Every traveller who has visited the UK has the standard pictures… Big Ben, A red phone box, St Paul’s Cathedral. The United Kingdom has many more hidden gems for Instagrammers, and below are some recommendations from other travellers on their favourite photography spots in the UK.
Low Force, Upper Teesdale, County Durham
Low Force, in Upper Teesdale, is in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A 30-minute drive from the ancient market town of Barnard Castle in the county of Durham, it is easy to access (apart from in the depths of winter), and beautiful at any time of year.
Low Force is a 5.5. metre series of waterfalls where the River Tees falls over the Whin Sill rocks. It is beautiful from either bank of the river, and you can even get a great shot by standing in the centre of the suspension bridge here. It’s called the Wynch Bridge and has been here since 1830, replacing an old original bridge that was the first of its kind in the UK.
Getting here is easy – drive from Barnard Castle to the hamlet of Newbiggin in Teesdale. Head to the Bowlees Visitor Centre, park and take a short (600 metre) walk, or take one of the 3 daily buses from Barnard Castle, which should be your base to explore this gorgeous region. You’ll soon realize this is just one of the many places that Instagrammers will love!
Sarah, from https://asocialnomad.com
The Vennel, Edinburgh
There are many incredible viewpoints in Edinburgh such as from Salisbury Crags and Carlton Hill. Yet my favourite photo spot in Edinburgh is lesser known. Located near the Grassmarket is a small, narrow passageway called the Vennel. Climb the many stairs and be rewarded with the most spectacular view of Edinburgh castle.
I turn around as I am close to the top of the stairs. I am not sure if I am breathless from the climb or the view. The bright blue sky behind the spectacular castle compliments the dark bricks perfectly. From here you can see the full splendour of the castle. What’s even lovelier is that it’s just you that has this view. There are no hordes of tourists to battle to get your perfect shot. A jogger runs effortlessly past me, obviously much fitter than I, but that is it. What a wonderfully secret instagrammable view.
Anna from www.mytravelscrapbook.com
Regents Canal, London
One of the most photogenic spots we found in the UK is in the middle of London, but somehow off the main tourist trail – Regents Canal. One of the best ways to experience this beautiful area is to start walking from Camden Lock, Near Camden Town Underground station, along the canal until you reach Little Venice. It should take about an hour. The highlight of the walk is definitely a magical place called Lisson Grove. There are dozens of small houseboats anchored here, most of them permanently. Because of this, people have created their little gardens right on the towpath, decorated with pretty fairy lights, garden furniture and even a small library. You almost get the feeling that you have landed in a fairy tale.
Thomas from TripGourmets.com
Mount Snowdon, Wales
One of the finest views in the UK is from the summit of Mt Snowdon. The highest mountain in Wales, its summit is 1085m above sea level. On a clear day, you can see far into the distance, but that is only if the cloud stays off! We hiked to the top via one of the hiking tracks available, heading up the Pyg Track and then down the Miners Track, both of which are visible in this photo. Most of the hikes to the summit are about 12km in length and take about 5-6 hours, making for a great day out on a fine summers day. Alternatively, you can take the mountain railway all the way to the summit, and the convenient cafe located just below it. Just make sure you’re ready to snap your photo when the clouds clear!
Shandos from Travelnuity
If you’re looking to add some colour and spark to your Instagram feed, you certainly can’t miss Shoreditch in London on your next trip to the UK. This vibrant East London neighborhood is well known for its constantly changing street art, which is centred around Redchurch Street and Brick Lane, but is present all over Shoreditch. Whether you’re interested in politically-charged murals, portraits, tags, humorous pieces, or just colourful walls that will add some pop to your outfits, you’ll find plenty of different walls to photograph for the ‘gram. In addition to cool street art, there’s also some other great Instagram spots — don’t miss the Columbia Road Flower Market on Sundays, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium for your cat selfies, Spitalfields for some old school vibes, and the Sunday food markets for all the #foodgoals. Shoreditch is one of the most fun and colourful neighbourhoods in all of London (and also one of the most budget-friendly in an otherwise ultra-expensive city), so really, be sure not to miss it when you’re in London, especially if you’re there on a Sunday when the whole neighbourhood comes to life!
