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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Fall in love with Exeter Cathedral

Fall in love with Exeter Cathedral

Be awed by Exeter Cathedral; a gothic masterpiece and one of the South West's most iconic landmarks, even better when viewed from above.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

The first written record of a market in Norwich is in the 1086 Domesday Book - that’s quite a history of wheeling and dealing.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 
Mancunian Pride

Mancunian Pride

The future's bright...

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
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

 
Visit the Jacobean splendour of Temple Newsam

Visit the Jacobean splendour of Temple Newsam

There’s plenty to keep you amused at Temple Newsam, including the country’s greatest collections of decorative arts and a rare breeds farm.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
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!

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
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

 
Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

With numerous famous artworks and historical artefacts on display, the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a must-see indoor attraction in the heart of Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
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

 
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

 
Big Show Entertainment at Bournemouth International Centre

Big Show Entertainment at Bournemouth International Centre

Dance, music, sports or comedy? It's all on offer at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
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.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Discover the cultural charms of Leeds

Discover the cultural charms of Leeds

Leeds caters for every particular taste, whether you’re a fitness fanatic, shopaholic or just like to party till dawn.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

A day out at mima has something to offer everyone: World-class exhibitions, café and shop, family activities, workshops and talks.

Location: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

 
Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Discover easy and interesting shopping in Colchester; with its great mix of big name stores and specialist shops, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
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

 
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

 
‘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

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