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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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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Discover 2,000 years of history for free on a guided tour

Discover 2,000 years of history for free on a guided tour

Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England on a free Red Coat Guided Tour.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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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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Spend the day touring Exeter’s waterside on foot or bike

Spend the day touring Exeter’s waterside on foot or bike

Exeter's quayside is a hub of activity, with independent shopping, historic buildings, restaurants and excellent riverside walking and cycle routes.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Get sporty on a city break in Manchester

Get sporty on a city break in Manchester

With world class sporting stadiums and facilities, Manchester is a great place to go to get moving and have fun.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Shop in a city of offbeat charm and quirky vibrancy

Shop in a city of offbeat charm and quirky vibrancy

Stay in Georgian boutique splendour in the heart of Norwich; a hop, skip and a jump from high street retailers and award-winning independent stores.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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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

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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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Watch the changing of the Guards in London

Watch the changing of the Guards in London

For sheer pomp and ceremony, you can’t beat the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Location: London, Greater London

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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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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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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

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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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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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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 a hidden gin distillery in the heart of the City

Discover a hidden gin distillery in the heart of the City

Explore the art and science of gin making at the City of London Distillery.

Location: London

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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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