Best cities for art and culture
Always stimulating, always surprising
t’s impossible to know just what makes England such a culturally rich country. Is it the history? The diverse ethnic mix? Maybe even the weather? It’s probably all these things, and we say hooray for that.
For a relatively small country, it’s amazing just how much England has contributed to the cultural world. Forget X-Factor and the Spice Girls, we’re talking Shakespeare, The Beatles, Turner, Hockney, and Hitchcock to name but a few. And, as if too rub it in, the country is bursting with galleries, museums and theatres flaunting all this fantastically creative fayre.
London is without doubt the cultural heart of England. With incredible museums like the V & A and British Museum , Shakespeare's Globe , and literally hundreds of new bands rocking out venues across the city every night – it’s world-beating. And if you love art then you’ve certainly arrived.
But London doesn’t have a monopoly on culture. In the north-west, with its own Tate , Liverpool is practically bursting at the seams with cultural cool and Manchester manages to produce ground-breaking bands regular as clockwork.
Over in the South West, Bristol street artist Banksy’s satirical works adorn the street as well as the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery . And it’s not just art; these innovative cities push boundaries across all cultural fields. If you’re a culture vulture, prepare to get tired wings.
Psst... Handy hints
Head to the docklands for modern art at Tate Liverpool .
Check out Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge for music, art events and courses.