We’re just a few days away from Easter, haven’t decided yet where to spend your well-deserved break? We encourage you to stay around the UK and enjoy your holiday visiting some of the best cultural destinations. Let’s take a look at our choices!
Nottingham has something to offer to every kind of visitor. Architecture lovers will find a multitude of different architectural styles in the city, from buildings dating from the 1100s to the most modern and contemporary constructions.
During the past few years the cultural offer in Nottingham has grown considerably. Some of the most exciting modern art galleries have opened their doors. New Art Exchange has been showcasing the work of African and Caribbean contemporary artists since 2003 and Nottingham Contemporary just opened in 2009 and has already exhibited works by David Hockney and Frances Stark.
Liverpool was named European Capital of Culture in 2008, with a glorious past as a mercantile hub, the city is today one of the best UK destinations for a cultural break.
Music, art, theatre… name it and you’ll find it in Liverpool. There are numerous public museums and private galleries all around the city, Tate Liverpool is home of the National Collection of Modern Art in Northern England and Walker Art Gallery showcases some of the best collections of fine and decorative art.
FACT is a multidisciplinary space located close to Bold St, one of the most vibrant streets of the city. The building houses a cinema showing some of the best independent films, three galleries and a bar. The Bluecoat is one of Liverpool’s most distinctive buildings, it is over 290 years old and showcases work from different disciplines such as literature, dance or live art.
Music fans can enjoy a tour around the venues that made the Beatles popular or attend a local band’s concert in any of the pubs and cafes offering live acts every day of the week.
Newcastle hosted last year’s Turner Prize competition at BALTIC, this impressive industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne is one of the best destinations for contemporary art enthusiasts.
Theatre lovers won’t be disappointed by what Newcastle has to offer. The city has a proud theatrical past, the Theatre Royal first opened in 1837 and has been hosting a season of performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company for over 25 years. Some other theatres that you shouldn’t miss include the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre and the Newcastle Playhouse.
The city has also an important literary tradition. The Morden Tower is a venue for poetry readings run by poet Tom Pickard. The Lit & Phil independent library houses more than 150,000 books and 10,000 LPs.
The largest city in Scotland has seen a regeneration in the last couple of decades. Since its European City of Culture status in 1990, they city’s cultural status has grown and it’s now an exciting destination for tourists all around the world.
The Mitchell Library is one of the largest public reference libraries in Europe, it currently houses around 1.3 million books and an extensive collection of photographs and maps.
The Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet are some of the many Scotland’s national arts organisations that are also based in the city.
Glasgow also offers some of the most vibrant music scenes in the UK. From 80’s new wave bands such as Aztec Camera and Simple Minds to some of the most important alternative bands from the 90’s and 2000’s like Teenage Fanclub or Franz Ferdinand, Glasgow has witnessed the growth of most of the music scenes from the last 30 years.
Still not sure on where to go this Easter holiday? Check this Pinspire board we’ve prepared with some more destinations, find a discount code for your train or plane tickets and enjoy your cultural break in the UK!
What’s your favourite destination for a cultural weekend break? Are you staying around the UK this Easter holiday? Let us know in the comments section below!