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Top 7 cities to visit in Britain

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With so many different cities to choose from, each with their own unique character, Britain gives you the perfect opportunity to explore history and culture first-hand.

For this post, we’ve chosen our top seven favourite cities in Britain – Edinburgh, London, York, Bath, Manchester, Liverpool and Cardiff ­– that we believe are worth a visit.

Before we explain why they’re worth the visit, it’s important to note that the best way to travel to these cities is with MET Coaches. Our drivers will get you to and from your destination in the comfort and privacy of our luxury minibuses and coaches. Also, with us, you avoid the hustle and bustle of travelling with public transport – as well as the worry that comes with relying on it to run on time. Our drivers will take care of you, ensuring that your journey is safe and comfortable. Travelling to cities with MET Coaches is the best way to get the most out of your trip and guarantees a reliable and relaxing journey experience. 

Here are our top 7 cities to visit in Britain

1. Edinburgh

Home to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (02-26 August 2019), a magical winter festival, an impressive castle and fascinating museums, the capital city of Scotland has so much to offer. The perfect way to explore this beautiful and compact city is by foot, taking in the historic architecture of the medieval Old Town and the elegant structures of the Georgian New Town as you wander around. Give us a call on 01923 247765 for minibus and coach transport to Edinburgh.

2. London

London is one of the most famous cities in the world, attracting millions of tourists each year. With its many cultural and historical sites, seasonal events, thrilling nightlife and multicultural food scene, it is easy to see why so many people want to experience it for themselves. London is always changing and evolving with various events and activities throughout the year, making it an exciting city you’ll want to visit repeatedly.

Popular year-round events in London include Notting Hill Carnival (weekend before August bank holiday Monday), Bonfire Night (05 Nov 2019), Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (Nov 2019-Jan 2020), New Year’s Day Parade (01 Jan 2020), Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race, Trooping the Colour and many more.

3. York

York is a city frozen in time, albeit amalgamating several different time periods all into one beautiful city. York still contains a lot of its original Roman roads and is surrounded by the impressive York City Walls that contain cannonball scars from the English Civil War. If you visit between 10-11 August 2019, you’ll get to experience the annual York Walls Festival, a family-friendly event that celebrates York’s heritage.

York also has a stunning Gothic cathedral that still stands after being consecrated in 1472. Visiting York allows you to experience British history first-hand, just by walking around the city.

4. Bath


Bath is renowned for its Roman spas, Jane Austen museum and delicious Bath buns. As a quaint city filled with great places to eat and lots of quirky independent shops, Bath is perfect for a day trip away regardless of the season. If you visit between 16-24 September 2019, you’ll get to choose from 24 free walking tours led by knowledgeable tour guides.

Whether you plan to enjoy the historical elements of this city or just indulge in afternoon tea and bath buns, you won’t be bored in Bath.

Find out more about Bath in our post ‘Visiting the UK’s World Heritage Sites: The City of Bath‘.

5. Manchester

Manchester boasts a rich industrial past, with lots of museums highlighting the city’s industrial roots. The impressive stonemasonry and bright stained-glass windows of the medieval Manchester Cathedral are a welcome treat from the city’s mostly modern architecture.

Football fans should visit Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United football club, where you can go on a stadium tour and learn about the history of the club and their most iconic players.

If you consider yourself a foodie, you should visit between 26 Sep-07 Oct 2019 for the Manchester Food and Drink Festival. Festival events take place at the Festival Hub at Cathedral Gardens as well as various spots around the city.

Whatever you choose to do, Manchester has something for everyone and is a great city to visit.

6. Liverpool

Just over an hour away from Manchester, Liverpool also boasts a fascinating industrial past – mostly due to their role in the Industrial Revolution as North England’s leading port for trade and much more. You can learn more about the city at the many museums Liverpool has to offer; this includes the Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Liverpool’s Science and Industry Museum.

Liverpool is also the home to The Beatles, one of Britain’s greatest rock bands. Head to the Albert Dock to visit The Beatles Story, a museum dedicated to the Fab Four. Our drivers will be more than happy to drive your group there.

7. Cardiff

Birth-place of the much-loved novelist Roald Dahl and the eleventh-largest city in the UK, Cardiff has a lot to offer. The capital of Wales provides various year-round events including the Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival (typically the first weekend of July), Cardiff Winter Wonderland (late Nov-early Jan), several music events and much more. For the history buffs, there are several castles and museums in and around the city, including Cardiff Castle and the St. Fagans National Museum of History.

For transport to Cardiff, call us on 01923 247765 for luxury minibus and coach hire transportation.

Travel around Britain with MET Coaches’ minibus and coach hire services

All of these cities have a lot to offer, making them perfect holiday destinations all year-round.

With many different coaches and minibuses available (seating between 19 and 70 people), we definitely have a vehicle that will best fit your group.

To find out more about how MET Coaches can get you to your destination, call us today on 01923 247765 or complete our Quick Quote Form.

This article was updated on 24/07/19

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