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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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

 
Swim like an Olympian at the London Aquatics Centre

Swim like an Olympian at the London Aquatics Centre

Swim in the same pool as the medal winners from the London 2012 Games, in the London Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Location: London

 
Browse and buy from the Ferrers Centre Courtyard Workshops

Browse and buy from the Ferrers Centre Courtyard Workshops

You’ll find the Ferrers Centre Courtyard in the beautiful Staunton Harold Estate, a traditional country estate with a great Georgian mansion.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

 
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.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Meet Paul Smith, Nottingham’s own fashion legend

Meet Paul Smith, Nottingham’s own fashion legend

Visitors can enjoy Paul Smith’s Nottinghamshire with a visit to his first shop, which still operates on Byard Lane in Nottingham city centre.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
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.

Location: Burslem, Staffordshire

 
Dine with sharks at Two Rivers restaurant

Dine with sharks at Two Rivers restaurant

Enjoy a sumptuous meal surrounded by stunning aquatic displays at Two Rivers, The Deep in Hull, set in the Endless Oceans Gallery.

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

 
Enjoy a performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Enjoy a performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Take in a show in the City's newest state-of-the-art performance and arts venue, Milton Court.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland, and the River Nene.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

 
Experience panoramic views on Grey’s Monument

Experience panoramic views on Grey’s Monument

Experience panoramic views and close encounters with a former Prime Minister, followed by a well-earned cup of Earl Grey tea.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Enjoy a spot of luxury shopping at Royal Exchange

Enjoy a spot of luxury shopping at Royal Exchange

One of Britain’s best-known historical buildings and home to luxury brand stores.

Location: London, Greater London

 
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

 
Follow the real ale trail with Leeds Brewery

Follow the real ale trail with Leeds Brewery

The city’s largest brewery operates six characterful pubs full of charm. Each one serves locally brewed ale in a unique setting.

Location: Leeds, West 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

 
Go back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Go back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Follow in the footsteps of Romans as you explore the history of the walls that protected the original City of London.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Ancient, spectacular and a beautifully serene place to visit, the Cathedral is one of the most magnificent Gothic buildings in the world.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
Spot deer in the city

Spot deer in the city

It might come as a surprise to discover a deer-filled oasis just a tube ride away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Location: Richmond, Surrey

 
Medieval Banquet in Nottingham

Medieval Banquet in Nottingham

Loosen your belt and head to the Galleries of Justice and the Sheriff of Nottingham, where you can experience your very own Medieval knees-up.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Take part in a 900-year-old tradition

Take part in a 900-year-old tradition

Walk along Winchester’s water meadows to a beautiful medieval almshouse and you are following in the footsteps of weary travellers through the ages.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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