As the birthplace of Shakespeare and home to The Beatles, it's no surprise that the UK is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. However, if you're the traveler who's over waiting in long lines just to see a building you could see on any postcard - if you're looking to go on a trip that's not completely touristy, this article is for you.
We've got ten of the UK's least visited cities that still have amazing things for you to see and do. With coastal towns, countrysides, and historic castles spanning all over England, Scotland, and Wales, here are the places you can go on your UK trip without having to bump into all those other tourists!
10 1. Norwich, England
Norwich is a city located in the heart of England's Norfolk County. If you're looking to get away from the hustle of central London, but not really sold on the idea of staying out in the countryside, Norwich is the perfect place.
Though fewer people visit this city, its attractions aren't lacking. From fine to quick dining, unique shopping centers, and beautiful cobblestone streets, Norwich is a great, quieter place to go if you're in search of an escape from the city. With museums, parks, and natural wild park areas, it's also an awesome place for families.
9 2. Holyhead, Wales
On the Island of Anglesey in the north of Wales, sits Holyhead, a major Irish seaport, but more than that, it's also the largest community on the island and a great place to visit for those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture.
For those who love history, Holyhead comes packed with tons of historic and pre-historic sites to discover. The special thing about the town is that even though it's a busy port, Holyhead remains one of the country's most relaxing destinations, with beautiful landscapes and quiet beaches to visit.
8 3. Aberdeen, Scotland
Aberdeen is a little port city located in the northeast of Scotland. Here, the Dee and Don rivers join together and then let out into the North Sea. Something the average traveler doesn't know is that Aberdeen is a melting pot of cultures, as the city is home to a population of people who weren't born and raised in Scotland. This makes for a fantastic mix of food and language.
Many of Aberdeen's buildings have gone untouched since the first time they were built in the Victorian era. Its nickname is the "Granite City" for all the grey-stone structures that are still standing today and due to granite ones being a huge business in Aberdeen. It's a beautiful hidden city you won't want to miss!
7 4. Middlesborough, England
Middlesborough is one of England's largest post-industrial town in the North East. Located on the south side of the River Tees, the city was founded in 1830.
For anyone looking to get a feel for the "old English town" experience Middlesborough is the place to be. You'll be able to walk the streets of this classic town amidst old stone buildings that tell history themselves. The large area of woodland that sits next to Middlesborough is also home to open spaces like Stewart Park that make it a great place to relax with your travel buddies.
6 5. Herefordshire, England
Herefordshire in the West Midlands of England is a cathedral city located near the River Wye. With tons of history and beautiful landscape, Herefordshire is another great spot to visit if you're looking to get away from central London.
The town's medieval cathedral that was built in the 1300s stands in the heart of Hereford and is open to anyone. With its intricate architecture and classic look, it's a don't-miss for traveling history buffs. Herefordshire is also home to Wye Valley and Malvern Hills, whose natural landscapes are picture-perfect.
5 6. Shrewsbury, England
Surrounded by half-timbre houses, Shrewsbury is the corner of England to visit if you're curious to see a modern-day reflection of the English Tudor time period. From cathedrals to wildlife centers, Shrewsbury is a bustling and lively town, so if you're in search of a place that's not London but has the same kind of energy, look no further.
Shrewsbury is big on community and a great place to discover what local culture is like. Catch a movie at the town's Tudor theater or visit the town when they host their Folk Festivals and flower shows. You'll never be bored in Shrewsbury.
4 7. Lanarkshire, Scotland
Lanarkshire, Scotland is the green, quiet county located just outside of Glasgow. With acres of open land and rolling hills, Lanarkshire is the hidden gem of a town you have to visit if you're a traveler who loves and appreciates the outdoors.
At Strathclyde Country Park, you'll be able to see breathtaking views of the Scottish countryside as well as the River Clyde. Other parks in the county are home to beautiful gardens, mazes, and historic architecture. From the woodlands to waterfalls, Lanarkshire is the place for all nature-lovers.
3 8. Conwy, Wales
On the north coast of Wales sits Conwy, a walled market town that is actually popular among tourists, but not many people talk about visiting. Conwy is home to some of the English countryside's prettiest castles. Visitors who climb to the top of any eight of Conwy Castles towers will find a gorgeous view of the Conwy countryside.
Quaint and peaceful, Conwy is surrounded by tons of beautiful natural and manmade sites to see. From lily pad ponds to the Conwy Marina, this is a town that will remind you its okay to sit and watch the world spin.
2 9. Berwickshire, Scotland
The county of Berwickshire in Scotland is a historic county and houses castles that date back to the twelfth century. Its close proximity to the sea allows the county to experience humid heavy weather where flowers and gardens thrive. For garden travelers, you won't want to miss the nature and wildlife areas that surround Berwickshire. They're a sight to see, especially under the sunlight.
Another great escape from the city, Berwickshire is surrounded by huge rolling green hills that allow for great views of the Scottish coastline. You don't want to miss it.
1 Yorkshire, England
Known for its Roman and Viking heritage, the county of Yorkshire in northern England is the go-to destination for history buffs and those who love and appreciate ancient Europen architecture. With its 13th century cathedrals, gothic style castles, and national parks, Yorkshire is a popular destination to visit when wanting to escape London.
Close enough to the city of Manchester where you can catch live entertainment and sports events, but just near enough to the beautiful rolling fields of the English countryside, Yorkshire is a place that has something for everyone, and a great spot to really start learning about day-to-day English countryside life.