UK towns set for Royal Wedding celebrations

Friday, 8 April 2011 3:55 PM

If you live in London, you may well be considering escaping during the Royal Wedding bank holiday weekend. Even the most ardent royalist may want to avoid the traffic chaos and influx of tourist for the nuptials of Prince William.

Around the UK, there are plenty of activities that will allow you to make the most of your extra day off without getting caught up in crowds.

In Liverpool, you can enjoy a stroll around the Albert Dock, flash the cash on a shopping spree in Liverpool One or head to The Beatles Hidden Gallery exhibition at the Beatles Story Liverpool.

In Bristol, you can explore Brunel's SS Great Britain at the floating harbour. Kids will love the Blue Reef Aquarium or enjoy the latest box office hit at the IMAX 3D cinema should it rain! Next, enjoy vintage afternoon tea at the Hotel du Vin, Hairspray at The Bristol Hippodrome, the Love Food Festival at the Paintworks Event Space or the Spring Night Sky Show at the Planetarium.

In Cardiff, there are plenty of shops, bars and great eateries to enjoy.

The weekend of the royal wedding sees the chance to enjoy Zulu, the Making of the Classic Film at Cardiff Castle, the Roman Childhood exhibit at the National Roman Legion Museum or Coronation Street fans can catch Corrie! until 30th April at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Historic Oxford offers a Heart of the University Walking Tour which takes you to parts of the iconic university not normally accessible. Also on the bank holiday, Oxford hosts the Pottering in Harry's Footsteps tour where fans of the Harry Potter film franchise can tour locations where memorable scenes were inspired and filmed.

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