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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Discover the Lanes and North Laine

Discover the Lanes and North Laine

The Lanes were originally the centre of the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone.

Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Shopping and fashion
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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.

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Shopping and fashion
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Learn about crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled

Learn about crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled

Experience medieval crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled, as she walks you through Nottingham’s caves and scenes of gruesome torture.

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Heritage
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Take a well-earned rest with a boutique city break in Lincoln

Take a well-earned rest with a boutique city break in Lincoln

The Rest at St Michael’s offers boutique bed and breakfast in a unique location on Steep Hill, a short walk from Lincoln’s fine dining and shopping.

Lincoln, Lincolnshire

City
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Climb the 332 steps to the top of Salisbury Cathedral tower

Climb the 332 steps to the top of Salisbury Cathedral tower

Be inspired by the peace and beauty of one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals.

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Heritage
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Relive York's Viking past at the JORVIK Viking Centre

Relive York's Viking past at the JORVIK Viking Centre

Join the Vikings and see York's rich Viking tradition at this unique attraction and annual festival.

York, North Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

Discover how arty Birmingham is, from the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works to a creative hub packed with new artists.

Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Visit the cathedral city of Ely, and discover why the humble eel is so important in its history, as you walk its unique Eel Trail.

Location: Ely, Cambridgeshire

Events
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Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Uncover the history of this former court and prison, including it most famous “residents”, the Lancashire Witches.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Museums, galleries and libraries
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A weekend in Gloucestershire

A weekend in Gloucestershire

From Double Gloucester to Harry Potter.

Location: Gloucestershire

Countryside
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Bronze Age living at Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Bronze Age living at Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Travel back 3,500 years to discover a prehistoric causeway at one of the finest Bronze Age archaeological site in Northern Europe, discovered 1982.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Archaeological sites
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Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Britain’s oldest recorded town has a raft of different tours exploring different aspects of the town’s history, all hugely enjoyable too.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Tours and trails
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Chase the Lincoln Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

Chase the Lincoln Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

Hear the story of the mischievous Imp that has been a symbol of Lincoln for centuries.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden

A three-and-a-half acre haven dedicated to the study of medicinal plants.

Location: London, Greater London

City
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Follow the real ale trail with Leeds Brewery's pubs

Follow the real ale trail with Leeds Brewery's pubs

Yorkshire’s finest beers await in this brewing hotspot.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Pubs and cocktail bars
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Find treasures at Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens

Find treasures at Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens

Delve into the fascinating story of Major Powell-Cotton’s adventures at Quex House and Gardens.

Location: Birchington, Kent

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Nine floors of silver-screens

Nine floors of silver-screens

A visit to the National Media Museum is a must if you love photography, film, television, animation, gaming or the internet.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Hotel Maiyango

Hotel Maiyango

Hotel Maiyango is a quirky, original luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and cocktail bar aiming to deliver memorable experiences.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Eating out

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