Twins of the world’s best landmarks in the UK

Our popular twinned landmarks are back for 2021 with lots of new landmarks and tourist hotspots to inspire you. And wth travelling abroad looking less and less likely this year, more of us than ever are planning a staycation right here in the UK. We’ve come up with a unique idea for people missing international travel to ‘see’ some of the world’s most famous landmarks without even setting foot outside the UK. We’ve ‘twinned’ some of the world’s most popular tourist landmarks with places in Britain that look almost identical.
 

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Eiffel Tower, Paris and Blackpool Tower, Blackpool

Coming in at 166 metres smaller than the Eiffel Tower its creation was inspired by our very own Blackpool Tower, which brings some Parisian inspiration to one of Britain's most loved seaside locations.
 

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New York City Times Square, USA and Piccadilly Circus, London

Both busy bustling places with landmarks galore, there’s no need to fly all the way to the US to immerse yourself in the city when you go to Piccadilly Circus.
 

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Burj al Arab, Dubai and Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

With a unique curved frame and great sea views, both towers look like the sail of a ship. It might be a bit warmer in Dubai, but Spinnaker Tower is definitely worth a visit too.
 

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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia and Tyne Bridge, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

There’s a reason these two bridges look so similar: they were built by the same British company, Dorman Long of Middlesbrough.
 

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Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg, Austria and Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Both fortresses are on raised perches with scenic views of the whole city below. They both have a fascinating history behind them, too.
 

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India and Royal Pavilion, Brighton

The domed ceilings and pointed architecture of the Royal Pavilion were inspired by Indian architectural styles such as the Taj Mahal.
 

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The Torre Glòries, Barcelona, Spain and The Gherkin, London

Both unusually shaped towers housing company offices, 30 St Mary Axe or the Gherkin as it’s more widely known, is designed to save energy and only uses half the power of similar towers.
 

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Rialto Bridge, Italy and Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge

Whilst Cambridge has many more roads than Venice, you can still enjoy punting through the city's canals.
 

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Hamburg Canals, Hamburg, Germany and Manchester Canals, Manchester

Meandering passages and wonderful arched bridges, why not try a trip up north for your next canal break.
 

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Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Columbia Road Flower Market, London

Colombia Road Flower Market may not float above the water like Bloemenmarkt, but it has the same dazzling range of flowers and gift shops to browse through.
 

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Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania and Castell Coch, Nr Cardiff

Sure it may be a little light on the vampires, but Castell Coch has the same striking gothic architecture as Bran Castle.
 

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Svartifoss (Black Falls), Iceland and Giant's Causeway, N. Ireland

These interlocking basalt volcanic columns mirror each other beautifully, despite being separated by 907 miles of land and sea. 
 

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Thermal Baths, Budapest and Roman Baths, Bath

The thermal baths of Budapest share a similarity with the Roman Baths of Bath. When open to the public they make a great place to relax and hydrate, particularly on warmer days.
 

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA and Humber Bridge, Kingston upon Hull

The Humber Bridge was created 39 years after its American doppelganger and was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world for 17 years.
 

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Great Wall of China, China and Hadrian's Wall, Cumbria

Whilst Hadrian's Wall comes in quite a bit shorter than the Great Wall of China, it's rich history and beautiful views are equally as impressive.
 

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Greek Temple of Hephaestus and Penshaw Monument, Sunderland

There's no need to travel to Greece to see their ancient architecture as there's a 21 metre high replica of the Temple of Hephaestus sat in the beautiful Sunderland countryside.
 

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Arc de Triomphe, France and Marble Arch, London

The Arce De Triomphe was a source of inspiration for the design of Marble Arch, despite the London landmark being less than half the size of it's French twin.
 

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Twelve Apostles, Australia and Old Harry Rocks, Dorset UK

Around the other side of the globe, the Australia's Twelve Apostles and Dorset's Old Harry Rocks are two coastal features that beautifully mirror each other and on a warm day in Dorset you could think you were down under!
 

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Gitgit River, Indonesia and Pistyll Rhaeadr, Wales

You don’t need to head to Bali to experience amazing natural waterfalls, as there's plenty flowing in the great Welsh valleys.
 

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