Portraits of Britain in Alphabet of Tourist Attraction Stamps

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Each and every detail of the wedding party invitation is vital, including the stamp that graces its envelope. If you prefer your wedding invitations to show an added personal impression, custom made stamp designs are a fantastic option to bring your style to the outside of your wedding invitations or save-the-date postcards. Personalized wedding-themed postage stamps remained favored by engaged couples for their wedding invites.

Just recently, Royal Mail reveals breathtaking collection of postage stamps design that showcases a few of Britain’s most famous landmarks attracting travelers worldwide. With the first class set of Royal Mail stamps, an iconic landmark of the British is allocated on every letter of the alphabet, including historical and contemporary spots in addition to religious and simply remarkable location setting.

Royal Mail’s set of stamps is a brilliant celebration of all that’s great about the UK’s visitor attractions. It is a perfect complement to all that is happening in this Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year.

Tourism Minister John Penrose

Britain continues to be active in maintaining its traditions and provides tourist a lot more than majestic castles and gorgeous villages considering the demands of the modern day with those of its history. Travel around UK with their magnificent alphabet of attractions that goes from Angel of the North, Blackpool Tower, Carrick-A-Rede, Co Antrim, and Downing Street to the White Cliffs of Dover, Station X at Bletchley Park, York Minster and London Zoo.


  1. Because postage stamps were invented in the UK it’s the only country in the world that does not have to put its name on them, just the monarch’s head.
  2. A Royal Mail stamp is legal tender and technically you could use stamps to buy a drink or pay a bus fare (although we haven’t tried this!).
  3. Gibbons in the Strand, London is the world’s oldest stamp dealer (established in 1856).
  4. The gum on a definitive stamp (those with the Queen’s head) contains 5.9 calories (the equivalent of three grapes) while a special stamp has 14.5 calories.
  5. Brit, Dean Gould, holds the world stamp-licking record after he licked and affixed 450 stamps on to envelopes in four minutes in November 1995. (let’s hope they were the low-calorie ones!)


Britain’s Alphabet of Tourist Attraction Stamps

1. Angel of the North

01-angel-of-the-northConsidered to be the biggest angel sculpture worldwide designed by Antony Gormley. It has been a witness to the huge number of colliery workers who had committed the last 300 years mining coal underneath the surface. Let the wings of the Gateshead Angel of the North embrace your travel.


2. Blackpool Tower

02-blackpool-towerThe refurbished tower right now features a ‘Walk of Faith’ glass floor which in turn stares all the way down to the Promenade. The Blackpool Tower charm consists of five seperate sight-seeing opportunities inside the Tower building. The attractions are The Tower Top, The Tower Ballroom, The Tower Circus, Jungle Jims, The Blackpool Dungeon.


3. Carrick-a-Rede

03-carrick-a-redeIn the past, fishermen built the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to test their very own salmon nets. Now, alot of visitors grab the rope bridge challenge while still experiencing the amazing bird-watching all around Scotland.


4. Downing Street

04-downing-streetBasically the official residence of the Premier, the building has executed the combined role of both residence and place of work for the Prime Ministers of Britain.


5. Edinburgh Castle

05-edinburgh-castleLocated over a wiped out volcano while reaching spectacular sights across City of Edinburgh, the castle has experienced most of the defining events of Scottish history.


6. Forth Railway Bridge

06-forth-railway-bridgeExtensive repainting was executed on the Forth rail bridge. Floodlights were turned back on now and the bridge was lighted again.


7. Glastonbury Tor

07-glastonbury-torThere are many myths and legends associated with the Tor – it is the home of Gwyn ap Nudd, the Lord of the Underworld and King of the Fairies, and a place where the fairy folk live. Glastonbury Tor is known as being one of the most spiritual sites in the country. Take a journey and unwind.


8. Castell Harlech Castle

08-castell-harlech-castleThe castle’s enormous inner walls and towers still in position and the views from its complex battlements are undeniably panoramic.


9. Ironbridge

09-ironbridgeThe world’s first cast-iron bridge was built by Abraham Darby III and currently acknowledged as one of the outstanding representations of the Industrial Revolution.


10. Jodrell Bank

10-jodrell-bankThe telescope is used to examine the Universe’s radio emissions. The Jodrell bank additionally looks at the radio waves from the planets and stars.


