South West tops poll of UK’s favourite locations for photography

The South West has been voted as the UK's favourite location for photography, with Cornwall, Devon and Dorset all proving popular with keen photographers, a survey has revealed.

Rame Head, Cornwall

From the spectacular Cornish coast to the remote Scottish islands, Britain’s diverse scenery has inspired artists, writers and photographers for centuries.

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According to a new survey, the South West was voted Britain’s top location for photography in 2019, with Cornwall, Devon and Dorset holding the top three positions, while Northumberland, Norfolk and Yorkshire also ranked highly.

The survey by photo specialist CEWE also revealed York to be the most beautiful city in the UK, with Stonehenge, The White Cliffs of Dover and Buckingham Palace being celebrated as Britain’s most photogenic landmarks.

 UK’s favourite locations for photography

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Cornwall

Cornwall is best known for its stunning sandy beaches and secluded coves, however the rich history of this south westerly spot means it also boasts some of the UK’s most fascinating ancient destinations. From St Michaels Mount to Prideaux Place, Cornwall has endless attractions that provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable summer holiday and photography.

Carrick Roads, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall
Carrick Roads, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall ©Getty


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Devon

Devon is known as a county of contrasts. Not only is it home to five official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but you’ll also find picturesque coastlines and breathtaking moorlands within its borders. Once praised by the acclaimed director Steven Spielberg for its abundance of natural beauty, Devon is the perfect destination for those looking to capture windswept tides and Britain’s glorious green landscape, all in one trip.

PAB2GG GB - DEVON: Fishcombe Cove with Brixham Breakwater Lighthouse in background (HDR Image)
PAB2GG GB – DEVON: Fishcombe Cove with Brixham Breakwater Lighthouse in background (HDR Image)
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Dorset

Thomas Hardy and Sir Walter Raleigh are just two of the iconic names tied to the spectacular Dorset landscape, and it’s no wonder: this south western county has a history of human settlement stretching all the way back to the Neolithic era. As a result, it’s home to an abundance of castles and iron-age hillforts, all situated amongst vibrant and unspoilt countryside or alongside lapping tides. Visit these spots on a sunny day for photos to impress.

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England
Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England
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Somerset

With its wildflower meadows and beach waterfalls, the ancient county of Somerset is one that has captured the hearts of creatives throughout history. Painted by the renowned landscape artist J.M.W. Turner in the 1800s, the quintessentially English Somerset beaches are still considered some of the most picturesque in the country and make the perfect location for landscape photography in the present day.

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The historic Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, England.
The historic Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, England.
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Northumberland

Spend a day in a bustling market town, then head through the sweeping scenic countryside to discover Northumberland’s rich historical heritage. The county is home to a wealth of peaceful walking trails that’ll allow you to discover spots worthy of more than one photo, including Hadrian’s wall and the Tyne Valley.

Hadrian's Wall above Steel Rigg
Hadrian’s Wall is a World Heritage Site in the beautiful Northumberland National Park. Popular with walkers along the Hadrian’s Wall Path and Pennine Way