Often overlooked by tourists, Bristol is most definitely worth your time, at least as a base for exploring the West Country while avoiding the costly accommodation of other cities such as Bath. This city’s claim to fame is two of renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s works; the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain. There are plenty of other things to do too, including a zoo, aquarium, museums and exhibitions.
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The historical city of Bath dates from Roman times and is world famous for its hot springs; the only place in Britain where you can indulge in natural hot springs. As well as the many public baths and the original, 2,000 year old Roman Baths, there are also many exquisite examples of Georgian architecture – the sweeping Royal Crescent is unmissable. There are many leafy parks to lounge in once you’ve finished with the baths too.
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Harrogate is not considered to be one of the tourist heavy-hitters of England, but it’s still a pleasant stop off on your way to bigger and better things (like the nearby Lake District). This is part of ‘Herriot Country’, where author James Herriott lived and worked. Betty’s Tearooms in the centre of town are a popular attraction and one of the Queen’s favourites – so be prepared to queue! The Valley Gardens are also a great place to spend a pleasant afternoon.
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The Viking city of York is one of the most popular destinations in the UK outside of London, and for good reason. The daunting and dazzling York Minster is one of England’s biggest and finest cathedrals, the Jorvik Viking Centre lets you dive head first into medieval Viking life, and there’s a whole host of other activities to keep you busy for days. If you have time, check out York Dungeons, York Maze, Clifford’s Tower, York Castle Museum, and the National Railway Museum.
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Newcastle is home to some of the best nightlife in the UK, as well as a diverse population with a rich heritage and an even richer accents. Founded as a Roman port some 2,000 years ago, one must see attraction is Hardrian’s Wall, built by the Romans to defend their colony against Pictish tribes. Another well known monument is the Angel of the North, an iconic roadside sculpture. In the city itself, Grainger Town is the picturesque medieval heart of the city.
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This stunning medieval city is the jewel in Scotland’s crown, and ever popular with visitors. Edinburgh Castle sits right in the centre on top of a craggy hill overlooking everything below, with Greyfriars Kirkyard and Mary King’s Close providing plenty more insights into this city’s spooky, creepy history. The Edinburgh arts festival in August is one of the best in the world and not to be missed.
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The biggest city in Scotland and the third biggest in the UK, Glasgow really is a vibrant metropolis (despite what their biggest rivals – Edinburgh residents – may say). Once the centre of the UK’s industrial revolution, Glasgow is now brimming with world class museums, art galleries, and architecture both old and new. It’s also got a booming music scene, and you shouldn’t leave without checking out at least one live venue.
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