Drone Tour of London
Take an aerial tour of London with this magnificent drone video by top contributor New Entertainment Pictures. The video opens with a couple of epic shots over the River Thames, including an amazing view of the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. From there, you'll get a bird's eye view of Westminster Abbey and the nearby Parliament building. Then it's on to Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the London "Eye", the Millennium Dome, and more!
The White Cliffs of Dover
The White Cliffs of Dover are perhaps the most iconic sight in the South of England. The chalk cliffs, which sit on either side of the town of Dover, occupy the very southeastern reaches of Great Britain. On a clear day, they are visible in France from across the English Channel. Contributor Jasefromthesky used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this memorable aerial view of these famed cliffs on the southeastern corner of Great Britain.
England's Isle of Wight
Contributor Jack Shirley took a holiday on England's Isle of Wight, just east of the center of the South Coast. The largest island off the coast of Great Britain, it is sometimes referred to simply as "The Island." The Isle of Wight has been a popular vacation destination since the 19th century, with travelers favoring its (comparatively) warm climate and beautiful coastlines. It also hosts many music festivals, most famously the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, which drew up to 700,000 attendees.
West Sussex: Arundel Castle
Arundel is a town in West Sussex, towards the eastern end of the South England coast. It was established by one of William the Conqueror's lieutenants following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It's considered one of the great Norman castles of England, which were crucial to the stability of Norman rule. Arundel was used as a filming location for the 1994 feature movie The Madness of King George, and more recently for a scene in the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman.
Hampshire: Portsmouth Harbor
Portsmouth is in Hampshire, England. Portsmouth and Southhampton, also in Hampshire, are the two main ports in the South of England. For centuries, Portsmouth has been one of the most important bases for the Royal Navy, which once ruled the seas. Contributor JW Media used a drone to create a remarkable aerial perspective of this historically important port, which served as one of the main embarkation points for the Allied D-Day landings in World War II.
East Sussex: Bodlam Castle
Bodiam is one of the most well known moated castles in the UK. It's in East Sussex in southeastern England, near the town of Robertsbridge. It was built in the 14th century and played a role in the dynastic struggle known as the War of the Roses in the 15th century. The castle fell into a ruined state after the English Civil War and was then partially restored in the 1800's. You can see the beautiful structure (now a Grade 1 listed building) from a bird's eye perspective in this drone video by Oszbusz.
Aerial Tour of County Surrey
In this video, contributor JW Media takes us on an aerial tour of County Surrey in southeastern England. Despite its proximity to metropolitan London, Surrey has a distinctly "country" feel of rolling hills, forests, and baronial estates. Much of the land is protected space, which has led to this being one of the country's most expensive real estate markets. It has also been the birthplace or home to many important figures in English history, including George Bernard Shaw and Charles Dickens to name just two.
Kent: Wye Crown
Wye is an idyllic village in Kent, the county which occupies the southeastern corner of England. Adjoining the town is the Wye Campus of the Imperial College of London, the successor to a college founded in the 15th century. In 1902, when Edward VII ascended the English throne, students of the college carved the figure of a crown into the chalk on a hillside near the town. Contributor ScottDavey used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this beautiful video of the notable landmark.
Contributor JamesTravels used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to create this drone video of the nature of Oxfordshire, a county of southeastern England. The county lies to the west of London, and some of its communities are bedroom suburbs of the capital city. It's best known for being the home of Oxford, one of the two world-reknowned universities of the UK (the other being Cambridge in East Anglia). It also features some beautiful pastoral landscapes like what you'll see in this video.
East Sussex: Ashdown Forest
This drone video by Phantom 4 Cinematic was shot in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, near the southeastern coast of England. The forest, which is less than an hour's drive from London, was used for hunting lodges by the Normans who conquered England in the 11th century. Ashdown forest has another name in the literary world - it's the 100 Acre Wood in A.A. Milne's classic 1926 children's book Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne lived near the forest and often took his child walking in the woods.
Kent: Chillenden Windmill
In this video, contributor Roger Charles Photography used a DJI Inspire drone to aerially film the last post-type windmill in Kent, the southeasternmost county of England. It's located in Chillenden, in the eastern part of the county. The county was once home to many of these mills, powered by the strong winds coming off the English Channel. The post mill design, which dates to the 12th century, allows the entire structure to rotate and remain facing the wind.
London's Tower Bridge
Contributor CH Drone created this amazing aerial video of London's Tower Bridge, one of the world's most iconic spans. Like the older London Bridge, it crosses the Thames River, the waterway which gave rise to the great city on its banks. Tower Bridge was built in the late 19th century when the growth of the City of London necessitated a second bridge (although technically its northern end is not in the City). The bridge was prominently featured when London hosted the Summer Olympics in 2012.
The Seven Sisters Cliffs
Contributor and drone pilot PaulVlad created this beautiful aerial video of a magnificent area along the southern coast of England. It was shot at the Seven Sisters, a series of Chalk cliffs which line a portion of the coast of East Sussex betwen Eastbourne and Newhaven. The cliffs have been used in movies and TV shows as "stand-ins" for the better known but similar looking White Cliffs of Dover, which lie to their east. Notably, they appeared in the opening scene of the 1991 movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Highlights of County Kent
In this video by Rlardon, you'll see some of the highlights of Kent, England's southeasternmost county. That includes, as the title suggest, the famed White Cliffs - the spectacular chalk formations visible from France across the English Channel on a clear day. You'll see more than that though; the video features a combination of ground camera and drone footage of Canterbury (including its famed Cathedral), the South Foreland Heritage Coast, St. Margaret's Bay, Samphire Hoe, and Dover Castle!
