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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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 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, 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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Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Discover more than 800 Years of Magna Carta

Discover more than 800 Years of Magna Carta

View one of only four surviving 1215 Magna Carta documents in Lincoln, and discover the Charter’s impact on global freedom, liberty and justice.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Pick a winner at Exeter Racecourse

Pick a winner at Exeter Racecourse

Nothing beats a day at the races. Enjoy the hospitality and atmosphere, collect your winnings and celebrate in style in Exeter in the evening.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Explore previously hidden treasures at Durham Cathedral

Explore previously hidden treasures at Durham Cathedral

Discover 2,000 years of history and explore previously hidden areas on a journey through Durham Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition spaces.

Location: Durham City

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Recline in the lap of luxury in historic Carlisle

Recline in the lap of luxury in historic Carlisle

The Halston Aparthotel forms a luxurious base for exploring Carlisle’s vibrant cosmopolitan culture and ancient history.

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

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Discover Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter

Discover Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter offers a truly alternative experience with its array of unique independent retailers, retro boutiques, cafés and bars.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Learn the history of our health at Thackray Medical Museum

Learn the history of our health at Thackray Medical Museum

Discover the history of medicine through the ages at the fascinating Thackray Medical Museum.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

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Experience the decadence of the Georgian era in York

Experience the decadence of the Georgian era in York

Transport yourself to one of the most iconic periods of English history at the 18th century Fairfax House in York.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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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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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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Take Cambridge’s history in your stride on this walking tour

Take Cambridge’s history in your stride on this walking tour

Navigate your way through Cambridge’s cobbled streets and its 1,000-year history, with one of the city’s expert guides.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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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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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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See spectacular deer in Richmond Park

See spectacular deer in Richmond Park

Don’t miss your chance to see the famous deer which have been roaming in the Royal Park since 1529.

Location: Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey

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Indulge in some ‘me time’ in Exeter

Indulge in some ‘me time’ in Exeter

Escape the fast pace and hum drum of everyday life and treat yourself to an indulgent break in Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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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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Enjoy a river tour of Durham City

Enjoy a river tour of Durham City

Set off in your very own rowboat on the beautiful River Wear or enjoy a guided river cruise aboard the Prince Bishops River Cruiser.

Location: Durham City

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