Following on from our Most in-Demand Towns, we’ve taken a closer look at which cities are proving the most popular with Holiday Lettings visitors so far in 2018. From the world-renowned landmarks of London to maritime marvels in Portsmouth, these UK cities are proving popular, so if you want a piece of the action, now’s the time to book!
Choose from apartments and penthouses in the city centre or countryside cottages on the outskirts – whatever type of rental you’re looking for, and whatever your budget, Holiday Lettings has plenty of rentals to book in these 15 fantastic cities.
Home to the Royal Mile, the Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh Castle and Mary King’s Close, this beautiful city will have you coming back year after year. There’s never a dull moment in Edinburgh, with street performers, art exhibitions and museums around every corner. Eating out is an exciting and diverse experience, too. Aside from the legendary deep-fried haggis, you’ll find all kinds of cuisine from a Swedish smorgasbord to a warming bowl of Scottish Cullen Skink. End your day by joining a spooky ghost walk before snuggling up at your private holiday rental.
It’s really no surprise that London is on this list. With more attractions than you can shake a stick at, this groovy capital is home to world-renowned landmarks like Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The amazing galleries, such as the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery, have an everlasting appeal. And when it comes to eating out, the options are endless; you’ll find everything from contemporary Japanese cuisine to old fashioned Cockney pie and mash shops. If shopping gets you excited, head to Portobello Road where you’ll find unique and vintage treasures. Or maybe browse the high-end shops at Covent Garden.
York’s rich history, family-friendly activities and romantic cobbled streets are just a few of the reasons why this fascinating city has ended up on this list. Unleash your inner trainspotter at the award-winning National Railway Museum. Discover what life was like for the Vikings at the Jorvik Viking Centre. Hop on a boat and take a tour of York from the river. And if you’re partial to a pint of traditionally made ale, then a visit to York Brewery in the city centre is a must. There are many free things to do in York too. See historic sights around every corner, including the City of York Walls: the longest medieval town walls in England, and the Shambles: a narrow cobbled street of overhanging timber-framed buildings dating back to the 14th century.
This splendid city with its sweeping crescents and Georgian architecture is a firm favourite for holidays in the UK. Must-dos include taking a dip at the Thermae Bath Spa open-air rooftop pool, enjoying a picnic in the leafy Alexandra Park and visiting the Jane Austen Centre. Here, you can learn more about celebrated author Jane Austen who spent many a social season in Bath and used it as a backdrop for one of her most-loved romantic works, Persuasion. While you’re there, try a tasty treat with a fascinating history at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum.
In need of an energising break after a gloomy winter? Vibrant Liverpool is just the tonic. Perhaps best known for Liverpool Football Club and the Beatles, this diverse city also has a long maritime history and two stunning cathedrals. Watched over by the iconic Liver birds perched atop the Liver Building and served by the famous Mersey Ferry, the city is a popular destination with visitors of all ages. Fans of the ‘Fab Four’ will love the Beatles Story attraction and the recreated Cavern Club. After the whirl of sightseeing, unwind at one of the bars or restaurants in the heart of the city, the Albert Dock. Why not try a hearty bowl of Scouse for an authentic Liverpudlian dining experience?
It’s no surprise that Chester is one of the most in-demand cities as there’s so much to see and do. It boasts the oldest racecourse in Britain, and the largest Roman amphitheatre. The cathedral dates back to the late 13th century and is a testament to the skilled artisans that built it all those years ago. For a fantastic way to see the sights, board a boat trip along the River Dee. Make sure you’re on time for your trip by checking your watch by the famous Eastgate clock. And for a fun family day out, head to Chester Zoo before putting your feet up back at your private holiday rental.
From elegant theatres to live music venues, Manchester has a vibrant cultural scene to rival anywhere in the world. For entertainment on a grand scale, the Palace Theatre hosts world-class productions that’ll leave you feeling inspired. If you enjoy exploring on foot, join a city trail or head for the Manchester hills. Kids will love Chill Factore, the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope. And for art lovers, The Manchester Museum is the place to be. If you love a night out on the town, you’re in the right place! Manchester’s varied social scene means you can see a live gig, splurge on a fine dining experience and sip freshly-mixed cocktails all on the same night! At the end of a fun-filled day, get some well earned shut-eye at a spacious townhouse or cosy apartment in the centre of the city.
