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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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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Uncover Newcastle Highbridge Street

Uncover Newcastle Highbridge Street

A cobbled hideaway off the Georgian grandeur of Grey Street, High Bridge is a must visit to uncover independent shopping and the city’s oldest pub!

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Hidden gems
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Ponder the secret to life at Crick and Watson’s pub, The Eagle

Ponder the secret to life at Crick and Watson’s pub, The Eagle

Join the likes of DNA scientists Crick and Watson, as well as more than a few RAF heroes, by supping one of The Eagle’s good old English ales.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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East meets West Yorkshire at the Royal Armouries

East meets West Yorkshire at the Royal Armouries

Travel back in time to the great civilisations of Asia inside the Royal Armouries’ Oriental gallery.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Balloon ride over Bath

Balloon ride over Bath

For a unique perspective on Bath's Georgian architecture, take a hot air balloon trip over the city.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Architectural wonders
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Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

From handcarts and horse-drawn carriages to steam-driven vehicles and London busses; see this parade of vehicles as they are marked with a red hot iron.

Location: London, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Dive into an underwater world at SEA LIFE Scarborough

Dive into an underwater world at SEA LIFE Scarborough

Discover a magical underwater world at one of North Yorkshire's best family attractions.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Attractions
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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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Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Have a Teutonic shopping experience, and don't miss the Glüwein!

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Low cost
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Experience steam age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Experience steam age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Visit one of England’s leading steam engine and locomotive attractions, based at Peterborough’s Nene Valley Station - a living heritage railway.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Scare yourself with Dark Encounters

Scare yourself with Dark Encounters

Discover a spookier side of Portsmouth on a ghost walk around some of the most haunted spots in the city.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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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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Reinvent your wardrobe at McArthurGlen's York Designer Outlet

Reinvent your wardrobe at McArthurGlen's York Designer Outlet

Get your fashion fix at great prices and have a luxury shopping expedition in one of the best Designer Outlets in the UK.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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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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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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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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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Wander the medieval passageways & get lost in the City

Wander the medieval passageways & get lost in the City

Navigate your way through the intriguing streets of the old City and embrace its quirky nature.

Location: London, Greater London

Tours and trails
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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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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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