The UK’s Most Iconic Monuments

The ‘stay-cation’ is becoming more and more popular. With travel prices going up, economic troubles and concerns about global warming, when better to take a feel good holiday than right here? The UK receives over 26 million visitors every year for good reasons – we have some of the best, most recognisable tourist attractions in the world.


Nelson's Column
By Benkid77 (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

United Kingdom Monuments:


Unfortunately, even if you’re British, you can’t always visit all the attractions for free. However, you can save money by finding an affordable hotel that’s close to the site you want to visit. For example, if you want to visit Nelson’s Column or Marble Arch you can find affordable London hotels near the sights you want to see. Nelson’s Column is located in Trafalgar Square and commemorates Lord Nelson who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The column was erected in 1843 but Edward Lanseer’s bronze lions at the base of the 170 foot column were not added until 1868, although they had been commissioned in 1858.


Marble Arch
By Peter Broster under CC BY 2.0



If you’re staying in Blackpool, you’re going to want to stay somewhere with a view of the iconic Blackpool Tower. It’s best to discover Blackpool from a central hotel, that way you can always see the tower when you’re in your room and it’s not far to go to get to the other exciting things that Blackpool has to offer. The Blackpool Tower was inspired by Paris’s Eiffel Tower and all 518 feet 9 inches of it was opened to the public in 1894. The Blackpool Tower is not just a tower, it also hosts a circus, a ballroom, a dungeon, an indoor adventure playground and a 4D cinema. Blackpool also has many attractions to keep you busy from the beach to the promenade and the fantastic nightlife. For generations Blackpool has been seen as Britain’s favourite seaside resort, with stay-cations becoming more and more popular, now is the best time to take in the sights and enjoy the fantastic Blackpool Tower.


Blackpool Tower
By Emyr Jones under CC BY-ND 2.0



You could also visit Stonehenge in Wiltshire. It’s a universal truth that the closer you live to something spectacular, the less likely you are to go and see it. We’re all victims of the ‘I’ll go and see it next week’ attitude. Stonehenge is one of the Seven Medieval Wonders (not that it’s from the Middle Ages, the list was compiled in the nineteenth century and this was the name of the list!) Stonehenge has in fact been standing for around 5000 years and is situated in one of the most dense complexes of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England.


By Lawrie Cate under CC BY 2.0


These are not the only fantastic monuments available for viewing in Britain; we have thousands of them, York Minster, The Tower of London, Christ Church College, the Lake District, The Cotswolds. We have so many fantastic sites right on our doorsteps. You might not get a tan on your stay-cation but you’ll see some fantastic things that are definitely worth sending postcards home about.

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