23 Awesome Photos of the United Kingdom

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This is a post in my new “Awesome Photos” series. Also check out 22 Awesome Photos of Italy!

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I've got a confession to make, guys:

I'm kinda, sorta, maybe just a little bit obsessed with the UK. British accents and Scottish brogues. Old buildings. Fish and chips. Shakespeare and Tolkien and Lewis. Dry humor. The Beatles. Red double-decker buses and phone boxes. Sherlock Holmes. Kilts and bagpipes. And Harry Potter (because we definitely cannot forget Harry Potter).

Yes, there's just something about the United Kingdom that has always been fascinating to me. (And, for those curious, the UK includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.)

Since I started traveling a lot in Europe 2 years ago, I've easily spent the most time in the United Kingdom. Which is saying something, considering it's roughly the size of the state of Oregon.

Below are some of my favorite (and what I deem to be most awesome) photos I've taken throughout the UK:

Stonehenge

Is it possible to visit England without stopping at the mysterious circle of standing stones known as Stonehenge? (The answer, for most people, is no.) It's not really worth a trip of its own in my opinion, but if you're already in the area, it makes for a nice photo.

Stonehenge

Victoria Street in Edinburgh

Both the Old Town and New Town of Edinburgh are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. This photo was taken on my favorite street in the Old Town: curving Victoria Street.

Victoria Street in Edinburgh

London icons

Big Ben and a red phone box — it doesn't really get much more quintessentially “London” than this (unless you also get a double-decker bus in the shot).

London icons

The Isle of Skye

The Scottish Highlands are just as brooding and beautiful as you've heard. My favorite part of Scotland, scenery-wise, has to be the Isle of Skye, pictured here.

Isle of Skye

Bath

The ancient Roman baths in the city of Bath are well worth a visit for the architecture alone (just don't fall in… water that green can't be healthy!).

Roman baths in Bath, England

Changing of the guard

Even though the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is the most well-known in the Queen's realm, this photo was actually taken at Windsor Castle — one of the many royal residences in the UK.

Changing of the guard at Windsor Castle

Liverpool

The Beatles fan in me couldn't go to England and NOT visit Liverpool. And you know what? It's a much cooler city than it usually gets credit for.

Liverpool

Scottish Highlands

A typical scene in the Highlands: cloudy skies, green mountains, and some wildflowers (including a purple Scottish thistle!). The landscapes are just one of the many things to love about Scotland.

Scottish Highlands

Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is a series of weirdly-shaped rocks that kind of resemble hexagonally-shaped steps. It's a work made 100% by Mother Nature and is definitely one of the coolest places I've visited in the UK.

Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

The London Eye

I've actually never been on the London Eye — but that doesn't stop me from taking photos of it every time I'm walking along the Thames in London.

London Eye

Inside St. Giles

Named after the patron saint of Edinburgh, St. Giles Cathedral is unmissable as you walk the Royal Mile. It's worth going inside, too — this is what the ceiling looks like!

St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

Oxford

Oxford and its colleges have served as inspiration for many of my favorite fantasy writers — Tolkien, Rowling, Pullman… And I think this photo perfectly captures the kind of magical atmosphere that you can find there.

Oxford, England

Hogmanay

My most memorable New Year's Eve EVER happened in Edinburgh, Scotland — and here's the midnight moment, with fireworks exploding above Edinburgh Castle.

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London row houses

These East End homes drew my eye — the symmetry makes for a really striking photo.

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South Bank busker

My absolute favorite part of London has to be the South Bank of the Thames. On a sunny summer day (yes, I promise they DO happen!), the South Bank comes alive with locals and tourists and buskers — it's a great place to people-watch.

Busker on London's South Bank

Chester

Located close to the English border with Wales, the city of Chester is well worth a visit. The city's Roman past is still evident here, and I LOVE the buildings downtown.

Chester HDR

Calton Hill

Many people who visit Edinburgh hike up to Arthur's Seat to get great views out over the city. But you know what? You can also get some pretty awesome views from Calton Hill.

