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. Originally built as a townhouse, it 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 1837. You can visit some of the rooms on selected days and Queen's Gallery. Do not miss Changing the Guard ceremony!
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.
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.