Lansdowne Monument and Cherhill White Horse, Wiltshire
You don’t get more British than the countryside around Wiltshire. Chalk hills, ancient rolling valleys and grazing cattle would be worthy scenes for any self-respecting Instagrammer’s account! 4,500 years ago Calstone and Cherhill Downs were the site of a hill fort, and you can see why; the panoramic views from this National Trust reserve stretch out for miles. Back then they were perfect for seeing your enemies, now they are perfect photo fodder. It’s not just the landscape that makes this location great for photos, you’ll also find the 225 foot long Cherhill White Horse and the 38 metre tall Lansdowne Monument ready to be snapped. You’ll need to stretch you legs a bit to get to the top, but the views make it more than worth it. Entry is free, and there is a small car-park just off the A4 between Calne and Marlborough where you can leave your car.
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The Seven Sisters, Sussex
Nature provides the most photogenic places and this is certainly the case in the UK. The Seven Sisters, near Seaford, are a series of chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel. Stunning to look at, the cliffs are a popular tourist attraction, and looking at the pictures you can see why! From nearby towns Eastbourne, Brighton or Seaford you can take a bus or get there by car – aim for Seaford Head, Birling Gap or to the Park Centre. I recommend to plan enough time to hike around the area as the views are fantastic and worth the walking. It is a fun day spent outdoors ,with great photo opportunities.The best place to take photographs is surely with the lighthouse in the background! What else can an Instagram addict ask for than this scenic view?
Arzo from Arzo Travels
Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Edinburgh is full of “instagrammable” places, but one of the most popular spots is Victoria Street in Edinburgh Old Town. Just a short walk from the castle, the colourful shops and historic buildings are very photogenic, although it is best to visit early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the busy daytime crowds and constant cars! Victoria Street is said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books, and there is even a Harry Potter themed shop if you just happen to need a new wand or Hogwarts scarf. Another popular viewpoint is from a walkway above the shops which gives a different perspective, looking down the street, allowing you to get the perfect Instagram shot from every angle.
Susanne from Adventures around Scotland
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The V&A is one of London’s most famous museums. It’s one of the best art and design museums in the world, with over 2 million objects on display, and admission in totally free (although you do have to pay to get into some of the temporary exhibitions). But it’s in the giant entrance hall that you’ll find one of the most Instagrammable spots in the UK! Hanging from the high ceiling is an opulent modern chandelier, made from colourful blown glass and designed by Dale Chihuly. As the entrance to the museum is free, the V&A can get quite crowded, particularly on weekends and public holidays, so go on a weekday if you can! An extra tip: There is also a smaller chandelier by Dale Chihuly at Claridges, a beautiful (and expensive) art deco hotel that does on of London’s best afternoon teas. It is one of my favourite places in the world and another great photo opportunity.
From Maire at Temples and Treehouses
Saint Aymes, Connaught Village
Want to visit one of the most photogenic cafés in London? Then head over to Saint Aymes in Connaught Village. Saint Aymes is one of the cutest cafes in town decorated with colourful flowers, both on the inside and outside. Here you can enjoy a 23ct gold unicorn latte and some delicious sweets such as macaroons, unicorn cookies, cupcakes and tasty chocolates. Grab your cup of coffee and take a seat outside the cafe, which is the most photogenic spot. Saint Aymes is located on 59 Connaught Street W2 2BB, and can easily be reached by both subway and bus.
From Christine at https://www.ChristineAbroad.com/
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
Nowhere in Bristol is quite as iconic as the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Standing 100 metres tall across the Avon Gorge, Brunel’s 150-year old masterpiece attracts visitors worldwide. Clifton Village is the place to go to get close-up shots of the Suspension Bridge and to walk across from one side to the other (if your stomach can face it!) For some of the best panoramic views, head to the Bridge Cafe at the Avon Gorge Hotel and wait until nightfall to see the bridge light up before your eyes. The bridge is beautiful all year-round but for the best photo opportunities, visit during Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta to see hundreds of hot air balloons gliding past at sunrise.
From Jules at www.part-timepassport.com
Loughrigg Fell, The Lake District
The Lake District is, in my eyes, the most beautiful corner of England. Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the area is overflowing with breathtaking views. My personal favourite is the view of Windermere from the top of Loughrigg Fell. An easy hike from the centre of quaint Ambleside, the route to the viewpoint takes around 30 minutes. On a clear day, you can see for miles down the biggest lake in England. If you are lucky, you will see airplanes flying low up the lake, as if the are heading straight for you. For more information on getting here, check out my post on Ambleside here.
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