In 2018, London was the second most visited city in the entire world, with nearly 20 million visitors making their way to the Big Smoke. Of course, there is a good reason for this; London is an amazing city with so much to see and do. However, if you’re planning a trip to the UK, London is certainly not the only great place to visit. To give you some ideas, here are five places to visit in the UK that aren’t London.
One of the coolest cities in the entire country, Bristol is fantastic for those looking for a combination of history, culture, and fun. It’s a great place to check out street art – world-renowned artist Banksy calls the city home – plus it has some of the chicest neighborhoods in the UK, such as Clifton, Stokes Croft, and Harbourside. As a university city, there’s plenty of trendy places to get a drink and a bite to eat, and unlike London, it won’t break the bank.
Easily one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, York’s center has remained largely unchanged since Medieval times. Wandering down its cobblestoned streets and admiring the quaint traditional buildings will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. If you’re interested in history, there are loads of historical sights and museums to enjoy, such as York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre, and York Dungeon.
Known as the gay capital of the UK, Brighton is a seaside city that really has lots going for it. As well as having one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in the country, the city is also famed for its eclectic architecture. A great example of this is the Royal Pavilion, which wouldn’t look out of place in Asia. And who could resist a few days by the sea, with a pebble beach and a pier full of fun attractions?
Once a grey industrial city, Sheffield has blossomed in recent years into a hip and happening place to be. It’s an incredibly green city with lots of parks and botanical gardens, plus it’s just a short ride on the train to the stunning landscapes of the Peak District.
Sheffield is also well-known for its live music scene, from small intimate gigs in pubs to major international names at the DSA Fly Arena.
While the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, gets lots of visitors – it’s the second most visited city in the UK – if you’re looking for a more rough and ready Scottish destination, you should head to Glasgow.
Fans of Indian food will be happy here; it’s the UK’s unofficial curry capital and is actually where the chicken tikka masala was invented. However, it’s shopping where Glasgow really comes into its own. If you’re ready to splash the cash, you’ll be spoiled for choice with its range of shopping centers and high-street favorites, as well as a large number of vintage stores to browse.