10 Amazing Views Of Britain

May 16, 2018

Britain’s landscapes are as varied as they are beautiful. Even better, these 13 stunning views are easily accessible and either free, or cost less than £5 per person to enjoy.

Sky Garden, London

View London’s iconic skyline from this free public space on the rooftop of 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie building. Sky Garden’s location offers a unique panorama of the city; directly opposite stands The Shard while the Tower of London lies below. Tickets for Sky Garden are free, but need to be booked in advance using the website.

Getting there: The nearest London Underground station is Monument

The Milky Way over Gold Hill, Dorset, south-west England

Described as one of the most romantic sights in England, the picturesque view of the steep cobbled street in the town of Shaftesbury is definitely a must-see. It’s even more special on a clear evening when you can see the Milky Way stretching up from the horizon.

Getting there: Shaftesbury is less than 3 hours train from London Waterloo.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Climb one-mile up the Calton Hill, where 360-degree panoramic views of the city awaits. These iconic monuments are dedicated to important figures in Scottish history and culture. In August, Edinburgh Festival’s grand firework finale takes place here, and on the last day of April it is the scene of the Beltane Fire Festival. Visiting Calton Hill is free.

Getting there: Edinburgh has its own international airport or you can fly from London. The train from London King’s Cross St Pancras to Edinburgh takes approx. 4 hours.

Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, south-east England

Head to Windsor Great Park and look down from the King George III Copper Horse statue. The park’s straight, tree-lined Long Walk stretches towards Windsor Castle at the far end. If you’re lucky you might even see some of the park’s freely roaming deer. Most parts of the park are open to the public free of charge, all year.

Getting there: Windsor is 50 minutes by train from London Waterloo.

Llyn y Fan Fach, Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys, south Wales

In Welsh Llyn y Fan Fach means 'lake of the big peak' – and it certainly is. This natural body of water covering approximately ten hectares lies at the foot of Fan Brycheiniog, the highest peak of the Black Mountain range. The lake can be reached via a two-mile footpath and the impressive views highlight the extent of the lake’s size within the landscape. 

Getting there: Llyn y Fan Fach is 7.5 miles south-east of the nearest train station in Llandovery. A direct train goes from Llandovery to Swansea, and the train from London to Swansea takes around 3 hours.

Overlooking Derwentwater, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, north-west England

Picking out one view in the Lake District is a tricky but one of the best vistas is looking east from the top of Cat Bells hill across the lake of Derwentwater to the mountain of Skiddaw. Cat Bells is one of the most popular hills in the area; it’s also a short, sharp, steep climb of 451 metres - but clearly worth the effort!

Getting there: The nearest train station is Penrith, less than 2 hours by train from Manchester, or 3.5 hours from London.

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

The view overlooking remote Barafundle Bay really has the wow factor. With crystal clear waters and pristine sand, it’s been voted as one of the world’s best beaches and is often likened to the Caribbean!

Getting there: The bay can be accessed via a half-mile walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path from Stackpole Quay car park. The nearest train station is Pembroke Dock – 5.5 hours from London Paddington via Swansea.

Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, Scotland

This 22.5-mile loch may have made a name for itself thanks to the mythical beast that may or may not dwell in its waters, but every visitor can at least be sure they will be rewarded with stunning views. On a sunny day the loch sparkles and the shapes of Urquhart Castle and surrounding mountains are reflected onto the loch’s glassy mass, making for a dreamily proportioned, Instagram-worthy shot.

Getting there: Loch Ness is approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Inverness airport.

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, north-east England

The spectacular combination of an isolated ancient castle and vast stretch of dune-fringed sandy beach has made this wild coastal spot a popular film location, most recently starring in the cinema adaptation of Macbeth. The beach is also one of the North East’s top surf spots.

Getting there: London Kings Cross to Berwick-upon-Tweed is three hours and 30 minutes by train, or 40 minutes from Edinburgh. There is a bus service from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Bamburgh.

Emirates Air Line, London

Riding this cable car over the River Thames gives much better views of London while you travel! The spiked dome of the O2 rises up beneath you and Canary Wharf glistens in the distance.

Getting there: Emirates Air Line runs between Royal Victoria Docks and North Greenwich stations on the DLR line.