Posts tagged with ‘united kingdom’

  • Aerial view of Sheffield and Yorkshire countryside


    The aptly named ‘Steel Town’ of the north, Sheffield is where stainless steel was invented and the site of the subsequent manufacturing boom of cutlery. Built alongside the Peak District, this city has lovely views and proximity to the national park.

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  • A river flowing through Inverness with a bridge going over it


    Named after that very famous Loch, Inverness has the highest quality of life rating out of all major Scottish cities. It was only granted it’s city charter in 2000, but it is a central point for the whole of the Scottish Highlands. This city is the perfect place to travel to experience authentic Highland culture but not getting lost on the moors in the process.

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  • Punting boats along the river in Cambridge


    This historic canal trading town was granted its city charter in 1951, despite it not having a cathedral. Cambridge is known for its university and its dense population of students. It has recently also become the site of Silicon Fen. This is a reference to Silicon Valley implying that, due to the growth of tech industries in the area like software and bioscience, Cambridge is becoming the English equivalent.

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  • Dundee city with hills in the background


    This seaport city on the Firth of Tay is just down the coast from Aberdeen. Dundee describes itself as “One City, Many Discoveries” in reference to the history of science surrounding the city and more specifically of the Antarctic exploration vessel the RRS Discovery. Dundee now accounts for 10% of digital entertainment in the UK as it is a site for game and app development.

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  • Buildings and cranes in Cardiff


    Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and one of the most popular tourist destination cities in the UK. A particularly diverse city, due to its trading history as a port and now its language schools that attract foreign students from all over the world to be taught English. Wales is made up of a great mix between historical and modern features as it claims to have the largest concentration of castles of any city in the world whilst also containing a large media sector used for TV and film production. Its a little city but it certainly has range.

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  • Water and boats in Bristol docks


    Once a centre for travelling merchants and commerce, the historic dock city of Bristol is now immersed in technology and tourism. Bristol is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and it has the awards to prove why: in 2014 it was named the best city in Britain in which to live, the city received the European Green Capital Award in 2015 and many districts have been awarded Purple Flag status, showing a consistent level of excellence from evening/night-time businesses. Bristol seems to have it all!

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  • A cloudy day over Bradford


    The consistent curry capital of Britain, Bradford is known for a lot of different things. It was once the ‘wool capital of the world’, it was the site of the invention of the Cieroscope in 1896, it is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Bradford has a lot going on and all of it is pretty varied, who knew woolly curry films made sense?

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  • Large boat docked at Aberdeen


    This chilly and industrious city has a Pictish name, meaning ‘mouth of the river Don’ in reference to the Celtic river goddess Devona. Residing on the northeast coast of Scotland, Aberdeen has transitioned from being a hub of fishing, shipbuilding and textile production to becoming the centre of British oil trade. The cities’ architecture was built primarily with granite giving it a silver sheen to onlookers. Aberdeen is a city that shines both literally and with economic prosperity.

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  • Large tree surrounded by old-looking buildings in Bath


    If you enjoy period dramas you’ll be sure to recognise some of Bath’s iconic architecture when you visit. From the Roman Baths to the Thermae Bath Spa, Bath has been a wellbeing destination for literally thousands of years- who can argue with that kind of popularity streak? Having the only natural thermal hot springs in the country is what first drew people to Bath but the array of museums, art galleries and the wall to wall history is keeping them coming back, even in modern times.

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  • Large cube-shaped building in Birmingham


    Home to beloved British exports, such as Cadburys and Peaky Blinders; Birmingham is a huge and interesting city. With one of the largest densities of universities and colleges in the country, there is a diverse and changing population of both students and residents that call this city home. Whether you’re heading to the Jewellery Quarter for a special reason or just looking for a museum to wander around in, Birmingham has got you covered.

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