City breaks

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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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Take afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Experience vintage English hospitality and choose from hundreds of delicious treats and tea varieties in this iconic Art Deco café.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 

Spend a weekend on the Waterfront in Lincoln

Lincoln’s unique city-centre waterfront is the ideal base for a vibrant, exciting weekend city break.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
London Eye lit up at night, London, England.

Indulge with Champagne on the London Eye

Whisk someone special away on a sunset 'flight' on board the London Eye, gazing at the cityscape below as you sip Champagne.

Location: Waterloo, Greater London

 

Take a taste of Norwich back home with you

Norwich’s compact creative quarter is packed with foodie delights, from fine dining restaurants to asparagus and Colman’s Mustard.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 

Embrace the pop-up dining trend at Trinity Kitchen

Take your pick from a mix of vibrant restaurants and street food vans all under one roof.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Follow the real ale trail with Leeds Brewery

The city’s largest brewery operates six characterful pubs full of charm. Each one serves locally brewed ale in a unique setting.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Indulge your sweet tooth in Cocoa Wonderland

Sneak into Cocoa’s enchanted chocolate wonderland for a true midnight feast and experience a lock-in with a difference.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

 

Sample oysters at Portsmouth Fish Market

Visit Viviers Fish Market located in the picturesque Camber Dock fishing marina and try some of the freshest seafood on the south coast.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Built into a cave system underneath Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (or ‘The Trip’ as locals call it) is a legend among English inns.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
A family watching chocolate being made at Cadbury World, Birmingham.

Go chocolate crazy at Cadbury World

A must-visit destination for chocoholics of all ages, Cadbury World in Bourneville near Birmingham is full of fun indoor activities and things to do when it rains.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Sip cocktails and soak up panoramic views of Manchester at Cloud 23

If you’ve got a head for heights and a taste for good cocktails, go to Manchester’s highest bar with a view.

Location: Deansgate, Manchester

 

Meet your food heroes at the Big Eat Weekend

If you’ve got a taste for Thai or a craving for cupcakes, get down to the Big Eat Weekend and get your fill of Newcastle’s best street food.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

Rainy Day Activities: Take afternoon tea in the Pump Room

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

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Eat and drink by the riverside, at The Trout pub, Wolvercote

Sample local Oxfordshire food at this famously good pub on the banks of the River Thames.

Location: Wolvercote, Oxford

 

Be schooled in the nuances of a vital ancient art

No experience required for this drinker's favourite: just an open mind and a willing palette.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 

Enjoy great views from Lincoln’s Electric Bar and Restaurant

Gaze down on the picturesque city of Lincoln while sipping cocktails and enjoying a delicious meal.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 

Enjoy a 360-degree Champagne view of Birmingham

Luxury and fizz, at the top an icon of Birmingham's exciting modernity.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Cheese tasting on the Cambridge Food Tour

Tuck into traditional English food in Cambridge

One woman's love affair with Cambridge cuisine has become one of the city's best attractions.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 

Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Sit back, relax and sample the cask ales and pub grub at Oxford’s oldest drinking hole.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

August events: Oxford Foodies Festival

Feeling hungry? Eat and drink your way around one of the UK’s biggest food festivals.

Location: Oxford South Parks, Oxfordshire

 

Tease your taste buds at York’s Chocolate Story

Visit York, one of England’s most historic chocolate heartlands and get a taste of the city’s 300-year love affair with the cocoa bean.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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