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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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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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 a boutique shopping break in Bath

Enjoy a boutique shopping break in Bath

Bath has a huge number of independent and luxury shops packed into a walkable area, making it a pleasurable place to shop.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Shopping and fashion
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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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Explore the picturesque street The Shambles

Explore the picturesque street The Shambles

Travel back in time whilst exploring The Shambles shopping street.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Shopping and fashion
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Pick up a bargain at Camden's Stables Market

Pick up a bargain at Camden's Stables Market

Visit the Stables Market in Camden and pick up affordable vintage fashion, cheap street food and quirky souvenirs – all without breaking the bank.

Location: Camden, Greater London

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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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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

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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

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Fill up on pie, mash and music at Pie & Vinyl

Fill up on pie, mash and music at Pie & Vinyl

Pie and Vinyl combines the UK's favourite comfort food, ‘Pie & Mash’ with everyone's favourite food for the soul, music.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Eating out
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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

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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

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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

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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

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Sample local treats at Bents Garden and Home

Sample local treats at Bents Garden and Home

Spend an afternoon sampling delicious local treats, tour the beautiful gardens and try a workshop. Everything you need for beautiful living.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

Food markets
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Shop till you drop and admire the view at One New Change

Shop till you drop and admire the view at One New Change

One New Change combines high street favourites, public art, striking architecture, unrivalled views & restaurants from some of the UK’s top chefs.

Location: London, Greater London

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Spend a day at Snape Maltings

Spend a day at Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings is a world-renowned landmark on the Suffolk Coast, with great shopping and eating and the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Location: Snape Maltings, Suffolk

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A long weekend in Brighton

A long weekend in Brighton

A city break by the sea.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Beaches
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 Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

The first written record of a market in Norwich is in the 1086 Domesday Book - that’s quite a history of wheeling and dealing.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Historic sites and icons
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Salts Mill

Salts Mill

Packed to its Victorian rafters with independent traders.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries

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