Find out what the best destinations in the United Kingdom are as awarded by millions of real travelers.
London, United Kingdom
If you want to see London at its most spectacular, go in 2012. In June, the city will celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with all due pomp and circumstance (including a huge parade and a flotilla of 1,000 boats on the Thames). And in July and August, of course, the eyes of the world will be on London as it hosts the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Will it be crowded? Sure. But it'll be unforgettable.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
While dramatic windswept hills make Edinburgh a site to behold, its rich history makes it a city to remember. From the world-famous Edinburgh Castle, to St. Giles Cathedral, to Real Mary King's Close and the Museum of Scotland, the sites are plentiful. Visit Edinburgh during Hogmanay (a days-long Scottish new year celebration full of food, drink and local traditions) and you'll be one of 80,000 revelers in the city! And yes, you must try the traditional fruitcake.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Liverpool's fortunes have historically been tied to shipping. But imports and exports like sugar, spice and tobacco pale in comparison with Liverpool's most famous export of all—the Beatles. Relive the hysteria at the Beatles Story Experience, and check out Paul's childhood home, but also leave time for exploring Liverpool Cathedral and the Walker Art Gallery.
Torquay, United Kingdom
Mild ocean breezes, sandy beaches and swaying Torbay Palms give the small English town of Torquay a distinctively Mediterranean feel. More than just a beach spot, Torquay boasts an enormous coastal aviary and the famous Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves. Agatha Christie spent most of her life here, and the city is now home to multiple film companies. With such a rich literary history, Torquay may be the perfect place to finish writing that novel or screenplay, or just to relax with a good mystery.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Scotland's largest city is a friendly, bustling town with imposing 19th-century buildings, vibrant theater life, the most talked-about independent music scene outside the U.S. and watering holes that run the gamut from trendy bars to traditional pubs. The city's buses and subway system make it easy to explore. Don't miss the reopened Kelvingrove Art Museum, the Victorian Necropolis, or the surprisingly delicious local delicacy: deep-fried pizza. Glasgow is the gateway to the Highlands and Islands.
Belfast, United Kingdom
With a population of almost 300,000 in the city proper, Belfast has grown into a cosmopolitan destination and become a popular weekend break spot. With feelings of optimism and life pulsing through the city, Belfast makes for an energizing getaway. It's never been easier to tour the city, thanks to a number of intriguing bus, taxi, boat and pedestrian options. Don't miss the Ulster Folk Museum or the Belfast Cathedral, and make sure to experience some of the award-winning restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries and theaters.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Famed for its soccer team and music scene, which has produced the likes of the Smiths and Oasis, this center for sports and the arts is a down-to-earth and friendly city. The so-called Capital of the North has overcome industrial decline, bombing (in WWII and by the IRA) to become a confident and cosmopolitan city of well over two million. It is well served by a bus and light rail network. Top attractions include the Lowry art complex, arcade Affleck's Palace and Canal Street gay village.
Blackpool, United Kingdom
The famed resort remains Britain's most popular seaside destination. Frequented by families and convention groups, the compact and easily walkable city increasingly attracts large numbers of gay and lesbian visitors, and boisterous crowds on bachelor and bachelorette weekends. Pleasure Beach is the country's most popular free attraction. Blackpool Tower and Circus are also on most itineraries. The 11 miles of the Blackpool Illuminations lightshow have lit nights from August to November since 1879.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
The geographical heart of England, Birmingham started life as a sixth- century Anglo-Saxon village. Today, much of this city of over a million dates back to post-WWII redevelopment in the 1950s and 60s. Cutting edge museums and galleries, innovative theaters and excellent shopping have contributed to Birmingham's appeal as a weekend break destination. Don't miss the Balti Triangle, home to the Pakistani food in the UK, the hopping bars and cafes of Gas Street Basin, or the National Sea Life Centre.
Llandudno, United Kingdom
Walk or take the tram to the summit of the Great Orme—you’ll be rewarded with a splendid view of Llandudno, a popular seaside resort in Wales. (Just take a jacket. It can be chilly up there.) On your way up, stop at the Great Orme Copper Mine for a fascinating look at how copper was mined 3,000 years ago.