As we reported back in August, Google was setting about taking 360 degree photographs of some of the leading landmarks in the UK, including Stonehenge, so that they could be added to its Google Street View service.
Google spent the summer cycling around the UK (or at least one Google employee did) looking at some of the most popular landmarks in Britain, as voted for by the general public. That cycling tour is now over, and the landmarks can be enjoyed on Google Street View without having to leave the comfort of your computer.
You can now visit Stonehenge in Wiltshire, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the set of Coronation Street in Manchester in the space of a few minutes of each other, taking a complete tour of the sites and sights.
Some of the tourist attractions and landmarks added to Google Street View include:
- London’s Kew Gardens
- Stonehenge in Wiltshire
- Coronation Street in Manchester
- The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
- Angel of the North in Gateshead
- The Eden Project in Cornwall
- Warwick Castle
- Bamburgh Castle
- Lotus Test Track in Norfolk
Ed Parsons, who has one of the coolest job titles in the whole of Google, ‘geospatial technologist’, added:
Whether planning a visit, reminiscing about a recent trip or simply learning about the history of Britain, we hope these locations will be given a boost by being the first special collections to be made available on Street View in the UK.
While some may be concerned that making these landmarks available on Google Street View will result in people not bothering to visit them in person, a spokesperson for VisitBritain disagrees:
It’s fantastic that Google users from all over the world will be able to use Street View to virtually visit some of Britain’s superb visitor attractions, it’s a great way to inspire people to explore Britain.
At StuckOn we’re still hopeful that Google will drive around our offices here in Ellesmere Port, near the Wirral. As yet though, there’s been no sign of the man on the trike.