The Best Views In Britain
Best Of Britain – 10 Of The Finest Views In The UK
Britain has some of the most spectacular countryside and the greatest places of interest anywhere in the world, but where exactly are the best views to be had? Here are our top 10…
1. Osborne, Isle of Wight
Once used by Queen Victoria as a retreat where she would spend time with her family, Osborne House offers some fabulous views across the Solent that led Her Majesty to recount, “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot”.
2. Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
Thought to be part of the inspiration for Bram Stoker when he was writing Dracula, Whitby Abbey is full of gothic intrigue. Its setting, high on the headland, gives visitors the perfect vantage point to look over the seaside town that goes by the same name.
3. Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
Visitors can now climb to the top of Leicester’s Building and explore what were once the private rooms of Queen Elizabeth I. Although the rooms are, of course, exquisite, it is the view from Kenilworth Castle much enjoyed by the monarch.
4. Clifford’s Tower, York
Situated in the heart of Old York, Clifford’s Tower is pretty much all that is left of the old York Castle that was built by William the Conqueror. Set at the peak of a tall mound, the tower gives visitors a unique perspective of the fabulous city below.
5. Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire
This medieval castle has been home to many a powerful person over the years, but it is the view that holds the power today. Looking across the River Wye and the spectacular surrounding Herefordshire countryside, Goodrich Castle is clearly a must visit attraction.
6. Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
The views from Tintagel Castle are simply breathtaking, but be ready for a climb to get the best from these remarkable ruins. Situated high above the Cornish coastline, Tintagel Castle has been part of the local scenery since Richard, Earl of Cornwall, built it back in the 1230s.
7. Framlingham Castle, Suffolk
Another climb is necessary here at Framlingham Castle, but you are certainly rewarded for your efforts. Steeped in history, you can easily lose yourself in thoughts of days. It is, after all, the site where Mary Tudor gathered her forces before laying claim to the English throne.
8. Dover Castle, Kent
Looking out across the southern coastline and the English Channel, Dover Castle has long been considered England’s first line of defence from those heading north to wage war on our shores. Take up the same vantage point as Winston Churchill as he looked south to France from the Admiralty Lookout, or make the ascent to the top of the Great Tower to enjoy the amazing views of Kent from its finest observation post.
9. Beeston Castle, Cheshire
For a range of views, Beeston Castle is hard to beat. On a clear day one can see across eight counties, with views of the Pennines and the beautiful Welsh Mountains all available to anyone who pays the ‘Castle of the Rock’ a visit.
10. Horseteads Roman Fort, Northumberland
Panoramic views across the striking Northumbrian countryside give visitors to this well preserved fort a glimpse of what it must have been like for Roman Troops that would have once been posted here. Situated on the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, Housesteads Roman Fort is an absolute must visit for anyone who has an interest in the history of Britain.
Photo credit: Beeston Panorama by J.E.Mcgowan.