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Pictures of grumpy tourists on top of buses, boats and trams show the grimmer side of a UK ‘stay-cation’

  • Ross Paxton, from Whitby, photographed 25 different UK tour routes
  • The result is a collection of photographs from a typical British holiday
  • In the pictures, holidaymakers frown out across grey landscapes




The words ‘British holiday’ sum up vivid images for many Brits – sandy sandwiches, 99 cones and chilly paddling all integral to the experience.

And when the trips to the seaside have been exhausted, everyone from toddlers to pensioners are hauled onto the local tour bus, tram or boat to check out the sites.

London and Edinburgh have several bus companies vying for business, but even local towns are in on the act with places like Weston Super Mare and Scarborough touting trips around local landmarks.

In an effort to capture the atmosphere on these buses photographer Ross Paxton spent two years on holidays within the UK taking pictures on 25 different bus tour routes in everywhere from Whitby to the Isle of Bute.

The result, A General History of Timeless Landscapes, is a collection of quintessentially British photos of grumpy holidaymakers frowning out across often grey and blustery landscapes.1

Read on to check out some of the photographs from Ross’s collection…

Two tourists survey the landscape from the top of a tour bus in Scarborough

Holidaymakers look out from a tour boat on Lake Windermere in the Lake District

Grey skies loom overhead as tourists take a tram across the countryside in Seaton, East Devon

Holidaymakers struggle to pay attention on a tour bus around Exmouth in East Devon

Tourists battle heavy winds on top of a bus in Bute, an island in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland

Sun shines down on travellers on a tour bus in the seaside resort of Weston Super Mare in Somerset

Holidaymakers struggle to crack a smile in Conwy, a market town on the north coast of Wales

Passengers on board a tour bus in the photographer’s home town of Whitby

A lone tour guide sits at the back of the bus in London

Holidaymakers frown in concentration during a tour of Glasgow

It’s a sunny day but the tour bus is full of frowns in Liverpool

A landmark catches everyone’s eye in Newcastle Upon Tyne


  1. ^ A General History of Timeless Landscapes (

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