It’s 2022 and you know what that means. New year, new me, new travels, let’s go. Upgrade your holidays with seaside stunners and Northern charmers in gorgeous spots in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Whether you’re going for a weekend trip with mates or a romantic baecation with your sweetie, we’ve searched far and wide to bring you the UK's top 12 pretty cities to visit in 2022.
One of the top 100 tourist attractions in the UK, Brighton has rightfully gained a name for its vibrant streets, colourful shops and vast stretch of seemingly endless beach. When you're not getting your fill of quirky trinkets in The Lanes or traipsing around the Royal Pavilion? Sip on some locally-brewed craft beer at The North Laine Pub and Brewery or go to the pier for a seaside meal at Palm Court Restaurant.
Searching for places to visit in England other than London? Once an industrial heavyweight, now a cool and thriving metropolis, Manchester is up there for Instagram-worthy cities in England. It also has some of the best and most varied nightlife options around. For those of you after a knockout dinner in a stylish setting, Grand Pacific and Peter Street Kitchen are a must. However, if you're looking for something a little more intimate, hit up bar Cane and Grain for a secret New Orleans-inspired joint - that is, if you can find it.
It may be famous for being the home of The Beatles, but Liverpool is often overlooked when it comes to the best UK city breaks by train. A crying shame if you ask us. Along with a beautiful waterfront and historic landmarks, it also houses some of the most eye-catching venues. You can expect everything from rooftop stunners such as The Red Door and Carpathia providing snap-worthy vistas to restaurants like The Florist that use actual trees as decoration.
The Welsh capital may be small in size, but that's what makes it a definite contender for the best UK holiday destinations for couples. Once you've toured Cardiff Castle and the Victorian arcades, why not hit up some of the local haunts and get a proper feel for the city? A little birdy tells us that glamorous cocktail haunt The Dead Canary is a popular weekend spot, while Gin & Bake is a quirky bar, restaurant, bakery and events space all in one. It's also got a busy social calendar with live music venues such as retro village Brewhouse.
With a thriving social scene and an eclectic mix of historical and contemporary architecture, Leeds is a great choice for those of you searching for fun and cheap places to visit in the UK. Live like the locals and spend an evening at Cuckoo, which dons exposed brickwork, animal decor and a picturesque rooftop terrace. If you're willing to splurge a little, pay Ibérica a visit for an unforgettable tapas feast, or get contemporary seafood delights at Blackhouse Grill.
Boasting some of the world's finest museums, art galleries and landmarks, it should come as no surprise that London makes our list as one of the best places to travel in 2022. But where to begin? Whether you fancy taking in the capital's most iconic sites from Sky Garden's gorgeous rooftop bar, want to dive into a bubbly ball pit at Ballie Ballerson or you're looking to immersive yourself into the Wild West at Moonshine Saloon - it doesn't disappoint - we've got just the thing.
It's not just the iconic suspension bridge that has earned Bristol a name as one of the UK's most beautiful cities. First-timers simply need to wander around the cobbled streets and pop into a few of the independent shops, pubs and restaurants - here's looking at you Riverstation - to fall in love with the enchanting spot. Banksy fanatics can also see a number of the famous resident's murals for free dotted around the area, stopping off at The Old Fish Market on their way.
A popular choice for weekend getaways at any time of the year, Edinburgh is easily one of the best cities to visit in the UK for couples. Grab a steaming coffee and brunch at Le Monde before spending the day pottering around the cobbled streets and checking out the impressive castle. While you're there, be sure to swing by Chaophraya for Thai cuisine with one hell of a view, followed by cocktail bar The Raging Bull to try out its wide variety of signature espresso martinis - think gingerbread and banoffee pie-flavoured tipples.
Wondering where to travel in 2022? Home to the Scottish Opera, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, lush botanical gardens and a goldmine of vintage shops, Glasgow is a cultural hub loaded with things to do. When you're not tucking into crispy wings at Absurd Bird or sinking some pints at Shilling Brewing Co? Discover some of its lesser-known localities with one of these walks, finishing, of course, at a pub. 'Cus all the best walks do.
Just a hop across the Irish Sea, Belfast is a bustling city packed with character and award-winning restaurants. See for yourself with a trip to the Cathedral Quarter, where you'll be treated to some of the freshest and finest dishes around. But that's not all. Northern Ireland's capital is famed for its traditional pubs - the perfect pit stops during your trips to the grand City Hall and Titanic museum, which is located on the exact spot the fated ship was built.
One of the best cities in England, Birmingham is filled to the brim with gorgeous parks, from picturesque Botanical Gardens to the Vulcan Park and Museum downtown. But another scenic spot that's an absolute must is the city's waterways. Enjoy a 90-minute Gin Cruise by The Gintleman where you’ll get to unwind with cocktails and mini canapes. And when you’re done exploring, check out the bustling bar scene along the canal, including 52 Gas Street.
Bath is definitely up there as one of the best UK city breaks for couples as it boasts eye-catching architecture and stunning museums. With the main attraction being its Roman baths, there are plenty of other hidden gems in this South West England spot. Have dinner at The Boater, a grandiose pub situated along the iconic Pulteney Bridge or check out swanky cocktail bar Sub 13. You’ll get to explore a charming Champagne lounge, beautiful garden terrace area and speakeasy bar.
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