When it comes to beautiful cities,
Europe easily beats all the other continents hands-down, thanks to elegant
architectural styles and a certain old-world charm that is at the same time
both obvious yet understated. While no city in the UK can rival the likes of
Paris or Rome when it comes to jaw-dropping architecture, that doesn’t mean
that British cities don’t have their own charm. Here are my favorite cities in
England that will likely make you swoon.
The capital of Northern Ireland,
Belfast was one of the notorious ‘Four Bs’ in the 1990s, the other three being
Bosnia, Beirut and Baghdad - a list of places to avoid at all costs. However
the fighting stopped a long time ago now, and Belfast has bounced back better
than ever. Check out the City Hall, stroll around Queen’s University, and stop
for a bite to eat in the leafy and lovely neighborhood of Lisburn. My
recommendation would be a gourmet burger at Rocket & Relish. Chow down on
it and admire the scenery.
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Grey Street, in the city center,
was once voted as the most beautiful street in the UK, and it’s not hard to see
why if you walk down the gentle sloping road. Once at the bottom, you’ll be at
Newcastle’s Quayside, where you can talk a walk along the River Tyne, and
marvel at the space age Sage, a music venue across the river in Gateshead. Hop
on the Metro, the city’s underground system, and head to West Jesmond for a
coffee or to pick up a bargain in one of the neighborhood’s many vintage stores.
The Scottish capital is
awe-inspiring, from the dramatic Edinburgh Castle to the beautiful Prince’s
Gardens and the many green parks dotted throughout the city. Edinburgh has a
certain old-world feel to it, and a stroll through some streets will have you
thinking you’ve stepped back in time, until you see a shop hawking Scottish
shortbread peeping out of a grey stone building.
Hereford’s size and population may
not qualify it as a city in the eyes of most people, it’s cathedral certainly
does - any town in the UK with a cathedral is automatically deemed a city.
Hereford has a quaint, charming city center, and it’s cathedral is one of the
best in the UK. Plus it’s home to the Mappus Mundi, an ancient medieval map and
the only one of its kind left in Britain.
Movie fans will recognize parts of
Oxford from a certain series of movies about a famous boy wizard, but there’s
much more to the city than that. The colleges that make up Oxford’s world-class
university are destinations in their own right, with Christ Church probably
being the most well renowned. A walk through Oxford’s city center is like
taking a walk through history, and nature lovers can ramble on over to Port
Meadow, a beautiful green area in the city popular with joggers and cyclists.
Which of these amazing cities do
you want to visit first?
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Tom has always had the travel bug and, after quitting his call centre job in the UK, he packed up and moved to South Korea to teach English for almost four years. Since moving on from South Korea, he's been travelling the world and loves exploring city streets, trying delicious new food, meeting great people and taking way too many selfies with his phone, although he'll disagree with you on that last point. Read about Tom's adventures on his blog, Waegook Tom, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
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