Architectural wonders

Architectural wonders

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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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

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Explore the beautiful and curious Rushton Triangular Lodge

Explore the beautiful and curious Rushton Triangular Lodge

This place is proof that in England you'll find architectural treasures in the most unlikely places.

Location: Kettering, Northamptonshire

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Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Explore the fusion of historical and modern architecture in the ever-evolving City of London.

Location: London, Greater London

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Get a view from The Shard

Get a view from The Shard

Soaring up into the sky, Renzo Piano’s 1,016ft structure features a five-star hotel, three floors of restaurants and a public viewing platform way up on the 72nd floor.

Location: London, Greater London

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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

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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

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Visit the Angel of the North

Visit the Angel of the North

Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North is the UK’s most famous piece of public art.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

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A coastal break with a unique twist

A coastal break with a unique twist

Swap a standard double for a balancing barn or geometric house, both are worthy of spot on Grand Designs.

Location: Thorrington & Thorpeness, Suffolk

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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

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Feel tiny as you marvel at The Angel of the North

Feel tiny as you marvel at The Angel of the North

This colossal steel angel is the UK’s best-known piece of public art, and an unforgettable site to visit.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand with one foot in the east and one in the west and feel on top of the world. Climb over the roof of The O2 and ride on London’s only cable car.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Explore Cambridge University

Explore Cambridge University

Take a walking tour through the colleges that make up one of the most prestigious universities in the world – Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Explore the historic and lively city of Lancaster

Explore the historic and lively city of Lancaster

Uncover Lancaster’s ancient and haunting history at its hilltop castle and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in one of England’s Heritage Cities.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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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

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View Hull from above from the iconic Humber Bridge

View Hull from above from the iconic Humber Bridge

The world’s longest single-span suspension bridge when it opened in 1981, the Humber Bridge is an impressive sight that includes its own country park.

Location: Hull, East Yorkshire

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Take a tour of Liverpool’s architectural marvels

Take a tour of Liverpool’s architectural marvels

See this handsome, historic city with fresh eyes; join an expert-led RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) tour of its loveliest buildings.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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See an open-air play at the Minack Theatre

See an open-air play at the Minack Theatre

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

Location: Porthcurno, Cornwall

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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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Take your loved one to the top of Greenwich at Up at The O2

Take your loved one to the top of Greenwich at Up at The O2

The O2 offers a unique expedition over its famous roof for amazing 360° views of London, and is an experience worth sharing with your loved one.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire

Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire

From fabulous stained-glass windows in his father’s church to sumptuous Mad Hatter’s tea parties, delight in Cheshire’s Carroll connections.

Location: Daresbury, Cheshire

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