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City Guides - UK

Britain is far too diverse to be summed up in one paragraph! Naturally, clichéd images abound - wee tartan terriers complete with kilt and sporran in the Scottish highlands, pearly kings and queens in cockney London 'avin a right old knees-up, and fluffy Welsh lambs watching rugby from the hills - and if you've come to our little island looking for castles and cathedrals, 'olde' pubs, and history permeating the whole place you not only won't be disappointed...you'll be astounded at how much more there is!  All over the UK regenerated provincial cities are just bursting with cutting-edge architecture and great British cuisine served up with a twist.

To help you make sense of all of the diverse elements we've put together some great area guides suggesting places we think you might find interesting, but we'd love to hear your suggestions too so please let us know if you think we've missed a hidden gem!


South of England

Bath City Guide

The beautiful city of Bath is nestled in the valley of the River Avon, just over 100 miles to the west of London and is a perfect base from which to explore the stunning landscapes of the West Country as well as Stonehenge and the Cotswolds.

Brighton City Guide

Brighton is justly famous for its Royal Pavilion and superb Regency architecture but there is so much more to discover in this lovely and popular seaside town.

Bristol City Guide

Welcome to the city of bridges, balloons, boats, Brunel and (probably) Banksy! With it's history as a major seaport Bristol has a strong maritime history...

Cheltenham City Guide

If you’re intent on exploring the Cotswolds, that wonderful range of hills, valleys, and escarpments in the South West of England, then a stop in the cultural heart of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham, is an absolute must.

Farnborough City Guide

Farnborough is a pretty and peaceful town on the Hampshire/Surrey border and has strong ties to the aviation industry which hark back to the start of the 20th century.

Guildford City Guide

Guildford is an historic and thriving county town in the beautiful county of Surrey and the wonderful cobbled streets, historic buildings and famous Guildhall clock make Guildford one of the most attractive high streets in the country.

Henley-on-Thames City Guide

Henley-on-Thames is a charming Oxfordshire town on the River Thames famous for its regatta . It's located 10 miles downstream from Reading and 10 miles upstream from Maidenhead.

Maidenhead City Guide

The River Thames runs through Maidenhead and links it to some beautiful surrounding countryside as well as it's more famous neighbor, Windsor. It’s a very beautiful and scenic Berkshire town.

Portsmouth City Guide

For lovers of all things nautical and naval history in particular, Portsmouth is the ultimate destination, with the amazing Historic Dockyard being one of the UK's great attractions...

Reading City Guide

From the ruins of a medieval monastery to cutting edge business parks, Reading has embraced change. The town of Reading is located in the ceremonial county of Berkshire...

Slough City Guide

The town of Slough in the beautiful county of Berkshire is about 20 miles west of central London, just outside of the M25 ring road...

Southampton City Guide

Southampton is located on the south coast of England near to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, and this old city port with a strong naval history has re-invented itself into a modern, thriving city.

Staines-upon-Thames City Guide

Staines-upon-Thames, as the name suggests, is a small town located about 20 miles to the west of London on the River Thames.

Swindon City Guide

Probably best known now as the home of the internationally acclaimed comedy 'The Office', Swindon is a large, bustling town located midway between Bristol and London in the county of Wiltshire in the South West of England.

Windsor & Eton City Guide

Windsor is dominated by the famous Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world...which still serves as a home to the Royal Family, and gives the town it's unique character and style. However Windsor isn't just a picture postcard stage set...


Midlands

Birmingham City Guide

With a proud industrial past still evident in much of the city's urban architecture, Birmingham is a destination that will have history buffs keen to visit the Old Square and the Victorian Botanical Gardens while keen shoppers...

Cambridge City Guide

You simply have to start off your stay in Cambridge by exploring one of the many beautiful museums and art galleries that abound, whilst admiring the beautiful architecture...

Milton Keynes City Guide

Milton Keynes has become one of the most exciting cities in the UK to visit for all ages and interests. With indoor skiing, climbing and sky-diving you can be sporty...


North of England

Liverpool City Guide

When you think of Liverpool you think of Scousers, their tremendous sense of humor and friendliness, the 2 great football teams of Liverpool FC and Everton of course, and as well as that it's the home of both Echo and the Bunnymen AND the Beatles!

Leeds City Guide

The history of Leeds can be traced back to the 5th century when the Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of "Loidis", the origin of the name Leeds. Leeds is now a bustling city and has in the past been named as the "UK's favourite city" and "Visitor city of the year".

Manchester City Guide

Manchester is the home of Manchester United, the worlds most famous football club, as well as of Coronation Street, the legendary long running "soap" and of course the vibrant Manchester music scene...

Newcastle City Guide

Officially its Newcastle Upon Tyne, the Tyne being the famous river spanned by its 7 famous bridges, but its also Newcastle, The "Toon", home to the lovliest accent in all of Britain, and the most welcoming people, the Geordies!

Sheffield City Guide

Sheffield gets its name from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. The city of Sheffield offers you the best of both worlds...

York City Guide

Just two hours from London by train, York is renowned for its old world charm with quaint cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster cathedral dominating the city's skyline.


Scotland

Aberdeen City Guide

Aberdeen is set in a land where majestic landscapes meet the sea and the flourishing Granite City boasts beautiful architecture and cultural gems.

Edinburgh City Guide

Thoughts of Edinburgh immediately bring to mind the famous Edinburgh Castle, the Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh Festival, Princes Street shopping, that wonderfully refined accent...and so much more!

Glasgow City Guide

Glasgow was European City of Culture in 1990 and the City of Culture tag has allowed Glasgow to showcase many of the facilities created by the city's Victorian philanthropists.


Wales

Cardiff City Guide

The exuberant capital of Wales has great nightlife, a world famous stadium, history and culture aplenty and is a great base for exploring the rest of Wales.

Swansea City Guide

Swansea and the surrounding area of the Mumbles and Gower peninsular is an area filled with beautiful beaches, great gardens and walking routes, events and activities, and some great places to stay.

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