The Best Cities to Visit in the United Kingdom

The UK and Ireland have some of the most famous cities in the world. Whether you are travelling for history or culture, you will find a great city to visit for you. From the iconic buildings of London or the Roman Spas of Bath, the UK and Ireland have a wide variety.

There are many castles and palaces to explore, in all the cities. Some of these are still in use including the Buckingham and Holyrood Palaces.

You’ll find art galleries and museums to visit, many of which are free to enter in all the cities. From science and natural history museums to railway museums, you name it you will find it. Britain and Ireland also have some very famous exports, and you’ll be able to explore these further. Whether taking a visit to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, or Whiskey distilleries in Scotland and the Guinness storehouse in Dublin.

Have a look below at our guide to some of the best cities to visit in the UK.

Bath, England

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Bath is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. With history dating back centuries, the city is famous for its Roman Spa baths. The key areas of the city are walkable, but if you would rather take the bus, you’ll find sightseeing tours available.

Bath has a unique architectural style, with all buildings constructed with the distinctive Bath stone.

On the edge of the beautiful English countryside, Bath has some beautiful open spaces, including Prior Park on the southern edge of the city. 

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When to travel:

Most popular month – July to September
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – Spring

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Belfast, the Capital of Northern Ireland, has had a politically tumultuous past, but is a beautiful city well worth a visit. While there be sure to take look at the parliament buildings at Stormont and the City Hall in Donegal Square.

There is an abundance of culture to take in, including the Titanic museum and the Ulster museum. Outdoor spaces include Ormeau Park and the botanic gardens.

There are also tours available to go out of the city to visit the Giants Causeway, an incredible natural phenomenon. Discover more things to do in Belfast.

When to travel:

Most popular month – the summer months of July and August, and popular in January
For the Weather – July and August
Best deals – Spring months

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Birmingham, England

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Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK. It has a variety of architectural styles. Some of the more traditional style buildings include Birmingham town hall, which is an incredible Roman Revival building. A must visit for shopping lovers, the bullring shopping centre is a distinctive contemporary building with a unique style.

When to travel:

Most popular month – Similar throughout the year
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – Some of the best deals can be found in the summer

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Cambridge, England

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Cambridge is one of Britain’s major university city. Situated on the River Cam it has a history that dates back more than 800 years. There are many colleges to explore including the world-famous Kings College.

Great St Mary’s Church is in the centre of the city and is an example of great traditional architecture you’ll find throughout the city. This includes many of the ancient bridges that cross the Cam. One of the best ways to see the city is by a punt on the Cam, where you can sit back and relax while taking in the sights.

You’ll find art galleries and museums. Cambridge also has many festivals and events throughout the year including the Cambridge Folk Festival.

When to travel:

Most popular month – Popular in early Spring and summer months
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – Good deals can be found in the Autumn

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Cardiff, Wales

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Cardiff is the capital of Wales and situated on the banks of the Bristol Channel. It has an abundance of history and the castle is well worth a visit.

Cardiff is a bustling city with a lively nightlife. Head to the Cardiff Bay area of the city for the bars and places to eat. This is also the area of the city where you will find shows and festivals throughout the year.

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When to travel:

Most popular months – Autumn months between August and November
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – Good deals can be found in the Spring months

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Cork, Ireland

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Cork is a university city in the south of Ireland. Situated on the banks of the river Lee, the city is home to one of the largest natural harbours in the world. You’ll find things to do including tours of some of the local whiskey distilleries, including the Jameson Experience. Head to Patrick’s Street for the main shopping area.

An excursion to the nearby Blarney, where you can visit the castle. Or maybe you’ll want to kiss the stone, a tradition which is supposed to bring the kisser the ‘gift of the gab’.

When to travel:

Most popular month – Summer months July and August
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – Good deals can be found in the Autumn

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Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin is the capital of Ireland situated on the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin has a traditional feel, but with. It has a lively feel in the evening so head to the Temple Bar area of the city, where you’ll find pubs, restaurants and traditional Irish music.

While in Dublin, be sure to take in a visit to the Guinness distillery and explore where they produce what is perhaps Ireland’s most famous export, and make sure you see the world-famous St James’ Gate. If you prefer whiskey, you’ll also find the Jameson’s distillery.

If you like sport, you’re also catered for with two magnificent stadiums in Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium.

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When to travel:

Most popular month – Dublin is popular in January in the winter and July in the summer
For the Weather – July and August
Best deals – Spring months

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Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a great traditional city, with an abundance of history and culture. Be sure to see the Royal Mile, along which a large percentage of the cities things to do is based. At one end you’ll find Holyrood Palace and the Scottish parliament. At the other Edinburgh Castle overlooks the city.

Edinburgh plays host to many events throughout the year, not least of which at Christmas, when there is a large Christmas market, and New Year, where you’ll find the world-famous Hogmanay celebrations.

Scotland is famous for its whiskeys and if you want to find out more, the whiskey experience is for you. You’ll also get to try some whiskey from some of the worlds most famous brands. There are many fine museums in Edinburgh, not least of which is the National Museum of Scotland.

For fantastic views of the whole city, head to Arthurs seat. Discover more things to do in Edinburgh.

