Best Places to Visit in the United Kingdom

Top 10 Cities

London - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #1

London

One of the world’s most visited cities, it’s easy to see why people fall in love with London. Home to the British royal family, Big Ben, the London Eye and more, there is certainly no shortage of iconic landmarks. But delve past the city’s most famous sights and there is still so much to explore. Spend hours trawling the displays at the Tate, Natural History Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum. Catch a show on London’s grand West End or stroll along the Thames for some free entertainment at the Southbank. Cycle through Hyde Park or shop along the famous Regents Street. London is home to thousands of pubs and Camden, Shoreditch and Soho hold some of the city’s best nightlife. For views of the city’s skyline climb Parliament Hill or, for the ultimate bird’s eye view, head to the top of the Shard.

Edinburgh - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #2

Edinburgh

Scotland’s beautiful capital is a must-see on any trip to the UK. Its two distinct areas, the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, were World Heritage-listed for giving Edinburgh its unique character. Take a stroll up the Royal Mile and visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city’s skyline. The National Museum of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens are all worth visiting. As are the monuments of Carlton Hill, and the ancient volcano known as Arthur’s Seat, which offers panoramic views of the city. Edinburgh is home to the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and this is the highlight of the city’s calendar. Thousands of performers descend on the city’s streets and stages for three weeks every August. Presenting shows of every kind imaginable, you can expect to see big names alongside unknown artists in an explosion of creative energy from around the world.

Belfast - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #3

Belfast

Belfast is the beautiful gateway to Northern Ireland. The city has a rich maritime heritage, which can be discovered in its waterfront Titanic Quarter. Belfast was the birthplace of the ill-fated liner and the Titanic’s history is revealed in Titanic Belfast. This museum is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and the city’s number one tourist draw. Visitors should also explore Belfast City Hall, the Botanical Gardens and the Ulster Museum, which unveils 9,000 years of Irish history and culture. St George’s Market also provides the perfect weekend activity. Built in the 19th century, it is Ireland’s oldest continually operating market and offers a variety of fresh produce, flowers and second-hand goods. If you’re looking to travel further afield, head north to Giant’s Causeway. The first UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland, this geological wonder consists of 40,000 basalt stone columns that formed around 60 million years ago.

Glasgow - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #4

Glasgow

The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is famous for its shopping, culture and people. The city’s rich architectural heritage features the art Nouveau works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the medieval Glasgow Cathedral and the Neo-Gothic University of Glasgow. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is among the city’s wealth of free attractions worth visiting. And there are over 90 parks and gardens to discover. Offering the best shopping in the UK outside of London, Glasgow’s Buchanan Street is the main high-street shopping area. But for vintage stores and independent boutiques it’s best to head to Glasgow’s West End, where cobbled streets such as Ashton Lane are lined with great restaurants and bars. The city boasts an excellent live music scene, with many traditional pubs and a notorious nightlife. Its good connections to the highlands and Scottish isles also make Glasgow the perfect base for exploring Scotland.

Brighton - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #5

Brighton

Brighton is without doubt the UK’s most vibrant and eccentric city. Transformed from a small fishing village to a popular seaside resort, Brighton is now famously home to epic nightlife and the UK’s biggest gay scene. The city’s most distinctive building is the Royal Pavilion, a mock Mughal palace of white domes and minarets. Close to which is the colourful network of shopping streets known as The Lanes. Filled with antiques, vintage finds and quaint cafes, these ancient walkways are the heart and soul of Brighton. But if you’re after classic seaside fun, look no further than the iconic Brighton Pier. With a variety of amusement rides and ocean views, you can easily pass an afternoon riding the dodgems, eating candyfloss or playing the slot machines. Brighton is also a great base for exploring the South Downs National Park with its rolling hills, picturesque villages and the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters.

Inverness - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #6

Inverness

Known as the ‘Highland Capital’, Inverness is located at the northern end of the Great Glen in Scotland. Sitting astride the River Ness, the city is famed for its proximity to Loch Ness with many visitors hoping to spot the world-famous monster. Loch Ness contains more water than all reservoirs and lakes in England and Wales combined, and a cruise across its waters is the perfect way to experience the stunning highland scenery. The city itself still retains a market town feel, with a pretty centre and top sights including St Andrew’s Cathedral and the Inverness Castle. Shopping lovers will enjoy the Eastgate Shopping Centre and the Victorian Market. Whereas those looking for evening enterainment need look no further than the theatre, cinema and arts venue of Eden Court. The area also offers beautiful walking and cycling, with a stroll along the picturesque River Ness the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring.

Cardiff - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #7

Cardiff

Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff was only recognised as the Welsh capital in 1955. At its heart is the beautiful Cardiff Castle, which is now a popular music and events venue. Cardiff’s Victorian arcades are also one of city’s biggest draws. Attracting shoppers for over a century, the arcades have an eclectic mix of independent stores and boutiques, alongside the bustling Cardiff Central Market. Standing in stark contrast to this historic centre is the ultramodern Cardiff Bay. The contemporary waterfront boasts heaps of attractions, with the boardwalk at Mermaid Quay home to host of quirky bars, restaurants and amusements. St. Fagans National History Museum is the most popular heritage attraction in Wales. The open-air museum contains 100 acres of parkland with original buildings from different periods of Welsh history. The city is also home to the huge Principality Stadium. Seating 74,000 people, the stadium sees the Welsh Rugby Team battle against opponents from around the world.

Cambridge - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #8

Cambridge

With its historic architecture, winding river and cobbled streets, Cambridge is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. It's dominated by the 31 ancient colleges of the prestigious Cambridge University. Architectural gems of which include the Tudor Gate at Trinity College and the 16th century King’s College Chapel - one of the most remarkable examples of Gothic architecture in England. Cambridge’s museums include the neoclassical Fitzwilliam Museum and the Imperial War Museum, where some 200 vintage aircraft are displayed. Explore the city by its waterways and take a punting tour or relax with a picnic in one of the city’s many green spaces. Collectively known as The Backs, a series of parks and gardens line the river and offer grand views of the colleges. As Cambridge is a student city at heart, no visit would be complete without a stop in one of the many historic pubs.

York - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #9

York

Nowhere has preserved medieval Britain’s heritage better than York. The city’s 13th century walls enclose a network of historic narrow streets, the most picturesque of which is The Shambles with traditional shopfronts and overhanging timber-framed houses lining a pretty cobbled street. Open every day, the Shambles Market is close by with around 70 stalls offering fresh produce, local crafts and more. At York’s heart is the breathtaking York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Once the capital of Viking territory, York was previously called Jorvick, and its Viking history can be traced at the immersive Jorvick Viking Centre. The National Railway Museum also uncovers 300 years of railway history with some one-million train-related artefacts. The city is brimming with vibrant cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs, with the lovely Rowntree Park the perfect place to unwind. Further afield, visitors can explore Castle Howard or marvel at the Brimham Rocks.

Oxford - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #10

Oxford

One of the most famous university cities in the world, Oxford’s skyline is filled with the spires of its renowned colleges. The most impressive of which is the stunning Christchurch College, where Harry Potter fans will be delighted by the magnificent Great Hall. Other top sights include the Bodleian Library, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and the Bridge of Sighs. The covered market offers a variety of local produce and quirky eateries, with The Varsity Club’s rooftop offering views to the city’s surrounding hillside. Oxford is home to world-renowned museums, including the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Oxford Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum. Visitors can try their hand at punting along the river or stroll through the many parks and meadows. End the day with a pint in the historic Turf Tavern, a popular pub that has seen the likes of many famous prime ministers and authors.