Home of the English language, the United Kingdom is a country rich in not only culture but history. Its centuries-old buildings, diverse populations and popular cities such as London, Swansea, Edinburgh and Manchester make it a top choice for travelers. The United Kingdom is home to many popular statues, a few of which are listed below:
Near the home of his creator JM Barrie in Kensington Park, London, stands the statue of Peter Pan playing the flute. The statue was designed by George Frampton. In the city of Birmingham stands the Bull of Birmingham, which is a very popular photo background for visitors to the city. The statue of England’s 19th-century ruler, Queen Victoria, is located in Southport. It serves as a reminder of her contributions to the British economy during her reign, which is believed to have been the country’s most prosperous era. In the city of Dundee, Scotland, the statues of popular British comic character Desperate Dundee along with his pal Dawg stands erect. Annie Moore, a young girl, and her two brothers were the first Irish to arrive in the United States, doing so in 1891. In her honor, a statue of Annie Moore and her two brothers stands in Cobh, Ireland.
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Mahatma Gandhi Statue can be found in London's Parliament Square. It was revealed in 2015 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's return to India, when he started to fight for independence from British rule.
The touching story of a small Skye Terrier which became known in 19th-century Edinburgh inspired this memorial. If you've never heard of this story before, the small dog named Bobby spent 14 years guarding the grave of its owner until he died himself.
This huge memorial located in Green Park, London commemorated the crew of Royal Air Force Bomber Command. As of today, it's one of London's most popular visitor attractions.
This incredibly beautiful Victorian Gothic monument is devoted to an outstanding Scottish literary figure - Sir Walter Scott. Scott Monument is unique because it's the largest monument to a writer in the entire world.
Sir William Wallace was the prominent leader of the Scottish resistance forces in the 13th century. His death was terrible - at the end, there was little of him left to bury after he was strangled, released when he almost died, drawn, quartered and beheaded. For weeks, his head was on a pike on London Bridge and his limbs displayed as a terrible warning to anyone who wanted to join the Scottish resistance forces .
Commando Monument is a famous monument in Scotland dedicated to the original British Commando Forces. A large, three-figure bronze statue is overlooking Ben Nevis and the Mamore mountains. Every year on Armistice Sunday, a grand memorial service is held for veterans and family members.
The Eric Morecambe Statue has been through a lot of transformations. In 2014, somebody tried to steal the statue by sawing through one of its legs, while in 2017 the statue of a famous comedian got the creepy makeover and was transformed into a clown by some pranksters before Halloween.
This monument commemorates one of the most significant events in the city's history. Even though The Great Fire happened a few centuries ago, this stunning monument serves as a permanent reminder that nothing is forever and even big cities can be ruined in a matter of days.
The comedy carpet is by far the most extraordinary celebration of British comedy, with more than 160,000 letters embedded into concrete. Located in Blackpool, this monument is one of Britain's largest pieces of public art.
The Verity Statue by Damien Hirst is pretty controversial, or, as an artist put it, not easy to understand. A modern allegory for justice and truth, it was criticized by many and even called a gigantic insult to the landscape in the media.
This statue is more than 24 meters long because its panels carry the names of all men who fought in the Battle of Britain. Before it was opened to public in 2005, you couldn't find a monument like this in the whole word that captured all the names of “the few."
This powerful statue in Gateshead symbolizes hope and struggle during the painful times of transition. It's mainly devoted to the people of the northeast, but it inspires people of all races and ages from all over the world.
The Fyrish Monument was built in 1782 and is located atop the hills near Alness. This prominent, easy to find monument can't be missed - based on gates of an Indian city, it's probably the most peculiar historical monument in the area.
In many countries, animals are usually the forgotten heroes of war. Not in the UK - this splendid memorial in Hyde Park commemorates different animals that served and suffered for us during the war from dogs to horses.
Admiral Horatio Nelson had an extraordinary life. However, not everybody knows that Britain’s famous naval hero, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, was a white supremacist who supported slavery.
Also known as Constitution Arch, this monument was built to proclaim Wellington's defeat of Napoleon. As of today, it is one of the most viewed landmarks in the city of London.
This High Gothic monument was built more than 100 years ago, in 1876. It commemorates Prince Albert, who died 15 years earlier, at the age of 42.
Queen Victoria was a very smart, devoted ruler, who expanded the British Empire and started a lot of important changes. She ruled the United Kingdom for 64 years, which was longer than any monarch in the history till 2015, when Queen Elizabeth II surpassed this record.
The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London has been the center for national commemoration for almost 100 years already. It plays a crucial role in the Remembrance Service and commemorates all those brave people who lost their lives in past conflicts.
Churchill was a British statesman, officer, writer and Prime Minister of the UK, so no wonder that he was a main character in many of the historic events of British history.
