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Discover the UK’s most photo-worthy places to visit on a day trip

If you’re heading on a day trip with friends and family, take a look at Grand Central’s list of some of the most beautiful and Instagram-ready places to visit across the UK.

These are the UK’s most picture-perfect destinations for a day out

There are so many fantastic and breathtakingly beautiful options to choose from if you’re making plans for a day out in the coming months, so many in fact that it can be tricky to pick!

When planning a trip with friends and family, we’ll naturally want to go somewhere that will make a great backdrop in photos – whether you’re taking these for a family album or are eager to share them on Instagram.

In fact, we recently quizzed Brits on what has the biggest influence on us when planning excursions and found that social media plays a big role, with three in ten (30%) saying they are inspired to visit places after seeing photos on Instagram and other social platforms.

With this in mind, we’ve looked into the most picture-perfect and Insta-worthy places to visit on home soil.

To pull our list together we used a combination of social media check-in and ‘tagged’ data, and also ran a survey with 2,000 UK adults to see which spots people recommended, have visited before or plan to visit in the coming year.

So, where took the top spot in our research?

The Top 20 Most Insta-Worthy UK Locations / Attractions for a Day Trip (Summer 2022)

Rank

Place/Attraction Name

Location

No. of Facebook 'Check Ins'

No of times it has been tagged on Instagram

1

Tower Bridge*

London

3238950

2500000

2

Natural History Museum*

London

1919263

713000

3

The Shard*

London

1307569

828000

4

Stonehenge

Wiltshire

1272141

828000

5

Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton

1249179

343000

6

Chatsworth House & Gardens, Bakewell

Derbyshire

957613

125000

7

Bournemouth Beach

Hampshire

702849

181000

8

London Kings Cross Station*

London

23488

821000

9

York Minster*

York

365164

187000

10

View from the summit — Brecon Beacons

Wales

132729

400000

11

Giants Causeway

Northern Ireland

193431

317000

12

The Roman Baths

Bath, Somerset

504645

2400

13

Edinburgh from Arthur's Seat

Scotland

156838

287000

14

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Cornwall

336517

36900

15

Cheddar Gorge

Somerset

265115

85300

16

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Bristol

253347

87500

17

Whitby Abbey Ruins

North Yorkshire

236092

94900

18

Calton Hill

Edinburgh

123315

166000

19

St George's Cove, Padstow

Cornwall

437

287000

20

Dreamland, Margate

Kent

261554

17400


* These locations or attractions are on or close to Grand Central routes

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London’s Tower Bridge Came in at No.1

Tower Bridge, which was built over 125 years ago to help with the growing volume of motor traffic, while still allowing river access to the London docks, has been a visitor attraction since 1982.

Tickets to visit the towers, walkways, the glass floor and the engine rooms start from as little as £1 (for local residents) up to £19.38 for a family ticket. You can also enjoy a guided tour during the weekends.Considered to be London’s most famous bridge, it is estimated to attract 500,000 visitors each year. It has also been tagged in more than 2.5 million Instagram posts, and 3.2 million people have checked in there on Facebook too.

For anyone wishing to visit here via train, the nearest London station that Grand Central routes travel to is Kings Cross, which is 2.9 miles away – or around a 30-minute tube ride. Kings Cross station actually made the list too – taking position eight in our list – so you can tick off this top location at the same time!

We’d recommend getting there early (or late) for a sunrise or sunset photo for your Instagram feed – trust us, it’ll be worth it! It’s also likely you’ll find it a little quieter at these times of day too.

Other Breathtakingly Beautiful Attractions

Other London attractions - the National History Museum and The Shard – took second and third place in our list, with both accruing more than a million Facebook check-ins!

In fourth place was the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, which is located on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire and attracts as many as 9,000 per day visitors during the peak summer months!

Brighton Palace Pier, which features lots of Instagram-friendly rides and attractions, took fifth place. Entrance to the pier itself is free, but to gain access to the rides and attractions themselves you will need a wristband, and prices vary but typically start at £30 for adults or £18 for children.

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While they didn’t make it into the top twenty list, places such as the historic Waterstones building in Bradford, Steely Pier in Hartlepool, Castle Eden Dene in Durham, and the Cow and Calf rocks in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, are all Insta-worthy places to add to your bucket list too.