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Bristol tops the list of Time Out’s Best Places to Visit in the UK in 2024

The list features picturesque seaside towns, buzzing cities and other-worldly islands.

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Time Out PR

Today, Time Out has released its list of the 15 best places to visit in the UK in 2024, with Bristol taking the top spot for its combination of picture-perfect streets, a bustling nightlife scene and its cultural offering going from strength to strength in 2024.

There’s something for everyone in this southwesterly city, including a musical adaptation of the film ‘Starter for Ten’ coming to the renowned Bristol Old Vic theatre; the launch of DIASPORA!, a brand new festival showcasing BIPOC global ethnic majority artists across theatre, dance, music, visual and digital arts; Undershed, a new immersive gallery; and the opening of street food, beer and event space, Boxhall.

Next on the Time Out list comes Hull, which has become a surprising capital for the UK’s LGBTQ+ community in 2023, with an influx of new gay bars and clubs including Monroe’s, Unit 49 and Cherry’s in the city’s ‘Freedom Quarter’. In addition, there is a picturesque old town plus lots of indie art galleries. The Isles of Scilly complete the top three, the UK’s answer to the Caribbean with stretches of white sandy beaches and plenty of opportunities for island hopping. There’s more too: local ales at seaside pubs and a celebrated annual food festival, and seaside pubs with plenty of local ales on tap.

The full list of 15 UK destinations features picturesque seaside towns, buzzing cities and other-worldly islands, demonstrating that Brits don’t need to travel far to experience some of the best food, drink, culture and attractions in the world. The list was curated by Time Out’s network of editors and contributors, who ranked the places based on their current dining, drinking and arts scenes, as well as exciting new openings and big events in the year to come. 

Chiara Wilkinson, Features Editor at Time Out UK said: “We’re over the moon to share our Time Out list of the best places to visit in the UK in 2024. These destinations have buzzy new openings, excellent food and drink offerings and pinch-me-moment landscapes. With its vibrant cultural scene set to get even bigger next year, Bristol was a deserving winner – but it was also great to see underrated destinations like Hull, Wrexham and Falmouth take their spots in the top 15. If you need an excuse to book a staycation, surely this is it.”

The full list of Time Out’s Best Places to Visit in the UK in 2024 can be found here:

  1. Bristol
  2. Hull
  3. Isles of Scilly
  4. London
  5. Belfast
  6. St Andrews
  7. Lewes
  8. Newcastle
  9. Falmouth
  10. Manchester
  11. Ramsgate
  12. Norwich
  13. Alnmouth
  14. Ullapool
  15. Wrexham
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