In the 19th century, three huge Ancient Egyptian obelisks from Alexandria were placed in London, Paris and New York City. All three of them were named Cleopatra's Needle. Interesting fact: each obelisk comes from a different area and none of them may have been built in honor of Cleopatra.
A well-loved symbol of London and probably London's most famous statue, Statue of Eros has its own secrets. If you didn't know it already, this statue isn't really of Eros, but Anteros, his twin brother, and was modeled on a 15-year-old boy.
The prominent statue located by Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, Boadicea Monument was erected in 1902, even though the sculptor started to work on the figures in 1850s.
The boy who will never grow up, surrounded by squirrels, rabbits, mice and fairies, is a famous resident of Kensington Garden. It's not just a random location - the author of Peter Pan himself chose it because he lived close to Kensington Gardens and used it for inspiration while writing his famous book.
Another famous memorial from Hyde Park commemorates the sacrifice of men and women who served in WWI and WWII by inscribing the names of their towns of birth. In total, there are 23,844 town names on this memorial!
Also known as "Southern Stand," this memorial, erected in 2006, can be found near the River Thames. It was unveiled by the Prime Ministers of both New Zealand and Australia.
The cast iron miniature clock tower that shows the wrong time almost half the time is not as popular as Big Ben, but it still deserves our attention. Ever wondered why it tells the wrong time half of the year? The reason is simple: This tiny clock tower located 15 minutes' walk south west of its big brother is permanently set to daylight saving time.
This huge 10-meter-tall bronze horse head was created to replace an earlier and similar but smaller work called Horse at Water. At certain angles, this beautiful sculpture appears to be suspended in mid-air.
William Shakespeare has been among the most influential and world famous residents of the UK for centuries. The "Bard of Avon" is still the greatest writer in the English language; his famous memorial can be found inside Holy Trinity Church at Stratford-upon-Avon, where he was baptized and buried.
Every day, hundreds of tourists are fascinated by this beautifully carved pedestal in front of Trafalgar Square. This Renaissance-style statue that faces Charles' place of execution is one of the first and most popular statues tourists see in the center of London.
Located at the top of the Duke of York Steps, this grand statue is an excellent example of 19th century classical architecture. The statue of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army stands 124 feet high and has a small viewing platform that allows it to see the entire city.
The Royal Artillery Memorial bears the names of all places where the Royal Artillery fought and sacrificed their lives. Among all the memorials in London, this one is the most powerful and shocking. For years, it hasn't allowed people to forget the horrors of any war.
The Statue in Glasgow with a Traffic Cone on Its Head is something that can't be missed when you visit the city. While there are many statues of Duke of Wellington throughout the United Kingdom, the one in Glasgow is a special one thanks to long-standing tradition of placing a traffic cone on a statue's head.
Crimean War Memorial in London commemorates the memory of more than 2,000 officers of the Brigade of Guards who died during the war with Russia in 1854 - 56.
This war memorial in London commemorates the armed forces of the British Empire from different regions, such as Africa or the Caribbean.
The Nelson Mandela Statue was unveiled on the Day of Reconciliation and marked the last of the official mourning period of 10 days after Mandela's death.
This politically provocative statue was unveiled in 2015. According to a sculptor Hans Haacke, this odd statue of a horse symbolizes city excess, political problems, and the ravages of the stock market.
Guard's Division Memorial features five life-size bronze figures who represent the Foot Guards Regiments. The memorial is also a cenotaph - an empty, tomblike monument dedicated to people buried elsewhere.
This tragic yet powerful memorial at Liverpool Street Station in London is one of three similar memorials that commemorate thousands of the orphaned Jewish children who escaped Nazis and arrived at the station before World War II.
The London Peace Pagoda was designed and built when the Cold War and the fear of a nuclear attack were threatening the world. Its main goal is to promote world harmony and peace.
The Four Bronze Horses of Helios is based on the Greek legend about Helios - the Greek god of the sun. The famous statue depicts how Helios rises from the ocean each morning in the east and rides in his chariot, pulled by his four horses, through the sky.
A London memorial garden along with a Memorial Fountain is a powerful reminder of Diana's kindness and dedication. The White Garden is located at Kensington Palace and was planted to mark 20 years since the Princess of Wales died in a car crash.
The Robert Peel Statue was one of the first statues to be placed in the Parliament Square. Thanks to Robert Peel, a former prime minister of the UK, British policemen are still known around the world as "bobbies."
Earl Haig was Command-in-Chief of the British armies in France in 1915-18. He is a prominent figure in the British history, while his monument has been criticized countless times, mostly because of the stance of the horse. If you haven't noticed it already, the position of its hind legs suggest urination.