The U.K. has several cities of great cultural, economic and historical importance. Here are the most famous ones to include in your travel guide to England.
London is the most famous English city. It is a globalized metropolis that welcomes tourists and immigrants from around the world.
The capital is shrouded in an air of mystery, with castles and palaces that blend Gothic and medieval style with modern buildings and grand skyscrapers.
In addition, there are numerous stores and malls for those who want to shop abroad and enjoy the period sales. There are numerous leisure and entertainment options in the city, such as:
- St. Paul’s Cathedral;
- St. James Park;
- National Gallery;
- Westminster Abbey;
- Madame Tussauds wax museum,
- London Museum;
- Buckingham Palace;
- Trafalgar Square;
- Tower bridge;
- London Tower;
- Kensington Palace.
Dover is the point of the nearest English territory of continental Europe. From there, boats leave for countries like France.
The city represents a true gateway from England to the English Channel. Check out some interesting attractions there:
- Dover Castle;
- white cliffs of Dover;
- ruins of Western Heights of Dover;
- St. Mary’s Church;
- Pencester Gardens.
Oxford is on the banks of the River Thames. Founded in 1542, the city is famous for its investment in academia. It currently houses several student campuses, such as the traditional University of Oxford. See our list with some attractions to know the region:
- Oxford University;
- Ashmoleam Museum of Art and Archeology;
- Museum of History of Science;
- Thames River Tour;
- St. Michael’s Church;
- Bodleian Library;
- Radcliffe Camera;
- University Church of St. Mary the Virgin;
- Carfax Tower (St. Martin’s Tower).
Liverpool is in northwest England and has become world famous as the hometown of the Beatles. In this sense, it offers several attractions involving the extinct band, such as the Albert Dock (exhibition about the quartet) and The Cavern Club (bar where they played before fame). In addition, there are many culture options such as:
- The Walker Art Galery;
- Tate Liverpool;
- Bluecoat Building;
- World Museum Liverpool;
- Yellow Duckmarine;
- Strawberry Field region.
Windsor is a city southeast of the country and west of London, bordered by the River Thames. Here are some attractions you should know:
- Windsor Castle;
- The Long Walk Avenue;
- Legoland children’s playground;
- Alexandra Park.
Manchester is a true English industrial hub and financial center of the country. Economic development contrasts with the gothic buildings of the medieval period. Here are some of the city’s must-see attractions:
- Albert Square;
- Manchester Central Library;
- John Rylands Library;
- Shambles Square;
- National Football Museum;
- Roman ruins of Castlefield;
- Museum of Science and Industry;
- Imperial War Museum North;
- Ancoats (“Workshop of the World”).
Cambridge is a famous university town about 80 km north of London. A considerable part of the population is made up of students: they represent about 20% of the total population. The region has several libraries and several university campuses at Cambridge University. See some attractions:
- Fitzwilliam Museum;
- The University Botanic Garden;
- King’s College Chapel;
- Trinity College;
- Fitzwillian Museum;
- The Anchor Pub;
- Castle mound;
- Great St. Mary’s Church.
Brighton has an alternative hippie vibe and is considered the most LGBT friendly city in all of England. It has a very quiet beach with an ideal pier to take great pictures. In addition, the streets are pure charm, with a very cute retro and colorful style. Know what to visit there:
- Queen’s Road;
- Brighton Palace Pier;
- West pier;
- Sea Life Brighton;
- Royal Pavilion
Bath is an authentic English town located in Somerset County. It was considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 due to the temple built by the Romans to worship the goddess Minerva.
In addition, the region is well known for its many springs from three springs that claim to contain water with miraculous properties.
Here is the list of the main attractions of Bath:
- Roman Baths;
- Bath Skyline;
- Pulteney Bridge and Pulteney Weir;
- Bath Abbey;
- The circus;
- Royal crescent;
- Queen square.
The city is situated in Dorset County on the south coast of the country. The region is well known to the English because of its calm water beaches and the cinematic view of the beautiful coastline.
Therefore, Bournemouth receives many tourists and locals during the summer. In addition, there are many parks, cafes and dining options in the city.
Know some attractions:
- Pavilion Theater;
- Bournemouth International Center;
- Old Christchurch Road;
- Lower Gardens, Central Gardens and Upper Gardens;
- Bournemouth Oceanarium.