5 of Britain’s Greatest Landmarks

The UK has more world famous landmarks than you could possibly shake a stick at. Trying to choose just five of the greatest is incredibly difficult but I think you will agree we have done a rather good job. 

The White Cliffs of Dover

Stretching for over 10 miles, the White Cliffs of Dover are an iconic symbol of Britain. The cliffs are the first and last site that travellers view as they arrive and depart from the port of Dover. Rising majestically from the English Channel, these chalk cliffs provide panoramic vistas of the sea and French Coast. Visitors can explore the natural beauty and matchless history of England’s emblem of freedom and safety. Mentioned by Julius Caesar and Shakespeare in their writings and immortalized in the song lyrics of Vera Lynn, the cliffs have been an inspiration for generations. If you fancy making the journey over The Channel, click here for ferries from Dover to Calais.

St Michaels Mount

St. Michael’s Mount has been a monastery, fortress, seaport and residence. The tidal island has an inimitable history with its fairy tale towers, a subtropical garden and an underground railway. You can tour the castle museum and the Priory Chapel. There are cobblestone streets, displays of armour and amazing views from the castle’s battlements. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and hear the legend of the mythical giant slayer.

Loch Ness

Formed by the glacial erosion of the Great Glen Fault, the deep, cold waters of Loch Ness stretch from Inverness to Fort Augustus. The second largest loch in the Scottish Highlands, it is the legendary home of a dinosaur-like monster with the endearing nickname “Nessie.” Although extensively explored, the murky depths have yet to yield definitive evidence of this illusive creature. You can conduct your own investigation of the mythical creature from aboard a ship or from the safety of the Drumnadrochit exhibition centre.

Conway Castle

Built in the late 13th century by Edward I, Conway Castle is situated in an unassailable position overlooking the Conway River estuary. Designed by master mason James of St. George, it is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Wales. The towering battlements and the town walls that are still mostly intact demonstrate the invincibility of this stronghold. The remnants of the castle’s interior provide visitors a perspective about life inside the fortress. The eight towers that seem to soar from the craggy outcropping provide scenic views of the surrounding countryside.

The Giants Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is the remnant of a primordial volcanic eruption that ascends from the seafloor. Ranked as the fourth greatest natural wonder in Britain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the basalt columns are home to fascinating sea birds and plant species. Weather, time and the relentless sea have forged unique structures, such as the Giant’s Boot, the Organ and the Camel’s Hump. The origins of the stepping-stones are a recurring storyline in mythical tales featuring legendary Irish warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill.

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