Who says you have to go abroad for amazing wonders? You can appreciate nature if you visit some of the greatest sights right here in the UK. Here’s GB Mag’s list of the top five must-see natural wonders!

1. The Needles, Isle of Wight, England

These huge stacks of chalk rock may not seem like much but The Needles are one of Britain’s most famous coastal landmarks, attracting thousands of tourists each year to see them. They lie off the most westerly point of the island and can best be seen from the Needles Old Battery, a fort constructed during the Victorian era to protect against the threat of invasion from France. You can make a day out of it by paying a visit to the Needles Park at Alum Bay, which offers a range of attractions including fair rides, boat trips and open top bus tours. Alternatively, you can take a ride on one of the chairlifts, which takes you straight down to view the Needles in all of their glory.

The Needles in Isle of Wight is one of the best natural wonders in the UK.

How to get there?

Take a Hovertravel ferry to the Isle of Wight before catching a bus or driving to the Needles Park.

2. Fingal’s Cave, Isle of Staffa, Scotland

The Fingal's Cave in Isle of Staffa is one of the best natural wonders in the UK.
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Sir Walter Scott once said that this mysterious sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa ‘baffles all description’, and he’s certainly not wrong. It’s part of a Nature Reserve in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The cave’s sheer size, its spectacular structure and its many strange sounds have inspired writers and artists from all over the world, including world-renowned composer Felix Mendelssohn. This rocky haven promises to astound all who come to see it, so don’t miss out!

How to get there?

Several companies arrange daily boat tours to the Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave from the mainland (Fionnphort, Mull and Iona).

3. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

The Giant's Causeway is one of the best natural wonders in the UK.
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With the North Atlantic Ocean on one side and the terrifying basalt cliffs on the other, Gaint’s Causeway rests on the coast of Country Antrim and is one of Northern Ireland’s most dramatic landscapes. Made up of around 40,000 black columns that rise out of the sea, legend has it that giants used to roam the area. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is revered by both locals and tourists, and continues to fascinate geologists from around the globe.

How to get there?

Travel to Belfast, where there are frequent day trips to the causeway. Tours will pick you up from any city centre hotel.

4. Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys, Wales

Pistyll Rhaeadr is a waterfall in Wales. It's one of the best natural wonders in the UK.
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Situated in the Berwyn Mountains, this is purported to be the tallest waterfall in Wales. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and visit this enchanting natural sight, where you can take walks from the bottom to the top of the falls, or simply marvel at the 240 foot wonder from the greenery below. Make sure to visit the Tan-y-Pistyll afterwards for a spot of tea and a hearty meal!

How to get there?

Drive to the village of Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant, find signs for Waterfall St and follow the road for four miles.

5) Scafell Pike, Lake District, England

Scafell Pike is the Lake District is one of the best natural wonders in the UK.

Slap bang in the middle of the Lake District is England’s highest peak. At more than 3,000 feet, the ascent of Scafell Pike is a steep, challenging hike. The best thing to do is take your most sturdy walking shoes and wear suitable clothing. There are a few routes up that you can choose from, some more difficult than the others. But whichever way you go it is wise to plan your journey beforehand and equip yourself with some map-reading and compass skills. The extensive mountainous view of the neighbouring Great Gable and Pillar from the stoney summit of Scafell Pike will make all your hard work worthwhile.

How to get there?

Drive to Workington then follow local minor roads for ten miles to arrive at Wasdale Head, the bottom of Scafell Pike.

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