UK’s top 5 cities for architecture and design
Although relatively small in stature, the UK is home to some of the world’s most iconic cities. Their architecture and design has inspired many and its heritage is what makes the country such a special place.
We look at some of our favourite locations across the country and explain why these are places of sublime beauty.
Westminster Abbey, London
From Westminster Abbey to the Houses of Parliament, from the London Eye to the Shard, London has one of the world’s most iconic skylines.
There is lots to see and do in the city and if you ever get the chance to visit, make sure you make your way to Westminster Abbey.
A part royal foundation, Coronation church and mausoleum at Westminster Abbey tells a long tale of English history.
Although only a few Saxon fragments survive, the building truly demonstrates the rich tastes of some of the UK’s most notable monarchs.
It is very hard to miss Edinburgh Castle. It is the most iconic building in the city and its central position places it high up on the ‘to-do list’.
The juxtaposition of the old and the new can be seen in beautifully in Edinburgh. From the Castle and its surroundings to the Scottish Parliament building, the city offers some of the UK’s best architecture and design.
The Lowry, Manchester
A leader throughout the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is home to some of the UK’s most impressive modern architecture.
The A&G Murray’s Mills were the first to be powered by steam and stand as a reminder of Britain’s importance in this period.
The Liverpool Road Railway Station is the world’s first inter-city passenger railway station and although small in stature, the build is a true historical landmark.
Today, Manchester beautifully combines the old with the new. The Lowry theatre and gallery is a striking example of modern day design.
Albert Dock, Liverpool
Albert Dock is situated in a remarkable World Heritage waterfront and is home to many Grade 1 listed buildings.
It is a culturally vibrant location and has a selection of world art, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.
The Albert Dock also features an impressive range of bars, restaurants and shops which is a testament to how the city has combined the old with the new.
Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire
The beautiful Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 and is a former Cistercian abbey.
Located on the breath-taking backdrop of the North York Moors National Park, it was one of the wealthiest abbeys in the UK until it was dissolved in 1538.
Don’t miss out on the building’s remarkable stonework due to its remote position. Its impressive ruins are something that have to be seen to be appreciated. And the site is owned by English Heritage.