When to travel:

Most popular month – Edinburgh is popular between July and September and December for the Christmas markets and Hogmanay.
For the Weather – July to August
Best deals – Autumn months

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Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and dates to the medieval period. Its architectural style is primarily Victorian. It also has several contemporary buildings. One such example is the Glasgow The Armadillo building, who’s official name is the Clyde Auditorium, is a contemporary building designed by Foster and Partners.

While in the city there are several tours available to visitors. Be sure to see the Malt Whiskey and Distillery Tour, which shows off Scotland’s famous export. The city is also home to the Old Firm derby, one of the biggest rivalries in world football. fan.

There are many great excursions to go on from Glasgow. Some of the most spectacular scenery is on offer including to the world-famous Loch Ness.

When to travel:

Most popular month – Glasgow is most popular in the summer months and also in January.
For the Weather – July and August
Best deals – Spring months

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Liverpool, England

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Famous the world over as the home of the Beatles, Liverpool has much more to offer any visitor. It has a spectacular riverfront on the banks of the Mersey, with iconic buildings such as the Royal Liver Building at the forefront. There are other architectural buildings including the Liverpool Catholic Cathedral.

The key areas of the city are accessible on foot, and there are several tours available. Of course, there are also bus sightseeing tours and river cruises which are also great ways to see the city.

For any Beatles fan, a visit to the Cavern Club is a must. Liverpool is also home to one of England’s most successful football clubs, so be sure to take in a tour of Anfield.

When to travel:

Most popular month – Most popular in January and the summer months.
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – Best deals can be found in the Autumn

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London, England

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London is the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the most visited cities in the world. With an incredible history that dates back thousands of years, you will never run out of things to do. From the Tower of London to the modern buildings in the centre of the city, London caters for everybody.

For fantastic views of the city book a trip on the London Eye, the Shard. Or for something a bit different, the sky garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie Building.

London has many museums and galleries. Many of these are free to enter, including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, The National Gallery and many more.

There are many famous landmarks to take in including Westminster Abbey, Parliament including Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. These can be walked if you’re feeling adventurous or you can take it all in on a bus tour.

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When to travel:

Most popular months – London is popular throughout the year
For the Weather – Late Spring to early Autumn
Best deals – The best deals can be found in early Spring

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Manchester, England

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Manchester is the third largest city in England. While there take a look at the impressive Victorian town hall building which is situated in Albert Square and Lancaster House which dates to Manchester’s time as a textile centre.

There are many tours available of the city by bus, or you can use Britain’s largest tram network. If you like your football then Manchester has two stadium tours, for two of the biggest clubs in the world. You will also be able to visit the Manchester museum which houses artefacts from around the world. In the Whitworth Art Gallery, you will find paintings from some of the most famous artists from around the world.

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When to travel:

Most popular month – Popular in July and in December when you’ll find the Christmas markets.
For the Weather – June to August
Best deals – Spring months

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Newcastle, England

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Newcastle is a city in the North East of England that sits on the banks of the River Tyne. Visit the spectacular Gateshead Millennium bridge, an iconic arch shaped bridge that crosses the river.

One of the biggest stadiums in the UK, the St James’ Park tour is a must for any football fan. Every year Newcastle plays host to the Great North Run, the biggest half marathon in the world.

Newcastle has a lively nightlife and has a wide range of pubs and restaurants.

When to travel:

Most popular month – May and June
For the Weather – July and August
Best deals – Autumn months

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Oxford, England

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Oxford, like Cambridge, is a major university city of the UK. With a history dating to Anglo-Saxon period, Oxford has a traditional architectural style. Some of the famous colleges include Somerville, Trinity and Keble.

Things to do in Oxford include a visit to the castle, bus tours and sightseeing walks of the universities.

You’ll find Oxford a great location to make some excursions. Just outside of the city you’ll find Blenheim Palace. The birthplace of Winston Churchill is an incredible, grand building with beautiful grounds.

When to travel:

Most popular month – Summer months and early Autumn
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – September to November

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Portsmouth, England

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Portsmouth, a port city on the south coast of England, is a city famous for its historic dockyard. For spectacular views a trip to the top of the Spinnaker Tower is a must. Shaped like the sail of a boat, this impressive structure stands at 170 metres tall and in its short history has become one of the symbols of the city

A visit to the historic docks is a must when in Portsmouth, with HMS Victory, Lord Nelsons boat in the battle of Trafalgar a key attraction. Other major ships on the site include King Henry VIII Mary Rose.  

When to travel:

Most popular month – Portsmouth is most popular in July
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – Autumn months

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York, England

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Situated on the banks of the River Ouse and Foss, York is a walled city that has a history that dates to the Roman times. It also has a Viking history which can be explored Jorvik Viking Centre. It is also home to the largest gothic church in northern Europe, known as York Minster. With ancient roads and

There are many things to do in York including visits to the National Railway Museum. You can also take a tour by boat along the River Ouse, or around the city on foot.

Tours out of the city include to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. These are perhaps two of the most naturally beautiful areas in the

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When to travel:

Most popular month – Summer months
For the Weather – June to September
Best deals – Autumn months

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