A recent study found that nearly half of the British population think that sunsets are best watched on a foreign beach - which means that too many of of us are missing out on some glorious views right on our doorsteps. Seeing a city skyline as the sun melts into the horizon can be one of life's true joys. All you need is some sunshine!
We've selected some of our top urban spots in Britain to watch a sunset. From Primrose Hill in London to Port Talbot in South Wales...
Top tips for watching a sunset
- Get there early (around an hour before) so you can enjoy the whole event - Take something to sit on and a blanket or warm clothing - Don't forget your camera so you can capture the moment - Take insect repellent as mosquitos and midges come out in greater numbers at sunset - Pack some snacks in case you get hungry Find out what time the sun goes down in the UK's top sunset spots at grandmarniersunsets.co.uk
Primrose Hill, London
For one of the most beautiful sunset spots in London, head to this pretty neighbourhood that's a favourite with celebrities. The top of Primrose Hill offers dramatic views of London, where you can see landmarks like Canary Wharf and down into the zoo of Regent's Park. If you're visiting the capital for just one day, watching the sun set on the hill of this chic area is the essential way to end your trip on a high.
This seaside town is surrounded by water on three sides and despite being an east coast resort, Margate gets a spectacular west-facing sunset from its pier, Margate Harbour Arm. The pier is a lovely place to take a walk and has the sun facing it all day. The Lighhouse Bar serves a range of drinks for you to enjoy the sunset with a pint of beer or glass of wine in your hand!
Durham Cathedral, Durham
The entrance to one of the country's finest cathedrals is the literal highpoint of the city with Durham Cathedral and the river below making this a magical spot to watch a sunset. Walk along the surrounding area of the cathedral to see the marvellous architecture against the backdrop of the red sky.
Crosby Sands, Liverpool
Out of town in Liverpool, you'll find the beautiful three-mile beach, Crosby Sands, and a the perfect spot to watch a sunset. The 100 cast iron figures facing out to sea, as part of the Another Place exhibition, have become a permanent fixture on the beach and create an eerie atmosphere.
Bath Skyline Walk, Bath
This six-mile National Trust hike offers great views of the pretty city's Georgian terraces and spires, with sunset being the best time to see it in all its glory. Wild flowers, hidden valleys and perfect picnic spots have made this one of Britain's most popular walks.
Port Talbot, South Wales
The sunset at Port Talbot Steelworks can be seen from the M4 and make for an unusual but stunning setting to watch the sun go down. The plant has a shimmering effect, putting its spectators in a romantic mood. For another idyllic place to watch a sunset in Port Talbot, pull in at Aberavon Beach for its fantastic views across Swansea Bay and Mumbles.
Just before Canary Wharf on the bend of the river, you'll find mudbanks, coppered water and the subtle East End architecture of Limehouse, making it a top spot to watch the sun disappear. Gordon Ramsay has a gastropub, The Narrow, in the area too, so after watching the sunset you can stop for a bite to eat in the Grade II listed building.
Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh
Watch the fiery glow of sunset at the majestic Salisbury Crags. From these cliffs you can see the sun go down behind Edinburgh Castle and the view is just as spectacular in the summer as in the winter when the city is covered in snow.
Alexandra Palace, London
You can watch the last rays of the sun racing across London at this iconic North London venue, where you'll enjoy some of the best panoramic views of the capital. Alexandra Palace is surrounded by 196 acres of beautiful parkland and has a boating lake, pub and restaurant and pitch and putt course.
Wheel of Manchester
If you want to see the best sunset in Manchester, it's from the top of the city's 60-metre high big wheel in Exchange Square. Book a capsule with a group of friends to enjoy the sunset in a group or meet for a romantic rendez-vous and watch the sun go down over Manchester for a date you'll never forget. Go when the sky is clear for the best views.