There’s something really satisfying about getting the perfect shot for your Instagram feed. Whether you love a good selfie or prefer to stay behind the camera to capture the landscape, here are ten of the most instagrammable places in the UK to give you some inspiration for your next holiday. Impress your friends and family on social media with these breathtaking locations – from bustling cityscapes and street art havens to tranquil sandy beaches and ancient monuments.
1. The London Eye
A visit to London is not complete without a ride on The London Eye. From the comfort of its pods, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city, including all of its iconic landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
While it may look like a giant Ferris wheel, the London Eye moves at a very slow pace during the 30-minute ride, so sit back, relax and soak up all the amazing city sights beneath you. Arguably, London becomes even more spectacular after sunset when the glittering city lights take over. If that’s not Instagram worthy, we’re not sure what is.
2. Portmeirion Village
Location: North Wales
This colourful Italianate village is not what you’d typically expect to find in the heart of rural North Wales. Built in the early 20th century, the Riviera-inspired village of Portmeirion has captured the hearts of locals, tourists and even film-makers alike.
With its brightly painted houses, traditional Italian architecture and stunning central plaza, there’s plenty of photo opportunities wherever your turn. So don’t forget to grab a photo on the giant human chessboard! It’s also worth taking a stroll through the lush ornamental gardens to capture fabulous shots of the rare plants and trees on display.
3. Leake Street Arches Graffiti Tunnel
If you have a penchant for great street art, a trip to the Leake Street Arches Graffiti Tunnel in London is a must. The tunnel, which spans 300 metres is home to an ever-changing collection of impressive street art and has even been host to a few of Banksy’s original pieces.
Being one of the very few legal walls in the UK, it has become a popular spot for street artists across the world to express their creativity. As a result, the tunnel’s artwork is constantly changing and you’ll likely even see various street artists at work as you stroll through!
4. Langamull Beach
With crystal clear waters and soft white sands, Langamull Beach might easily be mistaken for somewhere tropical. Located off the west coast of Scotland, this secluded sandy beach offers complete tranquillity and picture-perfect seascapes.
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to snap photos of the local wildlife while you’re there. Some visitors have even seen otters swimming around the bays! This hidden gem can be found on the Isle of Mull of the Inner Hebrides, so if you’re staying on the mainland you’ll need to catch a ferry over.
5. The White Cliffs of Dover
An icon of Britain, the White Cliffs of Dover are a world-renowned landmark and an absolute must-see when visiting Dover. These distinctive white chalk cliffs boast sweeping coastal views of the English Channel, with northern France visible in the distance on clear cloudless days.
If you love nature photography, you certainly won’t be left disappointed by your visit. The cliffs are home to an array of wildlife, including two large herds of Exmoor ponies, rare butterflies and peregrine falcons who soar above the coast. These unique cliffs make it incredibly easy to snap postcard-worthy photographs and excellent panorama shots.
6. Brighton Pier
If you love to be beside the seaside, Brighton Pier should be the next destination on your UK travel list. Whether you’ll be capturing the evening sun setting over the pier or snapping the brightly-coloured beach huts which line the coast, there’s plenty of opportunities for awe-inspiring photos in this city by the sea!
While Brighton is best known for its iconic Victorian pier, you’ll also find plenty of Instagram-worthy places in the bustling heart of the city. From pastel-painted houses, vintage boutique stores and independent coffee shops, there’s something for everyone here.
With its towering sandstone rocks, Stonehenge is one of the world’s best known prehistoric landmarks. Located in Wiltshire and built 5,000 years ago, this neolithic monument has become a cultural icon of Britain and is visited by over 800,000 tourists per year.
To get the most impressive shots of this mysterious stone circle, head over just before sunset and have your camera at the ready. Stonehenge can get quite busy, especially during the summer months. So, if you’re an early riser and want to beat the crowds, why not set off just before sunrise to capture the circle in stunning golden hues?
Location: North Wales
Standing at 3,560 feet, Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales. While its a bit of a trek to the top, you’ll be rewarded with incredible sights and fantastic photo opportunities. At its summit, you’ll experience breathtaking sights of the surrounding Snowdonia mountain ranges, lakes and valleys. On very clear days, Ireland and Scotland can be seen in the far distance.
Once you’ve conquered Snowdon, it’s worth exploring the quaint and picturesque villages that surround this impressive mountain. Sit back and relax in a cosy, traditional cafe and refuel after a busy day of climbing.
9. The Dark Hedges
Location: Northern Ireland
The Dark Hedges is an avenue of intertwining beech trees in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. With a backdrop that wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale, they’ve been wowing visitors since they were planted in the late 18th-century.
Since being featured in the second season of the incredibly popular Game of Thrones series, fans have flocked to the area to photograph The Dark Hedges. Even if you haven’t watched the series, these eerily beautiful trees are guaranteed to impress and, of course, make a fantastic Instagram shot to add to your feed.
10. Edinburgh Castle
If there’s one thing we’re best known for in the UK, it’s our historic castles that are dotted throughout the country. If you’re planning on visiting Edinburgh soon, a trip to the castle is essential. Edinburgh Castle is steeped in history, with its earliest parts dating all the way back to the 12th century.
The castle’s impressive exterior makes for incredible photographs, as do the panoramic views of the capital city which lies beneath it. Inside the castle, take a step back in time and explore the vibrant Great Hall or visit the Crown Room to see the oldest crown jewels in Britain.
11. Oxford University
With its historic architecture and picturesque gardens, Oxford University deserves a place on the list. Did you know that this prestigious university has been teaching students for over 900 years? But even if you’re not planning on enrolling any time soon, it’s still worth a visit to grab some impressive shots of your surroundings.
The photo opportunities don’t stop there though. Explore the rest of Oxford to discover classic pubs, charming cobbled streets and a world-famous museum with a very unique collection of archaeological finds.