City status in the United Kingdom is granted by the monarch of the United Kingdom to a select group of communities: as of 2014, there are 69 cities in the United Kingdom – 51 in England, six in Wales, seven in Scotland and five in Northern Ireland.The holding of city status gives a settlement no special rights other than that of calling itself a "city". Nonetheless, this appellation carries its own prestige and, consequently, competitions for the status are hard fought.
Roman Baths – Founded in 44 AD, these Roman Baths are some of the most well preserved and impressive Europe. A visit includes the opportunity to gain insight into the lives of the ancient Romans as you explore and get up close to the baths themselves, the elegant statues overlooking the Great Bath, the original hot water which is known to have healing powers and the Temple, one of the most sacred sights in the complex
he Royal Crescent – The most prestigious address in Bath. This curved row of 30 Georgian townhouses set against a large green lawn is a photographers dream and is one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK. While nearly all of the townhouses are privately owned you can get a glimpse at the interior of No. 1 Royal Crescent which has been turned into a museum.
Bath Abbey – It is a very important part of Bath’s religious history with an Abbey having been on this piece of land since the 10th century. What I love most about the Abbey is the stained glass windows and the high vaulted ceiling. The windows, along with various other wall and floor plaques, are there to commemorate several notable people from the local population who served in war.
Prior Park – This lovely green space on the edge of town is best known for it Palladian Bridge which is one of only four left in the world. Designed by poet Alexander Pope with help from landscape gardener Capability Brown, this 28 acre landscaped garden is set on a dramatic site running down a small steep valley. From the top of the park and valley are spectacular views across the city.
Free Walking Tour – This isn’t like other free walking tours that accept tips as the only form of payment. The Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guideslead these walking tours for the satisfaction of knowing their visitors know the city a little better. Running mostly on weekends, you are guided around most of Bath’s most important sights while the guides tell tales and inform you of important pieces of history relating to Bath, its buildings and its residents.
Eden Project – Home to the largest rainforest in captivity, the Eden Project consists of two massive Biomes housing plants collected from different regions and climates around the world. It is open to visitors to explore and learn.
St Michael’s Mount – Accessible by a man made causeway, the Mount (as the locals call it) is a tidal island just of the coast that is home to a small population of about 35 people. On you visit explore the small village and head to the castle at the summit for spectacular views.
Lands End – Join the walking trails along the coastal paths that lead from Land’s End visitors centre. The scenery in this most westerly point of Cornwall is nothing short of breathtaking from the granite cliffs plunging into the sea to the lighthouse and other historic landmarks along with trail.
Beach-hop the West Coast – From Lands End take the road north along the west coast detouring off the main road to some of the cosy towns and golden sand beaches. Check out St Ives, Padstow and Newquay at a minimum and make your way all the way north to Bideford before continuing inland south.
Dartmoor National Park – 365 suqare miles of wooded nature, wooded moorland and snug little hamlets with cosy pubs is what you’ll find exploring this Devon gem. Hire a canoe on the River Dart, go for a hike or just simply relax in a pub.
Christ Church College – The most popular college to visit in Oxford. Check out the beautiful cathedral, green central courtyard, countless works of art and antiques and of course the dinning hall made famous by the Harry Potter movies
Climb the tower of St Mary the Virgin Church - – Climb the narrow spiral staircase of this 13th century tower for stunning views over the whole city and across the ‘dreaming spires’.
Radcliffe Square – This square is totally surrounded by some of Oxford’s most important and beautiful buildings including the Bodlein Library, St Mary’s church, The Sheldonian Theatre and its centrepiece, the Radcliffe Camera, an 18th century building used as the reading room for Bodlein Library.
Go Punting – Punting is a quintessential Oxford pastime. It involves a punter who stands on the end of a flat bottomed wooden boat using a long pole to propel the boat forward by pushing off the river bed. You can jump in a boat with an expert punter or hire one yourself and give it a go. Its a lot of fun!
Shopping in The Covered Market – This market was established in 1774 for local traders and artisans to sell their goods. Not much has changed since. You will find everything from meat and fresh produce to fashion and accessories.
