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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Take a boat trip in Little Venice

Take a boat trip in Little Venice

Cruise along the canal connecting London's picturesque Little Venice to the colourful hub of Camden Lock.

Location: Warwick Avenue, Greater London

Boating
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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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Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland, and the River Nene.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Gardens and Parks
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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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Learn from a quarter of a century of acting know-how

Learn from a quarter of a century of acting know-how

Let your budding thespians tread the boards in style, with Warwick's famous acting troupe.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

Culture
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Manchester's Markets

Manchester's Markets

Manchester's varied markets are buzzing with independent traders and great bargains.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Markets
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Feast on industrial heritage

Feast on industrial heritage

Unwind with a leisurely stroll or canal ride through Castlefield Locks not far from Manchester city centre.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Activities
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Browse and buy from the Ferrers Centre Courtyard Workshops

Browse and buy from the Ferrers Centre Courtyard Workshops

You’ll find the Ferrers Centre Courtyard in the beautiful Staunton Harold Estate, a traditional country estate with a great Georgian mansion.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Shopping and fashion
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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.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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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Swim like an Olympian at the London Aquatics Centre

Swim like an Olympian at the London Aquatics Centre

Swim in the same pool as the medal winners from the London 2012 Games, in the London Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Location: London

City
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Design your own jewellery at Oresome Gallery

Design your own jewellery at Oresome Gallery

Design your own jewellery at Oresome Gallery at Hull's historic Old Fruit Market.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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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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Enjoy unique food experiences at 1884 Dock Street Kitchen

Enjoy unique food experiences at 1884 Dock Street Kitchen

A dining experience with a difference, 1884 takes diners on a journey.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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Visit the Jacobean splendor of Temple Newsam

Visit the Jacobean splendor of Temple Newsam

There’s plenty to keep you amused at Temple Newsam, including the country’s greatest collections of decorative arts and a rare breeds farm.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Experience world-class theatre in Yorkshire’s Deep South

Experience world-class theatre in Yorkshire’s Deep South

Some of the best theatre in the country can be found in Sheffield as the city is home to the largest regional theatre complex outside of the capital.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Performing arts
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Three Graces

Three Graces

Stroll along the waterfront for some of Liverpool's many architectural treasures.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Castles and Historic Properties
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Spot deer in the city

Spot deer in the city

It might come as a surprise to discover a deer-filled oasis just a tube ride away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Location: Richmond, Surrey

Free
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Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Sit by a roaring coal fire, sampling the cask ales and pub grub at Oxford’s oldest drinking hole.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Heritage

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