Spinnaker Tower has been revealed as the top UK landmark that Brits are looking to visit this summer.
The viewing platform in Portsmouth has topped a list of 10 attractions on people’s radars as lockdown restrictions continue to ease across the UK. Radcliffe Camera in Oxford and Buckingham Palace in London took the second and third spots respectively.
Outdoor attractions have reopened across the UK, although currently Scotland is the only country to have reopened its indoor attractions (England and Wales plan to reopen these from May 17, and Northern Ireland from May 24 at the earliest).
Holiday parks firm Parkdean Resorts looked into which attractions had seen a surge in searches between March 2021 and April 2021, to determine which landmarks were proving a hit with Brits.
We take a look at the top 10 landmarks on the list – and why they’re worth having on your radar.
1. Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
This observation tower in Portsmouth has been crowned the top landmark Brits want to visit this summer, and it’s not difficult to see why it appeals.
The tower has viewing decks with impressive views across the city and harbour – and if you can’t see all three Solent forts on the day of your visit, you’ll get a complimentary ticket to come back!
Foodies will want to book in for the High Tea and brunch experiences, while thrill-seekers may want to take on abseiling the 100m descent.
Spinnaker Tower is due to reopen from May 21. Adult tickets £13, child tickets £9.85. You can find out more on spinnakertower.co.uk .
2. Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
The Radcliffe Camera is an iconic circular building in the heart of Oxford, dating back over 280 years, and today it’s still a working library. That means it’s not actually open to the public, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit.
The library is part of the wider Bodleian Library complex, and there are guided tours available, some of which historically have included the Radcliffe Camera. You can find out more on visit.bodleian.ox.ac.uk .
3. Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace is one of the Queen’s most famous royal residences, and it traditionally opens to the public throughout the year so you can catch a glimpse of the likes of the Throne Room, drawing rooms, and the Grand Staircase.
The palace’s gardens have already reopened for tours, with the State Rooms due to reopen with guided tours in May and June. rct.uk/visit/buckingham-palace . Want a sneak peek? You can take virtual tours of the rooms for a glimpse of what’s on offer.
4. York Minster, York
This breathtaking cathedral dating back to the 7th century has long been a hit with visitors thanks to its intricate architecture and impressive medieval stained glass windows.
Although the cathedral has already reopened for worship, it won’t reopen for daily sightseeing until May 17 in line with England’s lockdown roadmap.
Adult tickets start from £12 and visits must be pre-booked. You can find out more on yorkminster.org/visit .
5. Warwick Castle
Not only is Warwick Castle steeped in history, but it offers up heaps of fun activities for families. We’re talking an interactive 3D Zog activity trail, a Horrible Histories® Maze, live shows including birds of prey, and interesting castle characters to meet! There’s also a tour of the castle’s dungeon for the more daring of visitors.
Travelling from further afield? You can also book short breaks in the castle’s ‘Knights Village’.
Day tickets start from £17 when pre-booked online, and short breaks from £47pp. You can find out more on warwick-castle.com .
6. Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace was famously the home of Henry VIII, and is filled with fascinating exhibits that bring the palace to life. There are also 60 acres of beautiful gardens to explore, as well as a mysterious maze.
Oh, and for those who want to learn more, there will also be special performances of Horrible Histories live in May and June.
Adult tickets £15, child tickets £7.50. You can find out more at hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace .
7. St David’s Cathedral
Dating back to the 6th century, St David’s Cathedral offers up an impressive array of beautiful art, architecture and beautiful chapels. There’s a permanent exhibition in the Treasury, as well as a fascinating library.
There are also some beautiful walks to be found in the area if you’re looking to make a day of it.
The cathedral is currently open for “prayer, services and private reflection” in line with Welsh government guidance. You can find out more on stdavidscathedral.org.uk .
8. Jurassic Coast, Dorset
With its ridiculously pretty green landscape, coastal views and charming villages to be found, it’s not difficult to see why the Jurassic Coast has been given UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site status.
You can take on the epic hiking trails, or just enjoy a leisurely stroll as part of a wider holiday in the likes of Weymouth, Portland and Purbeck. Expect heaps of museums, natural landmarks such as Lulworth Cove, cafes and more fun activities including watersports.
Oh, and you may want to leave space on the itinerary for a spot of fossil hunting – there are some incredible finds to be had in the area.
You can find out more on jurassiccoast.org/visit/ .
9. Glastonbury Tor
A climb to the top of this hill will be rewarded with views across Glastonbury and Somerset. History fans can also explore the remains of the 14th-century church of St Michael, or soak up the myths and legends that surround this area – there’s said to be a hidden cave beneath the hill that leads to a fairy realm, and there are plenty of ties to the legends of King Arthur.
You can find out more on nationaltrust.org.uk/glastonbury-tor .
10. Glenfinnan Viaduct
Harry Potter fans will recognise this scenery which doubled up as the route of the Hogwarts Express – in fact, the Jacobite steam train which makes the journey doubled up as the wizarding school’s train.
It’s a pretty spectacular train ride complete with views of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, the breathtaking freshwater Loch Morar, the shortest river in Britain, River Morar and finally the spectacular Loch Nevis.
You can find out more on the Jacobite Steam Train website .
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