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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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

A shopping weekend in Birmingham

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

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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

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

Plan a romantic escape to Malmaison Oxford

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

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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

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

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

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

Take a tour of Liverpool’s architectural marvels

See this handsome, historic city with fresh eyes; join an expert-led RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) tour of its loveliest buildings.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Rekindle your love with a romantic weekend break in Chester

Stroll hand in hand around the ancient Roman Walls, take a romantic boat trip along the River Dee and go for a delicious dinner in Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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

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

Enjoy a romantic city break at Oddfellows

With its gorgeous Georgian architecture, Oddfellows is the perfect place to have a romantic break away.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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

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

Birmingham's Bullring, books and boutiques

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

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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

Soak up the atmosphere and changing colours of Durham City

Wrap up warm and enjoy walks amongst a leafy Durham City this autumn, and discover the timeless magic of Crook Hall for a wonderfully English experience.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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

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

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