St Paul’s is Britain’s favourite building

St Paul's Cathedral has been voted Britain's favourite building, followed closely by Stonehenge.
St Paul's Cathedral has been voted Britain's favourite building, followed closely by Stonehenge.
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ST PAUL’S Cathedral has been voted Britain’s favourite building, followed closely by Stonehenge.

The two creations ranked higher than The Shard and Westminster Abbey in a survey of 2,000 British adults, which did not produce any Yorkshire contenders.

Sir Christopher Wren’s cathedral, which survived the Blitz unscathed, racked up 38% of the votes, with Stonehenge getting 30%

A host of other famous London landmarks also made the list, including the Palace of Westminster with just over a quarter of the vote, Buckingham Palace being picked by a fifth of those surveyed, and The Shard being voted for by 18% of people.

However, the poll also showed architecture across the UK is popular, with Edinburgh and Windsor Castles getting 22% and 20% of the votes, respectively.

The OnePoll survey was carried out to mark the launch of the six-part series, Impossible Engineering, which will air on May 26 on Yesterday.

Adrian Wills, general manager of Yesterday, said “Britain is so rich with great architecture and design, so we wanted to celebrate this by finding out our nation’s favourite.

“Impossible Engineering looks back at the social, political and technological elements that came together so the greatest inventions of our time could be realised.

“The fact that so many of these historical structures broke the architectural mould when they were built shows that really great, innovative design can span generations.”

Stonehenge was also voted Britain’s favourite structure, with 54%, followed by Tower Bridge with 40%.

The list in full...


1 St Paul’s Cathedral, London

2 Stonehenge, Wiltshire

3 The Houses of Parliament, London

4 Edinburgh Castle

5 Buckingham Palace, London

6 Windsor Castle

7 The Shard, London

8 Westminster Abbey, London

9 The Eden Project, Cornwall

10 Blackpool Tower

11 Durham Cathedral

12 Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

13 The Gherkin, London

14 Kings College Chapel, Cambridge

15 Battersea Power station, London

16 The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

17 Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

18 The Royal Liver Building, Liverpool

19 The Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art

20 Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth


1 Stonehenge (Wiltshire)

2 Tower Bridge (London)

3 Big Ben (London)

4 The London Eye (London)

5 Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

6 Hadrian’s Wall (Cumbria - South Shields)

7 The Angel of the North (Gateshead)

8 Blackpool Tower

9 Ironbridge, Shropshire

10 Firth of Forth

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