Big Ben named UK's best landmark by TripAdvisor

It beat other attractions including the Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle


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Big Ben has been revealed as the best-rated landmark in the UK!

The iconic clock has topped the list of iconic British buildings in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Landmarks awards, beating out other major tourist attractions from the Tower of London to Edinburgh Castle.

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In fact, Big Ben also took the ninth spot in the round-up of the most popular European landmarks - not to mention overall it placed in the top 20 things to see in the world.

London proved to be the most popular UK destination with 6 of the 10 monuments being in the capital city. If you're considering a trip to see the iconic buildings, don't break the bank on accommodation - check out our top picks of the best cheap hotels in London instead.

It wasn't just the capital that proved a hit with tourists. Edinburgh, Bath and Liverpool all continue to draw in the crowds, whether it's culture vultures heading to explore Edinburgh Castle, or music-lovers following in the footsteps of The Beatles with a trip to Liverpool's Cavern Club.

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1. Big Ben, London

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Big Ben

There's no denying that Big Ben is a British icon, with tourists from around the world flocking to London to take in the awe-inspiring clock that stands tall in the Houses of Parliament's Elizabeth Tower.

The clock tower is currently closed for refurbishment so you won't be able to tour inside until 2020, but head to Westminster Bridge for unparalleled views of the area.

For those who want to learn a bit more about the building's history, there are plenty of brilliant walking tours and sightseeing buses which stop by the Houses of Parliament and offer tidbits of historical knowledge, not to mention lots of photo opportunities.

2. Tower of London

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Tower of London

Step back in time with a trip to the Tower of London, a historic castle that has been everything from a prison for Henry VIII's enemies - not to mention it's where his second wife Anne Boleyn was famously beheaded - to the home of the remarkable Crown Jewels.

TripAdvisor has a special offer on tickets for just £24.80 which includes a ticket to the Tower of London including the Crown Jewels room, fast-track entrance and a 'Beefeater' guard on hand to give you a tour. Click here for booking information.

3. Tower Bridge, London

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Tower Bridge

For spectacular views of the River Thames, there's nowhere quite like Tower Bridge.

As an added bonus, you can explore the towers in the fascinating exhibition which has everything from a history of the building of the bridge to a peek at the engine rooms.

Then for the daring, there's the walkway between the two towers with a glass bottom, so you can see the traffic going past below!

For a really unforgettable day out, why not take a private walking tour of the bridge, along with the Tower of London? There are some great options available on TripAdvisor - ideal for history buffs with lots of questions.

4. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle

Skip the line and take a guided walking tour of Edinburgh Castle with this TripAdvisor offering.

Not only is the castle filled to the brim with historical artefacts and ruins, but it also makes the ideal vantage point for spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape.

If you're feeling tempted to explore the Scottish capital, you don't need to break the bank to get there.

While you can get to Edinburgh by train, it can be cheaper to fly - for example, easyJet offers direct flights from Bristol, Belfast and London airports with prices from as little as £20.74 each way .

5. Westminster Abbey, London

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey continues to be a tourist hotspot thanks to its jaw-dropping Gothic architecture and breathtaking interiors.

The abbey is right by the Houses of Parliament, so it's worth making a day trip in order to make the most of both - or you can take a tour such as this one where entrance to both attractions is included .

6. Buckingham Palace, London

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Buckingham Palace

The Queen 's London home is one of the UK's top iconic palaces, and has been host to a series of memorable moments from Prince William and Kate Middleton sharing a kiss after their wedding, to the annual Trooping the Colour.

Make sure to look out for the Changing of the Guard ceremony - it's worth joining a tour such as this one to find the best vantage points.

7. The Roman Baths, Bath

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The Roman Baths

History buffs will be floored by the striking Roman architecture at The Roman Baths complex, not to mention the audio guided tours that leave you feeling like you've truly stepped back in time.

The baths can get quite crowded during peak season so it's worth pre-booking online in order to guarantee your entry.

Otherwise it's worth booking in on a tour for the best tips and views of the area - plus tours such as this one also take you through the beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Bath as well as a stop by English Heritage Site Stonehenge .

8. Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

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Royal Yacht Britannia

Having travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe, nowadays The Royal Yacht Britannia is retired and open to the public.

The ideal way to while away an afternoon, you get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into life as a royal - the Queen and Princess Anne are some of the members who took a trip onboard - and explore the five decks, State Apartments and see the bedroom where the Queen herself stayed.

Despite the luxurious setting, you don't need a royal budget for entrance - tickets start from £15.50 on TripAdvisor.

9. The Cavern Club, Liverpool

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The Cavern Club

Step back into the 1960s when The Beatles first burst onto the music scene with a trip to The Cavern Club , where the band first established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the industry.

Nowadays there's still plenty of live music to enjoy, as well as a host of events paying tribute to one of Britain's biggest bands.

If you're a big fan of the group, we definitely recommend following in their footsteps with a Beatles-themed walking tour of Liverpool, where you can truly immerse yourself in the band's history.

If you are paying a visit to Liverpool, you'll want to try one of these budget-friendly hotels - some even have Beatles-themed rooms!

10. St Paul's Cathedral, London

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St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral has been host to major royal weddings including Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and continues to dazzle visitors thanks to its impressive architecture and beautiful interiors.

Entrance tickets are £18 on TripAdvisor but there are some parts of the cathedral you can't see without a guide, so it's worth looking into joining a guided tour.

TripAdvisor's best landmarks in the world 2017

TripAdvisor's best landmarks in the world 2017

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