England’s Stereotype Tourist Photos | Planing a vacation in England, international travelers pretty much focus on London only. On Christmas Eve 2015 The Telegraph published an interesting heat map created by a London University student. It reveals London’s tourist attractions that are snapped most often on Flickr. The heat map is based on approx. 1 million geolocated photos taken by tourists and uploaded onto the Flickr website. Outdoor photos are represented by yellow dots, night or indoor snapshots by purple dots.
Only two tourist attractions outside London made it into this list of England’s stereotype tourist photos: Stonehenge and Binbury. Let’s get started with …
Big Ben and Westminster Bridge
The combination of Big Ben and Westminster Bridge wins the top spot the list of England’s stereotype tourist photos by a large margin. No other attraction is seriously challenging the famous couple.
Westminster Abbey has an easy shot at the #2 spot, since it’s in walking distance of Big Ben. The building used to be a Benedictine monastic church until the monastery was dissolved in 1539. Between 1540 and 1556, the Westminster Abbey had the status of a cathedral. Since 1560, the building is having the status of a Church of England “Royal Peculiar”. That simply means, it’s a church responsible directly to the sovereign.
Buckingham Palace is the official residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the UK. Located in the City of Westminster, this palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for tourists and the British people, especially at times of national rejoicing and mourning. Imagine your own property gets photographed by some 22 million tourists each year, and half of them post pictures of your estate online. This is how the Queen must be feeling.
Tower of London
The Tower of London has played a prominent role in English history. Founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England, it was besieged several times, and controlling it has been important to controlling the country.
The counterpart of Big Ben and Westminster Bridge in the west are Tower and Tower Bridge in the east of London. The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894. Until Tower Bridge was opened, the Tower Subway – 400 meters to the west – was the shortest way to cross the river. Tower Subway was among the world’s earliest underground railways (opened in 1870). This railway tunnel closed after just three months in operation and was re-opened as a pedestrian foot tunnel. Once Tower Bridge was open, the majority of foot traffic transferred to using the bridge, there being no toll to pay to use it. Having lost most of its income, Tower Subway tunnel was closed in 1898.
The is a high-level open air walkway between the towers that gained an unpleasant reputation as a haunt for prostitutes and pickpockets in the past; as they were only accessible by stairs they were seldom used by regular pedestrians. The high-level open air walkway was closed in 1910. High-level walkway and Victorian engine rooms now form part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition, accessable to tourists – for an admission charge of course.
British National Museum
Since admission is free, many of tourists aim for the British National Museum. It was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of physician and scientist Hans Sloane. The museum opened to the public on Jan 15, 1759.
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich also made it into the list. Nothing much fancy about it, but its high ranking is backed by nearby attractions in walking distance such as Cutty Sark, Greenwich Village and the Royal Observatory.
Outside London there is not too much on the radar of an average international tourist, with two exceptions. No 1: Stonehenge – a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, 3 km west of Amesbury and 13 km north of Salisbury. You did go there? Big mistake, right? Unless you are an archaeologist in the first semester in search of a little inspiration, there is no reason to visit Stonehenge. We hope you had at least good weather.
Arlington Row, Bibury
Each year, thousands of tourists flock to the Cotswold’s village of Bibury to photograph the picturesque cottages on Arlington Row. Reason: This spot is featured on the inside cover of the UK passport. Bibury is not just one of many old villages in Gloucestershire. It is a nationally notable architectural conservation area of Great Britain. Located on both banks of the River Coln, the village recently became a major destination for tourists visiting the traditional rural Britain. You find tea houses and many historic buildings of the Cotswold District. Bibury even shows up as one of six places in the country featured in Mini-Europe, Brussels. The most outstanding attraction in Bibury is Arlington Row. The picturesque cottages at Artlington Row were built around about 1380 as a monastic wool store. In the 17th century this was converted into cottages for weavers.
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