The best places to visit in the UK in 2023 revealed by Time Out

Eastbourne’s Towner Gallery, Birmingham’s Opheem restaurant and the town of Cardigan are among the best places to visit in the UK. (Getty Images)

The best places to travel to in the UK next year have been revealed, and they may not be what you’re expecting.

Eastbourne has been named the number one place to visit for a day or overnight trip in 2023, according to the list compiled by Time Out.

The East Sussex coastal city was chosen not just for its beach, but for its growing status as a creative and cultural hub, with things to look forward to including the Towner Eastbourne gallery hosting the Turner Prize 2023 (from September), The Screen International Film Festival and Beach Life Music Festival, along with live music, independent shops and signposted restaurants.

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A man looking out over a view of Beachy Head from the cliff edges in Eastbourne.  (Getty Images)

Don’t miss the view of Beachy Head when in Eastbourne. (Getty Images)

Coming second on the list is Birmingham, which offers so much more than just the Bullring shopping center and Cadbury World (although both can be attractive of course). It’s been recognized as “the most underrated food scene in the UK,” according to Time Out pundits. Apparently British-Indian restaurant Opheem, budget-friendly fine-dining Harborne Kitchen and ultra-high-end French restaurant Orelle are the ones to try. Additionally, the Ashes will return to Edgbaston Stadium in June.

Rounding out the top three is the humble town and community of Cardigan in West Wales, which “remains criminally underrated”. It is credited for being a traditional market town with a creative side, full of independent businesses, as well as its beauty and rich history. The refurbished Cardigan Castle and Guildhall Market are just a few places to pass by.

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A canal basin in Birmingham city centre, with people eating outside a restaurant in the background.  (Getty Images)

There are many foodie spots waiting to be discovered in Birmingham. (Getty Images)

“Rather than the usual hotspots, we want to highlight places, many of which are ridiculously underrated, that people don’t automatically think about going to,” says Huw Oliver, UK editor of Time Out.

“In all the places on the list you will find interesting things to see and do, eat and drink during the day and night, a friendly welcome and a community spirit that allows you to connect with the locals and really get to know a place .”

Rounding out the top five best destinations across the nation to visit next year are Manchester – with highlights including the reopening of the Manchester Museum in February and the opening of Factory International’s new arts center in June – and Scarborough – with suggestions including February’s Dark Skies Festival, the revival of Scarborough Fair and the many independent businesses and local beer scene to make the most of.

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View over Cardigan town and the River Teifi on the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales, UK.  (Getty Images)

Enjoy views over Cardigan and the River Teifi to the Pembrokeshire coast, plus all that the town has to offer. (Getty Images)

Glasgow (the place everyone seems to be talking about right now), Dorset, Padstow, Orkney and Margate, also feature on the top 15 list.

“You’ll definitely want to put one or more of these destinations on your travel bucket list for next year,” adds Oliver.

The best places to visit in the UK in 2023:

  1. Eastbourne

  2. Birmingham

  3. Cardigan

  4. Manchester

  5. Scarborough

  6. Glasgow

  7. Dorset

  8. London

  9. Edinburgh

  10. Liverpool

  11. Padstow

  12. Orkney

  13. Margata

  14. Sheffield

  15. Cheshire

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