Art Capitals of UK: The Top Six

Home to some of the world's most spectacular cities, the UK is renowned for its rich culture and heritage. From Shakespeare to Hitchcock, The Beatles to Tom Jones; our small isles are a major contributor to the arts.

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It would be wrong for this Northern Irish city not to make the top of the list seeing as it has been named the UK City of Culture 2013. This year, celebrations will be the main highlight of the summer with some of the top things to see Derry 24 and the History of Derry in 100 Objects.


The English and UK capital is at the cultural heart of the country; it has everything from the rich and colourful history to local band performances. The Tate Modern is a premier destination, housing the UK’s top collection of contemporary art, and was also the first public museum to display street art. Since this pioneering move, there are now urban exhibitions throughout the city.


This northern city, situated on the Mersey has its very own Tate gallery too as well as the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Walker Gallery. That’s not all though. As well as exploring the works of Monet and Rembrandt, you’ll be able to delve into the city’s musical background. From 1960s pop icons The Beatles to the Philharmonic Orchestra, there’s something for everyone.



There is a strong art culture across the whole of the UK, not just the major cities. In the south west, Bristol is credited as being the home of Banksy. You’ll find his works around the streets as well as in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.


Another underrated British city, Stoke-on-Trent is known as The Potteries for a reason. It is the ceramic capital of the world, churning out fantastic pieces from world famous brands such as Wedgwood and Portmeirion. Tour the factories and visit the local museums for an insight into this fascinating industry.


The past two decades have seen Newcastle undergo a cultural transformation making it one of the UK’s art hotspots. If you like to see art in nature, visit the infamous Angel Of The North or if you prefer to see it within the confines of a gallery, head to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. You’ll also find Seven Stories, a celebration of children’s literature in this fantastic metropolis.