My Favourite Walkable Cities: Paris, Bruges, Liverpool and Edinburgh

Walking is a great way to get around and see places whilst on a city break. Getting somewhere in a hurry may not be an easy feat, but you are guaranteed to have a more interesting and detailed journey.

You never know what is around that corner. There is always the opportunity to stumble across interesting locations that would have been missed if you simply jumped on a bus or train.

It is also easy exercise and the perfect way to burn off all of those inevitable extra holiday calories.

Here are some of my favourite walkable cities:

Paris:

When visiting Paris for a long weekend last Spring, we spent hours walking around each day. We followed the River Seine, passing street vendors selling books and posters, and watched cyclists and rollerbladers whiz by.

This was a great way to appreciate the different districts and get more of a feel for the city and its cafe culture.

Bruges

This is the perfect city to navigate on foot. Bruges is really compact and has charming cobbled streets lined with numerous interesting buildings and inviting pubs and eateries – notably lots of places selling delicious Belgian waffles.

The picturesque canals provide a romantic setting to walk beside and there is added atmosphere at night when they are lit up. The Market Square is also incredibly attractive at night.

Liverpool

My home city, Liverpool, has changed so much in the past few years. Major redevelopment has seen the city centre become more amalgamated, making it easy to casually drift from one interesting sight to the next.

Whether you want to take in Liverpool’s attractive Georgian quarter, dominated by the Anglican Cathedral, go shopping in one of the largest open air shopping centres in the UK, Liverpool One, or appreciate the city’s maritime history along the Albert Dock, getting around on foot is easy and convenient.

Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital is brimming with gorgeous architecture and visible history. A lot of the attractions are centered on or around the Royal Mile. This begins at Edinburgh Castle and ends at Holyrood House, the Queen’s home in Scotland. This is a great walk to do, but if you are feeling more energetic there is always Edinburgh’s highest hill, Arthur’s Seat, which is a good climb for fantastic elevated views over the city.

Lincoln

Lincoln is well worth a wander. Not only is it home to Britain’s best street, Steep Hill, it also has a lot of medieval history. This includes Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral, where the Da Vinci Code film was made.

What are your favourite walkable cities?

5 Comments

  1. April 1, 2012 / 20:15

    Love Paris, Bruges and Edinburgh but ashamed to admit I’ve not been to either Liverpool or Lincoln – really need to see more of the UK as both sound great!
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    • April 2, 2012 / 20:56

      Hi Lucy, Liverpool is great for a weekend break. It’s my home city (even though I’m actually living in Lincoln right now). There are so many places in the UK I haven’t visited which I’d love to see.

  2. April 2, 2012 / 09:50

    I love it that you have Liverpool on there. I went to Liverpool uni and it’s still one of my favourite cities ever – so underrated and with all the redevelopment it’s looking amazing. I’ve never been to Bruges but it does look beautiful so it’s now on my list :)
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    • April 2, 2012 / 20:52

      Thanks Monica, I remember you saying you went to Liverpool Uni. Made up it’s one of your favourite cities :-) I’ll probably be living there again when I return from Canada trip in November. Bruges is great, can’t think of anything bad about it!