Beachy Head Lighthouse
Check out this drone video of a famous lighthouse on England's southern coastline, compliments of contributor DroneEyePerspective. Beachy Head Lighthouse has been helping to protect shipping in the English Channel since 1902. It's located at the base of the chalk cliffs below the town of the same name in East Sussex, roughly halfway between Brighton and Hastings. A few years ago, a campaign raised the funds required to have the distinctive red and white stripes on the 43 meter (141 ft.) tower repainted.
Brighton: Resort Town of the South Coast
Brighton is one of the most popular seaside resort towns on England's southern coast. It lies in East Sussex, about an hour's drive south of London (assuming no traffic). Its popularity as a seaside retreat dates to the 18th century. Brighton Pier, which opened right before the turn of the 20th century, features rides and food kiosks for tourists to check out. The city is also know for its upbeat night life, shopping, art scene and festivals. CH drone shows off the colorful coastal city in this 4K aerial film.
Hampshire: Portchester Castle
Check out this drone video of Portchester Castle in southern England, compliments of Nick's RC Aerials. The castle is situated near the town of Fareham, in the northwest corner of Portsmouth Harbour in Hampshire County. The castle was built on the site of a Roman-era fortress, and like the fortress it takes advantage of the important strategic position relative to the harbor. Portchester was picked as one of the top 10 English castles in a recent Facebook survey conducted by English Heritage.
Isle of Wight: Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle is a well known castle on England's Isle of Wight. It's an 11th century Norman castle believed to have been built on the site of an earlier Roman structure. Famously, King Charles I was imprisoned here from 1647-48 prior to his trial and execution during the English Civil War. Carlsbrook was chosen as one of England's top 10 castles in a survey by English Heritage. In this video, you can see the famous castle from above, compliments of Avea Allta Epic Visuals.
Hampshire: Calshot Castle
Check out this drone video of an important fortress on the coast of Southwestern England, compliments of contributor Mikee1554. Calshot Castle is located on a sand bank at the opening of Southampton Water, an estuary just north of the Isle of Wight in Hampshire. It's part of a system of fortifications built by King Henry VII during the 16th century to protect the English coasts from a possible French invasion. Calshot was modernized several times and and continued to be used into the 20th century.
Kent: North Foreland Lighthouse
Contributor Oszibusz created this beautiful aerial view of a beautiful and historic spot at the very eastern end of County Kent in Southeastern England. The centerpiece of North Foreland is its lighthouse, which was the last manned lighthouse in the UK. In the video, you'll see a tower standing next to the lighthouse. This was one of the radar towers which ringed the Kent coastline, part of a defense system which provided critical early warning to RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Portsmouth Harbor: Spinnaker Tower
Spinnaker Tower is an obervation tower in Portsmouth, on England's South Coast. It was completed as part of the redevelopment of Portsmouth's harbor. The tower stands about 170 meters (560 feet) above the harbor, historically the Royal Navy's main base of operations in the North Sea. Contributor Sussexbyair used a drone to create this amazing aerial video of the Spinnaker, which was completed in 2005 and is one of the tallest structures in southern England.
English Channel: Rampion Wind Farm
In this video, Sussexbyair gives us an aerial view of the Rampion Wind Farm off the southeastern coast of England, the world's first major offshore windpower operation. This is a major feat of engineering, allowing the windpower industry to overcome the land transportation constraints which limit the size of onshore turbines. These giant windmills each have a 3.5MW of capacity, capturing the massive energy generation potential of the English Channel and its famously strong winds.
East Sussex: Beachy Head Lighthouse
Beachy Head Lighthouse is located on the southeastern coast of England, in East Sussex. It stands in the shadow of the highest chalk sea cliff in England. The lighthouse has been operational since 1902, serving as an important navigational point for traffic on the English Channel. Contributor Joshua Paul Gardner used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to create this amazing drone video of the lighthouse, which is distinguished by its alternating red and white stripes.
Kent: Boat Wrecks of Hoo
The Hoo Peninsula of Kent, England seperates the Thames and Medway rivers. Along the River Medway there lies a boat graveyard formed of sunken vessels. One of those is the 111-year-old Sailing Barge Ena, a ship that sailed as part of Operation Dynamo in World War II - the 1940 call from Winston Churchill for civilian boats to sail to Dunkirk and rescue the trapped British army. This was considered a pivotal moment in the war, as it preserved Britain's fighting capacity against Nazi Germany.
Portsmouth Harbor: Hovercraft
Beginning in the 1960's, hovercraft ferried passengers across the English Channel between England and France. Over the decades, cost, noise, and a deadly accident in the 1970's all took their took on this once-glamourous mode of transportation. Today, all that remains of this legacy is two vehicles run by a company called Hovertravel, which run the much shorter route between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. You can see one of these amazing vessels in this drone video by JW Media.
Contributor HUMZZ created this amazing drone video of the dramatically changed skyline of modern London, a city which didn't have a single building over 600 ft. (about 183 meters) until 1991. Now, there are clusters of much taller structures on either side of the Thames. At the :40 mark, you'll get a dramatic eye-level view of the 95 story Shard tower. At 310 meters (just over 1k ft.), it's the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the tallest in Europe excluding Russia.
Aerial Tour of London
London can lay claim to being the world's single most important city over the last 500 years. Today, it's one of just two cities designated as Alpha ++ Cities by the respected GWCRN. Contributor AlexJS used a drone to create this epic aerial tour of his hometown, the UK's capital on the Thames River. This aerial tour includes everything: Tower Bridge, Palace of Westminster, and the London Eye. Sit back and enjoy the aerial views of this magnificent metropolis, host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics.