Edinburgh Castle among world’s top 40 selfie spots

Edinburgh makes the selfie list. Pic: Andy O'Brien
Edinburgh makes the selfie list. Pic: Andy O'Brien
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Edinburgh Castle, Big Ben and London Bridge are among the most popular spots in the world to take a selfie, according to new statistics.

Tourist attraction site AttractionTix analysed social media to find mentions of travel hotspots alongside the world “selfie”, and have compiled a list of the most popular places to pose for a self-taken self portrait.

At the top of the list was the Eiffel Tower in Paris, with more than 10,700 posts found so far in 2015, ahead of Disney World in Orlando, Florida and the world’s tallest building - the Burj Khalifa - in Dubai.

Big Ben was in fourth place with over 8,000 posts, just ahead of the Empire State Building in New York, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona and Disneyland Paris. The Colosseum in Rome, Rockefeller Centre in New York and London Bridge completed the top 10.

Simon Applebaum, consumer marketing director at AttractionTix said of the results: “Selfies have not only become acceptable, but the standard thing to do nowadays when at an attraction, so it’s only natural that people are taking selfies of themselves when travelling around the world, and then sharing them on social media.

“Our top 10 features traditional sites such as the Eiffel Tower and Colosseum, but it was interesting to see that the Burj Khalifa ranked third, one of the world’s newest skyscrapers beat sites with hundreds of years of history.”

Other UK landmarks to make the top 40 include Buckingham Place, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Madame Tussauds London. Stonehenge, and the Blackpool Tower also featured.

More than 219 million images tagged with the word “selfie” in order to compile the data, and according to recent figures more than one million selfies are taken every day around the world.


1 Eiffel Tower

2 Disney World

3 Burj Khalifa, Dubai

4 Big Ben

5 Empire State Building

6 Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

7 Disneyland Paris

8 Colosseum, Rome

9 Top of the Rock, New York

10 London Bridge

11 Buckingham Palace

12 London Eye

13 Sydney Opera House

14 The Vatican

15 Moulin Rouge

16 Tower Bridge

17 Statue of Liberty

18 SeaWorld

19 Universal Orlando Resort

20 Busch Gardens

21 Alcatraz Selfie

22 Madame Tussauds London

23 The Shard

24 Tower of London

25 London Zoo

26 Kew Gardens

27 Stonehenge

28 Harry Potter Studios

29 Port Aventura

30 Tower of Pisa

31 Chichen Itza Selfie

32 St Paul’s Cathedral

33 Edinburgh Castle

34 Nou Camp

35 Guinness Storehouse

36 Blackpool Tower

37 Cadbury World

38 Siam Park

39 Hampton Court

40 Discovery Cove