Most of the visitors to Britain will head straight to London only to find themselves trapped there by the vast array of things going on. There’s so much to do in London that it may seem hard to leave. But England has a number of other brilliant cities, each with its own particular style and culture, that visitors should strongly consider visiting. Here’s our guide to the three other top cities in England:
Liverpool lies on the North East coast of England and is still a busy port where, in days gone by, many Irish immigrants came to England and gave Liverpool its unique Celtic character. The locals are known as Scousers in reference to their favourite dish of scouse which is a type of stew used to feed hungry sailors and dockworkers. The Liverpudlian accent is one of the most difficult to understand in the UK so visitors must be warned that they may not understand much! Liverpool was a European capital of culture not so long ago and has a long musical tradition with its most famous sons being the Beatles of course! Even the airport, John Lennon International, pays tribute to this fact and makes Liverpool easily accessible from the continent and beyond.
Not far from Liverpool is Manchester, arguably the most well-known of England’s ‘other cities’. It’s famed, like Liverpool, for its huge impact on the world of music- coming to be known in the eighties as ‘Madchester’. The now infamous Manchester bomb of the eighties destroyed a large part of the city’s centre and now the proud Mancunians have rebuilt the area into a beautiful, modern place to shop, meet and relax. There are thousands of high street shops from the mainstream to the boutique stores that you can find in London. Manchester is also famous for its sporting traditions- poker blog – as it plays host to the two current best footballing sides in the country: Manchester United and Manchester City.
Birmingham is in the heart of the British ‘midlands’ which, as you’d expect, lie in the middle of England. Birmingham is a vibrant, multi-ethnic community which boasts Britain’s best curry houses for visitors who like a little spice. The Bullring shopping centre is the newest addition to the town’s centre and attracts thousands of visitors to its many stores and interesting architecture on a daily basis. It has a strong industrial heritage and its surrounding towns were the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution which transformed England into a global superpower. Because of this influence, Birmingham has even more canals than Venice!
Sammi Thames is a travel fanatic and has learnt to save money by staying in her home country.