Although you might think the best place to be in the summer is on the beach, the best UK cities may be right on your doorstep. Whether you are going for a day trip, a long weekend or a week, there’s plenty of places to choose from. If you’re into history and culture, then a staycation will have plenty to offer you. You also won’t need to spend hours hanging around an airport to have a fantastic holiday. Here’s some of my favourite UK cities that I think everyone should visit this summer.
Although London can be a bit of a nightmare when it’s this hot, it really is a great place to be in the summer. There’s so many different museums for you to visit (and most of them are free!) whether you’re into history, nature or science, there’s something for everyone. If you’re feeling daring, you could climb up . the O2 Arena like my friend Kariss did recently (you can read her post here) or you can go see a West End show. My favourite shows that I have seen so far are Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Lion King.
There’s so much to do in the city, you will never be bored. It’s probably best that you avoid the underground in this heat though, if you walk around the city you will be able to take in all of the sights along the way. If you’re a foodie, then there’s a great choice of places to eat. I recommend taking a walk down Brick Lane to find somewhere to eat if you are in East London.
Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland is one of my favourite UK cities. I’ve only been for day trips each time I’ve visited. Next time I go, I would love to stay for a whole weekend. I would have a look into Fraser Suites Edinburgh if I needed somewhere to stay. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city and so rich with history too. I recommend a walk up to the castle stopping at Camera Obscura on the way. Although I haven’t been inside the castle myself, but it’s definitely on my list for next time, as is the zoo.
I also recommend The Elephant House if you are a Harry Potter fan. This gorgeous little cafe is where J K Rowling wrote parts of the first Harry Potter book. If you haven’t got time to visit in the summer, then try and get there for the Christmas markets. I loved seeing the city lit up with all of the Christmas lights, it was really magical.
Although Leeds isn’t an obvious choice, it’s fast becoming one of my favourite places to visit. I’ve been twice so far this year and each time I’ve been, I’ve discovered new places. The Kitty Cafe is a great place to go if you love cats as much as I do. Each time I’ve been, I’ve had a great time and everyone I’ve been with has loved it too. I also really recommend visiting Trinity Kitchen if you are looking for something to eat. Plus, everyone up north is really friendly so you should definitely visit!
Of course I’m going to recommend my home city of Birmingham. I thought it would be wrong if I didn’t include it. Birmingham is such a vibrant city and so full of culture. In the city centre, there are plenty of things for you to do. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is free to get in and at the moment has Dippy the Dinosaur visiting (although you will need to book tickets for this). There’s also the Sealife Centre, Cadbury World and Think Tank. If you’re into theatre, then you could go see a show at the Hippodrome and then head to the best Chinese buffet in town, Ming Moon which is directly opposite.