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.

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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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

 
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

 
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

 
Shop ‘til you drop in Manchester’s city centre

Shop ‘til you drop in Manchester’s city centre

With something to suit all tastes, Manchester has become a haven for those looking for a touch of retail therapy.

Location: Manchester City Centre, Greater Manchester

 
Take a free walking tour of Bath with a local

Take a free walking tour of Bath with a local

Let the Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides show you the city of Bath with free daily walking tours.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Marvel at Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

Marvel at Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

Be awestruck by Durham Cathedral and Castle, take a relaxing stroll on the banks of the River Wear, and soak up a city as beautiful as it is historic.

Location: Durham City, Durham

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Uncover history, art and culture at The Collection

Uncover history, art and culture at The Collection

Uncovering exciting history, culture and art is easy and affordable at Lincoln’s free museum and gallery.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Snap up a bargain at Gunwharf Quays

Snap up a bargain at Gunwharf Quays

Head to Gunwharf Quays for a day of shopping, riverside lunches and fun-packed entertainment from bowling to catching the latest blockbuster.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Enjoy street food beside the river in Exeter

Enjoy street food beside the river in Exeter

Choose from an impressive line-up of different cuisines at this regular night market, set against the stunning backdrop of Exeter's historic quayside.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
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

 
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

 
Take your cue from the Crucible theatre in Sheffield

Take your cue from the Crucible theatre in Sheffield

As famous for the spotlight being on snooker balls as for hosting stars treading the boards, Sheffield's famous theatres should be on everyone's list.

Location: Sheffield , South Yorkshire

 
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

 
Take a VIP tour of Headlingley Carnegie Stadium

Take a VIP tour of Headlingley Carnegie Stadium

Get behind the scenes at the RUFC ground in Headlingley, Leeds. Book during the Rugby World Cup and go on a tour with Sir Ian McGeechan.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

Location: Bristol

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