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 back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Go back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Follow in the footsteps of Romans as you explore the history of the walls that protected the original City of London.

Location: London, Greater London

Archaeological sites
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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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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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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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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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Emirates Old Trafford

Emirates Old Trafford

Emirates Old Trafford is now an all-encompassing Cricket Club and Business Venue.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 - Gold winners
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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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Experience a spiritual side to Bournemouth's history

Experience a spiritual side to Bournemouth's history

Visit for the marvellous architecture, the famous final resting places or simply the atmosphere.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Unique Experiences
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Medieval Banquet in Nottingham

Medieval Banquet in Nottingham

The Villainous Sheriff presents...

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Say hello to Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

Say hello to Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

Get swept up in Beatlemania once again as fans from all over the world descend on the city where it all started.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Music and nightlife
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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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Listen to the choirboys at Winchester Cathedral

Listen to the choirboys at Winchester Cathedral

Experience the spine-tingling echoes of the choristers, acclaimed as being one of the best cathedral choirs in Britain, as they sing evensong.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Performing arts
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View Chester from an open-top vintage bus

View Chester from an open-top vintage bus

Ride the open-top vintage bus on a Chester Tour and see the city’s archaeological and architectural heritage.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Historic sites and icons
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Enjoy bowling, dining & cocktails at All Star Lanes

Enjoy bowling, dining & cocktails at All Star Lanes

Bowling, dining, cocktails: a simple combination that guarantees a truly memorable boutique bowling experience.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Hidden gems
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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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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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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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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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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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Take a moment to relax in St Dunstan in the East

Take a moment to relax in St Dunstan in the East

Relax in the grounds of this historic church, and enjoy the gardens growing through the ruins.

Location: London, Greater London

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places

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