Pier Head – Head straight down to the river and the Pier Head it take in your first bit of Liverpool history. Much of the city’s past prosperity came from this area and it can be found in the Three Graces, three important buildings that line the waterfront. While their not open to the public, it is a picturesque place to start your visit
Albert Dock – Down by the riverfront you’ll find the renovated Victorian warehouses of the Albert Dock. As well as being home to the Beatles Story (see below), you’ll find four free museums: Tate Liverpool, the Maritime Museum, the Customs and Excise Museum and the Museum of International Slavery. The dock is a great place to visit in the evening as it’s full of trendy bars and restaurants.
The Beatles Story - Fans of The Beatles, or even just fans of music in general won’t want to to miss this museum completely dedicated to the work of this pop music phenomenon. An audio-guided takes you around the museum that details the lives of the band members, their music and how they shot to fame.
Magical Mystery Tour – If you haven’t had enough Beatles after visiting the museum then jump abroad this fun tour. Many of the places associated with the Beatles are located outside the city centre and this tour takes you to them all. There’s commentary by a live guide or on an MP3 player as you go from place to place.
Mersey Ferry – Get the best view of hilly Liverpool but taking the 50 minute Mersey Ferry along the river. Seeing a place from the water is always a must on our list because it lets you see if from a new perspective in a leisurely way.
York Minster - Experience an overview of Montreal on this guided, 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of the city. Visit over 200 points of interest and many of Montreal’s top attractions and historical sites — like Notre-Dame Basilica, Chinatown, Mount Royal Park, Olympic Stadium, Saint Joseph's Oratory, Old Port and Old Montreal, to name just a few. Hop aboard a comfortable motor coach and get to know the largest city in Quebec, with live commentary from a professional tour conductor. Montreal hotel pickup and drop-off included.
City Walls – There are three miles of encircling medieval walls around the city of York. These walls have been maintained and restored over the centuries and still contain many remnants of the original Roman wall structure. The view from the walls over the rooftops of York is lovely too.
The Shambles – This bustling historic York street is one of the UK’s most visited. The street is lined with quaint shops, restaurants, museums and tour offices where you can book ghost walks and historic talks of the area. The overhanging timber-framed buildings date back as far as the 14th century and have famously been home to butchers, with up to 25 shops being located along the street at one time. Now none remain but the street still has lots of charm.
(Drive: The drive to York from Kendal is just over 2 hours if you drive straight there. However we suggest a bit of a detour to visit Hadrian’s Wall which would almost double your driving time.)
Cruise Lake Windermere – For a picture perfect introduction to the region hop aboard a cruise on the areas most popular lake, Windermere. There are short 45 minute cruises of longer 3 hour cruise available that take in different parts of the lake You can even buy a 24 hour pass to keep coming back for more.
Explore the Villages – There a so many quaint villages scattered around the Dales. From the tasty sounding Appletreewick and Buttertub, to the bigger villages of Bedale, Leyburn and Skipton; each has cobbled street, specialist shops, pretty tea rooms and cosy pubs.
Gordale Scar – This stunning double water fall cuts through the rock and cascades down through the rocks. You can climb up the center of the waterfall and walk around the top of the valley which offers beautiful views.
Explore the Caves Caves – The limestone rich Yorkshire Dales is riddled with cave systems many of them open for visitors to explore. There is no one best cave to visit and no one website for them all but the Yorkshire Dales official tourist site has lots of information to get you started.
National Railway Museum – Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating railway history at the National Railway Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic, Japanese Bullet Train simulation or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains.
Jorvik Viking Centre – Travel back 1,000 years to a traditional Viking village and learn about how Vikings lived in this time period. The displays even create the traditional sounds and smells of the time further immersing you into the Viking way of life.
Punting – This is quintessentially Cambridge. Of course this is also done in Oxford as mentioned above, but according to those from Cambridge, not half as well. This is a great way to see the back of seven of the colleges and their bridges.
Kings College & Chapel – No visit to Cambridge would be complete without a visit to one of its colleges and Kings is the best. Founded in 1441, you can explore parts of the college for a fee and of course visit the Chapel which is one of the finest examples of late Perpendicular Gothic architecture. It has a very impressive vaulted ceiling and walls lined with equally impressive stained glass.
Walking Tour – Oxbridge Tours offers daily 90 minute walking tours of Cambridge led by the students attending the colleges in the city. Its a great way to get a quick history lesson and see some of the cities most popular sites.
