List of cultural icons of the United Kingdom

A red telephone box and a Royal Mail red pillar box, seen throughout the UK

The cultural icons and symbols of the United Kingdom are mostly interchangeable with symbols of Britain. This page could, theoretically, be called British cultural icons. The list includes certain symbols of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which, for one reason or another, may be perceived to be shared by other parts of the United Kingdom, or were founded or invented after the British Act of Union 1707, or before the creation of the constituent countries (hence the inclusion of Stonehenge). At a stretch, they could be things which were created or invented, or people who were born, before the Act of Union but after the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

Icons of the United Kingdom include:

See also


  1. ^ "The History of Britannia". Royal Mint. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  2. ^ Baker, Steve (2001). Picturing the Beast. University of Illinois Press. p. 52. ISBN 0-252-07030-5.
  3. ^ a b c "Whisky and kilts bottom of British icons top 20". The Scotsman. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  4. ^ "British Icon Mr. Bean Celebrated on New Coin From CIT". CoinWeek. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  5. ^ “Top Ten British Icons”. Glamour. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Punch and Judy around the world". The Daily Telegraph. 11 June 2015.
  7. ^ “Queen declared 'top British band'. BBC News. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  8. ^ Odone, Cristina (11 March 2013). "The trashing of the iconic red phone box is one bad call". The Daily Telegraph.
  9. ^ "BRITISH TV: EXPLORING THE UK'S MOST FAMOUS SOAP OPERAS". Anglotopia. Retrieved 7 March 2020.

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