1. Edinburgh

Edinburgh is Scotland’s charming capital city, complete with an imposing Castle atop a volcanic plug overlooking the entire city. It is undeniably beautiful and filled with such magnificent architecture that a visit to the UK would not be complete without a visit to Edinburgh.
Wander up the Royal Mile and admire the ‘closes’ that help define the city, visit Edinburgh Castle, go shopping on Princess Street, learn about the rich and often gruesome history of the city and dine in some of Edinburgh’s most stylish restaurants. There’s so much to do in Edinburgh that you’ll be hard pushed to fit it all in on a short break.

2. Glasgow

Just an hour from Edinburgh lies the largest city in Scotland – Glasgow. It might not be as aesthetically pleasing as Edinburgh, but it is a city that is absolutely brimming with life and character.
The Glasgow locals are also said to be some of the friendliest in the world and the hospitality there is second to none.

Visit the busting West End, which is teaming with life thanks to the students of The University of Glasgow, one of the cities most inspiring Gothic pieces of architecture. Check out some of the many free museums and listen to live music which you’ll find all over the city on any given night.

3. Manchester

Manchester lies in the North West of England and is a great place to visit for a short break. It’s home to the gargantuan Trafford Centre, which is perfect if you love a bit of retail therapy.

The city is also full of great restaurants, bars and nightclubs making it a great place for a weekend away.

If you’re a fan of football then you could even take in a match at either Manchester United or Manchester City’s respective grounds. Which side will you pick?!

4. Cardiff

I haven’t actually made it to Cardiff (or Wales!) myself yet but I’ve heard so many glowing reports about Wales’ capital city.

It’s said to be blessed with great architecture in the form of Cardiff Castle, the Pierhead Building, Castell Coch, Llandaff Cathedral and in-fact is said to have the largest concentration of castles anywhere in the world. What a claim to fame!

5. Brighton

Colourful, quirky, mysterious, creative, friendly, bright, eclectic. These are just a few words which immediately spring to mind when attempting to describe the city of Brighton, on England’s southern coastline.

It’s only an hour from London by train, but it truly does feel a million miles away when you’re wandering along the promenade looking out over the pebbled beach to sea.

The street art and colours of The Lanes area of Brighton are incredible and it’s definitely one of the most relaxed and vibrant places I’ve ever been.

6. Newcastle 

Newcastle is one of my absolute favourite places to go for a big weekend.

Newcastle’s nightlife is legendary (but it’s definitely not all like Geordie Shore for those Brits out there who know what I’m referring to!). There’s so many bars and nightclubs to choose from that I’m always spoiled for choice when I go.

My friends and I have had some great weekends in Newcastle and it’s also a beautiful city to explore by day and has some of the nicest locals, if you can understand their accents that is!

7. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, in the north of Scotland, is the third most populous city in the country after Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s affectionately know as ‘The Granite City’ thanks to the number of buildings constructed with locally quarried granite which sparkles in the sun due to a high mica content. Whatever that is.


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Aberdeen is right on the coast and has some rather gorgeous long, sandy beaches where you can escape the buzz of the city.

8. Liverpool

Liverpool is well known for being the port of registry for the doomed Titanic vessel and these days for its ‘Scouse brows’, being the home of The Beatles and for The Grand National horse racing, though there’s many more sides to this pretty city.

Liverpool’s rich history means that there’s a huge variety of architectural styles that can be found found within the city. There’s everything from 16th century Tudor buildings to modern, contemporary architecture.

Liverpool’s docks are an important part of the cities history, and are still well used today. Liverpool was once one of the world’s most important port cities and now The Albert Dock houses restaurants, bars, shops, two hotels and a number of different museums including the Merseyside Maritime Museum and The Beatles Story.


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No trip to Liverpool would be complete without a visit to The Albert Dock!

What do you think of my pick of great cities to visit in The UK? Would you add anymore to the list? Have you been to any of these cities?