Stand and Stare at the 20 Best Views in Britain

We've got some of the most spectacular views in the world right here in Britain. And thanks to a survey commissioned by Samsung, we now know which 20 to add to our bucket list. More than 2,500 people chose their favourite scenic views from a long list compiled by travel industry experts, and the top 20 include stunning panoramas across the countryside, coast, and even a couple of urban beauty spots. Prepare to have your breath taken away by our gallery, and start planning your road trip around Britain, taking in a few stately homes and castles on the way.

20. Kings College, Cambridge

The University buildings at Cambridge are stunning, but it was Kings College that made it into the top 20, and specifically the view of it from the River Cam.

19. Bournemouth Pier and Beach

A day at the seaside is a national past-time, so it's no wonder a beach made it onto the list. Bournemouth's pier and beach, to be precise.

18. Seven Sisters, Sussex

The seven chalk cliffs lining the coast in Sussex, named the Seven Sisters, were another coastal highlight in the top 20.

17. Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Britain is home to several amazing castles, and it was the view of Bamburgh Castle from the coast that impressed the most.

16. Spires of Oxford

Oxford is known as the City of Dreaming Spires, and its architectural skyline was popular enough to make it one of the few city-based views to earn a spot on the list.

15. Durdle Door, Dorset

The natural limestone arch at Durdle Door in Dorset is reminiscent of similar structures in Greece, only you don't have to fly for hours to get to it.

14. Brecon Beacons, Wales

It's clear why the panoramic view from the summit of the Brecon Beacons in Wales earned its place.

13. Stanage Edge, Peak District

The Peak District in Derbyshire is a breathtaking part of the country, and the view from popular rock climbing territory, Stanage Edge was the particular pick of the bunch.

12. Edinburgh, from Arthur's Seat

The view of Edinburgh from 251 metres above sea level at ancient volcano Arthur’s Seat nearly made the top 10.

11. Ben Nevis, Scotland

It makes sense that Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis in Scotland, would make the cut.

10. Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is one of Scotland's most famous bodies of water, and the view of it from Conic Hill earned it a top 10 position.

9. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim has the prestige of being Northern Ireland's only entry in the top 20, no doubt thanks to its basalt columns and extensive folklore.

8. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London

The view of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from Westminster Bridge earned London its only place on the list, and was one of the few urban views to be included.

7. Buttermere, Lake District

The Lake District is one of England's most beautiful areas, and it was Buttermere that came out as the favourite part in this survey.

6. Loch Ness, Scotland

Even without the presence of the Loch Ness Monster, Loch Ness itself (specifically the view of it from Dores) was impressive enough to make the top 10.

5. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Britain’s biggest gorge, Cheddar Gorge is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so it's understandable that it made the top 5.

4. St Ives Bay, Cornwall

One of the few coastal views on the list, St Ives Bay in Cornwall was admired by many in the survey.

3. Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Stonehenge in Wiltshire is one of the best known prehistoric monuments in the world.

2. Scottish Highlands

Of all the beautiful spots in the Scottish Highlands, the view of Three Sisters mountains in Glencoe Valley was the favourite.

1. Snowdonia, Wales

The number one spot went to the view of Llyn Llydaw from Mount Snowdon summit in Wales.