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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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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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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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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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.

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Gardens and Parks
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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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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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Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Explore the fusion of historical and modern architecture in the ever-evolving City of London.

London, Greater London

Tours and trails
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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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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.

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Shopping and fashion
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Scare yourself with Dark Encounters

Scare yourself with Dark Encounters

Discover a spookier side of Portsmouth on a ghost walk around some of the most haunted spots in the city.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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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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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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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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Enjoy live music in the Cellars at Eastney

Enjoy live music in the Cellars at Eastney

If you love music and comedy then you will absolutely love the Cellars at Eastney as an intimate venue for gigs, drama and stand-up.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Music and nightlife
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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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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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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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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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Step into the City's oldest church, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower

Step into the City's oldest church, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower

Though bombed in the Second World War, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower remains a beautiful Grade I listed building bursting with City history.

London, Greater London

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places

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