While we don’t have that many tall buildings outside of London here in the UK we do still have some pretty tall structures. From communication masts to transmitting stations, these are the ten biggest in the UK and some of them are more impressive than you might think…
The Top 10 Tallest Structures in the UK and Where to Find Them
10 – Winter Hill Communication Mast in Manchester – Pinnacle height: 309.48 metres (1,015 ft)
This broadcasting and telecommunications mast that is owned and operated by Arqiva was first built on 1966 but was transferred to a new higher mast erected adjacent to the original tower.
9 – The Shard Skyscraper in London – Pinnacle height: 309.6 metres (1,016 ft)
It has been called a number of things over the years, but what it has always been is the tallest skyscraper in the UK, but it only makes it to number 9 on this list.
8 – Bilsdale Communication Mast in North Yorkshire – Pinnacle height: 314 metres (1,030 ft)
Built in 1968 this radio and television transmission mast stands out like a needle high above the hills of the North York Moors.
7 – Waltham Communication Mast in Leicestershire – Pinnacle height: 315 metres (1,033 ft)
This guyed steel tubular mast was built in 1968 as is a shorter version of the second Emley Moor transmitter which collapsed whilst broadcasting! It is identical to the current 385m high Belmont mast, both built by the ITA.
6 – Arfon Communication Mast in Gwynedd – Pinnacle height: 317.4 metres (1,041 ft)
Built in 1975 near the village of Nebo it is a television transmitting antenna that is owned and operated by Arqiva.
5 – Durris Communication Mast in Aberdeenshire – Pinnacle height: 322.0 metres (1,056 ft)
Built in 1961 this guyed steel lattice mast was built for analogue television transmission and is officially the tallest structure in Scotland.
4 – Emley Moor Communication Tower in West Yorkshire – Pinnacle height: 330.5 metres (1,084 ft)
First built in 1969 it has the official name of The Arqiva Tower which is on a sign next to the tower itself, but most people still call it the Emley Moor mast.
3 – Caldbeck Communication Mast in Cumbria – Pinnacle height: 337 metres (1,106 ft)
While this transmitting station was first built in 1961 it was rebuilt in 2008 to its current height it was one of the very first transmitters in the UK to be upgraded to high power digital-only TV broadcasting.
2 – Belmont Communication Mast in Lincolnshire – Pinnacle height: 351.65 metres (1,154 ft)
First built in 1965, just two years later in 1967 it was increased in height for a better broadcasting range. While its It has a guyed tubular steel mast isn’t to everyone’s tastes its height is hard not to be impressed with.
1 – Skelton Communication Mast in Cumbria – Pinnacle height: 365 metres (1,198 ft)
Built in 2001 this is a radio transmitter mast run by Babcock International and owned by the MOD. The main purpose of it is shortwave broadcasting, but the mast is capable of DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale).