Miles more canals than Venice (it’s true!) creating an irresistible waterside environment bustling with stylish shops, bars and restaurants. Plus an inspiring, city-wide renaissance in architecture, shopping and leisure that makes the UK’s second largest city one of the country’s most exciting destinations.
England’s football capital - but there’s so much more. Manchester has evolved into a dazzling modern metropolis where stunning buildings, A-list designer labels, state-of-the-art bars, gourmet restaurants and glittering nightlife jostle with real pubs, good old-fashioned cafes, cool, stately art galleries and spacious city squares.
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One of Europe’s liveliest cities, boasting Scotland’s most vibrant nightlife and a chic shopping and business centre amidst outstanding Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Revitalised as a European City of Culture, Glasgow mixes big-name high street stores and designer shops with a cosmopolitan cafe culture and a wealth of free-entry galleries and museums
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As well as its legendary, exuberant nightlife Newcastle has a strong cultural flavour, with the most theatres per person in the UK and the world-leading contemporary art gallery - the Baltic - in neighbouring Gateshead. Europe’s biggest indoor shopping complex, the Metrocentre, plus a wealth of boutiques and quirky markets add up to a shopper’s dream
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European City of Culture, World Heritage Site, home of the Beatles, gleaming new city centre designer shopping, boutique arcades, bohemian streets - Liverpool is a one-off, from its renowned waterfront to its two cathedrals to its pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants with the unmistakeable accent on music, humour, the arts and sheer love of life.
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Among the most handsome cities in the world, Edinburgh is a joy just to walk around: Georgian dignity in the New Town, mediaeval twists and turns in the Old Town, modern shopping on Princes Street - elegance and style balanced by the buzz of prestige events like the International Festival and the Military Tattoo.