City breaks in summer

City breaks in summer

Look beyond the lights and the hubbub, and see what hidden gems lie beneath on a city break in England. From Saturday markets to quirky neighbourhoods; discover the secrets of the city you rarely hear about…Escape to the historic city of Lincoln for cosy tea rooms, fine dining and heritage at every turn; explore Lancaster’s vibrant cultural scene with a visit to the UK's biggest outdoor walkabout theatre experience, and discover Southampton’s fascinating museums, lively nightlife and trendy hotels.

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View Chester from an open-top vintage bus

View Chester from an open-top vintage bus

Ride the open-top vintage bus on a Chester Tour and see the city’s archaeological and architectural heritage.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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See a play under the stars at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

See a play under the stars at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Experience theatre performed in the open air, amid the beautiful, green surroundings of Regent's Park.

Location: Regent's Park, Greater London

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Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, surrounded by beautiful neo-Gothic architecture.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Find award-winning produce on every corner, at this rather tasty farmers’ market.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Discover distinctive Digbeth

Discover distinctive Digbeth

Discover Birmingham's beating heart - a hub of pubs, clubs and creativity.

Location: Digbeth, Birmingham

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Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Eat away the afternoon at the Fishes, a serious gastropub with beautiful views in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: North Hinksey, Oxford

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Soak up the sun in Nottingham’s buzzing Castle Quarter

Soak up the sun in Nottingham’s buzzing Castle Quarter

Discover Nottingham’s Castle Quarter, a hive for excitement and particularly atmospheric in the summer with alfresco dining and outdoor events.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Take a literary tour through Lancaster

Take a literary tour through Lancaster

The Literary Lancaster two and a half mile walking tour takes you on journey into a range texts which have been inspired by the ancient city.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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Discover the Lanes and North Laine

Discover the Lanes and North Laine

The Lanes were originally the centre of the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Enjoy bowling, dining & cocktails at All Star Lanes

Enjoy bowling, dining & cocktails at All Star Lanes

Bowling, dining, cocktails: a simple combination that guarantees a truly memorable boutique bowling experience.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Lose yourself in Chelsea Physic Garden

Lose yourself in Chelsea Physic Garden

There’s more to Chelsea than fancy boutiques and Premier League football clubs, you know.

Location: London, Greater London

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Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Explore the spectacular staterooms and corridors of the Victorian gothic-style Manchester Town Hall.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Take a well-earned rest on Lincoln's Steep Hill

Take a well-earned rest on Lincoln's Steep Hill

The Rest offers boutique bed and breakfast in a unique location on Steep Hill, a short walk from Lincoln’s fine dining and shopping.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Take afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Take afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Get a taste of Jane Austen’s world while sipping a traditional English afternoon tea at Regency haunt, The Pump Room.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Discover green Birmingham

Discover green Birmingham

Birmingham has more than 8,000 acres of award-winning green spaces and parks – more than any other European city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Enjoy an overnight stay a Grade I listed Midland Bank building

Enjoy an overnight stay a Grade I listed Midland Bank building

Treat yourself to dinner and an overnight stay at The Ned, a former Banking Hall in the heart of the City.

Location: City of London

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Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Pack your picnic and plan a day out at Oxford’s Botanic Garden where there is always something interesting to see in the gardens.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

This museum offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the men, women and animals who have guarded the City since 1839.

Location: London, Greater London

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Venture aboard the Cutty Sark

Venture aboard the Cutty Sark

Explore above and beneath the decks of the world’s sole surviving tea clipper.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Walk in the footsteps of a king at Norwich Castle

Walk in the footsteps of a king at Norwich Castle

Imagine yourself 800 years ago walking to see the King, eyes drawn to the intricate stone carvings of the Bigod arch as you enter the bustling keep.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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