Shopping and fashion

Shopping holidays combine the exhilaration of a city break with the thrill of splashing out on bits and pieces that take your fancy. In other words, they’re brilliant. England’s cities possess a tempting mix of posh department stores, quirky vintage and independent shops and high-street fashion brands that lead the world. Shopping breaks also mean some sightseeing, lunching in fine style and recuperating with a cocktail. Don’t forget to look up: often a city’s shopping district is based in its historic centre where the buildings are as beautiful and awe-inspiring as the shiny goods they house.

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Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Try your hand at changing the signals, driving an engine and even walk under an 80 ton train at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Retro Rye shopping

Retro Rye shopping

Rye is home to numerous independent retro and vintage shops, and takes pride in the fact that chain stores are a ‘no, no’ in town.

Location: Rye, East Sussex

Shopping and fashion
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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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The Lowry

The Lowry

Check out the sunlight glinting off the aluminium of The Lowry theatre and gallery complex.

Location: Salford, Greater Manchester

Culture
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Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Discover easy and interesting shopping in Colchester; with its great mix of big name stores and specialist shops, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Shopping and fashion
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Enter antique heaven in Newark

Enter antique heaven in Newark

Go on an antique hunt at the Newark Antiques Fair. You never know what treasures you could discover…

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

Shopping and fashion
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Get a taste for tea at the Twinings Tea Shop and Museum

Get a taste for tea at the Twinings Tea Shop and Museum

Learn about the history of Tom Twining’s shop and get an introduction to every type of tea.

Location: London, Greater London

Budget
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Georgian architecture and modern shopping on Bristol's edge

Georgian architecture and modern shopping on Bristol's edge

Stroll through one of England's finest commercial districts, and pick up a local treat.

Location: Clifton, Bristol

Lifestyle
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The ultimate shopping experience at intu Lakeside

The ultimate shopping experience at intu Lakeside

Set against a stunning lake, intu Lakeside offers the ultimate shopping experience and al-fresco dining.

Location: Thurrock, Essex

Shopping and fashion
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Go pottery factory shopping in England’s ceramics capital

Go pottery factory shopping in England’s ceramics capital

Pick up anything, from fancy dinner services to pretty china tea sets, in any one of the city’s famous pottery factory shops.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Luxury and indulgence
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Discover the cultural charms of Leeds

Discover the cultural charms of Leeds

Leeds caters for every particular taste, whether you’re a fitness fanatic, shopaholic or just like to party till dawn.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

City
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Find something special in Southsea

Find something special in Southsea

In Southsea you'll find a wealth of distinctive stores selling everything from retro clothing to antiques just a pebble's throw from the beach.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Shopping and fashion
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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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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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Picnic Boat on the River Dart

Picnic Boat on the River Dart

A glorious combination of two great loves of the English: boating and picnics.

Location: Dartmouth, Devon

Unique Experiences
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A little taste of heaven at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Resort

A little taste of heaven at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Resort

A Grade II listed stately home retreat that pairs period style with modern luxury and attentive service.

Location: Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

Shopping and fashion
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Curios and vintage shopping

Curios and vintage shopping

If you’re looking for a new wardrobe, lose yourself in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

Shopping and fashion
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Browse the boutiques at the Leeds Corn Exchange

Browse the boutiques at the Leeds Corn Exchange

Leeds’ historic Corn Exchange will charm even the most reluctant shopper with its incredible architecture and independent stores.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

Rainy day ideas
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Enjoy an up market shopping experience in Beverley

Enjoy an up market shopping experience in Beverley

The bustling market town of Beverley has many high street names, independent stores and antiques centre.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Shopping and fashion
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Rural Norfolk

Rural Norfolk

If you feel like the walls are closing in, try heading to Norfolk for a dose of big skies, blue sea and cute little towns.

Location: Burnham, Norfolk

Areas of outstanding natural beauty

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