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

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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Take a free walking tour of Portsmouth with a city Greeter

Take a free walking tour of Portsmouth with a city Greeter

What better way to really get to know Portsmouth than being greeted by one of the city's passionate and proud Portsmouth Greeters.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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 at this historic observatory.

Location: Greenwich, London

 
Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Discover more about the creator of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Rummage for antiques in an old railway station

Rummage for antiques in an old railway station

Those with a passion for all-things vintage will feel at home in Bath, a chic Georgian city bursting with vintage markets and retro shops.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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

 
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

 
Find romantic things to do at Chester’s hot new Storyhouse

Find romantic things to do at Chester’s hot new Storyhouse

Fall in love at this new cultural centre combining theatre, cinema, bars and more.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 
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

 
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

 
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,

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
Uncover Manchester’s hidden gems

Uncover Manchester’s hidden gems

Get a taste of the city’s secret side and discover a plethora of unusual and wonderful places.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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