Eastbourne has been named the best place in the UK to go on a day or overnight trip in 2023. Time Out - the global media and hospitality brand which helps people explore and experience the best of the city - heralds the East Sussex town’s rising status as a creative and cultural hub, with contemporary art gallery, Towner Eastbourne hosting the 2023 Turner Prize from September. Other events highlighted include The Screen International Film Festival and Beach Life Music Festival. The town’s live music venues and independent shops and eating spots are also singled out.
Coming second on Time Out’s UK Best Places to Visit 2023 list is Birmingham, which Time Out’s experts note for its “most underrated food scene in the UK” and the return of the Ashes in June next year as some of the key rationale for a visit. Cardigan, third on the list and given the title by Time Out of the “most underrated” spot in West Wales, is celebrated for its overall beauty and “dazzling creative streak” as well as its plethora of independent businesses, the renovated Cardigan Castle and “stunning” Guildhall Market. The Other Voices festival in November, a celebration of Celtic creativity and music, is also listed as an extra motive to visit in the autumn.
Closing out the top five is Manchester at number four with the reopening of Manchester Museum in February and the opening of Factory International’s new arts centre spotlighted among the city’s many 2023 jewels. Scarborough is at number five of Time Out’s UK best places to visit in 2023. The February Dark Skies Festival around the coast and North York Moors, the revival of Scarborough Fair and the town’s independent businesses and local ale scene are given as some of the many motivations to visit.
Huw Oliver, Time Out’s UK Editor, explains why the places on the list have made the cut; “Rather than the usual hot spots, we want to highlight places, many of which are ludicrously underrated, which people don’t automatically think to go to. In all of the places on the list, you will find interesting things to see and do, eat and drink during the day and night, a friendly welcome and a community spirit which enables you to connect with locals and really get to know a place. We recommend that you definitely put one or more of these destinations on your travel list for next year”.
To come up with Time Out’s UK Best Places to Visit 2023 list, Time Out’s network of local editors have selected and ranked the destinations based on their current thriving food, drink and arts scene. In addition, it was also taken into consideration for the ranking whether there are also lots of new things to get excited about in the coming year in the chosen places such as new hotels, restaurants, museums or events to put on people’s calendars for 2023.
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The full list of Time Out’s Best Places to Visit in the UK in 2023 is:
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Time Out Group is a global media and hospitality business that curates and creates the best of the world’s greatest cities through its two divisions - Time Out Media and Time Out Market. Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, across the Group’s digital and physical platforms, Time Out’s professional journalists curate the best things to do, see and eat in 333 cities in 59 countries. Time Out Market is the world’s first editorially curated food and cultural market, bringing a city’s best chefs, restaurateurs and unique cultural experiences together under one roof. The first Time Out Market opened in Lisbon in 2014, followed in 2019 by Miami, New York, Boston, Montreal and Chicago, and Dubai in 2021 with several new locations in the pipeline. Time Out Group PLC, listed on AIM, is headquartered in the United Kingdom.