December 16, 2017

Hot! Liverpool & York are Must-Visit Destinations

The United Kingdom is home to some of the most glamorous and historic cities in the world. The history of the country, along with its unique culture, provides intrigue and a compulsion to explore the past. Liverpool offers the excitement and the culture of a modern city on the rise – along with enjoying a fascinating past – while York’s history delves back into the early years of England’s development as the world’s first superpower. Let’s take a look at these cities and some of the unique opportunities on offer to people visiting for the first time.

Liverpool

Source: Epic Liverpool via Twitter

Liverpool is one of the UK’s most glamorous cities, having been named the European Capital of Culture in 2008. It’s considered to be one of the leading venues for nightlife in the country, home to the legendary Cavern Club, the site of The Beatles’ genesis. There are a number of streets that feature excellent bars and clubs, with the recently-developed Seal Street and Hardman Street hosting a number of quality sites and atmosphere.

The city also hosts the Grand National and every year thousands of people descend upon Aintree to watch the most famous race in the world. The venue can hold up to 75,000 people and, as a result, tickets can be found annually for the feature race. The concept of attending the race should be enough to sell even the least enthusiastic of people due to its prestige and history. It’s arguably the toughest course to compete at for jockey and horse in the world as it contains 29 fences, including the notoriously difficult Becher’s Brook and The Chair.

One for Arthur triumphed in the race in the 2017 season but only a select group of competitors have won the meet twice – therefore, if you’re not a regular punter and are looking for a horse to back it may be worth monitoring the latest odds with The Winners Enclosure. Browsing the odds before the meet could be fruitful, with potential earnings paying for more than a few rounds of drinks. The concourses are stacked to the brim with bars and food outlets to indulge in during the meet.

York

Source: Lorraine Willis via Twitter York is one of the oldest cities in the United Kingdom, with its history dating back beyond the Roman era. It is renowned for its prestige and historic sites such as York Minister, featuring medieval stained glass and sculpted architecture. The view from the top of the Minister provides a landscape of the entire city, but only if you’re willing to climb the 275 steps to reach the summit.

History can come to live with a visit to the chilling York Dungeon. Authenticity is the name of the game when meandering through the venue, travelling back through the dark history of the city through the days of the Tudors among other others, including Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin. No city is complete without a shopping site. York is host to a designer outlet store, featuring over 120 leading brand names at a decent level of price. As expected, there the venue includes a number of restaurants to keep you well fed and watered.

However, if sight-seeing and shopping are not your cup of tea then the racecourse is only two miles away. It boasts a capacity of 60,000 and holds some of the leading races of the season, including the International Stakes. There are three Class 1 races held at the venue every year and it’s certainly one of the most picturesque stadiums in the United Kingdom. It hosts three festivals over the course of the season, with the highest being the Ebor Festival in August when the best horses, jockeys and trainers duel it out throughout the week.

A trip to York would not be complete without at least an afternoon at the racecourse, making it one of the country’s leading destinations to visit.

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