Grand designs

From sumptuous stuccoed villas to handsome Roman aqueducts, thrillingly high-tech suspension bridges and beautiful baroque palaces, English architecture competes valiantly with everything the natural world creates. Discover the architectural heritage of our country, with different styles and periods on display throughout every town, often within the same edifice. The historical architecture of cathedrals that took more than 1,000 years to complete will dazzle. Keep cameras ready for impressive Norman and gothic buildings. If you prefer something more contemporary, check out striking public buildings, libraries and performing arts centres, which have been designed with function as much as form in mind.

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Public art trails around NewcastleGateshead

Public art trails around NewcastleGateshead

Across NewcastleGateshead you will discover public art in the most surprising of places.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Take the cultural quarter trail in Leicester

Take the cultural quarter trail in Leicester

Absorb yourself in rich performances and visual arts in Leicester’s cultural quarter and enjoy architectural splendour and fine dining.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Architectural wonders
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Marvel at the great dome at St Paul's Cathedral

Marvel at the great dome at St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's is one of London’s most recognisable landmarks. Step inside and enjoy the cathedral's awe-inspiring interior.

Location: London, Greater London

Attractions and landmarks
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A thousand years of history at Chester Cathedral

A thousand years of history at Chester Cathedral

Experience the heritage and beauty of Chester Cathedral.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard

View from the Shard

Location: London, Greater London

City
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Climb the heights of The O2

Climb the heights of The O2

Go ‘Up at The O2’ for an exhilarating climb across a walkway and see spectacular 360˚ views of London.

Location: Greenwich, London

Walking and hiking
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Uncover England's rich seafaring history

Uncover England's rich seafaring history

Go to sea in Greenwich and explore the National Maritime Museum.

Location: Greenwich, London

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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See an open-air play

See an open-air play

Carved into a granite cliff face on the southern tip of Cornwall, the Minack Theatre is a wonderfully unique theatrical experience.

Location: Porthcurno, Cornwall

Unique Experiences
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Beckford's Tower

Beckford's Tower

Climb the 154-step spiral staircase within the walls of this gild-topped tower.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Architectural wonders
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Climb the 311 steps of the Monument for views over the City

Climb the 311 steps of the Monument for views over the City

The Monument, built to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666, is the tallest isolated stone column in the world and offers panoramic views of London.

Location: London, Greater London

City
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Visit the UK's longest bench in Littlehampton

Visit the UK's longest bench in Littlehampton

Discover the unique architecture along the Sussex coast, including the UK's longest bench.

Location: Littlehampton, West Sussex

Beaches
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Oxford University

Oxford University

A host of famous alumni and one... Harry Potter?

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Walk on air at the Spinnaker Tower

Walk on air at the Spinnaker Tower

Experience the remarkable feeling of walking across the Sky Walk, the Spinnaker Tower's large glass floor - 100 metres above sea level.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Price: From £7.60 for adults and £5.90 for kids

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Discover the history of Tower Bridge

Discover the history of Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge was designed by Sir Horace Jones and offers stunning panoramic views across London, and great exhibitions.

Location: London, Greater London

Walking and hiking
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Stay in a 200-year-old tower

Stay in a 200-year-old tower

Book a stay in a converted 19th century fort, where sea views and dreamy skies are all part of the décor.

Location: Shingle Street, Suffolk

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Indulge with Champagne on the London Eye

Indulge with Champagne on the London Eye

Whisk someone special away on a sunset 'flight' on board the London Eye, gazing at the cityscape below as you sip Champagne.

Location: Waterloo, Greater London

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Tie the knot with beautiful sea views

Tie the knot with beautiful sea views

Located on the promenade near North Pier in Blackpool, Festival House has the impressive backdrop of The Blackpool Tower and the beach.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Wedding celebrations
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Holiday amongst the clouds

Holiday amongst the clouds

For a fairytale holiday on the Suffolk Coast, drop your bags off at The House in the Clouds, a weird and wonderful holiday home.

Location: Thorpeness, Suffolk

Unique Experiences
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Experience a cultural awakening at Leeds Grand Theatre

Experience a cultural awakening at Leeds Grand Theatre

From ballet to opera, West End musicals to drama, Leeds Grand Theatre has it all under one roof.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Performing arts
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Take a trip to York Minster

Take a trip to York Minster

A visit to the York Minster is a must especially after the largest restoration in the UK.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties

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