Posted by: bluesyemre | July 6, 2021

Every UK City’s Top Tourist Attraction (#infographic)

For tourists and locals alike, there are cultural attractions and landmarks all over the country waiting to be wowed at. Whether you prefer to marvel at the historic ceilings of century-old cathedrals, head for long strolls among the country’s natural beauty or tend to find yourself eyeing up the modern art in a gallery, you’ve sure got plenty of choice in the UK. But which should you choose if you’ve only got a limited time to explore? 

Luckily for internet browsing thrill seekers, Google collects a bunch of reviews for mostly every tourist attraction in the country, written and rated by fellow travellers. We’ve compiled a list of the top attraction within or nearby each of the UK’s 65 cities by taking a look at Google’s Travel Guides for each city and finding the top reviewed ‘thing to do’ there. 

All attractions were categorised as either ‘museum’, ‘religious’, ‘nature’, ‘entertainment’, ‘landmark’ and ‘library’. There were:

  • 24 natural attractions
  • 17 museums
  • 10 religious buildings
  • 9 entertainment venues
  • 3 landmarks
  • 2 libraries

It seems that the great outdoors is a popular choice for city explorers, with nature coming out as the most frequently occurring category in our list of the top things to do around the UK. Museums and art galleries are also a popular choice for tourists, being the second most commonly occurring category in our list. Religious buildings are highly rated amongst Google reviewers in smaller, historical cities, with cathedrals making up the majority. 

Chris Johnson, head of Operations at Vouchercloud, commented:

“It’s really encouraging that so many of the top attractions – so close to cities – are focused on nature, and it feels quite refreshing knowing that most cities offer a way to escape to the great outdoors.

“Despite some of the quirkier options among the top attractions, we’ve definitely shown that every corner of the UK offers something different, and there’s always a fun day to be had”. 

In terms of country-specific differences, in Scotland 4 out of 6 of the top attractions listed are natural, and similarly 50% of the highest rated attractions are nature-based both in Ireland and in Wales. 

Interestingly, only three landmarks make the list as top-rated attractions; the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, the HMNB in Portsmouth, and Free Derry Corner in Londonderry. 

CityTop Attraction on GoogleRatingNumber of ReviewsCategoryMiles from centre
AberdeenDavid Welch Winter Gardens4.7154Nature1.29mi
BangorZip World Panrhyn Quarry4.81,339Entertainment2.24mi
BathAlexandra Park4.7253Nature<1mi
BelfastGrand Opera House4.71003Entertainment<1mi
BirminghamThe Electric4.7572Entertainment<1mi
BradfordOakwell Hall Country Park4.7111Nature5.21 mi
Brighton and HoveDevil’s Dyke4.7131Nature4.98 mi
BristolClifton Suspension Bridge4.72412Landmark1.72mi
CambridgeImperial War Museum Duxford4.83910Museum7.57 mi
CanterburyWingham Wildlife Park4.61291Nature6.48 mi
CardiffPrincipality Stadium4.73517Entertainment<1mi
CarlisleWatchtree Nature Reserve4.7141Nature6.15 mi
ChesterChester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens4.8238Nature<1mi
ChichesterGoodwood House4.7593Museum2.86mi
City of LondonBritish Museum4.741,716Museum1.62mi
CoventryCoventry Transport Museum4.72543Museum<1mi
DerbyMake Your Escape4.863Entertainment<1mi
DundeeMcManus Galleries4.6439Museum<1mi
DurhamDurham University Oriental Museum4.885Museum<1mi
EdinburghArthur’s Seat4.8579Nature1.21mi
ElyEly Cathedral4.6325Religious<1mi
ExeterRed House Mysteries4.967Entertainment<1mi
GlasgowGlasgow Film Theatre4.7593Entertainment<1mi
GloucesterGloucester Cathedral4.7409Religious<1mi
HerefordHereford Cathedral4.5201Religious<1mi
InvernessPlodda Falls4.8126Nature24.33mi
Kingston upon HullEscape Room Hull4.857Entertainment<1mi
LancasterWilliamson Park4.71276Nature<1mi
LeedsRoyal Armouries Museum4.72737Museum<1mi
LeicesterBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir4.971Religious1.95mi
LichfieldNational Memorial Arboretum4.82306Nature5.29mi
LincolnLincoln Cathedral4.8552Religious<1mi
LisburnWallace Park4.6519Nature<1mi
Liverpool251 Menlove Avenue4.871Museum5.03mi
LondonderryFree Derry Corner4.7379Landmark<1mi
ManchesterJohn Rylands Library4.8295Library<1mi
Newcastle upon TyneBeamish Museum4.84549Museum6.86mi
NewportBelle Vue Park4.6379Nature<1mi
NewrySlieve Guillion Forest Park4.8179Nature4.98mi
NorwichCity of Norwich Aviation Museum4.7102Museum3.49mi
NottinghamWollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park4.72832Nature2.21mi
OxfordOxford University Museum of Natural History4.71703Museum<1mi
PeterboroughPeterborough Cathedral4.7241Religious<1mi
PlymouthNational Trust – Plymbridge Woods4.7277Nature3.66mi
PortsmouthHMNB Portsmouth4.73,195Landmark<1mi
PrestonWorden Park4.6758Nature5.38mi
RiponStudley Royal Park4.7174Nature2.51mi
SalfordJohn Rylands Library4.8295Library1.77mi
SalisburyBoscombe Down Aviation Collection4.7139Museum1.77mi
SheffieldPeak District4.813,575Nature4.73mi
SouthamptonRoyal Victoria Country Park4.6697Nature3.92mi
St AlbansSt Albans Cathedral4.7430Religious<1mi
St DavidsPembrokeshire Coast National Park4.85,109Nature15.13mi
Stoke-on-TrentGladstone Pottery Museum4.7187Museum2.28mi
SunderlandRyhope Engines Museum4.778Museum2.92mi
SwanseaThe Escape Game Swansea4.957Entertainment1.53mi
TruroKennall Vale Nature Reserve4.889Nature6.42mi
WakefieldClarence Park4.584Nature<1mi
WellsWells Cathedral4.7272Religious<1mi
WestminsterBritish Museum4.741,716Museum1.56mi
WinchesterWinchester Cathedral4.6717Religious<1mi
WolverhamptonRoyal Air Force Museum Cosford4.83,018Museum8.81mi
WorcesterWorcester Cathedral4.7242Religious<1mi
YorkNational Railway Museum4.75,880Museum<1mi

The Data

The data was collected by Vouchercloud using Google’s ‘Things to do’ feature to search every UK city list of reviewed attractions. The attractions with at least 50 reviews and the highest star rating were selected.

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