7 unusual Instagrammable places in the UK*
We’ve all seen the usual UK photos that pepper everyone’s Instagram feeds – Durdle Door, Stonehenge, Peggy Porschen Cakes in London, need I go on?! But there are plenty of other places in the UK that are just as Instagram-worthy – and a lot less well known.
I’ve teamed up Cottages in Northumberland, who offer cottages in Beadnell, to discover the places you may have missed while you’ve been travelling the UK.
Location 1: Ketley Crag Rock
If you’re looking to add some landscape shots to your profile, Northumberland should be your first stop. Enjoy a walk to Ketley Crag Rock — home to mysterious cup and ring carvings that have recently been identified as Ancient Monuments by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Researchers have said that these markings were made between 3800 BC and 1500 BC. However, they’re still unsure of the meaning behind them. Although I’ve visited Northumberland before, I actually missed out on these so I’m keen to tick these off my UK bucket list.
Location 2: The tiny police station
London is absolutely full of well known tourist attractions and it’s probably up there with one of the most Instagrammed cities in the world, but here’s a hidden gem for you to photograph. Next time you find yourself in Trafalgar Square, head to the south east corner to find this tiny treasure. It’s been around since 1926 and was built from a hollowed-out lamppost to help policemen keep an eye on protests which were very common in Trafalgar Square.
With a direct line to Scotland Yard, this police station can surprisingly hold up to two prisoners at one time. Although today it’s used as a broom cupboard for the Westminster Council, Britain’s smallest police station is the ideal size and location for a selfie.
Location 3: Alnwick Treehouse
If you’re looking for an extraordinary treehouse high up in the branches, head to Alnwick and you won’t be disappointed. The Treehouse in Alnwick Garden is one of the largest wooden treehouses in the world; made from Canadian cedar, Scandinavian redwood, and UK pine.
Make sure to head into the café by walking across the rope bridges – these places make for good Insta-pics if you’re a foodie and love to show off unique dishes to your followers. I absolutely love this treehouse, and the little cafe is cute and cosy. Top tip – if you visit in the winter (I went in February) it’s a lot quieter. While you’re in Alnwick, make sure you head to Alnwick Castle or, as it’s more well-known, Hogwarts!
Location 4: The Pineapple
This is a very old building with a unique look. Built in 1761 by the Earl of Dunmore (a village in Falkirk, Scotland), The Pineapple is an eccentric summerhouse surrounded by a walled garden.
You might find yourself asking – why a pineapple?! During the 1700s, the Earl of Dunmore was serving as governor in the state of Virginia, where sailors would leave pineapples on gateposts to announce their safe return from sea. After returning home, the joker Earl Dunmore decided to bring this tropical fruit back to Scotland in the form of a building.
Location 5: Angel of the North
This recognisable structure is taller than four double-decker buses and has the wings that are the size of a jumbo jet. The Angel is the most dominant landmark in the north and it’s easily spotted from the A1 North.
The Angel of the North attracts over 150,000 visitors each year and is thought to be the biggest angel sculpture in the world. I’ve driven past it several times but I’ve never actually stopped to take a good Insta pic.
Location 6: The Smallest House
This spot has made its appearance in the Guinness Book of Records and has been declared the smallest house in Wales. Amazingly, 19th century couples lived here — however comfortably — although, it was last occupied in 1900. I visited when I was little (I can’t remember it!) but I’m really small so this house would probably be perfect for me!
If you’re looking for a popular picture, look no further, as this home in Conwy will be sure to bring in those likes!
Location 7: The Headington Shark
If your Instagram theme is quirky and creative, this is one location that you must visit if you find yourself in the south east – a shark in a roof!…yes, you read that right – a shark in a roof.
It’s not like it’s part of a quirky bar or restaurant, as it’s actually someone’s home in Oxford. However, it’s definitely worth that Insta-upload! It’s made from painted fibreglass and has become one of the town’s most famous residents since its installation in 1986. Despite legal battles to get the shark removed on health and safety grounds, it’s managed to survive and now, people from all over the UK stop by to get a selfie with the shark.
What are your must-visit Instagram spots in the UK? Let me know in the comments!