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Best foot forward: 8 great UK city tours

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May is National Walking Month in the UK and what better way to honour the tradition than getting out and exploring some of Britain’s most fascinating cities through guided walking tours.

From rediscovering the British music scene to trying traditional British food and drinks, there are plenty of options to help you to take part in the national month of walking, minus the muddy boots!

Street Art Tour - Bristol

Everyone knows the name Banksy. But in this guided tour, familiarise yourself with some of the best street art the world has to offer in the heart of Western England. The two-hour tour will leave you feeling like an art connoisseur as you wander the canvassed streets of Bristol.

Gaining recognition in recent years for its growth in the edgy underground art scene that has seen an emergence in homegrown DJs and artists, the once quaint city has been totally transformed into a vibrant cultural hub at the forefront of the contemporary art scene.

Once Upon A Whiskey – Glasgow

The Once Upon A Whiskey Tour is the perfect opportunity for you to taste Scottish Whiskey, an experience in the form of liquid gold. In a blend almost as good as the whiskey you’ll taste, the tour combines Scottish history and indulgences into one of Scotland's most exported products.

With a consistent 5* rating on trip advisor, it is no wonder the walking tour of Glaswegian whiskey bars is nearly always sold out. The Once Upon A Whiskey Tour is the perfect opportunity for experienced whiskey drinkers and newbies alike to taste one of Britain’s most recognisable flavours.

Cardifferent Historic Pub Tour – Cardiff

Cardiff epitomises a city rooted in a strong sense of national pride. When it comes to Welsh nationalism, the pub tour of Cardiff allows visitors or resident alike to engage with Welsh history, try local Welsh beers and being entertained by their thespian tour guides. Get to the very core of it what it means to be Welsh. 

If you have a love of beers, Wales and history the Pub Tour emerges as an essential walk that enriches the body, the mind and the stomach!

Walking Tour - Manchester

Covering all aspects of Manchester, this free 3-hour walking tour is certainly the best way to get to grips with a city bustling with culture and history. Exploring the stunning architecture and long-lasting history of this magnificent city, this tour of one of Britain's most iconic cities is simply a must. 

You’ll explore all aspects of Manchester, uncovering fascinating stories of its origins, witness the stunning architecture first hand and walk in the footsteps of some of Manchester’s musical icons.

Brum Tours - Birmingham

By order of the peaky blinders you simply must take this themed tour of the UK’s second biggest city. Birmingham is the backdrop to smash hit TV series The Peaky Blinders and the Brum tour takes you on a historically entertaining trip through the city’s rich cultural heritage, many of the stories you'll hear are what inspired the creators of the show.

Walking in the footsteps of Birmingham’s real Peaky Blinders, you'll gain a first-hand account of a city that was once at the forefront of mass economic and political upheaval. Whether you've seen the show or not, Brum tours takes visitors and residents alike on an unforeseen trip through one of the UK’s most underrated cities.

Music Tour - Liverpool

Liverpool is world famous for exporting musical genius and this walking tour utilises the scouse knowledge of music and blends it with the cities vast history. Producing the likes of Cilla Black and The Beetles, Liverpool is one of the UK’s best locations for musical history and what better way to learn than through practising with actual instruments on this tour through the iconic streets.

The two-hour tour will take you to pubs, music venues and local landmarks whilst mixing in moments of music to allow visitors the best opportunity to witness this creative hub.

The Original Viking Walk – York

Rooted deep in British history is the presence of Vikings on our Isles. Situated at the very heart of the occupation is the quaint city of York. And the best way to learn about the city's rich history? The Original Viking Walk.

Covering over 200 years in just 75 minutes, the walk provides you with an in-depth account of the Anglo-Scandinavian city whilst being entertained by your hosts along the way, establishing itself as an essential trail for history buffs. 

Photography Tour - Edinburgh

Photography tours are quickly becoming a popular trend in Britain, with Edinburgh emerging as a clear-cut choice. Its stunning scenery and architecture serve as your model for the day. Blending a beautiful walk through the Scottish capital’s gorgeous streets with local stories and photography tips, this trail is as a must for budding photographers.

If you’re a beginner or a pro, this unique walking tour presents you with the ability to hone in on your skills behind the camera whilst taking in the breath-taking sites of one of Britain’s most stunning cities.

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