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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Relive York's Viking past at the JORVIK Viking Centre

Relive York's Viking past at the JORVIK Viking Centre

Join the Vikings and see York's rich Viking tradition at this unique attraction and annual festival.

York, North Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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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.

Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Free
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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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Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Putting music at the heart of London, Spitalfields continues its fusion of global and local in the East End of London through its festivals.

London, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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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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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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Climb the 332 steps to the top of Salisbury Cathedral tower

Climb the 332 steps to the top of Salisbury Cathedral tower

Be inspired by the peace and beauty of one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals.

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Heritage
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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

Romance
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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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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.

Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Find something special in Southsea

Find something special in Southsea

In Southsea you'll find a wealth of distinctive stores selling everything from retro clothing to antiques just a pebble's throw from the beach.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Shopping and fashion
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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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Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Meander through the covered walkways and explore all this historical market has to offer.

London, Greater London

Markets
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Stand on the swinging bridge on Scale Lane Bridge, Hull

Stand on the swinging bridge on Scale Lane Bridge, Hull

Relax with birdsong as you take your position on the swing bridge, one of the only bridges in the UK which you can stand on whilst it moves.

Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Hidden gems
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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 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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Cheap eats at Pani's Restaurant

Cheap eats at Pani's Restaurant

Searching for a cheap eat in NewcastleGateshead but overwhelmed by the breadth of choice available in the city centre? Look no further than Pani’s.

Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Eating out
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Fill up on pie, mash and music at Pie & Vinyl

Fill up on pie, mash and music at Pie & Vinyl

Pie and Vinyl combines the UK's favourite comfort food, ‘Pie & Mash’ with everyone's favourite food for the soul, music.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Eating out
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Indulge your sweet tooth in Cocoa Wonderland

Indulge your sweet tooth in Cocoa Wonderland

Sneak into Cocoa’s enchanted chocolate wonderland for a true midnight feast and experience a lock-in with a difference.

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Hidden gems
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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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