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Photos: Google Street View showcases Britain's best landmarks

From the Rovers Return to the home of the Loch Ness monster
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By Jo Best on
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From the Rovers Return to the home of the Loch Ness monster

Last summer, Google announced its Street View trike would be touring some of the UK's favourite landmarks, as voted for by the public.

The images were added to Street View late last year, allowing users to become virtual tourists and explore the landmarks from the comfort of their own desktops.

Among the six landmarks picked to make their first appearance on Street View is the ancient monument of Stonehenge, built more than 5,000 years ago.

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In another nod to antiquity, Warwick Castle has also joined Street View.

The 1,000-year-old castle was one of the first landmarks to be visited by a Google trike, playing host to the vehicle in early September.

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With a nod to sporting events, Cardiff's Millennium Stadium also now appears on Street View.

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Antony Gormley's Angel of the North statue has dominated the Gateside skyline since 1998. Almost 10 years on, and its virtual equivalent now does the same on Street View.

According to Gateshead Council, the Angel's 54-metre wingspan is almost the same as a jumbo jet's and the statue is seen by more than 33 million people per year.

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A creature seen by considerably fewer people each year, the Loch Ness monster, could finally get its debut courtesy of Street View.

The Google service plans to add Loch Ness, one of the landmarks voted for by the public for inclusion into Street View, to the service later this year.

Pictured above is the aerial view of the loch from Google Maps.

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A more modern addition to the mapping service came in the form of the Eden Project, Cornwall's garden attraction.

Shown here are some of the project's 'biomes', communities of plants and other life from individual ecosystems housed within large honeycombed structures.

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As well as the six landmarks voted for by the public, Google picked another 'wild card' for inclusion - Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, pictured here.

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The seven landmarks aren't the only attractions to get the Google Street View treatment - check out London's Kew Gardens, here.

A large chunk of the gardens' 326-acre site including buildings such as the Pagoda and Palm House can be explored through Street View. There's also a hidden object in the virtual Kew - locating it will get you a year's membership to the gardens.

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The Lotus test track in Hethel is also pictured in detail on Street View.

As well as the track itself, petrolheads can also check out some of the Lotus vehicles being taken out for a spin.

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Not all the landmarks on Street View are real: pictured above is Coronation Street.

The set of the soap opera can be explored within the virtual version of Granada's studios.

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