Is there more to Britain than London?

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Big Ben and Westminster Bridge (source: subherwal)

Most people are travelling to London and not from. But here’s why you should give other places around England a chance. Of course London has its allure because it’s the capital, it’s home to the Queen of England and it’s a bustling city bursting with life, entrepreneurs, and shops. Even a monopoly board was dedicated to the streets of London! But what about elsewhere in England?

Edinburgh

View from Edinburgh Castle (source: cat_collector)

Edinburgh the capital of Scotland is a wonderful city and according to the Culture Trip, it is the second most popular destination following London. This is because Scotland’s capital offers beautiful sights, exudes quintessentially British culture and has a never ending list of things to do: Edinburgh Castle, The National Museum of Scotland, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and of course the Edinburgh International Festival to name only a few. The festival was established in the 1940’s and every August there are a series of performances selected to inspire the public and showcase the work of incredible creators (https://www.eif.co.uk/). If you’re intrigued, but still want to visit London then it’s worth allotting a couple days and taking a train ride to Edinburgh to give the place a chance (https://www.virail.co.uk/train-london-edinburgh). You won’t be disappointed!

Liverpool & Manchester

Liverpool and Manchester are just 2 hours away from London on the train and 30-60mins away from each other, but, they offer an entirely different experience from London. When most people hear these cities their first thoughts are of football (Liverpool F.C., Man. United, Man. City) but there is some much more.

Liverpool

The Beatles Statues in Liverpool (Source: NH53 )

The Beatles are from Liverpool! Yes, one most famous English rock band’s first formed here. You can take a tour to discover more about their past and visit the places they often frequented such as the infamous Penny Lane .

Shopping in Liverpool ONE is incredible and has notably been dubbed one of the best in Europe as it’s packed with shops, bars and restaurants (http://www.visitliverpool.com/). If you’d like to check out the culture and do some sightseeing then there is no better place to visit than the Liverpool Cathedral, the largest of Cathedral in the UK. This place of worship is an architectural beauty with intricately designed, stained glass windows which are elegantly bold and captivating.

In Manchester

Street Art in Manchester (Source: Robin Parker)

If you’re looking for an event to go to or a fun night out in Manchester then there are multiple options. Two popular choices include partying in the Northern Quarter and watching a performance at the Royal Exchange Theatre (https://www.royalexchange.co.uk/). The Northern Quarter is the perfect place to sip some classy cocktails with friends, let your hair loose and dance the night away. On the other hand, the theatre is brilliant if want a more relax evening and you love watching live performances. The performances are often based on famous literary books written by those such as Shakespeare and Jane Austen. For those interested in educational learning, the Museum of Science and Industry is an excellent place to spend the morning, especially if you have children. If you’re just looking to explore the city then you might want to seek out some of the cities street art pieces. There are numerous guides online which identify the best art pieces, so it’s recommended that you find the most recent guides to give yourself the best chance seeing some art.

Leeds

Leeds City Centre (Source: Jorge Franganillo)

Leeds is a city with so much to do whether you are swayed towards nature, shopping, partying, culture or food. The architecture of the city is reminiscent of the Victorian era with some buildings dating back to even earlier times. There are numerous Universities situated in the city which means it has a high student population and buzzing nightlife throughout the week. Modern and indie cafes can be found dotted all over the city so you can sit down and take a well earned break from shopping in the Trinity Centre whenever you feel the need (https://trinityleeds.com/).

York

York  (source: Magnus Hagdorn)

Whilst you are in Leeds it may also be worth visiting York since it is only a short (and super cheap) train ride away. York is a quiet city, well known for its natural beauty so it is the perfect place to go for an a morning walking. For you Harry Potter buffs, did you know that the station was used as a filming location and portrayed as King’s Cross Station? After a morning walk, if you’re looking for a place to eat or drink then you should take a trip to the famous Betty’s Cafe Tea Room, situated in the heart of York. Betty’s are famous for their afternoon British Cream Teas which, if you’re unfamiliar, consists of a pot of tea and scones with all the delicious extras: butter, jam & clotted cream (https://www.bettys.co.uk/), typically consumed in the afternoon. It’s delightful!


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