As much as we love relaxing by the pool or sinking our feet into sandy beaches, it can all become a little dull when that’s all you ever do on holiday. Even if you do go to different places each time. By getting stuck into local culture, you can ensure that no two holidays are the same.
Have an inspiring and spontaneous holiday this year by doing as the locals do and learning something new. From kayaking down the River Wye in Wales to wandering along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh surrounded by amateur acting troupes, the UK has some wonderful city breaks to offer. All you have to do is pick one!
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of the most wonderful and animated festivals in the UK. No matter how many times you’ve been there, there’s always new talent and events going on each year. If you’re a theatre lover, this is definitely the place for you. From obscure one-man shows to full blown musical productions – there’s thousands of shows for you to go and see. And some have completely free admission.
If you’re looking for more than just theatre, Edinburgh also boasts some beautiful scenery. With historical buildings and the famous Arthur’s Seat hill providing breath-taking views, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Bristol is one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the UK. Some would even go so far as to call it a miniature London – without quite so many people. This city is ideal for those who have a passion for all things creative as it has a huge music and art scene. Numerous examples of street art can be found at Nelson’s Street and of course, if you look really closely you’ll spot some of Banksy’s contributions.
If you’ve always been interested in history, Bristol caters for this also. Take a trip to the M-Shed, a free admission museum that takes you back through Bristol’s past. And if that’s not your thing, there’s an art gallery right next door.
Oxford is a city that lives and breathes culture. Not to mention that some of the greatest minds originated from the university there. David Cameron (the UKs current prime minister) and Gandhi both once walked the streets of Oxford and soon, you could be following in their footsteps.
With striking architecture to be seen and Ghost trails to follow, you’ll have more than enough adventures to keep you entertained for the duration of your stay.
Often, we assume that Tolkein’s Middle Earth is best imagined when walking about the New Zealand landscape. However what few of us know, is that actually much of his inspiration for the books came from his hometown in England and it’s scenery. From Perrott’s Folly Tower in Birmingham to the Worcestershire countryside, you will find yourself walking through the very places where Tolkein’s world was most inspired.
Not a big Tolkein fan? Well there’s plenty more culture to get your claws into. Both a ballet company and a Chinese Quarter are based here, granting you access to a wealth of cultural experiences.
One couldn’t fully comprehend British culture unless they dared venture to London at some point. Yet, aside from the standard tourist destinations such as the London Eye and Buckingham Palace – there lies an underground culture, full of additional events to participate in with all the local Londoners.
Some of the greatest parts of London are those that few know of. But with the help of London bloggers, we can now find those niche places. Get involved in some ‘improv’ theatre; sample some of the independently crafted beer. See London as the locals do.
The tourist attractions available are only scratching the surface when it comes to things to do and see in the UK. And the best way to uncover the real essence of the city is to research and learn from the locals. Get side-tracked in your travels this year, book yourself into a luxury hotel in London and give some of these activities a go. No matter what the season, no matter if the notorious British weather returns, you will be sure to have one of your best holidays yet.
Are you looking for cultural break in the UK? From art to architecture, Britain has lot to offer any culture vultures planning to explore its cities.
Image by Amelia Wells
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