City breaks in spring

City breaks in spring

Spring always seems to bring a breath of fresh air to English cities. As the first daffs poke their heads up in public parks, so the city sheds its winter skin in favour of a fresher look. And with so many vibrant cities to visit in England, where do you start? Do you stalk Canterbury’s cobbled streets in search of its secrets or swap The Canterbury Tales for Manchester’s Coronation Street Tour? If it’s the slick urban life you’re after then a city break in Nottingham’s hip creative quarter might do you good, with Michelin-starred dining and bijou boutique hotels.

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Enjoy a vintage day out browsing Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter

Enjoy a vintage day out browsing Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter

A flea market with 70 stalls of Retro, Vintage, Arts & Crafts (but no fleas) add even more to Sheffield's Antiques Quarter,

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Discover the home of Banksy on a Bristol Street Art Tour

Discover the home of Banksy on a Bristol Street Art Tour

Street art tours are a ‘must do’ cultural experience in the city, thanks to Bristol-born Banksy and many other famous artists

Bristol

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Enjoy the best view of Bristol from Cabot Tower

Enjoy the best view of Bristol from Cabot Tower

The greatest view of Bristol is like all best things in life, free. Head to Cabot Tower for an unforgettable panorama.

Location: Bristol

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Explore the city with Oxford Official Walking Tours

Explore the city with Oxford Official Walking Tours

The fantastic walking tours are the perfect way to explore and learn about the history, famous residents and odd traditions of this unique city.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Enjoy live music in the birthplace of Oasis and the Stone Roses

Enjoy live music in the birthplace of Oasis and the Stone Roses

Watch an intimate gig at Band on the Wall, or head to Manchester Arena for the ultimate music experience.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Explore Newcastle's unique boutiques

Explore Newcastle's unique boutiques

NewcastleGateshead has it all; unique boutiques and tailored shopping within strolling distances to help you re-stock your new wardrobe.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Head to the UK's football capital

Head to the UK's football capital

Explore the National Football Museum and enjoy stadium tours around not one, but two of the world’s biggest clubs.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Take your seat at one of the oak reading desks and lose yourself in an ancient manuscript dating from the 15th century.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Gaze down upon York from the top of Clifford’s Tower

Gaze down upon York from the top of Clifford’s Tower

Clifford’s Tower’s stunning panoramic views, out over the historic city of York, makes it one of Yorkshire’s most popular attractions.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Cathedral to Quay

Cathedral to Quay

With 2,000 years of history, exciting water sports and award winning food and drink, explore Exeter from Cathedral to Quay.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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A shopping weekend in Birmingham

A shopping weekend in Birmingham

Enjoy great shopping and cutting edge art on a break to this buzzing city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Discover the River Exe Estuary by saddle and paddle

Discover the River Exe Estuary by saddle and paddle

Cruise the Exe Estuary Trail with waterside pubs along the route providing picturesque pit-stops from sporting activity.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Uncover the stories behind Hull’s Old Town

Uncover the stories behind Hull’s Old Town

William Wilberforce, Civil War plotting and a fascinating maritime past make up a rich and vivid history in East Yorkshire.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Discover, learn, try and buy on the Ceramics Trail

Discover, learn, try and buy on the Ceramics Trail

Enjoy the complete ceramics experience on a City break to Stoke-on-Trent by following the Ceramics Trail around the latest attractions such as World of Wedgwood and Middleport Pottery.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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March with your band of merry men along the Robin Hood Way

March with your band of merry men along the Robin Hood Way

Admire city attractions, magnificent country parks and magical forests as you walk the legendary 105-mile Robin Hood Way through Nottinghamshire.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Explore Derby's picturesque parks this spring

Explore Derby's picturesque parks this spring

Discover Derby's many lovely parks this Spring-time, including Britain's first ever public park and the inspiration of New York's Central Park!

Location: Derby

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Go on a tour of Oxford University

Go on a tour of Oxford University

A host of famous alumni and one... Harry Potter?

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Take to London’s skies on a whole new helicopter adventure

Take to London’s skies on a whole new helicopter adventure

Choose from three different tailored helicopter tours, giving adventurers a whole new outlook on London.

Location: Battersea, London

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Explore Richard III's Leicester with a Blue Badge guide

Explore Richard III's Leicester with a Blue Badge guide

Come along on a Blue Badge guided walk and find out about all of Leicester's many connections to King Richard III.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Meet the independents at Bristol’s cool new Cargo development

Meet the independents at Bristol’s cool new Cargo development

Head to Wapping Wharf on Bristol’s Harbourside to explore a hip new hub of independent traders.

Location: Bristol

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