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A guide to spending a day in the cities of the UK

Updated on May 4, 2011

If you have a day to spare, whether you are north or south, east or west, the UK has great number of excellent cities to explore. From history and culture to shopping and sport, the guide below explores just some of the UK cities that provide such attractions in abundance.

Lying in the south west of England, just 2 hours from London, Bath is a city that provides everything you need for a beautiful day out. Renowned for its Georgian architecture, the Royal Crescent is one of Baths most iconic sites. A row of 30 residential houses, it is one of the most prestigious addresses in the country, home to notable people for the last 200 years. The facades of the stylish houses have largely remained the same since their construction between 1767 and 1774 and has been the back drop for many films and tv series.

Bath - The Royal Crescent

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

The Jane Austen Centre

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

 Jane Austen is one of Bath's most famous residents and visitors. Bath was her home from 1801 to 1806 and this knowledge of the city is clear in two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, which are largely set in Bath. When spending the day in Bath, a visit to the Jane Austen Centre to view the permanent exhibition is an interesting way to spend your day, especially in rainy weather. The exhibition explores Bath in the time of Austen and how the city influenced her life and work.

Roman Baths

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

The Roman Baths are a must see attraction on your day trip to Bath. The site is a well preserved site for public bathing and a huge tourist attraction.  There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum.

Visitors cannot enter the water at the Baths, but audio tours in a variety of languages help the tourist be transported to the times it was full of bathing bodies. To experience magical waters for yourself, Bath has recently opened an attraction that imitates the Roman original.

Thermae Bath

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

 To revive tired muscles and experience a unique mix of past and present, treat yourself to a visit to the Bath Thermae Spa. The rooftop thermal waters contain over 42 different minerals and are set to the optimum bathing temperature of 33.5 degrees (92 fahrenheit). The spa also offers numerous other treatments if you have more time on your hands. If not, relax in the ot pool to mull over your visit to the beautiful british city of Bath.

River Avon - Bath

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

A day in Cambridge - Punting

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

A day in Cambridge

 Cambridge is within easy reach of London, accessible by car, coach or train. There is so much to do and see in this picturesque city that you can easily fill a day or two. A visit to Cambridge is most often inspired by it's history of academia, beautiful architecture and it's river based fun! A huge tourists attraction in Cambridge is a trip down the river! Visitors can choose from a variety of tour companies that offer chauffered 'punts' past the sights of the city. Tours often take in numerous colleges, bridges and buildings of interest. Punting is also a way that many students line their pockets in the summer months, or you can even have a go yourself!

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

Cambridge Academia

Cambridge is most well known for its prestigious colleges. The city is scattered with the beautiful buildings that makes up the institute of learning that is Cambridge. As you wander the cobbled streets and narrow passages you will stumble across numerous hidden away courtyards, churches and libraries that form the various college's. King's college is one of the most well known and the largest of the colleges. The Chapel is a fine example of perpendicular (late gothic) architecture and is a true spectacle; not to be missed on your day out in cities of the UK. The large number of other colleges to be visited can also easily fill a day. Also do not forget the beautiful gardens attached to many colleges and the country pubs that line the river Cam for a relaxing drink amongst the cities diverse inhabitants and visitors.

Kings College

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

A day in Manchester - Old Trafford

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A day in the cities of the uK

Manchester - Sporting Prestige

Manchester in the south-central part of North West England, has long been a popular city in the UK. Now, known around the world for it's football.  Iconic players such as David Beckham and Eric Cantona have graced the Old Trafford stage, making Manchester United one of the most supported clubs in the world. The stadium runs guided tours of the dressing room and pitch; a fun family attraction. Old trafford is a great starting point on your day out in Manchester.

The Lowry, Manchester

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

Recently the older areas of the city have been rejuvenated by modern developments; now making Manchester one of the top cities for culture in the UK. The Manchester Quay now hosts the Northern Imperial War Museum and Lowry Museum. Lowry; one of the UK's finest painters based his work around the streets and people of Manchester. His work is suitably celebrated in this fabulous building demonstrating a combination of arts. The Northern Imperial War Museum also showcases Manchester's varied modern architecture in an iconic structure that many say represents all the facets of war. The Imperial War Museum hosts an excellent exhibition on World War two. Here you can experience the UK in wartime and learn about the role of Manchester. A perfect way to spend any day; especially in the rain!

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK


 Manchester is also a hive of activity when it comes to eating, drinking and shopping! the city has a whole host of excellent restaurants and hotels for any taste. The nightlife is also famously lively! To find yourself a special outfit for a Manchester night out, head to the Trafford Centre for a huge shopping experience. The indoor shopping mall offers all the shops you could possibly want, as well as some good opportunities for celebrity spotting. The Trafford centre is another idea to add to your day in the cities of the UK.

A day in York - York Minster

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

A guide to spending the day in the cities of the UK - York.

 Head to North Yorkshire and to the city of York. York is a walled city that has a rich heritage, founded by the Romans in 71 AD. It is halfway between London and Edinburgh and located on the river Ouse. York is most famously known for its historical university and great cathedral. York Minster is one of the greatest cathedrals in the world, built between the 1220's and 1470's it is an excellent example of an artistic and architectural masterpiece. The Minster is home to a community of Christian worship, so many services of music or readings can be enjoyed in the breathtaking space.

Bettys Tea Shop, York

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

 Bettys tea shop is another renowned attraction in the streets of York. Betty has a few shops around the country following her success in York. Bettys is a perfect lunchtime treat on your day trip to York. Head inside the quintessential tea shop for a perfect pot of tea, homemade cakes and jam and scones. From the warmth of the tea shop, here you can plan the rest of your day in the historical city.

York Dungeons

A day in the cities of the UK
A day in the cities of the UK

Cities of the UK

These are just a few of the excellent cities of the UK that offer a varied and enjoyable day out. I have mentioned only a few of the attractions offered by each city; my idea of how to spend a day in the cities of the UK.

If you would like to read more information on travel in the UK and overseas, check out some of our other articles.

York scares!

 Just 10 minutes from York station lies York dungeons! Discover the history of the UK's most haunted city if your feeling brave enough. The York dungeons offer a unique spine tingling experience of York's scary ghoulish past. The despicable attractions include Dick Turpine, the ghosts of York, bloody vikings and guy fawkes. The attraction offers group rates and an online booking discount. The dungeons are a perfect way to end an exhausting day amongst the city of York.






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