Friday, May 4, 2012

The UK’s top 10 most popular tourist destinations for international visitors

A new report from VisitBritain has named the UK’s top 10 UK’s most popular tourist destinations for international visitors as:

  • 1. London
  • 2. Edinburgh
  • 3. Manchester
  • 4. Birmingham
  • 5. Liverpool
  • 6. Glasgow
  • 7. Oxford
  • 8. Bristol
  • 9. Cambridge
  • 10. Brighton

    All great places to visit, so we throught we’d have a quick trawl of YouGoDo’s 3500+ great things to do in the United Kingdom to see what made these places so great to visit!

    Things to do in London

    With over 500 London activities on YouGoDo, and many great unusual things to do, its easy to see why London is the number 1 visitor destination in the UK.

    Visit its iconic historic buildings like the Houses of Parliament, London Tower, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and the Natural History Museum to get that ‘in a movie’ feeling. Just walking around the city and taking photos of the little red phone boxes could be considered a day out!

    But of course London is also home to numerous ever popular famous attractions like the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Harrods and its many great museums. Add in the more unusual things on offer like kayaking on the Thames, Ice Climbing, Duck Tours and Pedal Powered Pub Crawls and it quickly becomes obvious that London has something for everyone!

    Things to do in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh has remained in the number 2 position and is still the largest draw for Tourists visiting Scotland. Its castle, located on the hill over looking the city, is a great place to enjoy a Whisky tour and a drop or two of the local brew – fine Scots Whisky. Other great activities on offer include the Dungeons, Dundas Castle, the Palace of Hollyrood, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, the 3D Loch Ness Experience and a wealth of opportunities to discover the stunning local Scottish countryside by plane, helicopter, bus, hot air balloon or even a trike!

    Things to do in Manchester

    Always popular with YouGoDo users, Manchester has a great deal of great activities on offer. It is of course, much as it pains me to write this!, home to the top two football clubs in the UK currently! Other great experiences on offer in Manchester include Music Tours, Ghost Hunts, indoor climbing, indoor skiing, indoor karting, the Manchester Museum and Legoland. And for those wanting a different night out try the famous Manchester Curry Mile!

    Things to do in Birmingham

    Another longtime favorite for YouGoDo users, Birmingham is attracting visitors with activities and experiences like party boats, treasure hunts, ghost hunts, the National Indoor Arena, the National Exhibition Centre, Broad Street, Stock Car Driving, the National Motorcycle Museum (good to see it back open after the dreadful fire), the Sea Life Centre, Cadbury World, Indoor Climbing, Indoor Karting and much more.

    Things to do in Liverpool

    Things to do in Liverpool, anyone want to guess one of the most popular tours? That will be a Beatles Tour then! Liverpool is not just about the Beatles and Football, it is a city with plenty other fun of offer including Duck Tours (OK so these are call the Yellow Duckmarine which is a bit Beatlesy), Ghost Hunts, High Rope Adventures, Paintballing, the World Museum, the Blue Planat, the Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool and Brewery Tours to name just a few!

    Things to do in Glasgow

    Just a short trip from Edinburgh is Glasgow, Scotland’s second entry in the UK’s top 6. While in Glasgow visit the Sea Life centre, take an open top bus tour, try indoor karting or indoor skiing, or maybe take an adventure tour in a sea plane, trike, helicopter, classic car or classic bike! And get out and explore the countryside - choose your transpoirt - bountain bike, sailing boat or quad bike!

    Things to do in Oxford

    The famous pretty University town of Oxford has many unusual fun activities on its doorsteps. As well as the more traditional attractions like punting on the river and the magnificent Blenheim Palace, you can enjoy hot air ballooning, Laser Quest, Foraging!, Wine Tasting, Ghost Hunting and multi day skiff trip’s down the river - how Bristish!

    Things to do in Bristol

    In the south west of England, Bristol offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy horse riding, laser combat, sailing, abseiling, boat trips, wine tasting, cookery lessons, archery, karting, tours of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and more.

    Things to do in Cambridge

    Located in the east of England, Cambridge is the UK’s second top university town in the top 10 overseas visitor locations! Cambridge also offers the academic favourite of punting on the river along with canoeing, gliding, hot air ballooning, wine tasting and treasure hunting!

    Things to do in Brighton

    On the south coast, Brighton offer visitors the chance to try some pretty magnificent and very unusual activities. Take a tour of Brightons sewers for example, or just as bizarre take a day tour of the M25 motorway – a full lap of Britain’s most hated road, traffic permitting of course! Or try something more usual (only slightly) like mountain boarding, orbing, power kiting, jet skiing, etc. Or take the easier route with a boat trip, a look around Brighton Royal Pavilion and a walk along Brighton Pier with some candy floss!

    Take your pick!

    Plenty great activities and things to see and do across the UK!

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