The Best Cities In England For The First Time Visitor

​United Kingdom is not only a place that has given this world some of the much known personalities such as the Shakespeare and The Beatles, but also home to some of the most classic cities in England. Rising by the River Thames, London is home to the Big Ben and the Tower of London dating to the 11th-century.

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Apart from sights mentioned below Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Buckingham Palace of London and the Peak District National Park are a go to places. Besides all, the country is a hub for the multicultural, modern zest of life.

So, here are my choices of the best cities in England.


London is one of the oldest cities in England and has its roots tied with history stretching back to Roman times.

Standing at the heart of the city is the Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and the site of British monarch coronations-Westminster Abbey. Across the Thames River, one can enjoy wide angle views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city just by a hoping on the London Eye giant wheel.


This maritime city in northwest England was the key trade and migration port during the 18th to the early 20th centuries. The Liverpool city gained its fame as a birthplace of much renowned The Beatles.

One can take a ferry in the waterfront and enjoy the iconic mercantile buildings known as the “Three Graces” – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building.


Attached to the Manchester city is its great industrial heritage. One can trace the city’s history of the days as a textile powerhouse at the Museum of Science & Industry. Another great way to delve into the history is a visit to the Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry cultural centre at the Salford Quays dockyard.

Some sights on every travelers list include the Old Traffod football stadium, National Football Museum and the Manchester Cathedral. If you love art galleries then Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery are your go to places.


A major city in England’s West Midlands region is Birmingham which has manifolds of landmarks speaking of its 18th-century history. The beauty of the city is enhanced by the canals that are now lined with trendy cafes and bars.

Known for its pre-Raphaelite masterpieces is the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery situated in the centre of the city. If you are fond of chocolates then a tour to the Cadbury World will take you to the history associated with chocolate making is worth an experience.

Aston Hall is a Jacobean-style mansion and the tours organized by them will walk you through the period rooms and sprawling gardens.

New Castle

New Castle was a major shipbuilding and manufacturing hub during the Industrial Revolution. Today the city is a centre of business, arts and sciences.

The unique tilting aperture of the modern Gateshead Millennium Bridge makes it a point of attraction. The medieval fortification of The Castle is a picturesque site especially for the golden hour photography.


Straddling through the River Avon in the southwest of England, the city of Bristol has a prosperous maritime history. The Harbor side is a cultural club in today’s date but was once the city centre port.

At the M Shed museum one can explore some local social and industrial heritage. Make a visit to restaurants, shops and cultural institutions such as contemporary art gallery The Arnolfini. All these have been carved out of the harbor’s 19th-century warehouses.

Overall England is all about the medieval history with a punch of football. The experience here will be surrounding its maritime history and famous personality of Shakespeare. So land in here and explore the best of England through these top cities that awaits your wandering feet.

If you think if we have missed any of the towns or cities in England let us know in the comment section below.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal is a civil engineer by profession & started travel blogging to share his experiences while traveling to new places without any planned itinerary, as it adds up to more adventure & exploring more about the city. He also loves photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters.

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