If part of the charm of summer is being able to get out there with your camera and snap away in the sunshine, we’re pretty sure you’ll be in your element right now! To help you out, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite places to photograph across the United Kingdom. We recently undertook some research to discover the British public’s favourite places to photograph, and from the top 20 locations, we’ve pulled together the very best.
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
St Michael’s Mount is a tiny town that sits atop an island just off the coast of Marazion in Cornwall. The island is reachable on foot via a man-made causeway, but you’ll have to wait until the tide is out in order to access this charming little spectacle. Otherwise, it’s just a short boat trip from Marazion if you’re looking to visit while the tide’s in. Once you’re over there, you’ll have plenty to feast your eyes – and your lens – on! Managed by the National Trust, St Michael’s Mount is home to a stunning 14th-century castle as well as a quaint little harbour, so whether you want to photograph a little piece of history or the laid-back Cornish lifestyle, you’re sure to find somewhere to focus your attention. If you’re a drone photographer, this is also the ideal place to put your skills to the test – just check out Instagram and you’ll see how spectacular overhead shots of the islet can be!
Top tip – If you’re heading across the channel this summer, the Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy is the grown-up brother of St Michael’s Mount. Be sure to check it out if you find yourself in Northern France!
Home of arguably the best tea in Britain, York is the quintessential English city. With historic architecture, culture and a few modern attractions too, we think there’s something for every photographer to capture. It goes without saying that while you’re in this charming city, you simply have to pay York Minster a visit. Hailed as the biggest medieval cathedral in the North of Europe, York Minster boasts a tower that offers unrivalled views across the city – perfect for capturing architecture from a different perspective or getting a panorama of the skyline. Another way to get a unique view of the city’s sights is to take to the water! Treat yourself to a trip down the River Ouse and see the heart of York in a different way – you’re sure to get some out of the ordinary pictures to document your adventure, and we bet you’ll learn some fun facts about the city along the way.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Possibly the most well-known landmark to see in Northern Ireland, this natural beauty really is a breath-taking sight. It’s really no wonder the Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! If you have time, stay for a few hours at the main causeway and watch how the light plays upon the rock, creating different colours at different times of day. Golden hour and blue hour are particularly spectacular to see here. As a National Trust site, there’s lots of interesting information about the area, so not only will you get some great pictures, you’ll also find out all about how this rock formation came to be, as well as the myths and legends behind it. You can easily access the Giant’s Causeway from Belfast and Londonderry, and if you choose to get there via public transport, you’ll gain a ‘green discount’ to redeem against admission to the visitor centre.
Top tip – to get the very best photos, it’s best to arrive early or late in the day to avoid the crowds and get the landscape in all its glory, without the accompanying tourists!
Snowdonia covers a large area in the northwest of Wales and is home to a number of popular tourist attractions. Perhaps the most well-known is Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, but if you’re not quite feeling athletic enough to climb to the summit (we certainly aren’t!), your best bet for seeing that incredible view from the top is to give the Snowdon Mountain Railway a whirl. This way, you’ll be able to take in the views not just at the summit, but also along the whole journey up the mountain too – plus, hiking with your photography equipment can be difficult, so here you’ll get the best of both worlds. For those after something a little more down to earth (quite literally!), we recommend venturing across to Bangor, where you can see the city’s pretty buildings and perhaps indulge in a bit of retail therapy. Plus, the pier in the evening makes a wonderful backdrop for a family photo, so keep your camera close by!
Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most exciting cities, with so much going on all year round. Not only is there plenty of culture, you’ll also be treated to historic buildings, stunning viewpoints and diverse food and drinks options – what more could you want?! The most obvious place for a keen photographer to visit in Edinburgh is, of course, the castle, but once you’ve stopped by, we highly recommend venturing off the beaten track to discover something a little less well-known. Head towards the Shore, a pretty waterside area of Edinburgh where you’ll spot interesting buildings and trendy cafés lining the streets. As you stop for a bite to eat, you’ll be able to enjoy the relaxed ambience and gaze across at the water. We think evening is the best time to visit – sunsets here can be pretty stunning!
Wherever you’re going in Britain this summer, we’d love to see your photos. Don’t forget, our Best of Britain competition is still running and you could win a staycation just by submitting your own British holiday snaps. Find out more here, and happy travelling!