Sharing our favourite pictures and memories on Instagram for all our friends to see can be stressful if you have nothing new to post to keep your account looking fresh and interesting. Luckily enough, the UK is home to plenty of weird and wonderful landmarks that give you plenty opportunity for a great snap right on your doorstep. Cottages in Northumberland, offering cottages in Beadnell, check out the top 7 hidden gems in the UK that need to be shared on Instagram the next time you’re in the area.
The Headington Shark
If you’ve been in the Headington area you may know about The Headington Shark. Made from painted fibreglass, it is essentially a large statue of a shark fixed head-first into the roof of somebody’s home. Since its installation in 1986, this landmark has faced many legal battles to get the shark removed on health and safety grounds but somehow it has preserved, and now, people from all over the UK stop by to get a selfie with the shark.
This crazy rooftop structure is perfect for Instagram, so making a diversion if you’re on your way to or from London may be worth your while.
How many times can you say you’ve seen an exotic fruit crowning one of the UK’s oldest buildings? Built in 1761 by the Earl of Dunmore (a village in Falkirk, Scotland), The Pineapple is an eccentric summerhouse surrounded by a walled garden and would definitely be a unique upload for your Instagram!
During the 1700s, the Earl of Dunmore was serving as governor in the state of Virginia, where sailors would leave pineapples on gateposts as a way of announcing their safe return from sea. After returning home, Earl Dunmore decided to bring this tropical custom to Scotland in a more permanent fashion and thus in 1761 this amazing building was built. https://www.instagram.com/p/BYvA5F3AEeX/?hl=en&taken-at=964357413651007
Ketley Crag Rock
The unusual cup and ring carvings found at Ketley Crag Rock have recently been named as ‘Ancient Monuments’ by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. This destination in particular is full of mystery as even today all experts know is that they were created between 3800 BC and 1500 BC but how they were made and by who or what is still unknown.
If you enjoy hiking and exploration, visit Northumberland for the chance to see and take a unique photo of this mysterious landmark for all your Instagram followers to see. https://www.instagram.com/p/6dMsy6KVmK/?hl=en&tagged=ketleycrag
Everyone’s childhood dream was to have their own house in the trees and now’s your chance to experience what it’s like to live in the branches. Alnwick Garden’s treehouse is one of the largest wooden treehouses in the world; made from Canadian cedar, Scandinavian redwood, and UK pine.
Sitting way up high and connected by rope bridges, you can eat, drink and be merry before and after snapping your photos for Instagram anywhere around this amazing structure. https://www.instagram.com/p/BbL51WYh42k/?hl=en&tagged=alnwicktreehouse
Recognised by the Guiness Book of Records as the country’s tiniest home, this Conwy residence measures 72 inches across, 122 inches in height and 120 inches deep. Despite its size, this small abode was lived in in the 19th century by many couples up until 1900.
The UK’s smallest home, is bound to get your like-rate soaring on Instagram and — thankfully, it’s painted bright red, so you can’t miss it! https://www.instagram.com/p/BaZGJ4EFtI-/?hl=en&tagged=britainssmallesthouse
Smallest police station
As well as the country’s smallest home, there is also smallest police station right at your front door. It’s been in Trafalgar Square since 1926 and was built from a hollowed-out lamppost to help policemen keep an eye on protests.
Surprisingly, you can fit up to two prisoners inside here at a time and it also had a direct phoneline to Scotland Yard, just in case assistance was needed. Although today it’s now used as a broom cupboard for the Westminster Council, it’s still the ideal location for a unique insta snap! https://www.instagram.com/p/2QVQEUjUxr/?hl=en&tagged=britainssmallestpolicestation
Angel of the North
Weighing 200 tonnes, taller than four double-decker buses and boasting the wingspan of a jumbo jet; the Angel of the North is believed to be the world’s biggest angel sculpture and it attracts more than 150,000 people a year.
If you’re ever on your way up North, a snap of this welcoming iconic structure in Gateshead is bound to get plenty of likes! https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb3occMhjPl/?hl=en&taken-at=26493