Here are my selection for the Top Ten engineering Wonders of United Kingdom.
10. Big Ben and Elizabeth Tower – The Icon of London
Wonders of United Kingdom
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell.
It is the world’s most famous and recognizable clock. The tower is now officially called the Elizabeth Tower, after being renamed in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. The tower was completed in 1858 and now has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.
9. Stratford-upon-Avon – The Birthplace of Shakespeare
Birthplace of ShakespeareStratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of the poet William Shakespeare and Elizabethan playwright.
It’s a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire. It is the largest and most populous town of the non-metropolitan district Stratford-on-Avon. The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace Shakespeare, receiving about 4.9 million visitors a year from all over the world. The Royal Shakespeare Company resides in Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre, one of Britain’s most important cultural venues.
8. Buckingham Palace – Britain’s Queen Residence
Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace is The Queen's official London residence, but St. James's Palace is the ceremonial Royal residence.
Buckingham Palace is one of the Beautiful Royal Palaces in the world. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today’s palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705. This Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Buckingham House has 775 rooms. Which include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 metres high. Statistics shows that more than 50,000 people visit the Palace each year as guests to banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and the Royal Garden Parties.
7. Tower Bridge – The Iconic Place to Photograph
Tower BridgeAccording to Wikipedia 'Tower Bridge' is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. It is one of the world’s most amazing and photogenic bridges, especially when the two bascules (elevating spans) are raised to allow tall ships to pass through. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name, and has become an iconic symbol of London. The two towers are as high as a modern 20-story building.
6. Tower of London – House of the Crown Jewels
Tower of LondonHer Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The Tower of London has played a prominent role in English history. It was besieged several times and controlling it has been important to controlling the country. The Tower has served variously as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public records office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
5. York Minster – England’s Largest Gothic Church
York MinsterThe Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.
York’s cathedral church is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe. More than 250 years in the building, it is the biggest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe. The stained glass window on the East Front is as big as a tennis court – the biggest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.
4. The Seven Sisters – The UK’s Gleaming White Cliffs
Seven SistersSeven Sisters is the common name for the Pleiades, a star cluster named for mythological characters.
The Seven Sisters are gleaming white cliffs, visible from miles at sea and terminating in a series of gently undulating chalk Downs. They form part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. Compared to the more internationally famous White Cliffs of Dover, the Seven Sisters are more unspoilt. No buildings or developments mar this pristine landscape. But until protected, first by a country park and more recently by being part of the South Downs National Park, they were under pressure and at risk of development.