Cities uncovered

So you think you know England’s cities? Scratch the surface and you’ll be surprised at what’s revealed. Quirky vintage shops, hidden artists’ studios, guided strolls through secret streets on the trail of little-known local legends. Hushed-up treasures can be found cradled in miniscule museums and tours go beneath the pavements for an insight into a hidden subterranean world. We turn the spotlight away from the obvious and get under the skin of our urban favourites on cool city breaks. But shh, keep it to yourself.

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Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Explore the spectacular staterooms and corridors of the Victorian gothic-style Manchester Town Hall.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Castles and Historic Properties
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Betty's Café Tea Rooms

Betty's Café Tea Rooms

True Yorkshire hospitality and delicious treats.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Afternoon tea
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Take the cultural quarter trail in Leicester

Take the cultural quarter trail in Leicester

Absorb yourself in rich performances and visual arts in Leicester’s cultural quarter and enjoy architectural splendour and fine dining.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Architectural wonders
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Enjoy lunch and shopping at Fisherton Mill's art gallery

Enjoy lunch and shopping at Fisherton Mill's art gallery

Have a relaxing lunch made with fresh, local produce from Wiltshire in the 1880 grain mill at Fisherton Mill in Salisbury.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Shopping and fashion
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Seasonal wine and menu tasting at Finbarr’s

Seasonal wine and menu tasting at Finbarr’s

Try a bit of everything at one of the northeast's best-loved eateries.

Location: Durham

Food and Drink
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You don't have to like amazing English food, but it helps

You don't have to like amazing English food, but it helps

One woman's love affair with Cambridge cuisine has become one of the city's best attractions.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Activities
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Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Putting music at the heart of London, Spitalfields continues its fusion of global and local in the East End of London through its festivals.

Location: London, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

This museum offers a fascinating insight into the deeds of criminals and villains, and looks at the lives of those who have guarded the City since 1839.

Location: London, Greater London

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

The Good Old Days are back with a little help from the country’s top-performing acts.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Performing arts
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Explore the City’s history at the Museum of London

Explore the City’s history at the Museum of London

Discover how London changed as Romans gave way to Saxons, wonder at medieval London, and lose yourself in the intrigue of war, plague and fire.

Location: London, Greater London

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Between Bath and Bristol

Between Bath and Bristol

Combining ancient history and contemporary cool.

Location: Bath / Bristol, Somerset

Culture
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Enjoy the City of London's Lord Mayor Show

Enjoy the City of London's Lord Mayor Show

The Lord Mayor's Show has floated, trotted, marched and fought its way through 798 years of London history; watch as it travels through the City.

Location: London, Greater London

November events
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Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Ancient, spectacular and a beautifully serene place to visit, the Cathedral is one of the most magnificent Gothic buildings in the world.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Step into the City's oldest church, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower

Step into the City's oldest church, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower

Though bombed in the Second World War, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower remains a beautiful Grade I listed building bursting with City history.

Location: London, Greater London

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Feel the weight of a gold bar at the Bank of England Museum

Feel the weight of a gold bar at the Bank of England Museum

The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England, from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom's central bank.

Location: London, Greater London

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Climb Steep Hill for a unique shopping experience

Climb Steep Hill for a unique shopping experience

As the name suggests, Steep Hill is pretty steep. However, whilst you may be out of breath, it’s definitely a worthwhile climb.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Shopping and fashion
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Unlace Nottingham’s lacemaking heritage

Unlace Nottingham’s lacemaking heritage

Nottinghamshire was once the heart of the world’s lace making industry, and it has a proud industrial heritage still strong today.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Regent's Canal

Regent's Canal

Take a boat from Little Venice to Camden Town.

Location: London, Greater London

Hidden gems
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Blow your own glass bubble

Blow your own glass bubble

Learn about the distinctive aquamarine-coloured glass and make your own glass bubble at Bath Aqua Glass.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Embrace the pop-up dining trend at Trinity Kitchen

Embrace the pop-up dining trend at Trinity Kitchen

Take your pick from a mix of vibrant restaurants and street food vans all under one roof.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Food markets

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