Landmarks in Britain

Britain can boast a whole array of fascinating and historical landmarks, and here are few facts about them:-

To begin with probably the most well known building is Buckingham Palace.  The official residence of our Queen.   The palace is located in London.  There are over 600 rooms sbut the Queen and ther Duke of Edinburgh only occupy twelve of them.

Big Ben is the most famous clock tower in London and is 153 years old.  The four dials are known to be excellant timekeepers and have rarely stopped.  It was named Big Ben due to the thirteen ton bell hung inside it.

The palace of Westminster is the seat of the government.  It consists of the House of Lords and the House of Commons.  It was the former residence of the monarch of England.  The building has 12,000 rooms, 100 staircases and long winding passages.

Edinburgh Castle is Scotland oldest standing fortress, with parts of it dating back to the 12th century.  It was the royal residence until 1603, when it then became a millitary base.  The castle is now under the ownership of “Historic Scotland” and is the most visited landmark in Scotland.  In 2011 they had approximately 1.3million visitors.

Blackpool Tower is a well known tower in Northern England.  It was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  It stands at 518feet 9 inches and ws opened in 1894.   It also houses the Tower Ballroom which was built in 1897.

Cardiff Castle was built around 2000 years ago in Medieval times.  It has been used as a Roman Garrison and a Norman Stronghold.

To finish off, here is one of Britain’s newer landmarks.  The Angel of the North was sculpted by Anthony Gormley and was completed in May 1998.   It is a steel construction and stands 66feet tall with the Angel’s wings stretching out to 177feet.

These are just a taste of some if Britain’s great building there are many more historical and newer landmarks to explore .