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These are the top 3 UK cities for solo travelers according to a new report

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Solo travel has seen a huge surge in popularity in 2023.

After the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, people are eager to travel the world. And they’re not prepared to wait for their friends and family to ride with them.

One of the most popular countries for American travelers this year is the United Kingdom. According to a Trip.com report, there has been an incredible 145% increase in the number of passengers traveling from the US to the UK this year, compared to last year.

Perth, Scotland view of blue skies from the bridge

But where do solo travelers visit?

TO A new report has ranked the best UK cities for solo travelers. It looked at a variety of different factors, including safety, hotel prices and activities, as well as air quality and the amount of green space available.

The report found that Gen Z women are twice as likely to cite « fear of safety » as a barrier to solo travel (49% of women compared to 29% of men), so choosing a city that is safe is an important factor.

With that in mind, here are the top 3 UK cities for solo travelers:

Norwich

Norwich carries the motto ‘A Fine City’, and it’s easy to see why. With award-winning shops, lively streets and a creative energy, Norwich attracts people from all over the world.

The city is a wonderful fusion of the modern and the historical.

Norwich was England’s first UNESCO City of Literature and as a result has a young and thriving art scene. But it’s also the UK’s most complete medieval town, with a fully intact Norman cathedral and castle, which are currently undergoing renovations.

The drawbridge entrance to Norwich Castle, a Norman castle in Norwich, UK.

Art fans can enjoy the comprehensive collection of modern art and sculpture at the Sainsbury Centre, which is located on the University of East Anglia campus.

Solo travelers can also enjoy people-watching in the bustling cafes, strolling the cobbled streets, and meeting like-minded people in the many bars and pubs.

Legend has it that Norwich has 365 pubs, one for each day of the year, as well as 52 churches, one for each week of the year. This means that residents can enjoy a drink every day and then regret their excess on a Sunday!

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Tudor half-timbered houses and cobbled streets on Elm Hill, Norwich, UK.

For solo travelers hoping to enjoy a city and beach or country break, Norwich is the perfect place. It is the gateway to the Norfolk Broads, a network of navigable rivers and lochs in the English countryside.

Norwich is also less than 20 miles from the coast, and many of its beautiful beaches are accessible by train or around 30 minutes by car. Gorleston-on-Sea, which is just 18 miles from Norwich, has just been named the best beach in the UK.

oxfords

Oxford is perhaps most famous for its university: its ancient and modern colleges attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and are home to a host of fascinating galleries and museums.

Outside of its university, Oxford is independently a beautiful city boasting stunning architecture and a rich history.

Cruising the river in Oxford, UK

Sociable solo travelers will enjoy visiting Oxford for its metropolitan university population and lively bar and cafe scene. This makes meeting like-minded people surprisingly easy here.

One of the most popular activities in Oxford is sailing on the river (thinkgondola ride). This has been an Oxbridge tradition since the 1880s, and as a solo traveler you can join a shared punt tour rather than scramble to pull off a private hire punt alone.

One of the college and university grounds in Oxford, UK.

If you’re a book lover, head over to Blackwell’s Bookstore. This is the UK’s largest academic and specialist bookstore with over 3 miles of shelves. If you don’t visit to buy a book, then at least go inside to smell his famous royal book smell!

Perth

Perhaps the most unexpected entry on this list, Perth is a relatively small city located in the center of Scotland. But Perth is also an incredibly lively city, boasting independent shops, a thriving arts scene, and an exciting café culture.

Perth is home to Scone Palace, which is a huge, historic castle that used to crown Scottish monarchs. In 1953, Queen Elizabeth was officially crowned Queen of Scots here. Visitors can see a replica of the crown here, as well as a large number of luxurious cabins.

Shot of Perth from the River Tey, Scotland, UK.

One of the main reasons for Perth’s entry on this list is its abundance of green space. Perth is full of greenery and many of its streets are pedestrianized, adding to the feeling of clean air.

Solo travelers can relax on the banks of the River Tey, Scotland’s longest river, or active travelers can try their hand at fishing or kayaking here.

Perth is known as the ‘Fair City’ for its longstanding commitment to fair trade. Foodies will be delighted here as many of the restaurants espouse locally sourced ingredients, fair trade ingredients and traditional Scottish cooking techniques.

Scotland

Also, as Perth is in the heart of Scotland, it is an ideal base for exploring much that the Scottish countryside has to offer.

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