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Top 10 cities in UK to visit in summer 2019

Updated on July 4, 2019

1. London

The sprawling metropolis of London is a visitors dream with so many historical and cultural activities, and entertainment venues, it’s difficult to know where to begin. A good placeto start your trip during the summer is the River Thames which neatly divides the city into the north and south regions. Get off at the central Tower Hill tube stop and you’ll find the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, plus river cruises, art galleries, shops, restaurants and cafés galore. And that’s just one tube stop you can start your UK traveling in season 2019.

2. Manchester

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Nicknamed ‘Cottonopolis’ for its multitude of cotton mills in the 19th century, Manchester was right at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Nearly all of the world’s cotton goods were produced here right up until the early 20th century. Today Manchester is a bustling cosmopolitan city known for its art and music scene. But you can still find fascinating reminders of its industrial past in the Northern Quarter where former cotton mills have been developed into contemporary living and office spaces.

3. Liverpool

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Home town of the Fab Four, Beatles fans will find plenty of nostalgic references to Beatlemania here in Liverpool is one of the most fascinating cities in 2019 summer. Popular tours include the Beatles Story, a museum tour of their lives with plenty of memorabilia, and the guided Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. With this you’ll visit Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, The Cavern Club, and childhood homes of John Lennon’s house & Paul McCartney.

4. Birmingham

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A city with a buzz, what Birmingham lacks in history it certainly makes up for in culture and nightlife. Some of the best bands to come out of Britain in the 80′s and 90′s originated from Birmingham. Located in the midlands, the city is most definitely multi-cultural, making for a diverse range of choice when it comes to eating out. For chocolate lovers a must-visit is Cadbury World, a self-guided tour which tells the story of chocolate and a chance to make your own confectionary.

5. York

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The northern city of York is one of the most historically preserved and beautiful cities in Britain. Many of York’s buildings are grade II listed and a famous medieval street to visit is The Shambles, which has a collection of 14th century timber framed buildings. York was a fortress in Roman times and later an important Norman stronghold for William the Conqueror, its impressive walls and Norman castle can still be visited today. York is also home to York Minster which is one of the largest and ornate cathedrals in Northern Europe.

6. Blackpool

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Best known as a summer holiday resort for Brits, and for it’s weekend hen’s parties, this west coast town is all about letting your hair down. Chock full of amusement arcades, fun rides, pubs and night clubs, there’s also a prevailing beach culture if the weather’s behaving itself. If you’re looking for a place where there’s plenty to do for families, then Blackpool definitely delivers with amusement parks like Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Waterpark. Simple holiday pleasures are to be had in Blackpool, such as taking a walk on the beach during thew few good days in July 2019, riding the ferris wheel or munching fish and chips on the promenade.

7. Bristol

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This major shipping port in England’s south west is set on the River Severn and has a historic Old City along with lots of interesting maritime attractions. For a small city it packs a punch when it comes to culture with an eclectic arts and music scene. Shopping here is a pleasure with plenty of independent and specialist stores displaying wares by talented locals. Bristol is also a good base if you wish to explore the Cotswolds and the Mendips, both an hour’s drive away.

8. Oxford

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British poet Matthew Arnold famously described Oxford’s skyline as having ‘dreaming spires’ and the phrase has been used ever since about this academic city. Being the home of Oxford University, Oxford is predominantly a scholarly town and has many cultural, historic and academic attractions. Popular things to do include, punting on the River Cherwell, watching an Oxford University rowing crew in action, renting a bicycle and exploring the cycleways, and visiting Blackwell’s Bookshop which boasts the largest room of books in Europe.

9. Brighton

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The southern coastal town of Brighton is easily reached from London by train, which makes it a popular place for a day trip. Some popular tourist things to do while visiting Brighton include, visiting the Brighton Pier, an iconic landmark dating back to the late 1800′s, and purchasing a striped stick of Brighton Rock candy. Brighton’s pebbled beach is perhaps not the best for sunbathing but swimming here is as popular on a hot summer’s day as it was in the Victorian era till 21 century nowadays.

10. Bath

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The World Heritage city of Bath in Somerset is renowned for its Roman archaeology, its wonderful Thermae Bath Spa and many cultural attractions. The architectural feel of the city is Georgian thanks to elegant buildings of this era in the historical centre. Claims to fame include Bath’s Royal Crescent, one of the most picturesque streets in Britain, and Bath Abbey, one of the country’s largest Gothic churches.

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      Liz Westwood 

      9 months ago from UK

      You have compiled an interesting list. Which ones have you visited? I was in Liverpool a while ago. The developments around the Albert Dock area are impressive

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      9 months ago

      Informative article with interesting places to visit regardless of how long you plan to stay. Thank you for sharing.

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