true respect for our surroundings and the Earth.
14. Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge, North Yorkshire, England
Brimham Rocks are balancing sandstone rock formations on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, which date back to the ice age. The rocks stand at a height of nearly 30 feet and cover an area of 0.64 square miles. Get lost in the rocks labyrinth of natural trails and enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside on which the formations overlook. There's certainly nothing like getting out in the fresh air and climbing through the natures backyard.
We hope you enjoyed our list of British Landmarks you should visit before the year is out!We know we have certainly been inspired to travel around the UK some more and we can't wait to take in all of the stunning scenery!