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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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

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

Discover heritage and luxury in the heart of Oxford

Uncover the history of Oxford Castle Quarter, and then relax at the luxurious Macdonald Randolph Hotel on a city break in historical Oxford.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Admire nature at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

As well as being an key part of the University teaching, the Botanic Gardens welcome visitors and feature flora and fauna unique to the Bristol area.

Location: Bristol

Experience panoramic views on Grey’s Monument

Experience panoramic views and close encounters with a former Prime Minister, followed by a well-earned cup of Earl Grey tea.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Be at one with nature at Dyrham Park

Spend the day navigating nature trails, indulging in a cream tea and exploring 17th century stately home, Dyrham Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Explore the historic and lively city of Lancaster

Uncover Lancaster’s ancient and haunting history at its hilltop castle and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in one of England’s Heritage Cities.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

Go punting on the River Cam

Find your inner rhythm in Cambridge as you mess about on the River Cam.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgshire

Enjoy a NewcastleGateshead city break in true style

Discover the beauty of NewcastleGateshead at the city's newest and most stylish upmarket hotel, Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter.

Location: Newcastle

Rainy Day Activities: Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Britain’s national museum of arms and armour is home to a fascinating and unique collection, including the only existing suit of armour built for an elephant.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Discover the home of Banksy on a Bristol Street Art Tour

Street art tours are a ‘must do’ cultural experience in the city, thanks to Bristol-born Banksy and many other famous artists

Location: Bristol

Visit world-renowned artefacts on a budget break in Birmingham

Being on a budget break in Birmingham isn't a problem at all as there’s so much to see and do for free.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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

September events: Celebrate over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s history

Experience the city’s rich history at the Gloucester History Festival in September with family activities, parades. talks and tours.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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

Plan a romantic escape to Malmaison Oxford

Enjoy chocolate dipped strawberries in a converted prison on a romantic break in Oxford.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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

A shopping weekend in Birmingham

Enjoy great shopping and cutting edge art on a break to this buzzing city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Discover Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter offers a truly alternative experience with its array of unique independent retailers, retro boutiques, cafés and bars.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Paint the town red with a London hotel and theatre break

Take in the bright lights of London’s prestigious West End and its many fantastic musicals on a short break in the capital.

Location: London

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

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