The first Google Street View Inside features in 2007 were exclusively of sites in the USA. Places like the White House were showcased so that the world could get a glimpse of what it was like to see some of the most iconic places in real life. When it rolled out internationally in 2008, the portfolio expanded and you can now see some amazing landmarks with just your phone and an internet connection… here’s just five you might want to explore.
1. The White House
The residence of the US President was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban, modelled on Leinster House in Dublin, a building which today houses the Oireachtas, the Irish legislature. Familiar to many of us from recreated television and movie sets such as The West Wing and White House Down.
2. Westminster Abbey
Warning – shameless spot of self promotion coming up!
Striking Places had the pleasure of creating this tour of Westminster Abbey. Having been a large feature of so many royal occasions, this was an amazing opportunity for us to capture the architecture and history for the world to experience.
The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, usually referred to as Westminster Abbey is a large abbey church just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The church we see today was begun by Henry III in 1245. It’s one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, and has the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint at its heart.
3. Diagon Alley from the set of The Harry Potter Movies
The Harry Potter films have an amazing following, so being able to virtually wander around the set of Diagon Alley is quite an experience. First glimpsed in the movie from 2001, Diagon Alley came to life as part of this bustling creative scene from the imagination of J.K. Rowling.
4. The Tardis from Dr Who
One of the things that the average person may not realise, is that you can actually get quite creative with Google Street View Inside; here’s a great example! The inside view of The Tardis is hidden within an ordinary London street scene. Land in The Tardis itself within this frame below, yet step outside and you’ll see the ‘inconspicuous’ yet familiar police telephone box.
5. Clarence House
Branded as ‘a tour without a ticket’ Google has built a series of tours of Prince Charles’s homes. The building stands beside St James’s Palace and was built between 1825 and 1827 to the designs of John Nash for Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence. Today Clarence House is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
We love making iconic buildings and amazing businesses more accessible on the internet. Have you thought about what a Google Street View Inside Tour could do for your site? From hotels to tourist attractions and from jewellery shops to conference centres… find out more here.