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Best Live UK Webcams

Where to find lots of great live and interactive views of Britain today

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Webcams aimed at the UK are everywhere. The UK is one of the most watched societies in the world and webcams proliferate at a galloping rate.

For a free western country the number of cameras and webcams aimed at Britons is, frankly, a bit scary. Apart from official cameras, there's nothing to stop every Tom, Derek and Nigel from aiming a camera at the street and feeding it to the Internet. The upside is, there's almost no corner of the UK that you can't have a look at before you get here - to check out the weather or see if you'd like to visit. These are some of the best sources of live webcam images:

1. St Andrews Old Course - The Golfers' Holy of Holies

Old Course Bridge - St Andrews
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St. Andrews Old Course is the home of golf - where the sport was invented more than 400 years ago. This webcam gives golfers a glimpse of what's happening on the Old Course - still played by the way - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The site has dynamic controls so you can sometimes get control of the camera and move it around.

2. BBC England Webcams

The BBC has been gathering webcams from all over England to this web portal for a long time. It is huge and includes links to traffic, weather, coastal, village and town, rural and city webcams as well as great animal webcams. Watch penguin feeding time at the zoo or nesting barn owls. Even take a peak inside the BBC itself. Most choices open to a webcam view plus a list of even more. Click on Barstaple, for example, and you get a live view plus a list of more than 20 other, related webcams. Brilliant!

3. Ghost Cams at Haunted Places

Patient armchair ghost hunters can watch for ghosts on live web cams - or should we say ghost cams - around the UK. There are plenty of ghost walks and ghost hunting expeditions in haunted places all over the UK, especially in October and November. But who needs to poke around in the dark in some dank, smelly place when you can scare yourself silly in the comfort of your own living room?

4. CamVista Scenic Scotland Webcams

Some gorgeous views are collected on this site which is a kind of webcam search engine, by location. The webcams of scenic Scotland that have been selected are excellent quality and with views full of information. Don't miss Eilean Donan Castle, Gleneagles from the first tee, or the live streaming video from historic Edinburgh.

5. BBC Wales Webcams

The page highlights 14 webcams scattered around Wales. Everything from a traffic jam cams to a "ghostcam" at Llancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly. There are also two interactive maps - one pinpointing more cameras around Wales and the other concentrating on webcams by Welsh regions. Most links from the Wales Webcam Homepage open to a live webcam plus even more links. Lots to look at. This is altogether a very entertaining site for webcam fans.

6. CamVista Wales Webcams

Nineteen webcam links around Wales, some of which open to more webcams. They range from town centers and surfing beaches to views of Fishguard Bay - check out the weather if you are planning to take the Ferry to Ireland. The streaming video camera of Cardiff Bay gives viewers controls to manipulate the view. Some of the cameras featured are BBC webcams but the BBC website is so enormous, it maybe faster and easier to find them here.

7. The Watering Hole Live Beachcam in Perranporth, Cornwall

This one's a giggle because it's a real "tequila sunrise" type view of a beach - something you may be surprised to find in England. The webcam at aimed from a Cornwall beach bar and restaurant captures streaming video of the popular surfer's beach in Perranporth. So you can check out whether the surf's up before you hit the beach. Did I really just say that about England?

8. Minack Theatre Webcams Near Penzance in Cornwall

The Minack Theatre is an unusual English institution, an open air performance space carved into the rocks above Porthcurno Bay in near Penzance. Plays are performed all summer long by the UK's best amateur dramatic companies and it's the dream of every "AmDram" luvvie to be invited to perform here, with the sound of the roaring surf below as the backdrop. The webcams look down on the theatre and across it to the bay. Visit the website on a summer evening and you can get a glimpse of a performance in progress.

9. The Tyne Bridge Webcams

Two webcams, on the north and south towers of the Tyne Bridge, give excellent views of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the world's first and only tilting bridge. The pedestrian and cycle crossing of the Tyne linkes Newcastle Quays with Gatehead Quays, one of Northern England's hippest, up and coming areas. The bridge works like a giant eyelid - the walkway tilts up like a closing eyelid to make way for river-bourne traffic. Watch this webcam during the day and you could catch the bridge doing its remarkable thing.
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