Top 10 Places in the UK to Take Great Photos

2nd May 2022

From sharing fish and chips by the sea to taking long walks deep into century-old forests, there are plenty of moments to capture wonderful photos in the UK. 

Whilst we may not have the tropical heat or exotic wildlife of some of our international friends, we do have picture-perfect villages, breathtaking nature reserves and mile long coast lines to visit. Whether you’re travelling solo or with family and friends, below are some of our favourite places in the UK to get beautiful content for your next photo book. 

1. Giant's Causeway

Probably one of the most famous destinations in Northern Ireland, Giant’s Causeway on the coast of Antrim is made up of approximately 40,000 basalt columns jutting dramatically from the sea. The polygon columns are a result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago and have made it the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. You can also enjoy hiking the coastal cliff park, taking in breathtaking views along the way.

2. Lavender fields 

There are plenty of stunning lavender fields in the UK to visit which are popular with both professional photographers and Instagrammers alike. Mayfield Lavender Farm is a favourite, a family-run farm, located in Banstead, Surrey. The best time to visit is in July and August where the fields are in full bloom. Capture stunning photos with a beautiful backdrop of purple. Weekends tend to be busier, so if you are looking for people-free shots, head there during the week or early morning. 

3. The New Forest

Located in Hampshire, The New Forest offers 566 square kilometres of woodland, heaths and valleys. Wildlife photographers can explore the numerous walking trails where you will often find wild ponies and deer grazing en route. You can also visit the Beaulieu river and enjoy water activities such as kayaking, for a different perspective of the New Forest. There are also plenty of cycling trails which are popular with families for a tranquil day out. 

4. The Lake District 

The Lake District National Park, found in Cumbria has been a prime location for nature and landscape photographers. Boasting spectacular mountain scenery, rolling valleys and huge glacial lakes, there are a number of places within it to visit depending on how long and how far you want to travel. Stay in picturesque market towns such as Keswick where you can visit Derwentwater Lake, one of the bigger lakes in the national park. 

5. Lochan Uaine

Scotland is home to a huge amount of destinations that offer jaw dropping natural beauty. Nestled in Scotland’s Cairngorm National Park, Lochan Uaine is  a hidden gem. It is known as the ‘Green Loch’ due to it’s waters reflecting the surrounding trees although local legend says it takes this colour is due to pixies washing their clothes in it! Situated next to Angel’s Peak Mountain, the scenery will leave you with a huge amount of content for your next photo book. 

6. Oxford University 

Home to one of the most famous universities in the world, Oxford is a popular place for day-trippers and longer travellers alike. Known as the City of Dreaming Spires, the town boasts a number of beautiful historical buildings that make up the university itself. Wander through the grounds of some of its colleges and follow in the footsteps of its prestigious alumni including a number of prime ministers, Albert Einstein and J.R.R Tolkein. Take a tour of Bodleian Library, also made famous from the Harry Potter films before enjoying a punting trip down the river, to capture stunning photos along the way.

7. Rhossili Bay Beach

This beach in Wales has won multiple awards and it is not hard to see why. Offering 3 miles of sand and coastline it offers spectacular views and wonderful walking routes. Head to the top of Rhossili Down, the highest point, for vistas across the sea. During low tide it is also possible to see the Helvetia, an 19th century shipwreck.

8. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye 

Found in Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye, the Fairy Pools are a series of rock pools boasting crystal-clear spring water from the waterfalls of the Cuillin Mountains. There is a 2.5km hike to the Fairy Pools themselves offering incredible waterfall views along the way. For those brave enough to stand the icy waters, swimming in the Fairy Pools is permitted. 

9. Brighton and Hove 

Whether it’s capturing seagulls as they try to steal your chips, or sunset photos along the pebble-lined beach, Brighton is a perfect place to get coastal holiday shots. Get up early to get quiet pictures of the street art in the lanes or walk the stretch of the beach to Hove for a more tranquil setting. 

10. London

Finally the country’s capital cannot be missed, offering a plethora of locations and cultures to capture on film. Apart from some of the most recognised landmarks in the world, the city also offers lesser-known gems such as the London Wetland Centre nestled in leafy Barnes. This city oasis has a huge variety of flora and fauna from their lovable otters to rare water birds. London also boasts a huge melting pot of cultures with people from all over the world. For those interested in train or vehicle photography the London Underground or iconic double decker buses are great to capture whilst on the move. 

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