The most famous bell in Europe, perhaps even the world, Big Ben is one of the iconic landmarks of London. The tower is the third largest bell tower in the world and is over 150 years old. It was recently renamed Elizabeth Tower as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth's 60 years’ of reign. Part of Westminster Palace, it was designed in the Neo-Gothic style. There is no elevator, but 334 steps lead to the top; however tours are only available to British nationals who organize a trip through their Member of Parliament. The skyline in this part of London is spectacular, so taking pictures of Big Ben with the London Eye in the background is very popular.
This majestic palace is the official residence of British monarchs and is usually recognized as a symbol of UK's monarchy. Originally built as a townhouse, Buckingham Palace was turned into a private residence for Queen Charlotte in 1761. The palace was reconstructed and enlarged during the 19th century and it has been used as a residence of the British monarch since Victoria's reign. It now serves as an exquisite example of Neoclassical architecture. On selected days, you can visit some of the state rooms and Queen's Gallery. Do not miss the Changing the Guard ceremony! Be sure to arrive early to see well.
Designed by John Nash in 1830, Trafalgar Square is the largest square in London. With all the cultural events taking place here, including demonstrations and New Year's Eve celebrations, it is often considered the heart of the city. Nelson's Column stands in the center of the square with four lion statues around. It was built in 1848 to commemorate Admiral Nelson.
This fascinating bridge is not only one of London's icons, but also one of the best-known bridges in the world. Tower Bridge's construction started in 1886 and it took only 8 years to be finished. The views from the top are amazing as the towers feature a glass floor walkway. Another sight worth waiting for is to see the bridge open for ships. If interested, there is an exhibition in the twin towers, dedicated to the history and construction of the bridge. Apart from various short films and interactive displays, you can also see some of the original designs of the bridge. Be sure to check the Victorian engine rooms, too.
The most majestic sight in Edinburgh - a fortress dating back to the 12th century and home to the Scottish royal jewels. Possibly the longest occupied place in the region went through many negative events throughout its quite long history. Scotland was historically quite a restless area, involved in many more or less significant conflicts. The Edinburgh Castle is notorious for its hostile dungeons where many prisoners were tortured throughout the years. Places like this are usually connected with many legends from different times and this place is not an exception. Come and discover the creepy and damp underground tunnels yourself.
This is without the slightest doubt a must-see! Visit the fascinating heart of Edinburgh and the most beautiful historic street in the city full of pubs, restaurants, cafés, museums, hotels, shops and many many more. Explore this famous street leading through the Old Town from Edinburgh Castle to the Holyrood Palace, whilst also absorbing its atmosphere and enjoying beautiful views across the city. Apart from shopping and dining, you can also enjoy some sightseeing since there are several historic attractions. You'll find St Giles' Cathedral, one of the most important architectural landmarks, or The Real Mary King's Close, which is a fascinating historical alleyway.
Visit her Majesty the Queen's official Scotland residence, founded as a monastery in 1128 and situated at the end of historic Royal Mile. It is closely tied to the history of Scotland, since it is best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, offering to explore several splendid both historic and State apartments. Nowadays, it mainly serves as a royal palace but is also open for public who can marvel at the items of the royal collection and visit regular exhibitions. And even if you're not a fan of the Royal Family, this place is definitely worth your visit, where you can also admire the ruins of the 12th-century abbey and stroll through the royal gardens.
Located in the very heart of the city, Calton Hill is an absolute must when in Edinburgh. Climb it up to enjoy stunning views of the area - sunsets are especially beautiful. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is often included in pictures or paintings of the city. There are also various picturesque buildings that can be seen on the top. Most notable are the National Monument of Scotland, two observatories and the Nelson Monument. Both locals and tourists love this hill and have protested against all attempts to recreate it into a theme park or to build a railway up.
Visit this beautiful staple of historical architecture set in the heart of Edinburg, one of the most important architectural landmarks situated along the Royal Mile. It was supposedly founded as early as 854 as a parish church and later renewed in the 12th century - the traces of the historical structures can be still seen in the present building. Later in the history, many chapels and altars were added to the building, thanks to the generous donations of prominent merchants and nobles. Come and marvel at the place, where in 1559 John Knox, who is considered Scotland's Martin Luther, preached his first Reformation sermon and began to spread Presbyterian form of Protestantism throughout Scotland.
The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is also known as Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na bhFomhórach in Irish and tha Giant's Causey in Ulster-Scots. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant's Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres thick in places.
Titanic Belfast is a visitor attraction and a monument to Belfast's maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city's Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. It tells the stories of the ill-fated Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912, and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic. The building contains more than 12,000 square metres of floor space, most of which is occupied by a series of galleries, plus private function rooms and community facilities.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below. The bridge is mainly a tourist attraction and is owned and maintained by the National Trust. In 2009 it had 247,000 visitors. The bridge is open all year round and people may cross it for a fee.
Portree is the largest town on Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It is the location for the only secondary school on the island, Portree High School. Public transport services are limited to buses. Portree has a harbour, fringed by cliffs, with a pier designed by Thomas Telford. Attractions in the town include the Aros centre which celebrates the island's Gaelic heritage. Further arts provision is made through arts organisation ATLAS Arts, a Creative Scotland regularly-funded organisation. The town also serves as a centre for tourists exploring the island.
The Shambles is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the Anglo-Saxon Fleshammels, the word for the shelves that butchers used to display their meat. As recently as 1872 twenty-five butchers' shops were located along the street, but now none remain. Among the buildings of the Shambles is a shrine to Saint Margaret Clitherow, who was married to a butcher who owned and lived in a shop there at No. 10 Shambles. Her home is now a cufflinks shop, Cuffs & Co, and features the priest hole fireplace that ultimately led to her death.
The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and is the mother church for the Diocese of York and the Province of York. It is run by a dean and chapter, under the Dean of York. The title "minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title. Services in the minster are sometimes regarded as on the High Church or Anglo-Catholic end of the Anglican continuum. The minster has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic Quire and east end and Early English North and South transepts.
Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian, Neo-gothic municipal building in Manchester, England. It is the ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council and houses a number of local government departments. The building faces Albert Square to the north, featuring the Albert Memorial and St Peter's Square to the south, home to The Cenotaph. Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, the town hall was completed in 1877. The building contains offices and grand ceremonial rooms such as the Great Hall which is decorated with Ford Madox Brown's imposing Manchester Murals illustrating the history of the city. The entrance and Sculpture Hall contain busts and statues of influential figures including Dalton, Joule and Barbirolli. The exterior is dominated by the clock tower which rises to 280 feet and houses Great Abel, the clock bell.
The Beatles Story is an award-winning visitor attraction and the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. Located in the Fab Four's hometown of Liverpool, England on the stunning UNESCO World heritage site at the Albert Dock, The Beatles Story takes visitors on an atmospheric journey through the lives, times, culture and music of The Beatles. Be transported on an incredible immersive journey through the story of how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzt heights of fame and fortune from their humble childhood beginnings. Replicas of The Casbah Club, The Cavern Club, and Abbey Road Studios authentically capture the early 60s, allowing you to personally experience the very places that helped make The Beatles the greatest band in the world.