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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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

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 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

Oxford Castle Unlocked

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

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

Eat, drink, shop and play till late at Camp and Furnace

Camp and Furnace is all about fun: whether you want to play a game of Monopoly, go vintage shopping or sing-a-long with the music.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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

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

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

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

Discover murder, marvels and mojitos in Canterbury

Explore the vibrant city of Canterbury, with its intriguing mix of dramatic history and cosmopolitan culture.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

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

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

Be schooled in the nuances of a vital ancient art

No experience required for this drinker's favourite: just an open mind and a willing palette.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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

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

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

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

Enjoy romance and relaxation at Brocco on the Park

Enter an oasis of calm with luxurious surroundings, great views and a very special terrace restaurant at Brocco on the Park.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Head to Bristol for a loved-up city break

Ditch the car – and even the bike – because relaxed and arty Bristol is the perfect size to stroll around, hand-in-hand.

Location: Bristol

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