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The UK is steeped in history. With over 2,000 years of invasions, revolutions, discoveries, and more, you can find something around every corner. This makes the nation exciting for citizens as much as tourists. Even if you were born and bred in Albion, there is still so much to learn about the country’s history and culture, so if you’re planning a trip, consider these five top cultural spots in the UK.
As the capital, it’s no surprise that London is the cultural hub of the UK. No matter where you go across one of the most famous cities on the planet, you’ll find something to get excited about, whether the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, or the fascinating mix of cultures in places like Brixton. The size makes it difficult to see everything you need in a day, so it’s a good job there are plenty of hotels to call home for a long weekend.
Although music wasn’t invented in England, it’s hard to argue that scenes like the Merseybeat and one particular band born from it helped steer the music in the right direction. If you love rock ‘n’ roll, Liverpool is the place to be. The home of The Beatles includes the world-famous Cavern Club, which still puts on several live shows a day, while the Museum of Popular Music is another great place to see what came before and what has come after.
North of the English border, you’ll find the other most famous place in the UK. Scotland’s capital city is awash with an array of exciting activities and sites, with Edinburgh Castle being among the best historical places in Scotland for tourists and locals to visit. More than that, it’s simply a cool city, but it’s not something everyone picks when they plan a trip. If you want the perfect blend of cultural history and modern excitement, there is arguably no place better.
Lovers of literature, theatre and history need to take a trip to the home of the bard. Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare’s home, and you could argue it is part of what helped establish the tradition of great British writers. Besides that, it’s a picturesque place, making it a brilliant choice for those who want to slow the pace down slightly after spending a few days being jostled around the city.
Much of the UK’s history can be traced back to York and there are still some stunningly preserved forts and walls showing evidence of the cultures that came before. One of the most impressive is the Jorvik Viking Centre, which includes a range of artefacts from centuries ago and is amazing for kids to learn and have fun.
There’s a reason why the UK is one of the most popular destinations for travellers worldwide. Despite the country’s small size compared to other nations, it can feel like travelling throughout an entire planet as you work your way up the country with varying accents and cultures just a few miles from each other. Anyone hoping to make the most of their time in the UK should put these at the top of the list.
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