Top UK Cities of Culture

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Thinking of booking a city break this year? Forget about booking a flight overseas because here in the UK we’ve got some of the best cities for catching some culture. All three of the cities featured below have won recognition of some kind, whether it be the title of European Capital of Culture or the UK’s City of Culture, for what they offer visitors like you, so take a look and find out why you should pay these fantastic places a visit!


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Hear the name Liverpool and what pops into your mind? The Beatles? Football? Well, they’re just a couple of the things that saw this vibrant northern city dubbed the European Capital of Culture back in 2008. Since receiving the accolade, the city has undergone a radical transformation with the construction of the world famous Liverpool One, the UK’s largest open air shopping centre, perfect for a touch of retail therapy. Or if you fancy something a little more educational, you could spend a few hours in one of the city’s fantastic museums or art galleries. Then there’s always the famous Albert Dock, the biggest collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK, ideal for a spot of food and a tipple or three.


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I’m sure that you can remember Hull being voted the UK’s City of Culture for 2017. Well here at Sykes HQ, we’re lucky enough to have our very own Hullite in the office who, suffused with pride following the achievement, put together a handy local’s guide to the city. Aside from all of the fantastic suggestions in there, a trip to The Deep, the world’s only ‘submarium’ (underwater aquarium to you and me) comes highly recommended. Alternatively you could head over to the Hull New Theatre, the largest venue in the city, to catch a show, or pay a visit to the marina which is undergoing a massive regeneration as part of the City of Culture campaign.


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Ok, it might not have been officially recognised as recently as either Liverpool or Hull, but Glasgow is definitely deserving of a space in this blog. Back in 1990 it was named as the UK’s first ever European Capital of Culture and 24 years later, it’s still a choice destination for all of the culture vultures out there.  Attractions include things such as the Finnieston Crane, a throwback to the city’s industrial and engineering heritage, right the way through to the ultra modern science centre. Or you could head over to the Merchant city, a haven of boutique shops and cafés- just make sure that you stop off in Trongate 103, the home of a wide range of Glasgow based creative organisations.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading all about some of the UK’s top cities and are now looking forward to booking yourself a city break. Just remember to have a look at our selection of cottages that are perfect for a city break so that you have a home away from home where you can rest your legs after a long day of sightseeing.

Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

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