Each year, the UK attracts millions of visitors to experience this diverse island rich in history, architecture and some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. With so many people flocking to see for themselves exactly what is so great about this small yet influential European country, why not join the masses and visit one of our top five recommended British towns and cities this summer.
Birmingham is known as the second capital of the UK, and rightly so considering the success and prosperity of this thriving city. Home to the iconic Bullring and the infamous Balti Triangle, Birmingham is both a food and shopping mecca for all ages and cultures. One of the most frequented tourist attractions is the New Library, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and attracts thousands of visitors every day and another popular attraction is the fantastic Sea Life Centre where all ages can enjoy getting up close and personal with an amazing collection of fish and mammals.
Stratford upon Avon
Best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the quaint town of Stratford upon Avon is hugely popular with theatre loving tourists and thespians. Boasting several popular attractions, our favourite is the Butterfly farm, where you find yourself transported into tropical temperatures as you walk through heated climates and experience butterflies gently resting upon you as you gaze in wonder.
Perhaps best known for the cobbles of Coronation Street, Manchester has lots more to offer its visitors including unrivalled shopping experiences at not one but two super malls the Trafford Centre and the Arndale Centre. A trip to Manchester would not be complete without the obligatory tour of the world famous Old Trafford Centre, home to Manchester United, and you can take a tour of the club as well as visit the National Football Museum while you are in town.
The UK’s capital is a hotbed of culture, history and contemporary art and fashion, with creative types spending many happy hours in the Tate Modern Gallery, while history lovers will delight in the Royal Heritage of the city. Those in need of retail therapy will also be spoilt for choice with the amazing variety of designer and high street boutiques lining its famous streets, so make a weekend of your trip by booking a room at the Montcalm Hotel.
This coastal city is of great importance to the UK, as it is a major port providing access to travellers and imports and exports and there is lots to do, such as theatre performances at the popular Mayflower Theatre and a visit to the superb SeaCity Museum. Once again, the shopaholics among you will not be disappointed, with Southampton offering two shopping centres, the West Quay and Marlands, alongside some chic markets where you can bag a vintage bargain. For those who need anadrenalin rush head down to the Outdoor Alpine Snowsports Centre or the Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre to let off some steam.