Top 5 places to visit outside London

If you’ve just landed in the capital, you’ll want to start exploring the treasures that the ‘Big Smoke’ can offer. However, this tiny island is home to many other delights, all of which have excellent transport links to London, so before you get settled, check out some of these great cities.

York

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Located in the heart of North Yorkshire, York is a fantastic tourist destination thanks to its beautiful architecture and wealth of history. Surrounding the city is an ancient Roman wall, which you can walk around and get great views of the city for free. You’ll also find Viking museums, one of Europe’s largest gothic cathedrals and the world’s biggest railway museum. Thanks to its large student population, York also caters for a large Chinese market, with many restaurants and supermarkets to make you feel right at home.

Blackpool

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Home to the famous Blackpool Tower, this delightful seaside town in the northwest of England has a huge variety of tourist attractions available. For fun throughout the day, you cannot miss a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which features the tallest rollercoaster in the United Kingdom, the Big One. A trip to the top of the Blackpool Tower is also worth it for beautiful beach views, while night time fun can be had in anyone of the beach’s many casino and arcades, from big top slots to bowling.

Natasha Hall and Stephen Robinson pictured at the new Skywalk at The Blackpool Tower
Natasha Hall and Stephen Robinson pictured at the new Skywalk at The Blackpool Tower. Photo: Merlin Entertainments Group

Brighton

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Much further south in the UK and home to yet another beach, you’ll find the cosmopolitan town of Brighton. Spend the day walking along the beautiful piers and the pebble beaches, or take a look around the city’s many shopping districts. Night time is the time when the city really comes alive however, and you’ll find a huge variety of bars and night clubs to dance the night away, before walking it off the next day and admiring the city’s beautiful architecture.

Warwick 

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Located in the heart of the Midlands, Warwick is home to many beautiful tourist attractions and has its own deep history. For a journey back in time, visit Warwick Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The River Avon makes for a beautiful afternoon stroll, and if you like to explore culture, Warwick has a huge range of museums from the Lord Leycester Hospital to Warwickshire Museum.

Bath 

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If you love history you’ll love Bath, which has beautiful Georgian architecture amongst a whole host of other delights, including Britain’s only natural hot springs. Take a visit to the Roman baths to indulge in some history, or see a show at the Theatre Royal. The Royal Crescent is a beautiful landmark with some great photo opportunities, while Bath Abbey is in a league of its own.

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