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City breaks

Experience a distinctive mix of old and new, traditional and cutting edge in a host of ever-evolving English cities. Browse streets full-to-bursting with boutiques that boast the latest fashions and admire futuristic architecture towering above medieval monuments. Be dazzled by modern musicals, much-loved plays and works of art by the likes of Turner, Emin and Banksy. As day melts into night, indulge in Michelin-starred dishes and tongue-tingling curries before ordering a gin and tonic at a late-night museum event or throwing your best shapes at one of many buzzing cocktail bars and nightclubs. City breaks have never been so exciting.

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Ride a steam train on the East Lancashire Railway

Ride a steam train on the East Lancashire Railway

This beautifully restored heritage railway puffs through stunning countryside, quaint villages and historic towns.

Location: Bury, Greater Manchester

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See world-class sport in Durham this spring bank holiday

See world-class sport in Durham this spring bank holiday

Get a warm north east welcome and see the England cricket team play once again on the ground where they dramatically clinched the Ashes in 2013.

Location: Chester-le-Street, Durham

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Explore the National Space Centre's rocket tower

Explore the National Space Centre's rocket tower

Blast off to Leicester’s National Space Centre.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery holds a vital key to what Shakespeare looked like, with what may be the only portrait of the bard painted from life.

Location: Charing Cross, Greater London

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Cross the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge

Cross the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge

Bristol's best known icon and engineering masterpiece, Clifton Suspension Bridge is 150 years old and spans the Avon Gorge.

Location: Bristol

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Visit the UK’s Festival City this October

Visit the UK’s Festival City this October

Nottingham is the UK’s festival city in October, with 15 major festivals and events taking place in the city centre.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Feast on Plymouth’s fabulous foodie scene

Feast on Plymouth’s fabulous foodie scene

Dine in Plymouth and sample dishes from UK's top chefs including James and Chris Tanner, Hugh Furnley-Whittingstall, Gary Rhodes and Mitch Tonks.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Treat yourself to an Aspara spa day in Sidmouth

Treat yourself to an Aspara spa day in Sidmouth

Take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool or opt for full-body massage at Sidmouth's sumptuous day spa.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

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Visit the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Visit the Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of four main Cheltenham Festivals in an exciting annual calendar of festivals within the town.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy the theatrical to the symphonic

Enjoy the theatrical to the symphonic

Make a beeline for England’s second city this autumn for a city break of world-renowned arts - from ballet and theatre to orchestral magnificence.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Admire the vintage vehicles that defined modern history

Admire the vintage vehicles that defined modern history

Travel at the speed of sound at Coventry's thrilling transport museum, and be one of the first to see some of the newly redeveloped galleries.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

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From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

Seek out Gloucester’s cathedral and docks to see why the city is becoming such a firm favourite with film and TV producers in Hollywood and the UK.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Take in breathtaking views of Salisbury

Take in breathtaking views of Salisbury

Discover one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals, and see the best preserved Magna Carta.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

The Good Old Days are back with a little help from the country’s top-performing acts.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Discover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Discover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Visit the British Museum for free and see the famous Rosetta Stone, discovered in Egypt in around 196 BC and key in the deciphering of hieroglyphs.

Location: London, Greater London

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Spot the flora and fauna of the Witham Valley

Spot the flora and fauna of the Witham Valley

Explore the green parks and open spaces in and around Lincoln of the Witham Valley Country Park.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Explore England’s industrial past on a Manchester city break

Explore England’s industrial past on a Manchester city break

Discover Greater Manchester’s historic canals, the world’s first railway station and picturesque countryside on a city break.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Visit Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry

Visit Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry

Find out how Manchester’s famous inventions helped shape the modern world, from the world’s first steam-powered mill to the splitting of the atom.

Location: Manchester

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Dine at The Oldest Fish & Chip Shop in the World

Dine at The Oldest Fish & Chip Shop in the World

This quaint fish and chip shop has been serving up England’s favourite dish since 1865.

Location: Leeds, Yeadon, West Yorkshire

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Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand with one foot in the east and one in the west and feel on top of the world. Climb over the roof of The O2 and ride on London’s only cable car.

Location: Greenwich, London

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