Lifestyle: Alternative UK Tourism Spots

A city break in the UK is an easy weekend getaway that can open your eyes to new and undiscovered cultural hotspots.

We all know the iconic landmarks to visit and share on Instagram but what about the lesser-known locations that are a well-kept secret? Street art, festivals, food markets - each city has something special to ensure you want to keep visiting.

Timbuktu has picked out some of the UK’s most unique and alternative tourism spots in our most vibrant cities. We’ve even matched our clothing to each city so you’re ready to feel at home immediately.

Read on to discover these unique tourist hubs and the perfect clothing for urban adventures…

Manchester

The north-west city is a real rival to London for culture and every bit as trendy among younger demographics with culture, coffee, food, shops and bars to rival the world’s best.

Synonymous with creativity, Manchester’s Northern Quarter and neighbouring Ancoats are home to must-see sights. None more so than Manchester’s incredible murals and street art that can rival that found in leading urban art hubs, such as Melbourne and Berlin.

You can make your own trail that starts in the NQ and takes you all over the city centre, so you’ll get a true feel for the genuine pulse of this city. From Alan Turing to worker bees, they’re all on these Manc murals.

What to wear in Manchester

If there’s one piece of clothing you’ll need while exploring Manchester, it’s a waterproof jacket. It’s a cliche and running gag that it’s always raining in Manchester, but we had to go along with it.

Our Kabara Waterproof Jacket is lightweight and breathable - ideal for exploring any city while its understated branding creates the perfect fusion of style and performance.

Liverpool

There are few cities as unique and welcoming as Liverpool, let alone one transforming so quickly with a cultural rebirth. The port city has become a go-to for visitors and businesses alike.

Though it’s famous the world over for its football, waterfront and The Beatles, Liverpool is also one of the UK’s best-kept secrets for a number of other reasons. The Baltic Triangle is at the heart of Liverpool’s culture explosion, full of quirky shops and pubs, but most of all, its food market.

Baltic Market is Liverpool’s first street food market, filled with fine traders and flavours. You’ll find independents with menus from Greece, Italy, Asia and many more cuisines. You’ll be spoiled for choice, just make sure not to eat before hitting the market.

What to wear in Liverpool

While being on the coast and at the mouth of the River Mersey may call for warming coats, we’d recommend the humble, classic hoodie. Perfect for a relaxed style and a day of food.

Our Classic Full-Zip Hoodie guarantees easy urban fashion. Worn with or without a jacket, this hoodie is ideal for a laidback day around The Baltic Triangle.

Leeds

The gateway to Yorkshire with the Dales on its doorstep, Leeds is fast catching up to northern cities like Manchester as a hub of creativity and new culture.

Even though there are museums and galleries galore in Leeds, its Victorian arcades are stunning and some of the very best in the UK. You don’t have to shop there, just be amazed by the stained glass and ironwork - or drink it in at one of the many coffee houses.

The Grand, Thornton’s and Leeds Arcades are all part of the Victoria Quarter and feature columns, mosaics, and domes - a photographer’s heaven. Beer markets, quaint bookstores and gorgeous coffee can be found throughout these arcades. They really are something special.

What to wear in Leeds

For spending the day in the Victoria Quarter and the arcades, especially during the magical festive period, we’d recommend a warming coat. A balance of style and function.

Our Nanga Insulated Down Jacket is the winter jacket done properly. The ideal combination of performance and style, this coat is perfect for the city on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

London

The capital city is overflowing with culture and there is so much to mention, from its small towns to many markets but we’ve gone for somewhere that’s thriving.

Shoreditch is the UK’s trendiest and most culture-driven neighbourhood and its famed Brick Lane is home to some of the best street art on the planet. Closely followed by Brixton, Shoreditch is a must-visit destination with its vibrancy and life reflected in the artwork.

Starting in Shoreditch, discovering this street art will take you into Hackney and reveal what East London is all about. Featuring works by Banksy and the background for music videos, Brick Lane is a cultural hotspot not to be missed with unique cafes, shops and bars.

