3 interesting UK cities to visit instead of London
The City of London is one of the most visited cities in the world attracting an incredible 20 million visitors a year from abroad While it is a great city, without doubt, there are plenty of other wonderful cities in the UK that deserve your attention. If you’ve already visited London, forget about visiting London again on your next trip to the UK and try one of these historical English Cities.
Liverpool is more than just the city that hosts the legendary Anfield stadium and its famous football club. It is a beautiful maritime city in the Northwest of the country which has a rich culture and history. Home to the Beatles this city, of course, offers a Vibrant Nightlife and Music Scene, as well as great local and international dining options.
Liverpool’s main architectural attractions are Liverpool’s Spectacular Cathedral, the Iconic Liver Building, and the Old Victorian Royal Albert Docks which host many nice restaurants, bars, and cafes. The city has a number of very interesting museums which include The World Museum, The Merseyside Maritime Museum, and The Beatles story. The latter celebrates the lives of the fab 4 with lots of memorabilia and interactive exhibitions. Beatles fans can also head to the Legendary Cavern where the Beatles began their incredible career.
Football fans can arrange a tour of Anfield Stadium or if they lucky try to catch a live game when the Reds are playing. There is also the blue half of the city that supports local rivals Everton who’s tickets are likely more easily attainable. If these teams are playing during your visit you expect there to be a lively atmosphere! Go on a cheap UK break to Liverpool and you will not be disappointed!
The city of Bath is, without doubt, one of the country’s most beautiful and historically important cities in the country. The city was in fact named after the famous Baths built by the Romans as a Spa Complex in 43 BC. The baths have survived the test of time with the Roman historic site having been preserved remarkably well. The Baths are the city’s biggest tourist attraction in the region of 1 million visitors a year. While it is no longer possible to actually bathe here visitors can see the Roman baths and view an exhibition in the museum. There are a number of other ruins that can be seen across the city such as the Grand Pump room opposite the Roman Baths which was once a Roman venue for social events.
What the Romans left behind are not the only historic sites of interest. Bath is also home to some of the most impressive Georgian architecture that can be seen in the country. The Royal Crescent which was completed in 1774 features 30 houses attached to one another position in the shape of a crescent. The Royal Crescent is a remarkable piece of architecture which now includes a museum, hotel, and spa inside the complex.
Another city which was once fully under Roman influence is the City of York. York was founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago and given the name Eboracum. While the Roman City walls of York still remain it was the Vikings who had perhaps the greatest influence on this city. During the 9th century, 200 years after the Romans had abandoned Eboracum, Northern England was conquered by the Vikings. York, as it is still known, became the capital of the Viking Kingdom and was held by the Vikings until the Norman Conquest.
York is a truly historic town which is a fascinating place to visit in England. The Jorvik Viking center allows guests to imagine traveling back in time and witness the City of York under the Vikings, while the York Dungeon tells us the bloody tales of this city. Other interesting sites include The York Minster, the cities Gothic Cathedral and 14th-century street known as ‘The Shambles’. Despite its place in history, York is a modern city where the Roman Walls encircle lively restaurants, quirky bars and a growing number of boutique cafes. This place is well worth a visit and by the UK standards offers good value for money.