Top 10 Best Views in Britain | With its rolling hills, lush countryside and stunning cities, Britain has lots of great spots for enjoying dramatic and heat-stirring views. Feast your eyes on some of Britain’s most spectacular scenery as we explore some of the country’s greatest panoramas.
1. London Eye
No London break would be complete without a spin on the capital’s iconic Ferris wheel, situated on the South Bank of the River Thames. Just hop on board one of the 32 egg-shaped pods, which will elevate you 135m above the breath-taking city skyline, with extensive views over the capital that stretch all the way to Windsor on a clear day. There’s no better way to view the capital’s iconic landmarks, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge.
2. Emmett’s Garden, Sevenoaks
Experience the best of the Kentish countryside at this charming woodland garden which boasts delightful views out over the Weald as far as the North Downs. Visit in spring to witness the forested slopes blanketed with bluebells, or later in the year when the gardens are resplendent with fiery autumnal hues. With lots of trails and pathways to explore, it’s a great place for a family day out or a picnic among the exotic trees, including Bhutan pine, Chinese gingkgo and Japanese maple.
3. Castle Drogo, Devon
Teign Gorge is the best place to appreciate Dartmoor’s dramatic beauty, and this country house is perched on a craggy outcrop overlooking the sheer-sided valley and the wilderness of the moors. Highlights of the National Trust’s highest property include a sunken rose garden and a croquet lawn, which by night provide the perfect place to do some galaxy-spotting, with awe-inspiring views of the Milky Way.
4. Tintagel, Cornwall
If it’s drama you’re seeking, look no further than King Arthur’s ruined fortress, built on the Cornish clifftops and affording striking views of the rugged coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. Steeped in historical legend, the castle and its coastal footpaths have an air of tranquility and harsh beauty. The beach below is brilliant for bathing, plus if you clamber over the rocks at low tide, you’ll find Merlin’s Cave carved into the rock.
5. Hadrian’s Wall, Northern England
This 84-mile Roman fortification sweeps across rocky moorland, grassy meadows and urban cityscapes, taking in some of the most magnificent landscape in the country. The finest views are thought to be at the Whin Sill ridge, a rugged sheet of rock, and the site of Housesteads Fort, which looks out as far as Scotland on a clear day. The Solway Firth also offers exhilarating vistas of the River Nith estuary.
6. Wastwater, Lake District
The Wasdale Valley is a landscape of extremes, accommodating Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain (also known as ‘The Roof of England‘), which in turn overlooks the country’s deepest lake. Voted Britain’s favourite view in 2007, the stunning and desolate panorama comprises imposing escarpments and boulder fragments which tower over the lake, known as the Wastwater Screes.
7. Calton Hill, Edinburgh
This shrub-carpeted summit overlooking the Georgian grandeur of the Scottish capital is an ideal spot for viewing the city skyline, as well as the Fife’s coast and the bronze cliffs of Salisbury Crags. The hilltop itself is home to a number of quirky buildings, including a replica of the Athenian Parthenon, two observatories for star-gazing, and the Nelson Monument for an even higher point of observation.
8. Herefordshire Beacon, Herefordshire
Head to the Malvern Hills if you like a touch of cultural heritage with your jaw-dropping panorama, as this woodland landscape is famed for its iron age forts and castles. Herefordshire Beacon or the ‘British Camp’, as it’s also known, is the second highest in the range, with 360 degree vistas of the surrounding counties, grassy hillsides and the Severn Valley in the east. With lots of trails and footpaths to follow, and Malvern town visible from most of the hills, it’s a great place to go wandering.
9. Llyn Crafnant, North Wales
Pine-covered peaks, a mirror-surfaced lake and rocky outcrops silhouetted by the sunset — this North Wales valley boasts scenery to rival the alps. Perfect for walking at any time of year, and with stunning terrain in all directions, this is Snowdonia at its best, where the extensive Gwydir Forest coincides with the majestic Carneddau mountains.
10. Glen Coe, Scottish Highlands
This highland glen has a name that means ‘Valley of Weeping‘; an apt moniker since its stark beauty is sure to bring a tear to your eye. With the overwhelming splendour of the peaks and precipices that reign over the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, this is a wild landscape that’s bound to captivate. Piper’s lay-by is the most popular viewpoint, but further up on the old road provides an even better spectacle.
These dazzling panoramas are suggested by Show and Stay, the London theatre break provider.