Stamps with Iconic Landmarks

Iconic images of many famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Times Square, the Houses of Parliament are used in many products and in advertising. Consumers are attracted by the familiarity of these images and are more likely to feel comfortable purchasing the product. Examples are biscuit tins, t-shirts, bags, notebooks, smartphone and laptop-cases, and umbrellas. Slot game developers also make use of familiar images of iconic landmarks to attract new customers. Gamers can go to to find some of these slots. Furthermore, many television adverts are set in iconic places.

British Stamps with Images of Iconic Landmarks

Stamps with images of iconic landmarks and famous architecture are very popular with collectors. Over the years Royal Mail has launched a number of special stamp collections depicting landmarks throughout the UK.

In 2017, a special edition stamp collection was launched by Royal Mail to celebrate ten of the most iconic buildings in the UK from the previous two decades. The buildings were chosen for their adventurous design as well as their well thought through integration into their local landscapes, often playing a part in regeneration. The British photographers Hufton and Crow, who had already worked with Royal Mail in 2015 on a special stamp collection of famous bridges, were asked to photograph the buildings. The stamps were designed by the London design agency GBH and feature images of

  • the London Aquatics Centre
  • the Library of Birmingham
  • the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow
  • the Scottish Parliament in Edinburg
  • the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre in Northern Ireland
  • the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff
  • the Eden Project in Cornwall
  • the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool
  • the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester
  • the Blavatnik Building at the Tate Modern in London

In 2015 Royal Mail launched a collection of special stamps with images of famous bridges, photographed by Hufton and Crow. The set features ten dramatic bridges from across the country and the special Presentation Pack charts the evolution of bridge design across the UK. The stamps show images of

  • Row Bridge in the Lake District
  • Thomas Telford’s Craigellachie Bridge in Moray
  • Robert Stephenson’s High-Level Bridge in Newcastle
  • Tarr Steps in Exmoor National Park
  • the Peace Bridge in Northern Ireland
  • the Menai Suspension Bridge, which connects the Island of Anglesey with the mainland
  • the Royal Border Bridge between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Tweedmouth
  • the Tees Transporter Bridge at Middlesborough
  • Pulteney Bridge in Bath
  • Row Bridge in Cumbria

A two-stage issue of 26 Royal Mail stamps in 2011/12 celebrated an A – Z of famous UK landmarks. Part one of the exclusive collection featured twelve first-class stamps featuring:

  • Angel of the North
  • Blackpool Tower
  • Carrick-a-Reed
  • Downing Street
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Forth Railway Bridge
  • Glastonbury Tor
  • Harlech Castle
  • Ironbridge
  • Jodrell Bank
  • Kursaal (Southend)
  • Lindisfarne Priory

The second part of the collection comprised of fourteen stamps and was launched in 2012. It featured images of

  • Manchester Town Hall
  • Narrow Water Castle
  • Old Bailey
  • Port Meirion
  • The Queens College Oxford
  • Roman Baths
  • Stirling Castle
  • Tyne Bridge
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • White Cliffs of Dover
  • Station X Bletchley Park
  • York Minster
  • ZSL London Zoo

In 1980 Royal Mail launched a series of commemorative stamps depicting London Landmarks. The stamps were originally sold in sheets of one hundred. They were designed by Sir Hugh Casson and showed photogravure prints of

  • Buckingham Palace
  • the Albert Memorial
  • the Royal Opera House
  • Hampton Court
  • Kensington Palace