Spotting the most Instagrammable places in the UK
IN THE UK, castles dwarf entire towns, timepieces tower over cities, and gentle rolling hills stretch as far as the eye can see. From prominent cities like London and Edinburgh to remote villages and highlands, this kingdom is teeming with sights that are worthy of your Instagram feed. Here are the 21 most Instagrammable places in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) that you need to add to your bucket list!
Stonehenge – Wiltshire, England
Dating back to around 2500 BC, Stonehenge is a prehistoric stone complex 90 miles west of London. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most iconic and famous landmarks in the UK.
Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland
This 12th-century fortress looms high above the Old Town of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most visited paid attraction with over 2 million visitors each year.
Isle of Man
This tiny island between Great Britain and Ireland is a must-visit for its medieval castles and unspoiled scenery. Insta-worthy sights here include Castle Rushen, a 13th-century castle, and Snaefell, the island’s tallest mountain. On the Isle of Man, greenery and coastline seamlessly blend together.
Tower Bridge – London, England
Often mixed up with London Bridge on Instagram geotags, Tower Bridge is among the most iconic sights in London. Built in 1894, this suspension bridge hovers over the River Thames.
Giant’s Causeway – County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway is a coastal area filled with 40,000 basalt columns that formed from volcanic activity 50 million years ago. Today a UNESCO Site, this natural treasure straddles the north coast of Northern Ireland.
Royal Pavilion – Brighton, England
The Royal Pavilion in Brighton is a royal palace that you probably wouldn’t expect to find in England, or even Europe for that matter. With its cream-glazed domes and minarets, the oriental front façade sets you up for the perfect Instagram photo.
The Storr – Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Storr is a rocky hill on the Scottish Isle of Skye. Its majestic peak overlooks the Sound of Raasay, providing a stark contrast from the gentle grasslands that surround it.
Check out this incredible drone video of the Isle of Skye! Good luck resisting the temptation of booking a trip there 😉
White Cliffs of Dover – Dover, England
The White Cliffs of Dover are chalky, limestone cliffs that dangle 300 feet over the English Channel. With its snow-white semblance and epic backdrop, this rare geological formation is one of the most Instagrammable places in the UK.
This rural enclave in southern England is cherished for its idyllic scenery and medieval villages. Some of the most Instagrammable sights and attractions here include the Roman Baths, Broadway Tower, and Sudeley Castle. There are 6 counties in the Cotswolds region, so you’ll need at least a weekend to experience its historic charm and unspoiled nature.
Windsor Castle – Windsor, England
Having served as a countryside castle and fortress for over 900 years, Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. This royal residence is Queen Elizabeth II’s preferred weekend retreat. Snap a photo of the Queen arriving to Windsor Castle in a horse-drawn carriage, and you’ll undoubtedly land on the Instagram Explore Page.
Kilchurn Castle – Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Built in the 15th century, the Kilchurn Castle is a fortress mounted above Loch Awe in western Scotland. Adjoined by mountainous terrain and an idyllic lake, Kilchurn Castle merits a spot among the most Instagrammable places in the UK.
Conwy Castle – Conwy, Wales
Erected in 1289, Conwy Castle is a limestone and sandstone fortress that protected this Welsh town during many medieval wars. UNESCO exalts Conwy Castle as one of “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe.” Instagram users would all have to agree.
Devil’s Dyke – Sussex, England
Located near Brighton in Southern England, this mile-long valley is one of the longest and deepest in the UK. With its sublime setting and breathtaking vistas, Devil’s Dyke is a popular tourist attraction in the country.
Big Ben – London, UK
In case you didn’t know what I meant by “timepieces tower over cities” in the opening paragraph, now you know. Big Ben is the iconic clock tower that stands next to the Palace of Westminster in London. Now covered with scaffolding, Big Ben is undergoing a facelift until 2021. Until then, we’ll try our best to remember Big Ben as he appeared pre-2017.
Fingal’s Cave – Isle of Staffa, Scotland
Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave with unique geometric features and acoustics. This cave is made from hexagonal basalt columns, similar to those found in the Giant’s Causeway of Northern Ireland. As you’re taking a picture of its photogenic pillars or a video of waves crashing against its rocks, you’ll discover why Fingal’s Cave is one of the most Instagrammable places in the UK.
Mermaid Street – Rye, England
Located in the charming village of Rye, Mermaid Street brings you back to an older and much simpler time. Many of its colorful homes and inns were built during the 14th and 15th centuries. If you google the phrase “charming towns in England,” Rye is one of the top results to appear. After looking at the photo below, would you agree?
Ribblehead Viaduct – North Yorkshire, England
Built in 1870, the Ribblehead Viaduct is 1,310 feet long and 100 feet tall. The viaduct’s 25 arches carry passenger and freight trains through the remote English countryside. With clear skies and a train chugging along, you’ll capture the perfect IG photo.
Snowdon – Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Standing 3,560 feet tall, Snowdon is the highest mountain in the UK outside of the Scottish Highlands. Often blanketed with a layer of snow, Snowdon’s name derives from Old English, meaning “snow hill.” Snow or shine, it’s undoubtedly one of the most Instagrammable places in the UK.
Bamburgh Castle – Northumberland, England
Bamburgh Castle is majestically perched atop England’s northeast coast. Built in the 11th century, this fortification was battered by artillery in the mid-1400s, rendering it costly and seemingly impossible to repair. However, from the 18th century onwards, the castle was remarkably restored to its former glory (just in time for Instagram).
St. Paul’s Cathedral – London, England
Built in 1697, St. Paul’s Cathedral is nestled on the north bank of the River Thames in the heart of London. When standing across the river on Millennium Bridge, you’ll realize why this iconic cathedral is one of the most camera-friendly sights in the UK.
Caernarfon Castle, North Wales
Caernarfon Castle was built in its current stone form in 1283 under the reign of King Edward I. Similar to Conwy Castle, Caernarfon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you can see below, Rick Steves also agrees that it’s one of the most Instagrammable places in the UK:
Some of the many Instagrammable places in the UK
I hope you enjoyed seeing and learning about these 21 Instagrammable places in the UK! There are so many photogenic sights to choose from, so this list was just intended to scratch the surface.
A picture is worth a thousands words, so I decided to keep the commentary short and let the pictures do most of the talking. Am I missing any picturesque sights on this list? Send me a message on Instagram, or leave a comment below!
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