11. Kursaal

11-kursaalThe Kursaal was the world’s first ever theme park designed by the architect Campbell Sherrin.


12. Lindisfarne Priory

12-lindisfarne-prioryHoly Island isn’t just a centre of pilgrimage. Its relaxed atmosphere and picturesque beauty attracts a variety of visitors to its seashore.


13. Manchester Town Hall

13-manchester-town-hallAmong Britain’s major municipal buildings, Manchester Town Hall operates as the ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council and houses a number of local government departments. A Victorian Gothic masterpiece, Manchester Town Hall makes a grand setting for any event.


14. Narrow Water Castle

14-narrow-water-castleThe original structure was built by Hugh de Lacy, first Earl of Ulster, to prevent attacks on Newry as part of the area’s Norman fortifications. The castle gardens make the perfect setting for your special day photography with the Castle as your backdrop.


15. Old Bailey

15-old-baileyOver the centuries the building has been periodically remodelled and rebuilt in ways which both reflected and influenced the changing ways trials were carried out and reported.


16. Portmeirion

16-portmeirionThe place became most famous as “The Village”, the setting for the 1967 TV series “The Prisoner”. The Italian-styled town is also known for its pottery.


17. The Queen’s College of Oxford

17-the-queen-college-oxfordAlumni include Henry V, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the internet, and Mr Bean – aka Rowan Atkinson


18. Roman Baths

18-roman-bathsThis magnificent centrepiece of the Roman baths is a pool, lined with 45 sheets of lead, and filled with hot spa water.


19. Stirling Castle

19-stirling-castleA place of power, beauty and history, discover the favoured residence of Scotland’s Kings and Queens!


20. Tyne Bridge

20-tyne-bridgeOpened in 1928, it was the largest single span bridge in the world – until Sydney Harbour Bridge stole that honour in 1932


21. Urquhart Castle

21-urquhart-castleOne of the most romantic ruins ever built.


22. Victoria and Albert Museum

22-victoria-and-albert-museumThe world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and originally known as the South Kensington Museum. This stamp has the EUROPA logo at the top left.


23. White Cliffs of Dover

23-white-cliffs-of-doverThe cliff face, which reaches up to 107 metres (351ft), owes its striking facade to its composition of chalk accentuated by streaks of black flint. The cliffs spread east and west from the town of Dover in the county of Kent, an ancient and still important English port. The cliffs have great symbolic value for Britain because they face towards Continental Europe across the narrowest part of the English Channel, where invasions have historically threatened and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard.


24. Station X Bletchley Park

24-station-x-bletchley-parkIt was the site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment, the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), where cphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted, most importantly the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines. The high-level intelligence produced at Bletchley Park codenamed Ultra, provided crucial assistance to the Allied war effort. Sir Harry Hinsley, a Bletchley veteran and the official historian of British Intelligence in World War II, said that Ultra shortened the war by two to four years and that the outcome of the war would have been uncertain without it.


25. York Minster

25-york-minsterIt is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and cathedral for the Diocese of York; it is run by a dean and chapter under the Dean of York. Its formal title is The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York. The title ‘Minster’ is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches.


26. ZSL London Zoo

26-zsl-london-zooIt was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847.

These are also fabulous ideas for your destination weddings or honeymoon travel. And if you are an amateur or professional photographer, combine your travel photography with pleasure and extend your stay to experience Britain with your partner and family as well.


The 35mm square stamps are designed by Robert Maude and Sarah Davies. They are printed in lithography by Cartor Security Printing, perf 14½, with all-over phosphor. The stamps are in three sheets of 6 x 5 rows, being M-R, S-X, and YZYZYZ. The format enables columns of 5 stamps of the same design to be purchased. The Victoria and Albert Museum stamp is issued in conjunction with PostEurop as this year’s Europa stamp.

Image Acknowledgements: Manchester Town Hall, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle and York Minster photography © Joe Cornish; Narrow Water Castle, Portmeirion, Roman Baths, Victoria and Albert Museum and White Cliffs of Dover photography © David Noton; Old Bailey photography © Eric Nathan/Alamy; The Queen’s College Oxford and ZSL London Zoo photography © Charlie Waite; Tyne Bridge photography © Edmund Nagele/Alamy; Station X Bletchley Park photography © Rolph Gobits


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