Best Cities in the UK Not Named ‘London’

Most people who consider visiting the UK correctly pick London as a top destination. The longtime capital city and seat of government are rich in history and culture. But not everyone wants to spend a long time in a city whose population numbers more than 9 million people.

Dr. Oscar John Ma is a noted world traveler who especially loves to visit the UK. The following are four of what Dr. Ma considers to be the best cities in the UK that are not named “London.”


The capital city of Scotland is nearly 400 years old and among the most beautiful destinations in the UK. Edinburgh blends Middle Ages architecture with modern neoclassical buildings that make it a truly wondrous sight to behold.

Edinburgh Castle houses Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, which was used to coronate Scotland’s rulers. Edinburgh Dungeon features medieval tools of corporal punishment with actors helping to provide a dramatic and educational experience.

Edinburgh also is noted for its many festivals and contains numerous museums, art galleries, and monuments that help to make Edinburgh an exceptional city to visit and experience.


Romans founded York in the 13th century in northeastern England. The walled city is located at the confluence of the Ouse and Foss rivers in North Yorkshire County. You can walk its medieval wall and visit numerous museums that help to highlight the city’s importance and history dating back some 600 years.

York contains the York Minster, which is one of the oldest and most visited cathedrals still in existence. York Minster first was built in the 7th century with hand-crafted stones and ornate stained-glass windows. You also can visit Castle Howard and many other well-preserved medieval buildings, some of which date back more than 1,000 years.


Dublin is located on the eastern shore of Ireland and separated from England by the Irish Sea. The city is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and has many outstanding medieval buildings and museums says Dr. O John Ma.

Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries and remains as impressive as ever. Dublin also is known for its musical heritage and its collection of outstanding museums and parks.


Anyone who loves modern rock and roll music will want to make the pilgrimage to Liverpool. Four young lads from Liverpool set the musical world on its ear in the early 1960s. The Beatles remain one of the most beloved and influential rock and roll bands of all time. And Liverpool is steeped in musical history.

You can visit the early locations where the Beatles played before becoming the huge success for which the band is remembered. You also can visit outstanding museums and entertainment venues. And if you visit Dublin, you can take the to or from Liverpool.

Dr. Oscar John Ma is a retired emergency physician who enjoys golf, sports writing, and editing. He always is happy to share his unique insights on a variety of topics while helping others to become more knowledgeable.