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Top 10 Recommended Views in England


Views in England
Views are subjective but you have to start somewhere. So, here are our 'Top 10 Recommended Views in England'. We've researched and photographed the UK for decades, have enjoyed many of its views and can vouch for these crackers. Do browse other 'Top 10' lists for other ideas. Also see other destination pages such as South West England and Dartmoor National Park for further inspiration. By James Penman.

Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland

The view from just north of Craster along the coast to Dunstanburgh Castle is awesome. When you've finished there, head for Bamburgh, another classic Northumberland castle/coast view.

Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site

Durham's cathedral, built on a loop in the River Weir, dominates this small city. We think it's the most beautiful university city/town in England, hence its inclusion here. Cambridge from The Backs and Oxford from St Mary's Church are fine views.


A classic English view up in the Lake District National Park. Mind you, the Lakes are so beautiful that you're spoilt for choice.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

The settings for country houses offer some of England's best views and Chatsworth is possibly the finest. In the Peak District National Park.

Seven Sisters

The white chalk cliffs here have appeared in many films and TV programmes and offer great views form the east or west. For other cliff views, try Flamborough Head Cliffs (East Riding of Yorkshire) or the Jurassic Coast (Dorset/Devon).

Devil's Dyke

A classic English downland view. You could also head to Wiltshire or Dorset or Lincolnshire or Yorkshire for similar downs or wolds.

Clovelly, Devon

For the view from the harbour looking back up at the village and then across Barnstaple or Bideford Bay.

St Ives Bay

One of the most beautiful bays in the world, their marketing people say. Certainly one of the most beautiful in England. Try also Mounts Bay south east of here.

Golden Cap

High point of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site. Either stand on top of it or view it from the east or west. Beautiful.

Waterloo Bridge

London's a remarkably beautiful city. Waterloo Bridge is a perfect spot from whch to soak that beauty up.