City breaks and holidays

City breaks and holidays

From Roman remains to brand new architectural wonders, there are so many amazing sights and cities to visit in England. Come and experience the eclectic mix of history by wandering spa towns like Bath, where you can take in the air and waters that have been the draw of visitors for centuries, or the National Marine Aquarium in Portsmouth – the UK’s largest aquarium that is home to animals from around the world.
Culture is everywhere; art galleries, museums, and festivals are often free and open on weekends, allowing for an injection of inspiration to your city break. Once you’ve taken in places like the Old Royal Naval College, or the five military museums of Winchester, you can move on to the cafes and restaurants full of character and delicious local dishes. There’s always something going on in English cities.

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Go ghost hunting with Cambridge Ghost Tours

Seek out ghosts and ghouls on a guided tour in the ancient city of Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Delve into delicious food in Manchester’s Exchange Square

Enjoy fine food, delightful drinks, impressive architecture and remarkable views in some of Manchester’s best and newest restaurants and bars.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Shop and sup in style in Nottingham's hippest neighbourhood

Base your city break in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, buzzing with bars and restaurants, vintage shopping, quirky retailers and cultural events.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Oxford Castle Unlocked

Do you believe in ghosts? You might do after experiencing the dark, eerie atmosphere of Oxford Castle unlocked.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Birmingham's Bullring, books and boutiques

Enjoy contemporary architectural and cultural gems as well as its shopping and nightlife.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Enjoy a budget break at Euro Hostel Liverpool

Spend a weekend in Liverpool and stay at a hostel with a difference – it’s dormitories, but not as you know it.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Relax in Thermae Bath Spa’s open air rooftop pool

Float in the open air rooftop pool at Britain’s only natural mineral-rich thermal spa and soak up the spectacular views over Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Spend a weekend on the Waterfront in Lincoln

Lincoln’s unique city-centre waterfront is the ideal base for a vibrant, exciting weekend city break.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

November events: Eyes on the sky for Light Up Lancaster

See the skies over Lancaster light up this autumn at the North’s biggest firework display.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

Live the good life at The Lido in Bristol

Bristol's restored Victorian Lido offers outdoor swimming, spa facilities, a café and bar for lunch and award winning restaurant for dinner.

Location: Bristol

Explore the nooks and crannies of Norwich’s artistic spaces

Norwich is full of cultural activities, with many arts venues found in surprising places, some amongst its most beautiful gardens and public spaces.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Follow art trails around NewcastleGateshead

Throughout NewcastleGateshead you will discover public art in the most surprising of places from figurative sculptures to conceptual work.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Trace the lives of The Beatles in their home city

Buzzing Liverpool is renowned for its music scene. Discover how its four most famous sons still set the beat for a fab visit to the city.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Stay in lavish Georgian suites in Bristol’s heart

Be pampered, learn new skills or unwind in luxury after a bracing autumn walk on a tailor-made stay in Bristol’s new Berkeley Suites – The Crescent.

Location: Bristol

Indulge in a romantic city break in Manchester

Your romantic getaway is just round the corner; visit some of the city’s most sumptuous hot spots for great cuisine and spectacular skyline views.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Enjoy a Brighton budget break with free attractions and more

It’s easy to enjoy a cheap weekend break in Brighton and Hove, with cheap hostel accommodation and plenty of low cost museums and art galleries.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Discover beautiful Oxfordshire on a cycling holiday

The Carter Company's tours are authentic travel experiences, giving you the chance to discover hidden gems and local secrets across Oxfordshire.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Food, fashion and fantastic ales

Explore Leeds city centre stopping off along the way to sample the finest local and independent breweries offerings.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Stay in John Betjeman’s old home

If you’re planning a weekend in London why not swap the same old hotel for something with a bit more history?

Location: London

Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Liverpool is a thriving capital of culture with museums and galleries for every taste, many of which are free to explore. Dip in and emerge inspired.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Rainy Day Activities: Step back in time at York Castle Museum

Travel back in time on a rainy day at this trend-setting museum, which transports visitors back through 300 years of history.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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