Cities Of Culture: Englands Best Cultural Cities
Posted on January 26, 2015 by Admin
With a mixture of rich heritage, modern innovation and diverse culture, England is renowned for being one of the most exciting countries in the world. Everyday there are new events to celebrate and enjoy the range of extraordinary cultural treats on offer around the UK, from London and Birmingham to Newcastle and Salisbury.
Culture old and new is seen throughout England, from countryside to coast, and we have been hunting to find the best of our county’s diverse cities.
Now known as the major cultural city of the North, Manchester offers an impressive collection of attractions for young and old from modern builds to long-established sites. With numbers of visitors growing considerably in the last few years, along with its notable strengths in art, architecture, theatre and music, it’s no wonder Manchester is bidding to become European Capital of Culture.
So what top attractions are worth a visit we here you say?
The National Football Museum is the world’s largest and is home to one of the finest collections of football artefacts and archives, and The People’s History Museum is a national centre for the history of Britain’s working people. Other fantastic attractions to visit include the Museum of Science and Industry for an educational experience, the Chill Factore, home to the UKs longest indoor skiing and indoor snowboarding slope, or the Palace Theatre, with a range of fantastic shows all year round.
With legendary heroes, beautiful landscape and influential innovations, Nottingham has a well-deserved place on our list. This charming city has a rich and varied history and has grown into an extremely popular tourist destination. Not only is Nottingham famed notable figures of the past, but it has made its mark through a range of music, art, theatre and cinema.
Nottingham is home to two large-capacity theatres, numerous museums and art galleries, as well as several live music venues which host major international and UK artists on a regular basis. And if that wasn’t enough on the music scene, Nottingham also hosts two annual festivals- Dot to Dot and Splendour- showcasing a wide range of musical acts and genres.
Whether you’ve been to London once or over one hundred times, you can never tire of our capital city. There is so much to see and do and a range of world-famous attractions on offer. London is one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world and offers a range of arts, music, museums, sporting events; the list goes on. The city is particularly well known for its theatre, with the West End theatre district home to many mainstream and professional shows.
The British Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum offer a wealth of artefacts and exhibitions to explore and are ideal for adults and children alike. London’s music scene enjoys classical and opera genres, home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Chorus. London is also famed for its popular music and rock scene and was the starting point for some of the greatest rock bands, including Iron Maiden, The Who, Queen and Led Zeppelin.
London’s history stretches back thousands of years and this can be explored and enjoyed at one of the cities four World Heritage Sites- the Palace of Westminster & Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Known currently as the UK City of Culture, Hull is Yorkshire’s only Maritime city and has been shaped by different cultures throughout the centuries. This key city has been transformed over the past few years and has now been described as ‘a gem in Yorkshire’s magnificent crown’- a dynamic city that combines a rich heritage with a fun social scene.
One of Hull’s most notable attractions is the Deep, a futuristic aquarium and home to over three-thousand sea-creatures including sharks, fish, rays and much more. This Millennium Lottery Project holds an iconic site with a rich history and has welcomed over three-million since its opening in 2002.
Renowned for being, unique, quirky and eccentric, Hull is unmatched when it comes to a community energy. From theatre and music to poetry and technology, this is a city of talent and has nurtured a range of writers, directors, musicians and artists.