The United Kingdom has many famous and historic city’s so we take a look at each of the capitals of the nations that make up the country.
England’s capital city is also the capital of Great Britain, and has a population of up to 7.5million people (12.5% of the UK population) it is also one of the most famous cities in the world. London has been the centre of English power for over a thousand years; and is home to the iconic buildings of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and many more.
London is home to people from hundreds of different nationalities and in the recent census it was revealed that more than 50% of the city’s population are of foreign heritage. Property prices are often exceptionally high in the capital, but prices decline the further out of the city you go. For a vibrant multicultural lifestyle could do worse than London.
The capital of Scotland and the seat of Scotland’s devolved parliament, Edinburgh is a fantastically cultural city that seamlessly blends the old with the new. The city hosts a great university and hosts some of the UK’s biggest cultural festivals. The city is home to only half a million people but sees up to 13 million visitors every year. During the main festival month of August, the population of Edinburgh swells by more than one million, making it, temporarily, the UK’s second largest city.
Over the past decade the Welsh capital city has seen something of a revival. With powers being devolved to the Welsh parliament and the construction of the impressive millennium stadium the city has seen its number of visitors soar. The Welsh have regained their confidence and national pride, and with it their capital has blossomed making it an appealing destination for expats.
The city of Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and the second largest in the whole of Ireland. Famous for its pubs and nightlife the city attracts many tourists and party goers from England. Belfast has had a troubled past as it was the epicentre for the ‘troubles’ between Catholics and Protestants. These days, it is a vibrant, bustling city.