When it comes to culture, Britain is a nation that’s always punched way above its weight ̶ from Swinging Sixties London to the ‘Madchester’ scene of the late 80s and early 90s, several countercultures here have had a seminal influence on global music, fashion, art and design.
If you’re a bit of a culture vulture, here are seven tips for a cool UK culture road trip.
- Plan your itinerary
Britain’s bigger than you might think, so if you want to witness everything from Morris Dancing in Penzance to Highland Dancing in Peterhead, you’ll need a precise itinerary to hit all those cultural hotspots ̶ build in some downtime in case you want to stay longer at a favourite haunt too!
- Grab a cheap flight
Save more money to spend on cool stuff by finding a cheap flight on kayak.co.uk or skyscanner.net. Oh – check the relevant pages on .gov.uk to see whether you need a visitor’s visa too, otherwise you could be turned back at the airport!
- Hire a car
Britain is a brilliant place to explore by can because overall the road network is reasonably good and when you travel independently, making ad hoc stops to see something special is easy. Booking your vehicle online is easy, for instance you can hire a car at Gatwick Airport with Enjoy Travel in a couple of clicks.
- Buzzing Brixton
Forget Buckingham Palace ̶ Brixton is beyond doubt the coolest place to visit in London. You can see plenty of awesome street art adorning the walls (especially on Electric Avenue), learn about the area’s multicultural heritage at the Black Cultural Archives and enjoy amazing Jamaican food at Healthy Eaters restaurant.
- Brilliant Bristol
Bristol is a lively, creative city famous for its Banksy artworks (he’s a native Bristolian), its annual hot air balloon festival and iconic landmarks like the Isambard Kingdom Brunel-designed Clifton Suspension Bridge. Join a Bristol Street Art Walking Tour to get a feel for this hip city’s artistic ambience.
- Marvellous Manchester
For many people from Britain and beyond, Manchester is Britain’s cultural powerhouse. And when you consider that it’s home to two of the world’s biggest football teams (Man United and Man City) and has produced world-beating bands like The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The Smiths and more, they’ve got a point. The Northern Quarter is the boho heart of Manchester ̶ there are inspirational independent shops and chic cafes aplenty.
- Gorgeous Glasgow
You’ll experience Glasgow’s legendary culture as soon as you talk (or ‘spraff’) to your first native Glaswegian ̶ the warmth, wit and charm that this city is famous for is best exemplified by its amazing people. If you’re a fan of design, you’ll adore buildings like the Willow Tea Rooms designed by the masterful Charles Rennie Mackintosh, while if you have a night out at a bar like Nice n Sleazy you’ll understand why this is such a fun and funky city. Finally, there’s football here too ̶ the atmosphere at an Old Firm game between city rivals Rangers and Celtic is electric!