Culture Residential Tourism

Be a tourist in your own town

Q3 2018

A record number of international tourists visited the UK in 2017, and they weren’t just visiting London. Cities across the UK saw an uptick in visitors.

Mark Wiggin

Senior Director, Head of Regional Agency - North & West

01584 873711

Whether you live in a livewire town like Brighton or in more pastoral environs such as the Cotswolds, you’ve likely seen tourists roaming the streets near your home in hopes of experiencing the local flavour. But why let them have all the fun? Pretending to be a tourist in your own town this summer can help you discover new places, revisit old ones and appreciate everything you have at your disposal.

Attractions aren’t just for tourists

Pick up a travel guide or brochure and take stock of your municipality’s most popular attraction, from art galleries to castles. There is a chance that there will be more than one that you have never visited. Or there may be some that you have visited but other members of your family have not. You might be able to avoid crowds by visiting on weekdays or in the evenings, if opening hours and your schedule permit. One advantage you have over many tourists is that you aren’t limited to visiting your town’s attractions on the weekend.

Learn more about your town’s history

Conduct a little research at your local library and learn more about your town’s history. Find out if there are any sites or structures of historical significance and then pay them a visit. It will give you a greater appreciation for where your town has come from and where it is going. And if you have children you will be creating a summertime learning opportunity.

Unleash your inner food enthusiast

One of the best ways to enjoy your city like a tourist is to explore the local food scene. While there is of course something to be said for having family meals at home, you could consider trying a new restaurant – or frequenting an old favourite – once or twice a month. Local popups, food markets and farmers markets are charming as well as delicious, and you’ll be supporting home-grown produce. It will give you an opportunity to interact with regulars and visitors alike while supporting local businesses.

Attend local events

Check your newspaper or town website frequently and look for upcoming local events. From quaint open-air markets to large festivals with international appeal, there is no shortage of enticing events all over the UK. Try not to let flocks of tourists deter you. Once you embrace the fact that you live in a desirable location you will appreciate your town all the more.

Our pick of the best homes near tourist attractions:

Lower Mill Street, Ludlow SY8

Mill House is an impressive detached house set in a conservation area on the banks of the River Teme, yet close to Ludlow's historic town centre. The beautiful and historic market town of Ludlow boasts wonderful architecture and a rich history, and is considered a highly desirable place to live. The town is renowned for its great food and drink, while every year the town plays host to a number of vibrant festivals including the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival and The Medieval Fayre.

Rothesay Terrace Edinburgh EH3

20 Rothesay Terrace has undergone a complete refurbishment, set in the fashionable and ever-popular West End of Edinburgh, just a few minutes' walk of the retail and commercial city centre in Princes Street, George Street and Lothian Road. Local places of interest include the Drumsheugh Private Swimming Baths, the Modern & Dean Art Galleries and the Royal Botanic Gardens.