Thriving centres for arts, industry and trade, Britain's cities are some of the world's most culturally diverse. And from the chaotic capital of London to the magnificent magnetism of Edinburgh, each is well worth discovering. After much debate, here are our top 5 choices, with some recommendations of what to see and do, where to eat and top tips of how to best enjoy your visit:
What to see and do: The list is never ending! The Natural History Museum, The Shard, Madame Tussauds, Camden Market, Big Ben, The London Eye, The London Dungeons, Harrods, a show at the West End; whatever you choose, London is packed with fantastic sites and activities.
Where to eat: Whether it’s a popular chain restaurant or a hidden gem, there’s plenty of delicious food to try in London. Pop to China town for authentic Chinese cooking, experience dishes from around the world at Camden Market or try Borough Market, London’s oldest market, for some gourmet British cooking.
Top Tip: There’s so much to see and do that most visitors, try to fit every tourist sight in all at once. The best way to enjoy London is to slow down, relax and enjoy. Window shop in Old Bond Street, experience the incredible street performers at Covent Garden, walk along the South Bank. Most of London’s top attractions are within walking distance of each other, so skip the underground as much as you can and witness London from above.
What to see and do: If you love a spooky story, then you can learn all about Edinburgh’s grisly history on a tour of the supposedly-haunted Edinburgh Vaults. History fans can also tour the city’s biggest attraction, Edinburgh Castle and our university students can savour the taste of Edinburgh’s world famous whisky on the Scotch Whisky Experience.
Where to eat: If you’re looking for some authentic Scottish cuisine, Scotland’s world famous ‘Haggis, neeps and tatties’ (Haggis, turnips and potatoes) can be found in almost any restaurant in the city. Whatever your taste, with an array of award winning restaurants, cafes and bars, eating out in Edinburgh is a culinary delight with a diverse mix of places to eat and drink.
Top Tip: Visitors who buy currency in their home countries before coming to the UK will most likely receive Bank of England notes. Scotland has its own bank notes in circulation which are of a different style and colour to England’s.
What to see and do: Take a Stroll down the medieval ‘Shambles’, winner of Google's Most Picturesque Street in Britain, get spooked by the actors and special effects in York’s Dungeons or learn all about Vikings at the Jorvik Viking Centre, just to name a few.
Where to eat: Follow the York chocolate trail and discover how chocolate shaped York as well as an array of themed cafés and individual chocolate shops all around the city. You can also indulge in a range of traditional afternoon teas and dine in a selection of characterful bistros.
Top Tip: For shopaholics, the York Designer Outlet on the outskirts of the city will provide an ideal opportunity to bag some bargain designer clothes. The outlet, which is known as the “designer destination of the north” – has a wealth of quality labels and top names, all under one roof.
What to see and do: The Roman Baths are a must see and how this incredible city got its name and reputation. You can also discover the city’s rich history on an open bus tour and take a relaxing stroll along the iconic Royal Crescent.
Where to eat: Aside from the many, many restaurants that Bath has to offer, the city is also home to ‘Sally Lunn's’. Sally Lunn’s is one of the oldest houses in Bath (c.1482) and serves the most famous local delicacy; the Original 'Sally Lunn' Bun. According to legend, Sally Lunn, a French refugee, arrived 1680 and established her bakery here. Today Sally Lunn's serve a menu based on the world famous 'Sally Lunn' Bun during the day and are open for fine English food in the evening.
Top Tip: If you’re looking for something a little more unusual, try the highly recommended Bizarre Bath Comedy walk which celebrates some of the more eccentric aspects of the city, or a cruise down the Avon from Pulteney Bridge to Bathampton for some interesting sights.
What to see and do: Cambridge University’s Botanic Gardens, the Fitzwilliam Museum and a punting tour on the River Cam are all excellent and educational things to see and do in the city.
Where to eat: From a selection of Michelin starred restaurants to country pubs, Cambridge boasts a delicious choice of places to eat and drink; whatever your appetite there is something to suit all tastes.
Top Tip: Even a short stay in Cambridge can be quite an education. See a clock that can tell the time without hands or numbers. The clock is guarded by a beast called the ‘Chronophage’, meaning ‘time-eater’, for it devours each minute as it passes. You can find the Corpus Clock at Corpus Christ College.
Posted on April 7th, 2016 @ 11:16 AM