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The Most Impressive Gothic Architecture in the UK

Britain has a rich and colourful history which has left its mark on much of what we see in the nation today. The Gothic style, which first appeared in architecture in 12th century France, spread into sculpture, textiles, and painting in the decades following.

If you’re visiting one of the UK’s many historic towns or cities for a short break this year, keep your eyes open for examples of the moody style amongst the modern. For those who are particularly interested in Gothic architecture, there are plenty of captivating examples scattered around the UK. Here we’ll bring you just a few of the most impressive – the perfect place to start your next UK break.

1. Knebworth House, Stevenage

On the outskirts of Stevenage, Knebworth House boasts a romantic exterior with typically Gothic turrets, domes, and gargoyles. Once a red-brick Tudor residency, Lady Elizabeth Bulwer Lytton took control of the house in 1810 and began its transformation into a gothic marvel. 
Visitors are welcome to enjoy guided tours of the house and stroll at leisure around the extensive landscaped gardens – it’s a beautiful day out for the whole family and the perfect way to top off a visit to Stevenage. 
If you’re looking for low-cost hotels near Stevenage train station, choose our ibis Stevenage centre, conveniently located in the middle of town. 
Wells Cathedral, Somerset
Wells Cathedral, Somerset

2. Wells Cathedral, Somerset

Nestled in the UK’s smallest city, Wells Cathedral was the first in England to be built in the gothic style. The building of the cathedral we see today was started in around 1175, as Bishop Reginald de Bohun brought the new style of architecture with him from France. 
Visit the cathedral and look out for roughly 300 original medieval statues, the famous Wells Clock (thought to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Britain still in use), and the beautiful and lofty scissor arches.

3. St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Giles’ Cathedral is situated in the beating heart of the Scottish capital. Founded in 1124, the church today welcomes visitors from around the world thanks to its impressive structure.
The cathedral was originally built in the shape of a cross, though the addition of lateral chapels has hidden this form from view. With vast stained-glass windows and many textures and shades both inside and outside the church, it’s a must-see during any first trip to Edinburgh.

All Souls College, Oxford
All Souls College, Oxford

4. All Souls College, Oxford

One of University of Oxford’s 39 college buildings, All Souls is a hub of academic research, focusing on the humanities, social, and theoretical sciences. The structure was started in 1438 and is built at the heart of the university.
The structure is split into several sections, and visitors can explore the College Front, Great Quadrangles, and Chapel to appreciate the intricate gothic work up-close.

With so much gothic architecture in the UK, you’re likely to find an example no matter where you plan your next break. Check out ibis hotels in the UK and enjoy a comfortable stay every time.

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