Want to get out and about in 2018? Don’t pick up a guidebook for inspiration – head to Instagram instead. The popular social network has become the go-to hub for wanderlust-inducing travel images and inspiration, as travellers and tourists alike use the site to share photos of iconic landmarks, sights and much-loved destinations. But some locations are certainly more picture-perfect than others. If you want to get out and about and give your Instagram some special treatment at the same time, then here’s our pick of the top five Instagrammable sights around the UK.
Big Ben, London
Mighty, statuesque and silhouetted against the sky, Big Ben is extremely photogenic. According to research carried out by Expedia, last year it received the greatest amount of Instagram posts of all UK sights, with a whopping 2.7 million tags. The 96-metre tall building, which symbolises the heart of British politics and is the place millions of tourists flock to every year, dominates Westminster’s skyline. While it’s picture-perfect at any time of day, to capture Big Ben best, do so at twilight – the lights, street traffic and Westminster Bridge combine to make for a fantastic London snapshot.
However Stonehenge is snapped – in rain, shine or morning mist – it always looks stunning. Walk in the footsteps of Neolithic ancestors at this historic site, the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. The site was built in several stages with the first monument erected about 5,000 years ago, while the famous stone circle was built in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. Stonehenge is perhaps at its most Instagrammable at summer solstice, when National Heritage opens up the site to the public – a rare event – and thousands come to watch the sunrise.
Readers of a certain age may well remember a popular 1960s cult TV show called The Prisoner, about a former secret agent (played by Patrick McGoohan) who is abducted and imprisoned in a mysterious coastal village resort. Well, the village in the show is actually Portmeirion in Gwynedd, north Wales, a truly unique destination designed by an eccentric British architect in the style of an Italian village. Home to iconic architecture, this place really is unlike anywhere else, so makes for a perfect Instagram-friendly destination. Surrounded by amazing landscapes, woodland gardens and coastal walks, it’s one of Wales’ most popular visitor attractions and sights to see.
The New Forest, Hampshire
It is little wonder the New Forest is a popular destination for photography fans – who couldn’t help but fall in love with the forest’s glades, woodlands, moors, heaths and cliff-top walks? Gaining national park status in 2005, the New Forest has some important history: it was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. The sprawling pastures make up 219 square miles (566 km²) and the area is an oasis of unspoilt woodland and river valleys, as well as being home to deer, ponies and cattle. Cameras at the ready!
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
Dunstanburgh Castle is one of the most atmospheric and inspiring buildings in the UK. Situated on a remote headland in Northumberland, the enormous castle – today a ruin after falling into disrepair – looms large over the landscape. Its twin-towered keep makes it look like something out of Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, and, captured at night, it’s a real sight to behold. Situated between the villages of Craster and Embleton, it’s the perfect place to base yourself for a holiday on the much overlooked north east coast – think views of dramatic ruins and walks by the beautiful sea.