Eversince 1716 when its mineral springs have been dicovered, Cheltenham has become one of England's most fashionable spas. As winner of "Beautiful Britain in Bloom", Cheltenham is renowned for its gracious Regency architecture, with lots of ironwork, balconies, and verandas, and also for its colourful parks and floral decorations. It hosts annually the flagship race of British steeplechase horseracing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and several festivals of culture, principally the annual Cheltenham Festival of Literature.
London offers everything! Iconic landmarks, centuries of history, world-class shopping and achingly cool fashion, arts and food scenes. A 40-minute walk along the South Bank will take you past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare`s Globe, St Paul`s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. There are eight Royal Parks to explore, and over 300 museums and galleries. It is home to 60 Michelin starred restaurants and fantastic street food. The evenings offer from high-end nightclubs of Chelsea and Mayfair to cool clubs in Soho and Camden. As for theatre, London`s legendary West End boasts over 40 world-class theatres.
Recommended Stay:At least 3 nights Must See`s:
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, the British Museum, Piccadilly Circus and so much more!
Founded by Romans around the only naturally-occurring hot springs in the United Kingdom, Bath is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Much of the architecture of Bath dates from the 18th century, and the city is famous for its many fine examples of Georgian architecture, most notably the Royal Crescent. Nowadays it is a fashionable spa resort. The waters from its spring are believed to be a cure for many afflictions and to ease rheumatism.
The city of Cambridge is a unique community, a blend of cultural and social diversity, intellectual vitality and technological innovation. Cambridge is best known for the University of Cambridge. Cambridge University played a unique role in the invention of modern football as the game's first set of rules were drawn up by members of the university in 1848. One of the most impressive buildings in Cambridge, King's College Chapel, begun in 1446 by King Henry VI.
The former ecclesiastical capital of England, Canterbury has witnessed major events in English history, including Bloody Mary's order to burn nearly 40 victims at the stake, Richard the Lion-Hearted returned this way from crusading, and Charles II passed through on the way to claim his crown. The city is also famous due to the association with the Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. Nowadays many tourists come to see the Canterbury Cathedral.
Liverpool, with its famous waterfront on the River Mersey, was and still is one of the world's great ports, and was second only to London as the greatest city in an enormous empire that stretched across the world. Today it is a city famous for its football, music scene and nightlife. Enjoy the Victorian, Georgian and Neoclassical architecture, visit one of the many museums and galleries. The Victorian Albert Dock is a major tourist attraction, of chic cafes, restaurants and designer shops.
The world's first industrialised city, Manchester is now England's second city with a cultural life to rival that of London. The city boasts some of the most interesting galleries and museums in the UK, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the Whitworth for modern art, the City Art Gallery, the Lowry and the Imperial War Museum North. Manchester is well known for the Manchester City and Manchester United football teams. Don't miss the Lowry Centre, home to two theatres and a permanent Lowry exhibition.
Situated about halfway between London and Liverpool, Birmingham is a city of mixed cultures, beliefs and lifestyles and also a fashionable place for business conferences. It has some interesting old buildings such as The Town Hall and the Council House. The City is full of theatres, restaurants and pubs. The cultural life is very rich with many good museums, such as the Birmingham Museum and the Ikon Gallery are worth a visit. The modern Symphony Hall is famed for having the best acoustics in Europe.
Oxford is known as being the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is surnamed the "city of dreaming spires" due to the harmonious architecture of the university buildings. Oxford offers besides historical sights and several good museums, a vibrant shopping and commercial area with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. The town centre is home to Carfax Tower and a historical themed ride, The Oxford Story. You can shop at the historic Covered Market.
Its impressive history makes York an important touristic attraction. It is still encircled by its 13th and 14th-century city walls. You can find here important marks left by all remarkable European civilisations - the Romans, the Saxons, the Vikings the Normans ? among which the most important are the enclosing city walls and the largest European Gothic cathedral - York Minister. The city is also famous as home of the University of York. Climb the Cliffords tower to enjoy an excellent panorama.
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