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8 Top City Shoot Locations

Here are 8 great city locations for photography.

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Cities are great locations for photographers to spend an hour or two and the results you can get can be very rewarding, as we're about to show you.

In no particular order here are eight great locations to give you some inspiration for your next city shoot.


As well as Salford Quays there are plenty of buildings to keep a photographer busy in Manchester. If you like neoclassical, circular buildings venture to the central library or visit the Gothic town hall next door. On the edge of the northern quarter you'll find the former Daily Express Building with its curvy black and silver glass structure, prefect if you like to capture reflections. If you like something a little older, on the first Sunday of every month the Victoria Baths is open for you to have a walk round. The stained glass windows, titles and interesting features bathside will keep you busy for a few hours.



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Take a walk around the waterfront and you'll soon have a full memory card. Iconic places such as the Albert Dock, Pier Head and The Three Graces are all popular photographic subjects. Don't forget the countless museums or the beaches and dunes that surround the coast.

8 Top City Shoot Locations: Three Graces

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In contrast to the dominating castle you'll find the new Scottish Parliament building or take a walk up Calton Hill and take in the panoramic views. You'll also find a collection of historic monuments on Calton Hill including the National Monument, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Dean Village, The Grassmarket, The Royal Mile and a quick walk from Charlotte Square to Stockbridge will also give you enough architecture to fill a couple of memory cards with.



You'll find plenty of high-rise buildings in Leeds. In fact, the Broadcasting Place in Woodhouse Lane was recognised as one of the best towers erected in 2010. It's made of deliberately rusted steel so the colour and interesting shape make it a little more interesting than your ordinary high-rise. Take a walk around the Universities' campus and you'll find plenty of more interesting buildings worth capturing. Or venture into the centre of the city and you'll find the Victorian Corn Exchange.

8 Top City Shoot Locations: Leeds

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There are many famous landmark buildings in Cardiff including, of course, the Millennium Stadium but there's also Cardiff Castle, St David's Hall and the Wales Millennium Centre if landmarks are your thing. For something more quaint visit one of the many small shopping arcades that can be found in the City. There's also the newly refurbished Cardiff Bay area perfect for photographers who like water to feature in their scenes.



You can't visit York without taking a few photos of the iconic York Minster, the National Railway Museum and the popular, picturesque Shambles. There's also a few hidden gems such as the Fairfax House, Mansion House and Barley Hall also worth a visit. Spend some time by the river or in one of the parks that break up the city with greenery. Don't forget about the Walls and Clifford's Tower sitting on the edge of the city too.

8 Top City Shoot Locations: York Minster

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If you're walking the tourist trail Samuel Beckett Bridge, the canals and the Guinness Store House are a must. There's also plenty of Georgian architecture, medieval castles and cathedrals to keep you and your camera busy.


There are plenty of bridges to keep you busy along the Tyne but the University, several hotels and the football stadium will also give you interesting architectural photographs. Take a walk along the Quayside or take a seat in one of the many coffee shops dotted around the city and photograph the Geordies that pass by.

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