Cities uncovered

So you think you know England’s cities? Scratch the surface and you’ll be surprised at what’s revealed. Quirky vintage shops, hidden artists’ studios, guided strolls through secret streets on the trail of little-known local legends. Hushed-up treasures can be found cradled in miniscule museums and tours go beneath the pavements for an insight into a hidden subterranean world. We turn the spotlight away from the obvious and get under the skin of our urban favourites on cool city breaks. But shh, keep it to yourself.

Cities uncovered

So you think you know England’s cities? Scratch the surface and you’ll be surprised at what’s revealed. Quirky vintage shops, hidden artists’ studios, guided strolls through secret streets on the trail of little-known local legends. Hushed-up treasures can be found cradled in miniscule museums and tours go beneath the pavements for an insight into a hidden subterranean world. We turn the spotlight away from the obvious and get under the skin of our urban favourites on cool city breaks. But shh, keep it to yourself.

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Paint the town red with a London hotel and theatre break

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

 
Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Britain’s oldest recorded town has a raft of different tours exploring different aspects of the town’s history, all hugely enjoyable too.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
Visit the Jacobean splendour of Temple Newsam

Visit the Jacobean splendour of Temple Newsam

There’s plenty to keep you amused at Temple Newsam, including the country’s greatest collections of decorative arts and a rare breeds farm.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Nine floors of silver-screens

Nine floors of silver-screens

A visit to the National Media Museum is a must if you love photography, film, television, animation, gaming or the internet.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

 
City of London Information Centre

City of London Information Centre

The CIC is central London’s only official tourist information centre, and overseas visitors are welcomed by a team of professional advisors speaking 13 languages.

Location: London

 
Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

A day out at mima has something to offer everyone: World-class exhibitions, café and shop, family activities, workshops and talks.

Location: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

 
Be Inspired at the Ferens Art Gallery

Be Inspired at the Ferens Art Gallery

Discover art at Hull’s award winning Ferens Art Gallery, with permanent collections spanning the medieval period to the present day.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Eat vegetarian cuisine at Hitchcocks

Eat vegetarian cuisine at Hitchcocks

Pick your own cuisine at Hitchcocks, Hull’s only vegetarian restaurant.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

If the sound of free cinema and cheap drinks is up your street, then Tyneside Cinema’s free film night could be just thing.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Spend a weekend on the Waterfront in Lincoln

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

 
Listen to the choirboys at Winchester Cathedral

Listen to the choirboys at Winchester Cathedral

Experience the spine-tingling echoes of the choristers, acclaimed as being one of the best cathedral choirs in Britain, as they sing evensong.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Enjoy a literary tea-time away from Bath’s bustling streets

Enjoy a literary tea-time away from Bath’s bustling streets

Escape the city with Mr Darcy and a fine English cuppa.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
A unique and thought-provoking experience

A unique and thought-provoking experience

The International Slavery Museum explores the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its enduring impact.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
Get a view from The Shard

Get a view from The Shard

Soaring up into the sky, Renzo Piano’s 1,016ft structure features a five-star hotel, three floors of restaurants and a public viewing platform way up on the 72nd floor.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Visit the cathedral city of Ely, and discover why the humble eel is so important in its history, as you walk its unique Eel Trail.

Location: Ely, Cambridgeshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

With numerous famous artworks and historical artefacts on display, the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a must-see indoor attraction in the heart of Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Uncover Newcastle Highbridge Street

Uncover Newcastle Highbridge Street

A cobbled hideaway off the Georgian grandeur of Grey Street, High Bridge is a must visit to uncover independent shopping and the city’s oldest pub!

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Find award-winning produce on every corner, at this rather tasty farmers’ market.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Uncover the history of this former court and prison, including it most famous “residents”, the Lancashire Witches.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 
Stay in John Betjeman’s old home

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

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