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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‘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.

Location: Greenwich, London

 
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.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Take a boat trip in Little Venice

Take a boat trip in Little Venice

Cruise along the canal connecting London's picturesque Little Venice to the colourful hub of Camden Lock.

Location: Warwick Avenue, Greater London

 
Experience a cultural awakening at Leeds Grand Theatre

Experience a cultural awakening at Leeds Grand Theatre

From ballet to opera, West End musicals to drama, Leeds Grand Theatre has it all under one roof.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Saris and jewellery to spices and dining on the Golden Mile

Saris and jewellery to spices and dining on the Golden Mile

A trip to Leicester isn’t complete without a visit to the Golden Mile.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
Laugh, cry and sing-along at the Playhouse

Laugh, cry and sing-along at the Playhouse

Since opening in 1990, the Playhouse has become one of Leeds' premiere events venues.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Marvel at St Brides’ ancient relics & wedding cake spire

Marvel at St Brides’ ancient relics & wedding cake spire

Take the time to admire the beauty of Wren's St Brides Church, both inside and out.

Location: London, Greater London

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Eat away the afternoon at the Fishes, a serious gastropub with beautiful views in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: North Hinksey, Oxford

 
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

 
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

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