WATCH: From giant white horses to Stonehenge - 7 must-see British landmarks

2018-10-15 16:30
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If mud, rainy weather and grey skies aren't deal-breakers to you, visiting Britain might just be for you. But it also has heritage sites and landmarks aplenty for you to check out.  

Here are 7 must-see British landmarks: 

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Long surrounded by an air of mysticism and mystery, Stonehenge is arguably the world's most famous prehistoric monument. Built in several stages, it was first an early henge monument built approximately 5000 years ago. The stone circle that surrounds the area was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. Today it is a space visited by thousands of travellers where jaws drop and eyes widen.

Palace of Westminster, London

A visit to London would not be complete without stopping by the famous Palace of Westminster. The meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, it is the home of the UK's parliament. This architectural marvel lies on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.

Tyne Bridge, Newcastle

Lesser known but well worth a visit is the Tyne Bridge. This through arch bridge links Newcastle and Gateshead. King George V officially opened the bridge on 10 October 1928 and it has in the years since then become a defining feature of Tyneside and the area around it. At the time of its construction it was the world's longest single span bridge so for you engineers and history buffs out there, there is a lot to geek out on at this landmark.

SEE: 9 Reasons why you'll love Newcastle

White Horses, Wiltshire

Less ancient than one might expect but none the less magnificent and awe-inspiring are the White Horses in Wiltshire. Thirteen white horses are known to have at one time existed, however, today only eight are still visible. The Uffington white horse is the only one that is certainly of prehistoric origin with an estimated age of some 3000 years. These white horses are mostly chalk hill carvings and are, obviously, best viewed from above. 

White Cliffs of Dover, Kent

Instantly recognisable in the English Channel port of Dover are the White Cliffs of Dover. While they are best viewed from the seas below, visitors can also walk atop the top paths of the cliffs in season and enjoy nature's spectacle with unique animals and plant life indigenous to the location. Today the cliffs are something of a symbol to the British people offering people magnificent views across the channel.

Hadrian's Wall, River Tyne - Solway Firth

Hadrian's Wall — named after the emperor who commissioned it — was begun in the second century, in the year 122. Soldiers toiled for a decade or so, piling stone upon stone until it stretched from coast to coast, across the very top of what's now northern England: a distance of 118 kilometres.

It stood up to 4.6 metres high with walls 3 metres wide. It bristled with towers, forts and watch posts, called milecastles, and gave commanding views of the surrounding countryside.

Trendy designers today like to talk of statement walls. This was, indeed, a statement wall.

SEE: The border fence where civilisation ended in England

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Spanning the Avon Gorge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is to Bristol what Table Mountain is to Cape Town - a symbol and a source of pride. This attraction has drawn travellers from all over the world for over 150 years.

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