Britain is a fantastic country with lots of wonderful cities, but if you ask most Americans and the first city they name is London. London is of course a wonderful, bustling city – which is why it is on this list! – but there are also lots of other underrated cities in Britain that are well worth a visit.
From stunning cities that are filled with beautiful old castles to busy cities with hundreds of restaurants and bars, here are the top British cities to visit.
Top British Cities To Visit
Yorkshire isn’t actually a city – it is a county, but it is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Britain! In fact it is often referred to as God’s Own County due to its green rolling hills, beautiful scenery and stunning buildings. It also has an excellent food and drink reputation, and most of the bars and restaurants are authentically British so it is a great way to try some genuine British cuisine.
2. The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is a truly scenic city, boasting lots of wonderful towns and villages that look like they are straight out of a painting. The architecture is fairly old, so you will see lots of buildings that are classically British, and there are lots of free galleries and festivals that you can check out. The area is also the biggest of the 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England, which is pretty impressive!
Sheffield is an interesting city that combines historic ruins and old pubs with modern buildings, beautiful parks and a hectic nightlife. You won’t struggle to find free places to visit during the day, and you’ll be spoilt for choice if you want to go out in the evening for food and drinks. The city has a population of around half a million, and it made the shortlist for ‘UK City of Culture.
London may be the most famous city in Britain, but it definitely worked hard for its reputation. Today the city is a hub of culture, with more festivals, restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs, galleries, parks and museums than you could imagine. You will be able to find something to do every day, and if you visit you should definitely take the time to check out Buckingham Palace.
Penrith is a beautiful city that is fairly close to the Lake District National Park. There are ruins that are hundreds of years old, as well as a bustling market town where you can buy delicious, fresh British meals.