January is a beloved winter month so celebrate it by visiting the finest Top 10 British Cities and spending a day — or even a weekend — out surrounded by new and exciting cultures.
Dumfries and Galloway is one of Scotland’s most precious gems, from the stunning sunsets, to the shy red deer and inquisitive red squirrels. After sampling this fine Scottish town, in the words of Robert Burns, you will vow to “come again, my Luve, Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!”
2. Stornoway, Scotland
This is the beating heart of all Scottish Gaelic culture so it should not be a surprise that there’s plenty to see or do. There’s the Harris Tweed shop and also one of nature’s most astonishing phenomena: the Calanais Standing Stones.
3. Kirkcaldy, Scotland
This beautiful seaside town is enriched with history, peppering every wave that drifts into its harbour. The Old Parish Church was used as a place of Worship via the monks who once lived here — but also as a strategic defensive position! Meander around its grounds and see the camouflaged gun holes!
4. Swansea, Wales
This stunning Welsh city has a lot to offer its guests — including Alexandra Burke’s upcoming performance at the city’s Grand Theatre, 23rd-28th January! Continue the New Year Celebrations with the revival of this West End and film classic.
5. Bangor, Wales
Stroll down the stretch of Bangor’s Pier and witness the sunrise yawning through golden clouds above the calmness of the sea. Then enjoy breakfast in one of the local cafes before making a much deserved pit stop at Bangor’s Zipline and Aerial Adventure Park! Go on, be adventurous!
6. Penarth, Wales
Penarth’s big brother Cardiff may be more popular and louder, but trust us, Penarth is the place to be! Its reputation as a foodie’s paradise is rapidly growing. Especially when you consider the delights of many restaurants like North Meets South Cafe; amazing African themed cusiune like the flavoursome Moroccan chicken with fresh coriander.
7. Armagh, Northern Ireland
The hometown of the Irish King Arthur but even better! Armagh's Navan Centre and Fort is the birthplace of the Red Branch Knights and the seat of Ulster’s ancient kings. Come and explore the murky depths where fairytales and reality intertwine.
8. Derry, Northern Ireland
This stunning walled city has plenty to offer, from food to castle walks, immerse yourself in the fantasy of Northern Ireland as shown in Game of Throne’s Winterfell Castle or its very real rich history as the Free City of Derry.
9. York, England
Fancy yourself a bold conquerer? Then come and climb York’s famous City Walls which snake around the city’s entirety. Climb to the highest pier of the Minster or bask in the serenity of the Museum Gardens.
10. Blackpool, England
January may not be the month for seaside shenanigans but what about investing in a joint ticket to see Madame Toussards, Sea Life Aquarium and the Blackpool Tower? This is one time your mum will be glad to see the Blackpool Illuminations left on!
By Heather Lukins