We all know that I’m a fan of a UK city break – there’s nothing better than getting on a train and exploring a new city in your own country. You get to have time away from home and enjoy new surroundings but you don’t need to worry about exchanging currency, getting travel insurance or booking flights. Over the last few years I’ve had the chance to visit a number of different cities in the UK and I’ve put together my favourites.
Liverpool is only a couple of hours away from Birmingham by train and there’s a reason why it was the European Capital of Culture in 2008. There’s plenty of places for you to soak up the culture from the Albert Docks to the Cavern Club where the Beatles famously played. If you’re a Beatles fan then this is definitely the city for you and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to stay with Liverpool hostel providers Euro Hostel offering several options for you to stay at. They also have a few recommendations within the city so if you’re looking for a good time, make sure you check out the pirate themed bar The Smugglers Cove or the popular bar Heebie Jeebies.
I’d not heard a lot about Bristol before I visited, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how vibrant a city it is. I spent the weekend wandering around the shops in Cabot Circus and getting lost in the huge Primark before having dinner at Za Za Bazaar, an all you can eat world buffet. I also recommend the museum which is free and has a wonderful archaeology collection. You can also visit the famous Clifton Suspension bridge and take a look in the Clifton Caves.
I’ve never actually stayed in Edinburgh, but I’ve spent several full days wandering around the Scottish capital and taking in the culture. I’d love to properly visit for the weekend and go to the castle and the zoo which I’ve not had the chance to do before. I highly recommend an open top bus tour, it’s a great way to see the city and you get to learn a lot about the history too. I also recommend Camera Obscura if you’re into optical illusions.
I’m definitely biased when I talk about Winchester as it’s where I went to uni and I’ll be moving back later on this year to start a Masters degree, but it really is a wonderful city and I think everyone should visit. There’s so much history as it used to be the capital of England in the 1500s and the cathedral is stunning. There’s plenty of museums to visit and if you’re into your walks, there’s so much beautiful countryside surrounding the city – I recommend a walk up to St Catherine’s Hill.