The Eagle Pub – There are lots of great pubs in Cambridge but this is the only one with WWII airmen graffiti on the walls and ceiling. Grab a pint and take a seat in the RAF bar at the back of the pub to read some of the messages left by the airmen.
The Fitzwilliam Museum – This museum explores the history of Cambridge dating back 3,500 years. Its free and they have a fantastic collection of artifacts and displays that offer a fascinating insight into early life in Cambridge.
The Coca-Cola London Eye is a major feature of London's skyline. It boasts some of London's best views from its 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes and holding up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London's most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes!
Madame Tussauds, you'll come face-to-face with some of the world's most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Lady Gaga you'll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even royalty. Strike a pose with Usain Bolt, get close to One Direction or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen
Tower of London Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world's most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king's bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels.
The View from shard - Rise high above London and see the city's iconic skyline from a unique perspective, with views stretching up to 40 miles (64km). Spot the likes of the Coca-Cola London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and Wembley Stadium from The View from The Shard's observation deck, which sits 800ft (244m) up Western Europe's tallest building.
Westminster Abbey - Fully deserving of its world heritage status, more than one million visitors a year flock to this 700-year-old building. Head to one of its highly popular tours and take in a site steeped in the history of British Kings and Queens of old.
St Paul’s Cathedral - With its world-famous dome, St Paul's is a major feature on the London skyline. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710, it houses famous works of art and intricate mosaics. Climb to the top of the spiral staircase for amazing panoramic views of the city.
The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to 500 species of aquatic life, from sharks and piranhas to Nemo-style clownfish. Don't miss the daily feeds and talks, where you see sharks and species usually found in coral reefs and rainforests enjoying their lunch. A much nicer way to surround yourself with water than being soaked outdoors!
Hop on Hop off Tour - Book in advance for one of the best selling London tours. Enjoy the freedom to hop on and off the sightseeing buses and explore the city in depth.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - Have a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. See first-hand the sets, costumes, and props used in all the Harry Potter films, and step inside some of the films' locations including the Great Hall, Dumbledore's office and Hagrid's hut.
Stonehenge Tours - Take a tour to the awe-inspiring Stonehenge, from London, and explore an area that has fascinated millions for generations Travel from London to Stonehenge on a day trip, and take in other sites along the way, such as the cities of Bath and Oxford. Browse the top tours from London to Stonehenge below, with experienced tour guides, and convenient coach travel to all destinations.
Windsor Castle - London weekend breaks can easily include the picturesque town of Windsor, which is only a short train journey away. Wander around the quaint town shops, take an open-top bus tour, glide along the river on a boat trip, and walk around The Queen's official place of residence.
The Cotswolds - See idyllic countryside villages, undulating green hills, gorgeous limestone buildings, beautiful gardens and old pubs on what is easily one of the best weekend trips from London. Keep your camera ready on this one-day tour of The Cotswolds the bustling market towns are great for gentle strolls and relaxed minds.
Warwick Castle is only a couple of hours from London, and it has it all. Scale the towers, descend into the dungeons, stroll through the landscaped gardens, see the world's largest medieval siege machine in operation, wander the stately halls, and enjoy the audio-visual Time Tower experience with characters from 1,100 years of history.
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This cool venue housed under railway arches showcases an incredibly diverse range of music to a warm and friendly crowd. Cargo's tasty global street food canteen is not to be missed either. Free entry before 10pm on Fridays.
Expect an arty, friendly crowd including plenty of students at this award-winning arts and entertainment venue. Corsica Studios in South London offers two rooms of music and a bar. A great choice if you're into dubstep and garage. The place to go for new, exciting and experimental sounds.
Egg London is a stylish venue spread across three intimate floors. Reminiscent of an Ibiza club, it's the outdoor courtyard that really makes Egg stand out. Cool off, chill out and have a drink under the night sky. Watch the sun come up at Egg's Sunday morning breakfast session
OWith three floors, a great sound system and light shows in the main room, Heaven is a club for people that really want to party. Look out for cheap student nights and the flagship Heaven Saturdays G-A-Y night, plus regular live music events.
Camden's multi-layered KOKO nightclub boasts a full events calendar of live music and DJ-led club nights, including the popular Buttoned Down Disco, Guilty Pleasures, and Club NME. Playing to a range of musical tastes, KOKO's music policy covers everything from rock and pop to blues and dance music.
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