City

Building on their own unique heritage, cities in the UK are ever-evolving physically and culturally. Architectural infrastructures still remain the roots of any city, but in order to adapt there are a number of innovative ways that cities attract tourists, with new state of the art museums, restaurants and other attractions regularly raising eyebrows. The culture of these cities has rarely changed as residents are proud of what their home city has become, but are very keen in sharing this with potential tourists like yourselves, so why not browse through the selected 5 cities below and see if they offer something you would not expect:

1. Glasgow

Glasgow Science CenterScotland’s second largest city has a vibrant and energetic buzz around the place, renowned for its live music scenes and city parkland for all visitors to enjoy. There is a certain friendliness around the city, with its permanent residents offering hospitality to all visitors, treating them as one of their own to ensure a pleasant stay. Glasgow is particularly proud of its architectural heritage and its finely acclaimed arts scene, even voted the ‘UKs City of Architecture and Design’ back in 1999, drawing in crowds from all around the world to see its well-sustained Victorian structures. In terms of culture, a must see if you are to visit Glasgow is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum or The Glasgow School Of Art.

Want to know how Glasgow came about to become one of the powerhouse cities between the 18th – 20th centuries ? This was as a result of  the port it was built around, with shipbuilding and trade earned along with it, the River Clyde playing a major role in gaining prosperity to all of those in the city.  This is all visible by attending the iconic Riverside Museum detailing Glasgow’s rich past, situated where the River Clyde meets Glasgow’s other river ‘The Kelvin’.

So after checking the architectural brilliance within the city itself and soaking in the friendly atmosphere within a few local pubs or bars, be sure to get on board one of the Clyde Cruises available to learn more about the River that made the City of Glasgow.

2. Newcastle

Angel of the north silhouette gatesheadLocated in Tyne and Wear, Newcastle is one of the UKs largest cities in terms of population, attracting a significant amount of tourists all year round, with many top attractions for everyone to enjoy.  Quayside is a contemporary complex situated along the banks of the River Tyne on the Newcastle Upon Tyne or Northern bank,well-known for its contemporary cuisines and cocktail bars, providing great entertainment for you and friends to enjoy. In particular is ‘The Lantern Cafe’, originally built as a library alongside the Cathedral hall, but now a tranquil location to enjoy a coffee and food escaping the hustle of the city.

Make a short trip to Gateshead to see the infamous ‘Angel Of The North’, a magnificent sculpture built in 1998, standing at 20 metres tall and with a wing span of 54 metres, becoming ‘the’ landmark of the North. The public piece of art would allow the perfect opportunity to get some scenic photos to take back with you from you weekend in the beautiful city of Newcastle.

If you want to make a return visit this Autumn, make sure you purchase some tickets to the Rugby World Cup, with a handful of stadiums being selected to host what is to be a number of thrilling games at St James Park (Home of Newcastle FC). Just to name a few fixtures, watch the world champions from 2007 and world beaters South Africa play against Scotland, in what should be a fantastic spectacle for the game of rugby and stake their claim to become world champions. Newcastle is a contemporary city that offers some exciting days out for all to enjoy, but can also play host to weekends away with friends with a large selection of bars, pubs and clubs to choose from.

3. Manchester 

manchester-printworks-1225814-1278x839A vibrant metropolitan city that offers attractions for both young and old, Manchester really has it all ! Too expensive to go skiing in the Alpes this winter, or simply want to get into skiing or snowboarding ? You need to visit the state of the art facility called, ‘Chill Factore’, the perfect destination for a family day out for a very reasonable price ! Available all year round the indoor snow sport centre has it all, but if you simply want a fun day out, then this is the ideal destination.

Additionally visit one of Manchester’s pride and joy (Besides Manchester City), by booking a tour to explore the spectacular Old Trafford Stadium, but if you’re not a United fan but still like football, why not experience and learn about the beautiful games heritage by visiting the National Football Museum, boasting the worlds greatest football collection of over 140,000 items, telling the story of how the sport became the worlds favourite game.

Feeling peckish after looking at all Manchester has to offer ? Splash out on what proves to be an unforgettable experience at Manchester House, being catered for by the youngest chef to ever win a michelin star, Aiden Byrne and his crew. Take photographs of some exquisite food that will simply blow your mind following some extravagant culinary skills presented in a way that you could not imagine was possible.

To end the perfect weekend, relax and check out the highly reputable nightlife that Manchester has to offer, experimenting with some unique creations the finest mixologists have to offer or simply relax and laugh at the renowned ‘The Comedy Store’ at a very reasonable price to top off what has proven to be an exciting weekend in Manchester.

4. Cardiff 

millenium-stadium-cardiff-1233448-640x480The capital of Wales really does have everything in store to offer you what could be the most enjoyable weekend of your life ! A diverse city that can cater to any needs, whether it is a romantic weekend getaway, weekend away with friends or a family weekend away, Cardiff has everything to fit everyone’s needs. For those that want a quiet and relaxed weekend in Cardiff, be sure to dine at one of the restaurants on the Mermaid Quay, Cardiff’s newly developed, captivating waterfront, that offers a wealth of cafes, restaurants and bars, whilst being able to take in the aesthetic Cardiff Bay views.

Come and enjoy Wales most prestigious landmarks, known by all around the world, ‘The Millennium Stadium’, the home of the Wales National Rugby Union Team, and often used as host for major entertainment concerts. The 74,500 seater stadium has one of the most iconic infrastructure, providing a once in a lifetime experience at any of its events, so try and make sure you a book a weekend in the city of Cardiff whilst you can attend the event !

On a more traditional note, Cardiff boasts an outstanding heritage, easily visible through the hard work in sustaining one of its landmarks, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff’s historic heart concealing up to 2000 years of history within its walls. There is even a replica ‘Trebuchet’ for all to enjoy, with a specialist team of 8 showing demos of how one of the deadliest machines and mechanical genius was utilised during its time. If history isn’t your thing and you enjoy a more ‘contemporary’ education, make sure you attend the, ‘Dr Who Experience’, ideal for children that want to experience being the Dr for themselves ! Putting you in the shoes of the Dr entering the tardis for the first time and becoming part of the ‘mini episode’ of your own. There really is everything to offer in Cardiff, so why not check out the remarkable city for yourself ?

5. Bristol  

rowing-in-bristol-1407011-639x852Bristol often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, often over shadowed by tourists that visit nearby Bath, but Bristol is a thriving city with many top attractions to entertain any crowd for the weekend duration. Following a recent development to the Bristol waterfront, the ‘Harbourside’ complex is proving to be a hit with any local resident or tourist, a vibrant and unique part of Bristol that blends well with the traditional architecture of the city. With a surplus of local restaurants, cafes and bars, it makes the harbourside in Bristol the ideal location to have a weekend away with family of friends, simply enjoying each others company.

For those with younger children, Bristol has the perfect solutions; The Shaun the Sheep trail will be returning to Bristol this summer 2015, with a number of iconic and brightly coloured individual 5 ft sheep dotted around the city. There are 70 Shaun sculptures to find, whilst giving you the ideal opportunity to explore the iconic city further, and its all free of charge ! Alternatively, let the children about science in a fun and innovative way by letting them loose at the ‘At Bristol Science Park’, a learning experience where children (Or even adults!) can be curious about science in a safe environment.

Just outside the city itself, the opportunities to get more adventurous arise, forget sightseeing and fine dining, why not rent a few mountain bikes with friends for a minimal fee ? A unique experience that will create some humourous memories, biking across national parks nearby getting wet and muddy, who would rather be eating at a restaurant in comparison. This could prove to be a hit with friends or younger family to burn off some energy at the weekend !