Callum SmithOctober 7th

England might be small, but you can find yourself spoilt for choice when you’re planning a city break. There’s just so many towns and cities worth visiting. So, if you’re planning a trip and haven’t decided on the destination, here are our recommendations on the top five cities in the country.


#1 Bath

When it comes to finding things to see, explore and experience, Bath definitely ticks all the boxes. Built for pleasure and relaxation, it is the largest city in the county of Somerset and is home to several museums including the Museum of Bath Architecture, the Victorian Art Gallery, the Museum of East Asian Art, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Fashion Museum and the Holburne Museum.

The Thermae Bath Spa, which is the only natural thermal spa in the country, is a must-visit. It offers traditional and state-of-the-art spa facilities designed to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Whilst wandering around the city, be sure to also visit the incredible Roman Baths, and remember to stop for a cup of tea and some food at the famous Sally Lunn’s Eating House.

#2 London

From the shopping mecca of Oxford Street to the magical Shaftesbury Avenue in the heart of the West End, there’s a million and one reasons to visit the capital city of England.

Renowned for its iconic attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye, the vibrant capital also offers plenty of inner-city parks and open spaces for those who want to step away from the hustle and bustle.

#3 York

Famous for its medieval, cobbled streets and traditional tearooms, York is truly like nowhere else in northern England.

If you’re looking to boost your Instagram feed with some incredible photos, you’ll want to climb up York Minister’s Central Tower, which is the highest point of the city. From the top, you’ll get the best views in the city; you can admire the rooftops of the old buildings and the sight of the River Ouse.

In addition to its history, York also boasts an exciting collection of contemporary galleries, most notably the newly established Art of Protest Gallery that displays a collection of urban and radical art, and the York Art Gallery – the home of Yorkshire’s Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition.

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Whatever you do, make sure you wander down the Shambles – probably the most famous place in the city. The Shambles is a narrow-cobbled street lined with beautifully preserved Elizabethan architecture. You’ll find plenty of shops and eateries to keep you entertained.

#4 Cambridge

Perched on the edge of the River Cam and famous for its excellent university, it’s easy to see why Cambridge is one of the most famous cities in England.

The city offers a choice of impressive galleries, a buzzing theatre and hosts a wide range of drama, dance and music shows all year round. If you want to take part in activities, you can go punting on the River Cam, enjoy a picnic in the park, join a walking tour or go for a bike ride around the city. Cambridge is also a popular location for stag and hen parties and is perfect for group days out.

#5 Liverpool

Well, this city is famous for lots of reasons! As well being the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is home to two of England’s most famous football clubs: Liverpool FC and Everton FC.

The coastal city has for decades offered an extremely vibrant music scene alongside some of the best galleries and museums in the country. In addition, Liverpool offers fantastic restaurants and afternoon tea hotspots for you to explore.

Interesting facts: Liverpool is a Unesco World Heritage City and is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe.

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