Portsmouth is well known for its fascinating maritime history and for a comprehensive insight into the Royal Navy, past and present, this is the place to visit. It’s home to three of the UK’s most famous ships: The Mary Rose, H.M.S. Victory and H.M.S. Warrior. Experience the city from two entirely different perspectives: for a birds eye view, visit the Iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower or see the city from the sea with a boat tour of the historic dockyard. Literature lovers might want to pay homage of one of our best loved authors with a trip to the home of Charles Dickens. And if you’re feeling peckish, Portsmouth has plenty of independent cafes, restaurants and gastro-pubs to choose from.
From the spectacular Glasgow Science Centre with its planetarium and hands-on exhibits, to the beautiful Botanic Gardens, home to hundreds of plant species, there’s never a dull moment in this culturally-rich city. If you like a bit of retail therapy, you’re in for a treat. From big-name brands to quirky independents, Glasgow’s got it all. In need of some inspiration? Then take a stroll around Glasgow’s thought-provoking art galleries and museums where you can discover more about this vibrant city. There are plenty of green spaces where you can sit back and relax, away from the bustle of the city, so don’t forget your picnic blanket!
This welcoming city oozes history, from its 12th-century cathedral to its Norman architecture. A good place to start when visiting Lincoln is the visit to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life where you can find out more about the people and culture of Lincolnshire from 1750 to the present day. If you’re feeling energetic, stomp your way up Steep Hill where you’ll be rewarded with quaint cafes and a range of independent shops. A visit to Doddington Hall and Gardens is a great family day out. Children can explore the ‘fairy dell’ and discover the history of the Elizabethan hall. Why not stock up on some local produce at the market before heading back to your self-catering rental to cook a delicious feast?
Whatever the weather, there’s always something to do in Inverness. Explore the leafy Botanical Gardens, peruse the pieces at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery or soak up the history with a visit to the castle and cathedral. On a sunny day, walk along the River Ness where you can spot the Eden Court Theatre en route. And if you enjoy a ‘wee dram’ of whiskey to warm your cockles, take a tour of the Tomatin Distillery set in the beautiful Scottish countryside. The landscape in this area is stunning so it’s perfect for outdoorsy types as well as city slickers.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll love a trip to Belfast. See some of the filming locations for the seven kingdoms such as the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Cushendun Caves (400-million-year-old caves used in the show). Art aficionados, foodies and history-lovers will be in their element as Belfast as it is full of striking galleries, cutting-edge restaurants and fascinating museums. For a great way to see the city, join a bus tour to see the city hall, parliament buildings and the opera house. And no trip to Belfast is complete without a visit to the Titanic Belfast: a museum dedicated to the ship’s fateful voyage.
Plymouth’s seafaring past is just one of the reasons to visit this fantastic city. Find out about the Pilgrim Fathers’ adventures on the Mayflower and their epic voyage to the New World at the Mayflower Visitors Centre. For more history, visit the Elizabethan House and the Elizabethan Garden: a rare example of a sea captain’s home from the 1600s. If this is thirsty work, then a visit to Plymouth Gin distillery could be your next port of call. Plus, Plymouth has galleries, gift shops and boutiques aplenty where you can buy yourself a memento of your holiday.
This fun and friendly city isn’t just a favourite with shoppers, it’s loved by foodies, culture-vultures and art-lovers, too. Local attractions include the ever-popular Doctor Who Museum and the Millennium Stadium. Science fans should spend the day at Techniquest: an interactive museum where children (and grown-ups, for that matter) can solve puzzles before exploring the stars at the Planetarium. The castle is another highlight and its proximity to the centre makes it an easy stop off when out and about. Add to that a huge range of entertainment and dining options, a stay in Cardiff is as bright and cheerful as a sunny yellow daffodil.
From art galleries to street art, industrial landmarks to Georgian architecture, Bristol is a destination that doesn’t disappoint. The Clifton Suspension Bridge – designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel – which spans the Avon Gorge is a must-see, as is the S.S. Great Britain, another of Brunel’s impressive designs. But Bristol isn’t just about bridges and ships. Art lovers will be in their element exploring the city’s fantastic galleries, and history buffs will love the The Georgian House Museum where they can find out about life above and below stairs 200 years ago. The zoo is perfect for a family day out and the cathedral should also be on your list of places to visit in Bristol. Bristol is also the home of enigmatic street artist Banksy, so be sure to look out for his work during your visit.