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Cultural holidays

English culture encompasses everything from vintage fashion to futuristic architecture crowned with swish rooftop restaurants and bars. Culture old and new fuses effortlessly in our big cities, where Victorian museums host cutting-edge modern artists. And you’ll find hoards of cultural activities in the countryside and along the coast too. Follow sculpture trails hidden in woodlands, walk in the footsteps of your favourite fictional characters on a film or literature tour, catch a film screening in the grounds of a Tudor mansion and stop by one of numerous art galleries popping up in seaside resorts on your cultural holidays.

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Coast along at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Coast along at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Head east from Newcastle for a laidback, seafront festival that’s a mix of music, performing arts, food and crafts.

Location: Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

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Get a view from The Shard

Get a view from The Shard

Soaring up into the sky, Renzo Piano’s 1,016ft structure features a five-star hotel, three floors of restaurants and a public viewing platform way up on the 72nd floor.

Location: London, Greater London

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Dig into history at the British Museum

Dig into history at the British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world.

Location: Bloomsbury, London

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Feast on Plymouth’s fabulous foodie scene

Feast on Plymouth’s fabulous foodie scene

Dine in Plymouth and sample dishes from UK's top chefs including James and Chris Tanner, Hugh Furnley-Whittingstall, Gary Rhodes and Mitch Tonks.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Revel in one of Europe’s greatest folk festivals

Revel in one of Europe’s greatest folk festivals

Join thousands in enjoying some of the finest folk music on Earth, at a gorgeous country hall in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Cycle around Portsmouth and discover its famous women

Cycle around Portsmouth and discover its famous women

Portsmouth has been home to important and influential women over its 900 years as a city, this ride introduces you some of its famous daughters.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Eyes on the sky for Light up Lancaster

Eyes on the sky for Light up Lancaster

See the skies over Lancaster light up this autumn at the North’s biggest firework display as part of Light up Lancaster.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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Visit poet William Wordsworth's most famous home

Visit poet William Wordsworth's most famous home

See where the author of ‘Daffodils’ was inspired to write most of his work and take a guided tour of Dove Cottage, his home.

Location: Grasmere, Cumbria

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Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Throw three sheets to the salty Scarborough wind, with a smorgasbord of food and drink fit for the most famed of seafarers.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Admire scale and form at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Admire scale and form at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Get excited at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich this summer – a museum which will inspire even the most intrepid traveller.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Meet Normandy veterans at the D-Day Museum

Meet Normandy veterans at the D-Day Museum

If you're visiting Portsmouth over the holidays, visit the D-Day Museum where you'll be able to meet the men and women that took part in the landings.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Explore the City of Bath that inspired one of England’s most famous writers, and step into a Georgian world.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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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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Spend an evening crafting cocktails and dancing to live music

Spend an evening crafting cocktails and dancing to live music

Experience the best of Bath’s nightlife with a personalised cocktail masterclass before dancing the night away at the art deco styled Forum.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Discover outdoor art and indoor crafts at Rufford Abbey

Discover outdoor art and indoor crafts at Rufford Abbey

Picturesque and historic Rufford Abbey is located in 150 acres of stunning parkland, woodland and gardens in North Nottinghamshire’s Dukeries region.

Location: Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

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Discover the fictional home of Home Fires

Discover the fictional home of Home Fires

Follow in the footsteps of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute with a visit to the picturesque Cheshire village of Bunbury.

Location: Bunbury, Cheshire

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Discover Shakespeare in the Royal Library

Discover Shakespeare in the Royal Library

In 2016 Windsor Castle is celebrating the playwright's longstanding association with the town of Windsor and the royal court.

Location: Windsor

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Find The National Forest’s six time-telling sculptures

Find The National Forest’s six time-telling sculptures

Beautiful and intriguing, these natural installations interpret the distinctive nature of six different landscapes that form The National Forest area.

Location: Multiple locations, The National Forest

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Visit Derby's three National Trust treasures

Visit Derby's three National Trust treasures

Derby has a trio of National Trust treasures all within a 10 mile radius, so use the city as your base to explore Calke, Sudbury and Kedleston.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take a trip around the landscape used in the film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and discover what inspired Arthur Ransome to write his famous book.

Location: Derwentwater, Cumbria

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