The Top 10 Sights of Great Britain

Travel to Great Britain without any tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 attractions of Great Britain! Which highlights and attractions are not to be missed when on holiday in Great Britain?

Great Britain delights its visitors with a spectacular mix of imposing architecture, cosmopolitan metropolises, world culture and fantastic scenery. The capital London entices with international flair and a pinch of royalty, wild Scotland with ancient fortifications, sweeping hills and quiet lochs, and with the fascinating cult site of Stonehenge, magic is not neglected either.

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London

Thousands of coloured sparks rain down from Big Ben, the famous almost 100-metre-high tower at the Houses of Parliament in London on New Year's Eve, Great Britain - © Bikeworldtravel / Shutterstock
© Bikeworldtravel / Shutterstock

The undisputed number 1 of the UK's top 10 sights is its diverse capital city. London is one of the most famous and most visited cities in the world. Art and culture, music and museums, shopping and sport, stars and starlets - it's guaranteed not to be boring on holiday in the British metropolis!

London's places of interest ...

Stonehenge

The famous monoliths of Stonehenge are one of Britain's most famous monuments and a symbol of mystery and ancient power - © jovannig / Fotolia
© jovannig / Fotolia

The mystical Stonehenge is one of Britain's most famous cult sites from the Stone Age. The enormous megaliths are known throughout the world as a symbol of mystery and ancient power. How and for what purpose the stones weighing tons were erected near Salisbury around 5,000 years ago still puzzles scientists today.

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Highlands

Peaceful scenery in the dreamlike landscape of the Highlands in the north of Scotland, Great Britain - © flog / franks-travelbox
© flew / franks-travelbox

Those in search of unspoilt nature have found it in the north of Great Britain. The Scottish Highlands are one of the most sparsely populated areas in Europe. The green hills hide secluded bays, sleepy little towns and melancholy lochs, on whose shores impressive ruins tell of times gone by.

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Loch Ness

View over the ruins of Urquhart Castle, once the largest fortress in Scotland, to Loch Ness - © imacture / Fotolia
© imacture / Fotolia

Probably the most famous loch in the Scottish Highlands is Loch Ness. Its mysterious monster "Nessi" made Scotland's second largest loch one of the country's most visited destinations. Loch Ness is also worth visiting for its breathtaking scenery and the ruins of Urquhart Castle which was once the largest fortress in Scotland.

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Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall runs between the present-day border of Scotland and England in the north of Great Britain and was once the largest fortification of the Roman Empire - © Jule_Berlin / Shutterstock
© Jule_Berlin / Shutterstock

The impressive Hadrian's Wall between England and Scotland dates back to the 2nd century AD. At that time, it was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian to keep the wild tribes of the north at bay. Today, UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site and its numerous forts are visited by walkers and cyclists.

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Inverary Castle

The impressive Inveraray Castle in Scotland, 95km north of Glasgow, is still the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, Great Britain - © flog / franks-travelbox
© flew / franks-travelbox

The majestic Inverary Castle on Scotland's longest loch seems to have come out of a storybook. In fact, a real Scottish duke still lives here and has opened up his magnificent home with the highest hall in Scotland and a fearsome collection of weapons for viewing.

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Giant's Causeway

At the Giant's Causeway, some 40,000 absolutely uniformly shaped basalt columns extend into the sea over a length of 5km along the coast of Northern Ireland, Great Britain - © Joe Gough / Fotolia
© Joe Gough / Fotolia

At the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, nature presents itself as a humorous master builder. At the "Giant's causeway", symmetrically shaped stone pillars join together to form a 5km-long bridge. The basalt columns, up to 12m high, were formed completely naturally by volcanic activity and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle in Wales was built over thousands of years and is a mix of Roman fort, Norman castle and Victorian castle, United Kingdom - © Lotharingia / Fotolia
© Lotharingia / Fotolia

In the middle of the skyscrapers and shopping malls of the lively capital of Wales, Cardiff Castle is enthroned like a castle from the Middle Ages. As a Roman military camp, Norman castle and finally neo-Gothic castle, Cardiff Castle has already had many faces. With its magnificent halls, the Regimental Museum and the idyllic landscape garden, the castle is today Cardiff's most important attraction.

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Melrose Abbey

The impressive ruins of Melrose Abbey in Scotland are among Britain's most important examples of medieval monastic architecture - © flog / franks-travelbox
© flew / franks-travelbox

Although only ruins remain, the splendour of the imposing Melrose Abbey is still visible today. Scotland's first and, in the meantime, richest Cistercian monastery is today one of Britain's most important medieval monastic buildings. The entire grounds of Melrose Abbey can be explored with an audio guide or on a guided tour.

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Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle in the middle of a magnificent English landscape garden was chosen by the Queen as her summer residence, Great Britain - © flog / franks-travelbox
© flew / franks-travelbox

Balmoral Castle is a true Victorian castle, having been built for Queen Victoria in the mid-19th century. Today, the Queen of England still has her summer residence here. From April to July, non-invited guests are allowed to visit the castle, including the castle gardens. The extensive grounds of Balmoral Castle are also criss-crossed by well-maintained footpaths.

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