The United Kingdom has so many cities offering a range of historical, cultural and natural sites that narrowing it down to the top 10 takes a lot of effort.
These 10 made the grade for their exciting blend of history, culture and cool vibes.1. London
England's capital has plenty to keep you fascinated and entertained in equal measure. With royal palaces galore, majestic parks, incredible shopping and more museums than you could visit in a lifetime, London works hard to hold onto its position as one of the most multicultural and exciting cities in the world.
Scene of many a Jane Austen novel, the lovely Georgian terraces of Bath are frequently used as the backdrop for period movies. However, Bath's history goes back even further, to Roman times, when the thermal waters here were famed throughout the Empire.
The capital of Wales is a proud city. Founded almost 2000 years ago as a small settlement, Cardiff quickly grew into the world's busiest port. Today, its modern architecture, brilliant shopping and Millennium Stadium events make it a must-visit city.
The Scottish capital is steeped in history and legend. The ancient castle sits on a volcanic hill overlooking the city. In summer, an annual theatre festival draws visitors from across the globe.
Recently named by Fodor's as one of the top 21 places to go in 2012, Belfast's reputation has grown in recent years. The capital of Northern Ireland is a buzzing city with a growing restaurant scene and brand new Metropolitan Arts Centre.
Liverpool was granted World Heritage Status thanks to its history as a centre of world trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, evidenced in its grand architecture and showcased in its world-class museums. Fans of The Beatles still flock in huge numbers to Liverpool, where the band was formed.
The beautiful West Country city of Bristol has a hip vibe to it. With a strong alternative music and arts scene, as well as numerous award-winning restaurants and pubs, Bristol is small enough to discover on foot and individual enough to satisfy those seeking something a little bit different.
The Roman-walled city of Chester is the perfect destination for a weekend trip. You can walk the walls led by your own Centurion guide, picnic in the meadows or head to the races. The medieval Chester Rows are timber-framed walkways that house a brilliant selection of shops and bars.
The spires of Cambridge are legendary. This medieval city is truly beautiful. Hop on a bike and explore the ancient colleges and cobbled streets. Take in the splendid architecture and quaint shops and pubs, or try a lazy punt down the River Cam.
In the far north of England, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, lies the cathedral city of Durham. Site of a Romanesque castle and medieval churches, the city boasts two World Heritage Sites. Close by is the largest waterfall in England and the world’s oldest single-span railway bridge.
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