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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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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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 historic and dazzling town of Chester dates back to Romano-British times, and is surrounded by ancient Roman walls. Its medieval town centre is little changed on the outside, and is sure to keep your camera clicking all day. One of the great military bases for the Romans, it also has an ancient amphitheatre and gardens. The winding riverside promenade of The Groves, the multitude of irresistible shops, and the sprawling Grosvenor Park are also must sees.
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If you didn’t know already, you’ll find out within seconds of setting foot in Stratford-Upon-Avon – it’s the home of the Bard himself, William Shakespeare. Many of the buildings have been preserved since the playwright’s time, and the town centre looks almost exactly as it would have in medieval times. You can see Shakespeare’s humble birthplace, his muse Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and of course, watch a performance of one of his works at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
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Oxford is known the world over as the home of one of the best, universities in the world. Five minutes here is enough to enchant someone, and several days could easily be spent wandering around awe-struck by the beautiful architecture. Just some of the many worthy things you should add to your sightseeing list are the impressive Bodleian Library and fascinating Ashmolean Museum, and the stunning Christ Church and Magdalen Colleges, used as locations for several films, including Harry Potter.
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Where to begin? London is not just the biggest and best tourist destination in the UK, it’s one of the best in the world too. Oozing history, culture, prestige, style, and everything else in between, this city should not be missed. Shop til you drop on Oxford street, stuff yourself silly with fish and chips, catch a West End show, get a glimpse of the Queen at Buckingham Palace, hear Big Ben chime at noon – the list is endless!
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