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Capturing The Best Of Britain With Your Camera

Capture the many castles, homes and other iconic structures that can be found in Britain with our handy 5 top tips.

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Britain's bursting with structures and buildings that photographers are naturally drawn to thanks to their postcard-perfect looks and history. It also helps that many of the buildings are in locations that are perfect for a day out, making them subjects photographers can shoot and their families can enjoy too.

1. Do Your Research

It's worth finding out who the home, castle etc. belongs to before you carry your kit out to it as some organisations have rules on what can be photographed, what they can be used for and what kit's allowed inside. A quick phone call or a check on their website should give you the answers you're looking for. Some places won't allow you to use a tripod while others may have rules on the type of bag, if any, you can take in with you. There may also be a rule that says no flash photography is allowed so do keep an eye out for signs and ensure the flash built into your camera is switched off.  

2. Castles

Holy Island Castle


From ruined hill forts to beautifully preserved country houses, castles provide majestic architectural delights for us photographers. For more tips on photographing castles, have a look at these guides where we share a few tips to help you take better photos of these fortified structures:


3. Stately Homes

Stately Home


Many Stately Homes found in the UK open their doors to the public, giving photographers the chance to capture interesting interiors as well as shots that show the extensive grounds and buildings. Take a look at our article on Photographing Stately Homes for advice on what to photograph and how.

4. Churches

Durham Cathedral


Small rural churches and grand cathedrals have decorated our nation's skylines for a very long time and they're well worth photographing. If you can, take your camera inside these magnificent structures (you may be charged a small fee) as they are often even more impressive on the inside.

ePHOTOzine has several articles on photographing churches, both on the inside and out, which can be found here:


5. Villages


Even though this isn't about just one structure, scenic villages are popular tourist destinations and they make good subjects for photographers. Picturesque streets and the famous 'chocolate box' style houses make them a worthwhile stop-off, plus there's usually ample chance to capture a fair few candids too.

Have a look at ePHOTOzine's Guide To Photographing Villages for more tips. For more architectural photography tips, take a look at ePHOTOzine's technique section

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franken Plus
20 5.6k 4 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2015 8:31AM



sebartley 7 141
7 Sep 2015 12:57PM
Calke Abbey
sebartley 7 141
7 Sep 2015 8:32PM
Best English Dish
sebartley 7 141
7 Sep 2015 8:38PM
Big Ben
JJGEE 17 8.0k 18 England
7 Sep 2016 7:24AM
I thought the idea was to post the images in the related forum topic, not here in the article.
franken Plus
20 5.6k 4 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2016 9:15AM

I thought the idea was to post the images in the related forum topic, not here in the article.

I think it's just to give an idea of what to take and have been placed here by the team?

There's three of mine and I've not placed them here although one of them is included in the forum topic..

themak 9 1.1k Scotland
7 Sep 2016 10:30AM
A year goes past so quickly........
tiff 13 111 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2017 3:19PM
tiff 13 111 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2017 3:21PM
Pic above is Rufford Old Hall a National Trust property in Lancashire England
tiff 13 111 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2017 3:30PM
tiff 13 111 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2017 3:33PM
This pic is Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire England.Taken in Autumn with Beech Trees in the foreground
tiff 13 111 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2017 3:40PM

One More of Rufford Old Hall a National Trust property set in the Lancashire countryside England.Taken in early morning on a beautiful Autumn day
julianora 18 1.1k United Kingdom
7 Sep 2020 9:35AM

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