What to wear in London

The temperatures can get quite high in London, especially in spring and summer when street life really explodes, so we’d suggest the classic t-shirt with jeans or shorts.

Timbuktu’s Classic Logo T-Shirt is ideal for warm weather and a timeless classic, especially in grey. Lightweight and low-key style is ready-made for city summers.

Birmingham

England’s second city with its own unique vibrancy thanks to its multi-cultural make-up, Birmingham can offer everything when it comes to music, history and art.

Although Birmingham is well-known for its sport, canals, and is the home of the Peaky Blinders, we’ve picked a treat of a must-see location. Birmingham has a thriving street food scene and is one of the UK’s best, especially in Digbeth.

At markets, vendors and hang-outs, like Digbeth Dining Club and Taste & Liquor, you’ll find foods and flavours from all over the globe. In these culinary world tours, you could and drink anything from Brazil and the Caribbean to Lebanon and Pan Asian.

What to wear in Birmingham

Whether you’re hitting a food market or going to a gig for the city’s thriving music scene, you want easy styling. We’d recommend a sweatshirt, the ultimate in underrated fashion.

Part of our classics range, the Classic Sweatshirt is made from 100% cotton that’s soft to the touch. A nice medium weight, try in black to cover any food stains and offer minimalist style.

Edinburgh

The Scottish capital that combines old and new perfectly, Edinburgh has something to offer all-year-round from history through to literature.

You have the famous castle, stunning royal mile, Victoria Street, Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood, but we’re picking Princes Street Gardens at Christmas. Here, you can browse incredible markets, go on the star flyer or ride the ferris wheel, all under Scott’s Monument.

Christmas in Edinburgh is magical, so why not enjoy one of the UK’s best festive markets under the castle that’s right in the heart of the city. You’ll find amazing food vendors and festive traditions. Stay long enough and you can celebrate Hogmanay to ring in the new year.

What to wear in Edinburgh

It can get pretty cool in Edinburgh, and not just in winter, as wind blows in off the North Sea, so layering is important. So, we’d go for a warm sweatshirt under your coat.

From our classics selection, the 100% Classic Half-Zip Sweatshirt features subtle branding with side pockets, ideal for keeping your hands warm. Perfect for a relaxed winter look.

Glasgow

Scotland’s second city that’s been transformed in recent years, you can take in a cultural rebirth, sport, music and a rich history that’s seeing Glasgow go from strength to strength.

Widely known for its football rivalry and shipbuilding, its art that is at the heart of Glasgow and it’s truly an architects haven. As the home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, we had to go with art, and we’d recommend the city’s street art and The Lighthouse.

Designed by Mackintosh himself, the Lighthouse is one of Glasgow’s architectural masterpieces that offers stunning, uninterrupted panoramic views from its viewing platform and is home to the National Centre for Architecture and Design.

What to wear in Glasgow

Summer in Glasgow can be quite warm and with so much to explore, like the city’s street art, you’ll need to stay cool while looking the same. So, what better than the classic tee?

Fresh from our classic collection, the 100% cotton Classic T-Shirt and Classic Boxy T-Shirts are guaranteed to provide easy, understated style without a top that’s too heavy.

Bristol

Always full of life and culture but, arguably, overlooked by nearby cities such as Bath, Bristol combines art, pioneering innovation and history for a melting pot of culture and heritage.

It may be linked to Concorde and aviation but Bristol is home to another renowned icon but in the art world - Banksy. The activist and street artist has been active since the 90s, with many of his works in the city, so Bristol’s street art scene is a must-see, especially UpFest.

The annual festival is one of Europe’s most prestigious for street art with the works remaining up for the whole year. Taking place on North Street, this stunning display is a must-see. You could even venture to Park Street to find Banksy’s original work.

What to wear in Bristol

Spring in Bristol is an excellent time to visit, especially with UpFest running in May and June. Where the temperature could swing between pleasant and chilled, we’d go for a hoodie.

Straight from our classic range, the Classic Hoodie is crafted with 100% cotton in a medium weight to keep you warm without getting too hot with subtle styling.

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