Top 10 Most Visited Cities in the U.K.

Top 10 Most Visited Cities in the U.K.

Top 10 Most Visited Cities in the U.K.

Millions of visitors travel to and around the UK every year and according to Visit Britain every corner of our beautiful islands are visited. Whether you are a British or international tourist, there is indeed plenty to see and do in the UK. If you need ideas or inspiration for where to start your tour, let’s have a look at Visit Britain’s top 10 most visited cities in the UK.

1. London

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Casually strolling in at number #1 most visited city in the UK is our beautiful capital. Eclectic, dynamic and full of culture and history, London needs no introduction. As Samuel Johnson famously quoted, “if you are tired of London, you are tired of life”. There is something here to suit every taste, from organic and natural to outright weird and wonderful. If you are thinking of visiting, here are some articles you will find interesting:

London FAQs London Shopping Guide Luxury London: The Royal Lifestyle Ready to visit? Here is where to stay.

2. Edinburgh

Edinburgh most visited city in the UK

A UNESCO World Heritage Site buzzing with festivals and cultural events, it’s really no wonder the Scottish capital takes the second spot on this list. From exploring the beaches nearby and taking long walks in one of its many parks to attending the city's endless list of art festivals, there is so much to do in Edinburgh, you will be spoiled for choice. Find more information on visiting this amazing city here:

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3. Manchester

most visited city in the UK

While Manchester might be the third most visited city on Visit Britain’s list, it is actually the second most visited city by Citybase guests. Dust off your Sunday best, a trip to Manchester is a classy event! For more ideas of where to go and what to do, have a look here:

Free Things to do in Manchester Museums in Manchester What to do in Manchester in 48 Hours Manchester City Guide, including where to stay

4. Birmingham

Despite being the second largest city in the UK, Birmingham is a bit of a hidden gem. Most people will think of it as a business destination rather than a touristic one, but trust us when we say it has plenty to offer. Find out more here:

Free Things to do in Birmingham Facts about Birmingham that Might Surprise You Explore Birmingham Fancy a visit? Here is where to stay

5. Glasgow

Vibrant, full of history and around the corner from the natural wonder of Loch Lomond, Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city. See just how interesting Glasgow can be here:

Free Things to do in Glasgow Going Scottish – things you shouldn’t miss when visiting Scotland Your Favourite City Break Destinations by Drone Where to stay in Glasgow

6. Liverpool

The capital of pop culture and shopping as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Liverpool has the added benefit of being on the coast. While the city itself doesn’t have a beach, there are some lovely beaches nearby, bringing you a city and a coastal break all in one! For more information check:

Best beaches in Merseyside Explore Liverpool Best UK City Festivals – a few of them are in Liverpool! Serviced Apartments in Liverpool

7. Oxford

Oxford is such a beautiful city, its place in the top 10 is no surprise. So idyllic and sophisticated, you wouldn’t think it is a University city, but it is the perfect destination for those who like to take it slow and have deep conversations. Think amazing gastropubs and plenty of historic sites to visit. Here are some articles you might find interesting:

Top 10 University Cities in the UK Things to do in Oxford

8. Bristol

Alternative and artistic Bristol or Brizzle, as we affectionately like to call it, has panoramas to die for. From the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge to its Hot Air Balloon Festival or just the beautiful green hills in which it is set, one thing is for certain - Bristol will blow you away.

Bristol Street Art Bristol Landmarks Staying in Bristol

9. Brighton

One of the UK’s most famous seaside cities, alternative and vibrant Brighton has been a holiday destination for as long as we can remember. And when the weather is nice, the beach is full!

10 Must See Attractions in Brighton Fancy a trip to the seaside? Stay in Brighton

10. Cambridge

Another historic university city, Cambridge is full of majestic buildings, quaint passageways and beautiful museums and art galleries. But the thing we love the most about Cambridge is that you can go punting. This very British mode of transport can best be compared to Venetian gondolas– long, flat-bottomed boats square at both ends and propelled forwards by a long pole. Talk about feeling like you are abroad! See more information on visiting Cambridge here:

Punting Tours in Cambridge Visit Cambridge, stay here

So there you have it, the top 10 most visited cities in the UK. Are you feeling inspired? Why not book your own British city break!

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  • Brian Delacurst

    3 years ago

    As a Londoner I feel London is a tad bit over-rated, I think Glasgow is a really good shout for no.1 though. Went there myself was a big relief from London.