Top 10 British cities to visit

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Here's our guide to the 10 most iconic sightseeing symbols of Britain. From London to Liverpool and everywhere in between, these are 10 British cities that everyone must visit.

British city to visit number 1: Chester

Whatever relaxes, excites, or inspires you, Chester offers something for everyone. With its beautiful Tudor and Victorian buildings, graceful architecture, and historic heritage, this Roman city is steeped in interesting history from times gone by. Tourists can visit the Roman amphitheater where many jousts and bear-baiting events took place centuries ago, or take a stroll around the ancient Chester Walls. Visitors can also cruise along the graceful River Dee; go on a scary ghost-hunter trail to discover the spine-chilling secrets of Chester's past; or explore the city on the famous open-top bus.  The many sights of Chester are just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

British city to visit number 2: London

With a massive population of around 7.5 million people and 25 million visitors a year, the bustling capital of England is by far one of the Brits' favorite cities. London is also home to many of Britain's iconic landmarks including Big Ben; The Tower of London; and the Queen's humble abode, Buckingham Palace. There is plenty going on in this capital city to keep you entertained, from riding the London Eye to cruising on the world-famous River Thames. You certainly won't be stuck for things to do.

British city to visit number 3: Liverpool

Liverpool's Albert Docks are home to most of the city's award-winning tourist attractions including the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Museum of Liverpool Life, and of course The Beatle's Story Museum. For enthusiasts of The Beatles, Liverpool is also home to the world-famous Cavern Club where they first performed in 1967. Another attraction that must not be missed is the world-renowned Liver Buildings which, for many, are the identifying feature of Liverpool.

British city to visit number 4: York

With so many attractions and places to visit in and around York, you won't be stuck for places to visit. Thrill-seekers can adventure to the York Dungeons to delve deep into 2000 years of England's darkest times and discover all about York's gruesome history. Don't worry - there are many places for the faint-hearted to visit too. Amongst the quaint cobbled streets of this historical town stands a plethora of breathtaking park lands, perfect picnic places, and the historical city walls of York, all looked over by the iconic York Minster.

British city to visit number 5: Nottingham

Nottingham is the home to Sherwood Forest, the place where Robin Hood and his Merry Men undertook many adventures. The trees in this forest are some of the oldest in Europe and one of them is an impressive 800 years old! You can go on a Robin Hood tour to discover the places that relate to the much-loved tales, and Nottingham Castle is also worth a visit. This city really does have some excellent stories to tell.

British city to visit number 6: Oxford

Oxford is a city bursting with ancient history. It is home to England's oldest public museum and most ancient university. The city also features lively markets, haunted castles, and a unique hotel that was once a jail. Visitors can also view some of the famous Oxford locations that have featured in the popular Harry Potter films.

British city to visit number 7: Cambridge

Oxford is closely rivaled by Cambridge as one of the most traditional British cities. Cambridge is home to Britain's second oldest university, which was founded in 1209. Tourists can visit the architectural masterpiece of Christ's College, which famous scientist Charles Darwin attended between 1828 and 1831. Any active adventure-seekers out there can go on a Cambridge bike tour, or experience the ghostly goings-on in Cambridge with a ghost tour, whilst the magnificent museums display everything from ancient Egyptian art to the skeletons of zebras!

British city to visit number 8: Manchester

Manchester was once the breeding ground of the industrial revolution, and the cotton-making capital of the world. More recently, it is renowned for being a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant nightlife, and home to popular British bands including Take That, The Stone Roses, and Simply Red. Manchester is also home to the popular British soap, Coronation Street and the two rivaling football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City Football Club. Tourists can visit all sorts of interesting attractions from the Museum of Science and Industry, to the National Football Museum.

British city to visit number 9: Birmingham

Birmingham is the UK's second largest city, with a population of over one million curry-craving Brits. Indeed, Birmingham is famous for its delicious take on the Balti curry and has officially become the curry capital after winning the Curry Capital of Britain competition. Birmingham is also the place to go for chocolate lovers: Cadbury's World is a chocoholic's haven and has become a firm favourite amongst the chocolate-loving Brits. If food isn't your thing, why not sparkle up your day with a trip around Jewellery Quarter? Jewelery has been made and sold here for over 250 years.

British city to visit number 10: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Newcastle is home to the iconic Angel of the North sculpture, which shot into the international limelight in 2008 and has since been visited by over 150 000 tourists per year. The sculpture was designed by Antony Gormley and is a true British icon. Newcastle is full of cool stuff to do too:  watch a show at Newcastle's Theatre Royal, take a tour of the Victoria Tunnel that runs directly under the sea, or visit the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The BALTIC museum constantly rotates their exhibitions to display the best in up-to-date contemporary art.