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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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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Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

A day out at mima has something to offer everyone: World-class exhibitions, café and shop, family activities, workshops and talks.

Location: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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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.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Shopping and fashion
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Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Enjoy the art on offer at the one of the most important museums in England which reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Join the Knights Templar in the original Temple Church

Join the Knights Templar in the original Temple Church

Enter the English headquarters of the Knights Templar in the 13th Century and immerse yourself in its varied history.

Location: London, Greater London

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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International Slavery Museum

International Slavery Museum

The International Slavery Museum explores the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its enduring impact.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Free
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Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

If the sound of free cinema and cheap drinks is up your street, then Tyneside Cinema’s free film night could be just thing.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Free
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Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Meander through the covered walkways and explore all this historical market has to offer.

Location: London, Greater London

Markets
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Dine with sharks at Two Rivers restaurant

Dine with sharks at Two Rivers restaurant

Enjoy a sumptuous meal surrounded by stunning aquatic displays at Two Rivers, The Deep in Hull, set in the Endless Oceans Gallery.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Eating out
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Tickle your taste buds on the Lancashire Cheese Trail

Tickle your taste buds on the Lancashire Cheese Trail

Discover the Lancashire Cheese Trail, and watch cheese being made at Dewlay Cheese.

Location: Garstang, Lancashire

Regional specialities
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Be Inspired at the Ferens Art Gallery

Be Inspired at the Ferens Art Gallery

Discover art at Hull’s award winning Ferens Art Gallery, with permanent collections spanning the medieval period to the present day.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Take a longer look at London with the City Visitor Trail

Take a longer look at London with the City Visitor Trail

Make the most of your time in London - no matter how long you have - with the main trail and its side tracks you'll have plenty to do and more.

Location: London, Greater London

Tours and trails
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Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Find award-winning produce on every corner, at this rather tasty farmers’ market.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Food markets
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Meet Paul Smith, Nottingham’s own fashion legend

Meet Paul Smith, Nottingham’s own fashion legend

Visitors can enjoy Paul Smith’s Nottinghamshire with a visit to his first shop, which still operates on Byard Lane in Nottingham city centre.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Shopping and fashion
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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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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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Have a taste of Colman’s Mustard Chocolate

Have a taste of Colman’s Mustard Chocolate

With its instantly recognisable canary yellow and fiery red branding Colman’s Mustard has graced many a dinner table around the world for over 180 years.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Shopping and fashion
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Try some real English food in the heart of Durham

Try some real English food in the heart of Durham

Local cheese and meat lovers rejoice! There's plenty of local fare at this noted eatery.

Location: Durham

Eating out
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Discover a secret Roman amphitheatre in London

Discover a secret Roman amphitheatre in London

The Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London is home to London’s only Roman amphitheatre – 20ft (6m) below pavement level.

Location: London

Castles and Historic Properties

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