Great Britain isn't known for its soaring skyscrapers yet there are some incredible views to be seen from various forms of viewing platform and natural viewing points across the country. For anyone looking for a romantic spot to propose to a loved one or simply a place to stand and take in the history or sheer beauty of a high viewing point, we have put together our top 10 favourite spots to take in Britain from another angle.1. Spinnaker Tower
Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower is a very modern viewing platform that was erected to celebrate the change of the Millennium. Until the completion of the Shard in 2013 it was Britain’s highest viewing platform. The tower is fully enclosed and on a clear day visitors can see right across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
2. Arthur's Seat
High up the romance scale, Arthur’s seat is an ancient rock which sits next to Holyrood Park and the Scottish Parliament building. Climbing the small hill up to Arthur’s Seat does take a wee bit of effort but the reward is worth it – a spectacular view of the City of Edinburgh. There are plenty of small places to sit and watch the incredible sunset over a beautiful city – a truly romantic experience.
3. Great Orme Tramway
The Great Orme Tramway is a piece of British history and has delighted visitors since its opening in 1902. A funicular tramway, the tram travels upwards from the bottom of a steep hill up to incredible views at the top of a cliff which overlooks the North Wales coastal town of Llandudno. A fantastic experience for adults and children alike, the historic tramway is not to be missed if you’re in North Wales.
4. The Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre in Cornwall is a world famous theatre. Set high up on the cliff tops, this open air theatre uses the incredible coastal view of the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop. Completely unique, the theatre has daily performances throughout the summer season which are high quality, romantic and prove time and again to be a simply unforgettable experience.
5. The Shard
The Shard is now Britain’s tallest viewing platform and tallest building by a long way. Covering 3 floors, The Shard’s viewing platforms presents 360 degree views right from the heart of central London and on a clear day allows you to see up to an astonishing 40 miles. The height is slightly short of the Eiffel Tower and the tallest building in the EU. On the 72nd floor the viewing platform is open air so you can truly feel the impact of the height of this incredible building.
6. Heights of Abraham
Heights of Abraham is a cable car that passes over a valley in the quaint spa town of Matlock Bath in the Peak District National Park. Representing excellent value for money, the cable car has delightful views right through the valley. The Heights of Abraham has been delighting visitors to the park since 1780 but the modern alpine style cable car is still as popular as ever. The car itself transports you to a beautiful 60acre woodland area which has many footpaths to explore the beautiful natural habitat which is home to many animals.
7. Blackpool Tower
The famous Blackpool Tower stands at a height of 158m and is a significant landmark in the North West of England. The iconic tower allows visitors to take a ‘skywalk’ across a glass floor which offers a full unobstructed view of the ‘Vegas of the north’ and the historic seaside coastline. British holiday makers have been visiting the tower for generations and there are plenty of extras such as the 4d experience you take before ascending the tower to make the visit that bit more enjoyable.
8. 02 Arena Roof Walk
The 02 Arena has become an iconic part of the London skyline since opening in 2000 to celebrate the millennium. Now an incredible performance venue, the enormous domed roof opened an additional attraction in 2013 as it created its ‘skywalk’, a 90 minute experience right up the 02 arena roof and onto a 360 degree viewing platform at the centre. Comparable to the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, the O2 sits on the border of Greenwich right by the Thames River and offers a rewarding, unique boast to anyone brave enough.
9. Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral is by far one of our favourites, not least because it holds the best surviving copy of the Magna Carta or even boasts the tallest steeple tower in Britain. The magnificent building which was truly built ‘to the glory of God’ has an incredible tower tour which takes you up 332 steps but rewards you with incredible views of the old city of Salisbury, Old Sarum and the surrounding delightful Cotswolds countryside.
10. Mount Snowdon
The highest peak in Wales, Mount Snowdon sits right in the heart of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Unlike other mountains which are tough to climb without a certain level of fitness, this one very kindly has a dedicated railway which will escort visitors straight to the top so that you get the views from the mountain summit without the tough climb getting there! The best bit is that once you reach the top, there’s even a modern café to provide you with a hot drink and snack!
By Ruth Lancey, GBT Team member
Date: 2017-11-28 13:20:54