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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Take a well-earned rest with a boutique city break in Lincoln

Take a well-earned rest with a boutique city break in Lincoln

The Rest at St Michael’s offers boutique bed and breakfast in a unique location on Steep Hill, a short walk from Lincoln’s fine dining and shopping.

Lincoln, Lincolnshire

City
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Step back in time at Dr Johnson's House

Step back in time at Dr Johnson's House

Dr Samuel Johnson was a highly distinguished ‘man of letters’, and best-known for his comprehensive English Dictionary of 1755.

London, Greater London

Castles and Historic Properties
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‘Fly’ over the River Thames on the Emirates Air Line

‘Fly’ over the River Thames on the Emirates Air Line

Enjoy a flight across the Thames on the Emirates Air Line, the UK’s first urban cable car.

Greenwich, London

City
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Bronze Age living at Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Bronze Age living at Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Travel back 3,500 years to discover a prehistoric causeway at one of the finest Bronze Age archaeological site in Northern Europe, discovered 1982.

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Archaeological sites
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Learn about crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled

Learn about crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled

Experience medieval crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled, as she walks you through Nottingham’s caves and scenes of gruesome torture.

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Heritage
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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.

Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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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!

Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Hidden gems
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Browse the stalls and shops at the vibrant Greenwich Market

Browse the stalls and shops at the vibrant Greenwich Market

Explore the delights of one of London’s favourite markets all under one roof.

Greenwich, London

Shopping and fashion
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Uncover history, art and culture at The Collection

Uncover history, art and culture at The Collection

Uncovering exciting history, culture and art is easy and affordable at Lincoln’s free museum and gallery.

Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Venture aboard the Cutty Sark

Venture aboard the Cutty Sark

Explore above and beneath the decks of the world’s sole surviving tea clipper.

Greenwich, London

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Explore the spectacular staterooms and corridors of the Victorian gothic-style Manchester Town Hall.

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Castles and Historic Properties
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Experience steam age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Experience steam age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Visit one of England’s leading steam engine and locomotive attractions, based at Peterborough’s Nene Valley Station - a living heritage railway.

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Experience world-class theatre in Yorkshire’s Deep South

Experience world-class theatre in Yorkshire’s Deep South

Some of the best theatre in the country can be found in Sheffield as the city is home to the largest regional theatre complex outside of the capital.

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Performing arts
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Visit the home of a former Prime Minister

Visit the home of a former Prime Minister

Discover the history of Arundells, the former home of Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Unlace Nottingham’s lacemaking heritage

Unlace Nottingham’s lacemaking heritage

Nottinghamshire was once the heart of the world’s lace making industry, and it has a proud industrial heritage still strong today.

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Culture
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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.

Colchester, Essex

Tours and trails
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Explore the picturesque street The Shambles

Explore the picturesque street The Shambles

Travel back in time whilst exploring The Shambles shopping street.

York, North Yorkshire

Shopping and fashion
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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.

Bradford, West Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Discover a rich heritage at Middleport Pottery

Discover a rich heritage at Middleport Pottery

Visit the newly regenerated site at Middleport Pottery, famed for its production of Burleighware pottery since the 18th century.

Burslem, Staffordshire

Tours and trails
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See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

Discover how arty Birmingham is, from the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works to a creative hub packed with new artists.

Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries

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