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Whether you live in the UK or are planning your first trip, it can be easy to go back to the same London-centric spots when you’re looking for a day out or weekend away.
To help you expand your horizons, Instagram data tool Magi Metrics has gathered data from hashtags and geotagged locations on Instagram in order to locate the most popular beauty spots in the UK – London not included.
The data was collected by looking at locations in the UK outside of London where users had posted the hashtags #beautiful, #stunning, #wonderful, #romantic, and #lovely. After analysing more than 300,000 posts, they came up with this list – scroll down to check it out.
15. Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
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One of the most historic tourist locations in the UK, the fortress is set on a cliff with the sea as a backdrop – a photographer’s dream.
14. Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England.
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One of the most famous landforms in the country, you can enjoy panoramic views and crystal-clear waters with a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
13. Cliffs Of Dover, Kent, England.
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One of the most spectacular sights in the UK, the White Cliffs of Dover make for an incredible walk. On a clear day, you can even see France.
12. Chester Zoo, Chester, England.
Home to over 21,000 endangered and exotic animals, the most visited zoo in the UK also makes the list of the most beautiful places.
11. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England.
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and set in the spectacular countryside, Chatsworth House have over 120 rooms, including regal state rooms and galleries.
10. Loch Ness, Highlands, Scotland.
You may not see the legendary Loch Ness Monster, but the shores and boat tours are enough to draw you to this stunning Scottish spot.
9. Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales.
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While it may best best known for hiking, there’s also a vintage steam railway that will show you the breathtaking sites of Snowdonia National Park.
8. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England.
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Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, this World Heritage Site was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
7. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England.
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The most famous prehistoric monument in Europe, this wonder of the world is a must-see outside of London.
6. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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This extinct volcano, which sits 251 metres above sea level, makes for an incredible hike, offering a reward of stunning views over Edinburgh.
5. Eilean Donan Castle, Highland, Scotland.
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Coming in the top five is another stunning Scottish scene, the Eilean Donan Castle, which lies at the junction of three impressive lochs in the wilds of Scotland.
4. Durdle Door, Dorset, England.
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You may not know its name, but you’ve probably seen photos of this stunning stone arch, set above a beach and perfect for a summer day.
3. Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
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Step back in time with this often-photographed landmark, which is Northern Ireland’s first UNESCO Heritage Site.
2. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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It may sit right in the middle of the city, but Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, is still gorgeous, and offers a perfect view of the surrounding area.
1. Cleethorpes Beach, Lincolnshire, England.
The most popular beautiful spot in the UK outside of London is one you may not have heard of.
Cleethorpes, the quaint British seaside resort, is the most loved by Instagram users, with its beach topping the list thanks to its miles of sand, and the award-winning gardens along the promenade.