We all love to travel the world, of course, and to capture some of the more spectacular sights on camera. Every year, millions of British tourists head to exotic climes across Europe, Asia and the Americas in a bid to view the wonders of nature and the many iconic symbols of man-made wonder, but many of them fail to realise that Britain is home to a vast number of superb locations. Here are five of the best UK photo opportunities that should be on everyone’s itinerary.
Dorset is home to a wide variety of tourist attractions and well-known landmarks, and perhaps none of them are quite as spectacular as Durdle Door. Located on the county’s famous Jurassic Coast close to the beautiful Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door is a limestone arch that spans out to the sea. Recognisable from a number of movies such as Nanny McPhee and Wilde, it’s a breath-taking reminder of the power of Mother Nature.
Standing as a tribute to Britain’s impressive engineering past, the famous Iron Bridge spans a gorge in Shropshire. It was the first cast iron bridge to be built anywhere in the world, and was created to simplify the transportation of limestone, clay, iron ore and coal. Completed in 1779, the 60-metre length of the bridge may seem rather modest these days, but in its day it was considered to be perhaps the most important structure of its kind in the world.
Located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway is one of the most impressive natural landmarks in the world. It consists of more than 40,000 interlocking columns, most of which are hexagonal in shape. The result of a volcanic eruption many millions of years ago, this amazing place has become a hugely popular tourist attraction and one of the most impressive photo opportunities of them all.
Of course, not every spectacular sight has to be ancient, and the beautiful London Eye provides a memorable image for photographers, especially at night when the wheel is illuminated. Located on the bank of the River Thames close to the old County Hall building, it was completed in 1999 and offers passengers a chance to see the landmarks of this stunning city from a truly unique perspective.
A deep and mysterious place that is shrouded in a unique atmosphere, Stonehenge is a world-famous prehistoric monument that attracts thousands of tourists every month. Located close to the main A303 road in Wiltshire, the arrangement of standing stones dates back thousands of years. Although there are several theories on why they were placed there, many modern thinkers believe the site was originally a burial ground.
David Showell lives in the UK and has travelled to many of the country’s most famous landmarks. He works for a company that offers cheap ferry tickets to locals and tourists.