Calton Hill in Edinburgh

Tower Bridge

Many people think this iconic bridge in London is the London Bridge. But it's not! It's actually the Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge in London

Tea and scones

I spied this bike advert in Oxford and fell in love with it. It's not necessarily a fantastic photo, but I think it captures the essence of Oxford quite well.

Tea and scones in Oxford

The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

I know I've already shared one photo with you from the Isle of Skye, but I think this spot (known as the Quiraing) is definitely deserving of two photos.

Isle of Skye

Edinburgh Castle

While I'm still of the opinion that Edinburgh Castle is way too expensive to visit, there's no denying that it makes for a pretty sweet photo at night.

Edinburgh Castle at night

Camden Lock

Camden Town is always a favorite stop of mine when I'm in London. The market and funky shops are always fun for a browse. But did you know that Camden is also located along one of London's many lock-filled waterways?

Camden Locks

Parliament

Lastly, I'll leave you with another iconic photo subject — Parliament in London. This is a slightly different vantage point, though; can you see the London Eye in the background?

Parliament in London

 

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Which photo makes you want to go to the UK the most?

 

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. I’m secretly in love with the UK and their lovely people. I have been there a few times, but there are still many places to visit on my list like Cornwall. I love your picture of the London icons; Makes me wanna hop on a plane right now!

    Thanks for sharing. I think the Quiraing definitely deserves two photos. It’s my favorite place in Scotland.

    Though I’ve visited most of these places, your pictures are great and make me want to revisit them, especially Scotland!

      Scotland is a place I always want to go back to!

    Beautiful photos, I live in the uk and never get pics like yours! London is certainly full of icons and over the years I have grown to quite like it, but the grey weather most of the year can be off putting. Once you get used to the prices and find the free stuff it’s somewhere worth coming back to time and time again…

      Believe it or not, I’m pretty sure Ohio gets just as much grey weather (if not more) than London. So maybe that’s why I doesn’t bother me so much!

    Lovely photos ! I especially want to go to the Isle of Skye, I’m obsessed with it, it seems to be such a wonderful place to be, I NEED to go there !

      It’s beautiful. I definitely want to go back!

    As a mountain lover, I can not believe the diversity of highland scenery that can be found in Scotland. It just defies description with its beauty!

      I totally agree, Selma! The Highlands are out of this world!

    Great photos! I’d love to travel around the UK some day.
    -Petra

      If you ever get the chance, take it!

    I Love your photos! They look amazing, I want to explore the United Kingdom better when I go there again. Keep up the good work Amanda!

      Thanks! There’s more to see in the UK than most people realize! Even though it’s small, each part is so different!

    They all make me want to go back! I was heart broken when I had to leave London after living there for two years. With London as a base, the opportunity to travel to so many amazing countries is much easier than here in Australia. I miss being able to just on a train or plane and in a few hours i’m discovering a new country or region of the UK. Thanks for sharing your great photos and helping me reminisce.

      Part of the reason I’d love to live in London for a while is how easy it is to get to so many places! And for relatively cheap! “Budget” flights barely exist in the US anymore.

    I haven’t seen much of England and haven’t been to Wales at all, but I have spent 5 months of my life in Scotland and absolutely loved it. From the crazy Scottish accents (especially the one from Glasgow) through enchanting Edinburgh to the beautiful Highlands, where I spend most of my time. Crazy enough I haven’t been to Isle of Skye! I can’t believe it till this day, but I can proudly say that I trekked to the top of Ben Nevis in the typical Scottish weather – downpouring rain! It was still worth it!

      Major kudos for tackling Ben Nevis! That’s definitely an accomplishment. You should totally try to get to the Isle of Skye, though! It’s so beautiful.

    I am also obsessed with the UK!!! Your photos are amazing!!! I need to take some photography classes before my next trip to the UK.

      Thanks, Janelle! It’s awesome to see/hear so much love for the UK!

    This photos are great! I feel a little bad that I’m British and I have a feeling you’ve seen more of the UK than me! I’m too busy exploring elsewhere I forget how amazing the UK is! Love the Highlands photo.

      That’s how it usually goes – we tend to ignore the things that are right in our own backyards!

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