With miles of stunning beaches, endless green pastures and picture postcard views, there’s no doubting that the UK is a beautiful place for a holiday. But in addition to our gorgeous natural landscape, the UK is also home to a number of larger than life monuments which make for fantastic photo opportunities. Take a look at the ones you won’t want to miss!
Angel of the North, Gateshead
The Angel of the North is one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of public art and is now as much as symbol of the north east as Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge. The Angel was built in 1998 and at 20 metres tall stands as high as four double decker buses with a wingspan of 54 metres. She stands atop a hill and is seen by more than one person every second and has even given the name to a new variety of daffodil. You can catch a glimpse of the Angel from your car on the A1 or the train but the best way to view this majestic monument is beneath her wings where you can appreciate the staggering views of the north east.
White Horses, Wiltshire
White horses carved from chalk are a common feature of the British countryside and no more so than in Wiltshire where more than half of the 24 horses can be found. The chalk downs found in the centre of this county make this the perfect setting for these horses with more than eight remaining visible today from Marlborough to Devizes and Westbury. The Westbury horse is one of the oldest and best examples of the Wiltshire horses given its location high up on the hill with sweeping views of the surrounding area.
Another Place, Crosby Beach
Crosby beach, a three mile stretch of sand located in Merseyside to the north of Liverpool, isn’t just the place for building sandcastles or enjoying a romantic coastal stroll. The beach is also home to Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’, a collection of 100 cast iron statues gazing out to sea. The male figurines are dotted along the foreshore and up to one kilometre out to sea and are made from casts of the artist’s own body. One visit to Crosby just isn’t enough with the art changing depending on the tide; visit at low tide and you’ll see the figures in all their glory, visit at high tide and the iron men will be almost submerged. Make sure you bring your camera to Crosby, this is a photo opportunity you definitely won’t want to miss!
Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset
At 180 feet high and wielding a 120 foot club, the Cerne Abbas Giant is one of the largest hill figures in Britain. Carved from the chalk bedrock in the Dorset hills, the giant can be viewed far and wide. The carving first appeared in the 1600s though myths abound as to the reason behind its creation; was it a trick played on a local monk? A representation of Hercules? Since Victorian times it has been said that the carving has the ability to cure infertility and was even credited with a soaring local birth rate in 2010. Even today childless couples still visit the giant in the hope of becoming pregnant. The Cerne Giant is maintained by the National Trust and can be visited throughout the year via a gentle stroll through Dorset countryside to the viewing platform.
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