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Experience a distinctive mix of old and new, traditional and cutting edge in a host of ever-evolving English cities. Browse streets full-to-bursting with boutiques that boast the latest fashions and admire futuristic architecture towering above medieval monuments. Be dazzled by modern musicals, much-loved plays and works of art by the likes of Turner, Emin and Banksy. As day melts into night, indulge in Michelin-starred dishes and tongue-tingling curries before ordering a gin and tonic at a late-night museum event or throwing your best shapes at one of many buzzing cocktail bars and nightclubs. City breaks have never been so exciting.

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Discover 1,000 years of history at Chester Cathedral

Journey through hundreds of years of history and discover hidden spaces as you climb to the top of the cathedral tower.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 

Discover Chester's Roman, heritage and spooky history

On a guided tour of Chester you’ll meet Roman soldiers, float along the River Dee and find out the spine-chilling tales of the city’s past.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Step back in time at York Castle Museum

Travel back in time on a rainy day at this trend-setting museum, which transports visitors back through 300 years of history.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Go ghost hunting in ‘Europe's most haunted city’

York claims to be the world’s first city to run ghost walks – you’ll soon see why, with tales of murder, mayhem and gore at every corner.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Escape the clutches of Jack the Ripper at London Dungeon

You're lost in the streets of East London where Jack the Ripper is on the prowl. Will you make it out alive? Head to London Dungeon to find out.

Location: London Bridge, Greater London

 

See treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace

Every August and September, Buckingham Palace opens its doors, giving you a chance to explore the amazing art, décor and history within.

Location: Victoria, Greater London

 

Explore the Houses of Parliament's medieval Westminster Hall

Explore 1,000 years of British history on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, from the Westminster Palace to the Commons Chamber.

Location: Westminster, Greater London

 

See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the stunning Crown Jewels on display at the historic Tower of London, and learn about their profound religious and cultural importance.

Location: Tower Hill, Greater London

 

October events: Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on, or join in with a wealth of activities and celebrations leading up to the epic finale on Diwali Day.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Observe some animal antics at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world. Since opening, the charity has started lots of conservation projects that protect vulnerable creatures from across the globe.

Location: Bristol

 

Blast off to the National Space Centre

From astronauts to rocket towers, satellites and meteorites, there is plenty of space to explore at this fun, family-friendly attraction.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Catch a show at award-winning kids’ theatre, the egg

Looking for something to do when it rains that'll keep the kids entertained and adults smiling? Try a show or creative workshop at the egg.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Pop the question on a Palladian bridge

The Palladian Bridge, nestled in the beautifully landscaped gardens of Prior Park, offers a memorable spot for a proposal.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Visit the Angel of the North

Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North is the UK’s most famous piece of public art.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

 

Follow art trails around NewcastleGateshead

Throughout NewcastleGateshead you will discover public art in the most surprising of places from figurative sculptures to conceptual work.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Every autumn the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) heads north to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal for their annual season.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

September events: Test your fitness levels at The Great North Run

The Great North Run is an iconic half marathon with more than 54,000 runners registering to take part every year.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

The Earthship Brighton was the first to be built in England.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

A royal palace by the sea

Brighton is home to the spectacular Royal Pavilion, a palace like no other.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

From the Kissing Policeman to the Kiss Wall

Brighton & Hove is an artistic hub with a wide variety of art galleries, the biggest of which is the city itself.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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