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Four capital cities

The UK has four capitals to choose from, each with their own distinct character and charm, from the hustle and bustle of London, to the up and coming culture of Cardiff; from the rich traditions of Edinburgh, to the many surprises of Belfast.


London really does have something for everyone, whether you want to shop till you drop amongst the flagship stores of Oxford Street, or take in the latest shows in the renowned theatres of the West End.

This vibrant capital is also packed with history, including the Tower of London, the Palace of Westminster and the two famous cathedrals. Other popular attractions include the animals of London Zoo, the treasures of the Natural History Museum and the incredible views from the London Eye.


Cardiff is a city on the up, with a thriving cultural scene, world-class sports stadia and a unique shopping experience. The city is packed with theatres, galleries, museums and arts venues, with something for every taste.

It’s also home to the Millennium Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby, and Sophia Park, a regular host of international cricket.

Take a stroll around trendy Cardiff Bay and you’ll discover a wealth of great restaurants and fascinating independent shops.

Plus, of course, no visit to Cardiff would be complete without taking in the Doctor Who Experience, featuring the many local locations used in the series.


Rich in history, Edinburgh has been the seat of Scottish rule for centuries, and almost became its independent capital in last year’s referendum. Today, the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting over 4,500 listed buildings amongst its breath-taking architecture.

Edinburgh is famously home to Britain’s biggest cultural festival, along with its equally famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is a magnet for revellers come New Year’s Eve.
Check out the castle, perched high above the city and the shops of the legendary Royal Mile, and don’t miss a wee dram on one of the many whisky tours.

And, of course, you can use it as a springboard to the rest of Scotland, exploring the highlands and lowlands, or even as far as the remote Hebrides and other islands off the Scottish coast. Many are accessible by ferry, so you can take your car along too.


Leaving its troubled past far behind it, Belfast is emerging as an increasingly popular tourist destination and claiming its rightful place amongst the UK capitals.

Top class restaurants, top quality venues, such as the Odyssey Arena and Belfast Waterfront, and World Class golf in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy, combine to offer something for everyone.

Check out the exciting new Titanic Museum, home to a huge range of unique artefacts, or Titanic Studios, home to the popular Game of Thrones.

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