18 British Cities to Skip on Your Next Trip

British cities have their charms and histories, but some are like that distant relative at a family gathering—best appreciated from afar. Here’s a rundown of 18 places where the most exciting thing to see is the train schedule for your ride home.

1. Margate

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Once a darling seaside retreat, Margate now competes in the national disappointment championships. Its sandy beaches are reminiscent of better times, mainly because they were better times. If faded glory was a tourist attraction, Margate would be swamped with visitors.

2. Hastings

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Hastings is famous for a battle that apparently nobody bothered to clean up after. It’s a town caught in a perpetual reenactment, where the main draw is the ability to leave. This seaside spot is perfect if you enjoy the aroma of disappointment on the wind.

3. Luton

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Ah, Luton, where the best view is in your rear-view mirror as you drive away as fast as legally permissible. Known for its airport, which most people use to escape to literally anywhere else. It’s the kind of place that makes you question if you’re still in the UK or accidentally stumbled into purgatory.

4. Slough

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Slough’s unofficial motto could be “At least we’re not Luton,” but that’s hardly a compliment. The town’s best offering is the quick exit route provided by the M4. Slough is proof that not all conveniently located locations are desirable.

5. Coventry

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Once upon a time, Coventry was famed for its beautiful cathedral, then the Blitz happened, and they decided to just sort of keep the theme going. The city centre is a brutalist enthusiast’s dream if that’s what you’re into. Otherwise, it’s as stimulating as watching paint dry on a colourless canvas.

6. Stoke-on-Trent

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The pottery capital of the UK, where the most exciting activity is leaving town with all your plates intact. Stoke seems to be permanently cloaked in a shade of grey, the colour of the sky and the general mood. Here, the promise of ‘much to see’ is as empty as the abandoned kilns.

7. Sunderland

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Sunderland: where the enthusiasm for the local football club inversely correlates with the town’s appeal. If grey skies and a strong sense of ennui are your thing, then you’ve hit the jackpot. Otherwise, it’s about as vibrant as a dial-up internet connection in the age of fibre broadband.

8. Wolverhampton

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A place where the local excitement peaks at ‘moderate drizzle.’ Wolverhampton is a strong contender for the Most Mundane Midlands award. Its main attraction is the road leading out of it.

9. Blackpool

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Blackpool, where the lights are bright but not bright enough to distract from the dilapidation. It’s like Vegas if Vegas lost all its money and charm. Come for the seaside, stay because the trams stopped running.

10. Bradford

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Bradford, the city that always sleeps. It’s best viewed through the pages of a history book rather than in person. If you’re looking for the pulse of the city, you might need a defibrillator.

11. Newport

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Newport: come for the ambiguous sense of regret. Stay because you can’t find your way out of the one-way system. The city’s attempts at regeneration are about as effective as a chocolate teapot. It’s the perfect place to lose hope and find boredom.

12. Dundee

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Not quite the Edinburgh of the East, Dundee is the Scotland that Scotland forgot. It’s a city that promises culture and delivers disappointment. If you’re searching for excitement, check the local lost and found.

13. Swindon

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Swindon, where the Magic Roundabout is less ‘magic’ and more ‘migraine-inducing.’ The town’s primary contribution to civilisation is confusion at a roundabout. It’s the kind of place that even GPS avoids.

14. Basingstoke

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Basingstoke: a town famous for… well, nothing, actually. It’s as if someone built a town out of spreadsheet cells. If you find excitement here, patent it—you’ve discovered a new form.

15. Croydon

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Welcome to Croydon, where the town’s motto is “Why not?” because “What for?” is too challenging a question. It’s a concrete jungle where the dreams of architects go to die. Visit Croydon only if you enjoy the charm of post-war office blocks.

16. Reading

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Reading: it’s not just a town. It’s a verb that suggests doing something far more interesting than visiting. The city is as engaging as its name is inventive. It is best known for its festival, which is just an annual reminder that the town exists.

17. Plymouth

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Plymouth, where the best part of your visit will be the historical relevance because the present leaves much to be desired. It’s a city resting on its laurels since the Pilgrims left. Visiting Plymouth is like watching paint peel on the Mayflower.

18. Portsmouth

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Portsmouth, a naval town that’s been treading water since the fleet sailed. It’s the kind of place where the past overshadows a forgettable present. Ideal for those who enjoy naval gazing, quite literally.

You’ve Been Warned

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So there you have it, 18 British cities that might just make you a homebody. After all, why venture out when disappointment is just a train fare away?

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