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Check out our top music landmarks and discover the birthplaces of legendary rock stars, locations which inspired great music and unforgettable live music venues across the country.

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Rock cities: discover Britain’s iconic music destinations

Britain has a long and proud musical history – from its pop pioneers the Beatles, to Britpop legends Oasis and Blur, right up to its diverse music industry today. The nation’s dynamic music scene resounds all over the country – meaning you can have a rocking time wherever you are. Relive the Beatles’ experience in Liverpool, go to the heart of “Madchester”, or get Ziggy with it at some of David Bowie’s London landmarks. Watch world-class acts play in some of the best stadiums on the planet, or enjoy an unforgettable gig at one of Britain’s historic and quirky small venues.

Top music experiences

Musical sights and sounds

See where it all began for the Beatles in the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Mendips (Lennon’s home) and 20 Forthlin Road (McCartney’s house) in Liverpool, have been preserved as they were in the 1960s by the National Trust, and you can take a tour of the modest homes that changed the pop world.

Paul McCartney's bedroom at 20 Forthlin Road, Beatles Childhood Homes, Liverpool

Venture to a place of pilgrimage for fans of legendary artist David Bowie.

23 Heddon Street, London

Claiming to be the world’s oldest record store, Spillers Record has been here since 1894, and despite a touch of old age, is still going strong.

Spillers Records in Cardiff, South Wales

Journey through Belfast’s musical past on a walking or bus tour.

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In Cardiff Bay, the Wales Millennium Centre hosts top-class live music and theatre shows from all over the world.

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Brilliantly-British music venues

It’s not all about mega-stadiums, these historic and quirky British music venues will be music to your ears.

Stand in the place that gave birth to the Sex Pistols in Oxford St’s The 100 Club, one of London’s most iconic music venues.

The 100 Club
A jazz performer on stage at the 100 Club, an intimate and historic venue in the heart of London's Soho district
The 100 Club

The Barrowland Ballroom is a former dance hall and its excellent acoustics have resounded to everyone from The Clash to the Foo Fighters.

The Barrowland Ballroom
Two musicians on stage looking out to a large crowd of people dancing to the music and under bright lights and discoballs at Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow
The Barrowland Ballroom

One of the most famous music venues in the UK, The Cavern Club helped launch the career of The Beatles.

The Cavern Club
Club with arched ceilings. Coloured lights and stage.
The Cavern Club

Home of the world-famous Proms, the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington is affectionately known as “the nation’s village hall”.

The Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall, London. A round concert hall and memorial to Prince Albert, built by his Queen Victoria, in the 19th century
The Royal Albert Hall

For a truly unforgettable experience, head to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, an outdoor theatre hewn out of a cliff-top.

Minack Theatre
View from the top of the Minack Theatre
Minack Theatre

Snape Maltings is a fabulous arts and concert hall in a converted Victorian malthouse.

Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings

Uncover up-and-coming musical talent in this intimate Glaswegian venue.

Discover more about King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Stand in the place that gave birth to the Sex Pistols in Oxford St’s The 100 Club, one of London’s most iconic music venues.

The 100 Club
A jazz performer on stage at the 100 Club, an intimate and historic venue in the heart of London's Soho district
The 100 Club

The Barrowland Ballroom is a former dance hall and its excellent acoustics have resounded to everyone from The Clash to the Foo Fighters.

The Barrowland Ballroom
Two musicians on stage looking out to a large crowd of people dancing to the music and under bright lights and discoballs at Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow
The Barrowland Ballroom

One of the most famous music venues in the UK, The Cavern Club helped launch the career of The Beatles.

The Cavern Club
Club with arched ceilings. Coloured lights and stage.
The Cavern Club

Home of the world-famous Proms, the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington is affectionately known as “the nation’s village hall”.

The Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall, London. A round concert hall and memorial to Prince Albert, built by his Queen Victoria, in the 19th century
The Royal Albert Hall

For a truly unforgettable experience, head to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, an outdoor theatre hewn out of a cliff-top.

Minack Theatre
View from the top of the Minack Theatre
Minack Theatre

Snape Maltings is a fabulous arts and concert hall in a converted Victorian malthouse.

Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings

Uncover up-and-coming musical talent in this intimate Glaswegian venue.

Discover more about King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut