Wow, take in England's most amazing views

Date Posted: 01/02/2013

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Today sees the most exciting view experience in years open in London. Yes, The View from the Shard will offer an amazing perspective of the capital, but there are plenty of places in England where you can see for miles around.

Here are some of the tallest attractions for group travel organisers to consider, as we think big and celebrate all things great and not so small in England.

The View from The Shard, London (244 meters tall)
Opening 1st February 2013

The View from the Shard takes visitors up 244 meters to the viewing platform on Level 69, the only place you can see all of London, all at once. Twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, the 360 degree view extends more than 40 miles (64 km) out to the coast and Windsor Castle on a clear day.

The experience not only means a great view your group will love you for, but you can also enjoy a multi-media experience that gives background information on London's history. We've been up and experienced it ourselves and you can read more about it here.

ArcelorMittal Orbit, Olympic Park, London (115 meters tall - pictured)
Re-opening March (official dates TBC)

130,000 visitors, three proposals and one queen... rising over the Olympic site, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a bold statement of public art, presented a new perspective of London life during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Literally lighting up London's East End the UK's tallest sculpture took 18 months to construct and required 560 metres of tubular red steel to form the sculpture's lattice superstructure.  A total of 2,000 tons of steel has been used to build the ArcelorMittal Orbit, equivalent to the weight of 1,136 London black cabs. Anish Kapoor's creation will open again to the public at the end of March as part of a new programme of tours designed to showcase the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

Scafell Pike, Lake District (978 meters tall)

Did you know that England has over 200 mountains? And of all the peaks, you will find the majority in the Lake District. These include Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, which sits majestically just waiting to be tackled and once described as "every inch a mountain" by legendary guidebook author Alfred Wainwright.

Characterised by crags and jaw-dropping views, Scafell Pike is no walk in the park. Pack a picnic and climb to the summit for an exhilarating sense of achievement. If you're considering the challenge for a group trip, visiting scafellpike.org.uk is the best place to start.

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth (170 meters tall - pictured)

Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon. It also offers plenty of deals and packages for group travel organisers so well worth asking the question.

Situated on the waterfront at Gunwharf Quays, it offers panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour, the south coast and out to the Isle of Wight, with views stretching for up to 23 miles - breathtaking by day and a glittering sea of lights by night. View Deck 1 boasts a glass floor, where visitors of all ages can dare to 'walk on air'; View Deck 2 is home to a Café in the Clouds, while View Deck 3 - The Crow's Nest - is open to the elements, enabling you all to grab a slice of the fresh air.

Big One, Blackpool Pleasure Beach (72 meters tall)

Brace yourself for the Big One, the UK's tallest roller coaster. Feel the adrenaline rush as you climb to a nail biting height of 72 meters over Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The attraction's first drop boasts an incline angle of 65 degrees and at speeds of up to 87mph. The Big One is also one of the longest rollercoasters, measuring over a mile in length.

Up at the O2, London

Weymouth SEA LIFE Tower, Dorset (53 meters tall)

Weymouth Bay is part of England's most scenic coastland. It's also home to some of the country's best sailing waters, and hosted the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events last summer.

Soaring high above the resort, Weymouth SEA LIFE Tower provides stunning panoramic views of the Jurassic coastline - England's first natural World Heritage Site - and out over Weymouth Bay, Chesil Beach and Portland. Turning through a full 360 degrees and climbing to over 170 feet above sea level, this is an experience not to be missed.

Up at the O2, London (53 meters tall - pictured)

Ever organised a group trip that involves climbing an icon? Well, now is your chance. This breath-taking attraction combines an exhilarating active outdoor challenge with a completely unique perspective on the capital. The 90-minute experience takes groups on an uplifting guided expedition across the roof of The O2 via a tensile fabric walkway suspended 53 meters above ground level.

An observation platform at the summit will enable climbers to take in spectacular 360 degree views of the city and its many landmarks, including the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard, Historic Royal Greenwich and Canary Wharf, before descending back to base.

Angel of the North, NewcastleGateshead (20 meters tall)

Up in Gateshead, Anthony Gormley's The Angel of the North spreads its iron wings to 54 meters wide.

After a controversial start in 1998, The Angel of the North is now almost universally loved, and it seems the feeling is mutual; the sculpture's wings are angled forward 3.5 degrees to create, in Gormley's words, "a sense of embrace". It's free to view, which is always welcome we think and it makes a nice photo stop if you're passing by on a group trip.

To discover more of England's iconic attractions you can visit www.visitengland.com.

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