Hidden Britain: Splendid Cities Outside of London


For many fellow Americans, there is the perception that within the UK, there is only London, Edinburgh and if you like The Beatles, Liverpool.

The truth is however, that although the UK is small, it is also one of the most historic and beautiful countries in the world. So, outside of the aforementioned cities, where else is there to visit?

Leeds – Yorkshire

Starting in Northern England, Leeds is known by many as ‘the capital of the north’ and is one of the largest media cities in the UK.

Featuring a wealth of culture that includes the Royal Armouries Museum, alongside one of the greatest and most prestigious shopping districts in the North of England, Leeds should be on any hit list.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay overnight, the most prestigious and glamorous luxury apartments is of course the Residence Six Luxury Serviced Apartments, found right within the very centre of the city itself.

Only thirty minutes away from the historical city of York and just one hour away from Manchester, Leeds is accessible, effortlessly cultured and well worth a visit.

Lancaster – Lancashire

Situated in one of the most beautiful areas in England, Lancaster is one of the most historic towns in the UK and sits just outside the stunning Lake District National Park.

The city itself features a host of attractions including Lancaster Castle, Gresgarth Hall Gardens and the Trough of Bowland, a high pass in the Forest of Bowland, itself an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

If you do fancy venturing into the Lake District, which is highly recommended, you will find unparalleled beauty in a land that is stricken with not only lakes, but forests, mountains and hills.

Cambridge – Cambridgeshire

Located just 50 miles out of London itself, Cambridge is one of the most wordly cities in the entirety of the UK.

Widely known for being the home of the University of Cambridge, it is also the most historic and educated cities in the UK, with over 40% of the population having a degree in higher education.

Besides the academic aspects of the city, there is also the Fitzwilliam Museum, ADC theatre, and a wealth of shops for you to discover.

Also, if you are looking for something extra special to take home, take a look inside the Chocolat Chocolat shop, which sells some of the finest chocolate in the South of England.

Truro – Cornwall

One of the most remarkable cities in the most beautiful county in the UK, if you are looking for a place of leisure, culture and history (plus fish and chips) then there is probably no better place to be.

Being also the most southerly city in England, Truro is just half an hour away from the best beaches in the entirety of the UK.

If however, you don’t fancy the delights of the beach, Skinner’s Brewery is a great local attraction for those wishing to sample true English ale.

Though Truro is only a very small city (the 9th smallest), the nearby towns of Falmouth, Porthleven, Penzance and Newquay are all worth discovering.

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