Shopping and fashion

Shopping holidays

Shopping holidays combine the exhilaration of a city break with the thrill of splashing out on bits and pieces that take your fancy. In other words, they’re brilliant. England’s cities possess a tempting mix of posh department stores, quirky vintage and independent shops and high-street fashion brands that lead the world. Shopping breaks also mean some sightseeing, lunching in fine style and recuperating with a cocktail. Don’t forget to look up: often a city’s shopping district is based in its historic centre where the buildings are as beautiful and awe-inspiring as the shiny goods they house.

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Food lovers’ heaven at The Hollies Farm Shop

Food lovers’ heaven at The Hollies Farm Shop

Spend a weekend at The Hollies Farm Shop where you can shop, eat and sleep.

Location: Little Budworth, Cheshire

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Enjoy a spot of luxury shopping at Royal Exchange

Enjoy a spot of luxury shopping at Royal Exchange

One of Britain’s best-known historical buildings and home to luxury brand stores.

Location: London, Greater London

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Explore Newcastle's unique boutiques

Explore Newcastle's unique boutiques

NewcastleGateshead has it all; unique boutiques and tailored shopping within strolling distances to help you re-stock your new wardrobe.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Enjoy shopping and culture on a city break by the sea

Enjoy shopping and culture on a city break by the sea

Whether you’re looking for top notch restaurants or bohemian independent shopping, Brighton offers urban glamour by the bucket load.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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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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Put your faith in a Harrods’ personal shopper

Put your faith in a Harrods’ personal shopper

Find the perfect outfit with a personal shopper at Harrods, followed by dinner in Kensington.

Location: London

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Live it up in Birmingham’s refurbished Mailbox

Live it up in Birmingham’s refurbished Mailbox

If you’re after an indulgent escape, look no further than Birmingham, and more specifically the Mailbox.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Explore the Bournemouth Christmas Gardens of Light

Explore the Bournemouth Christmas Gardens of Light

Full of atmosphere and tradition, the Christmas Gardens of Light unclude an outdoor ice rink, Alpine Christmas Market, and historic gardens draped in lights.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Thanks to pretty market towns like Oakham and Uppingham, England’s smallest historic county is spoilt with independent boutiques and antique shops.

Location: Rutland

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Snap up a bargain at Gunwharf Quays

Snap up a bargain at Gunwharf Quays

Head to Gunwharf Quays for a day of shopping, riverside lunches and fun-packed entertainment from bowling to catching the latest blockbuster.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Go shopping medieval-style along The Shambles

Go shopping medieval-style along The Shambles

Travel back in time along one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval shopping streets, with cheerful cafés and quirky shops in timber-framed buildings.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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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

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Retro shopping in Rye

Retro shopping in Rye

Rye is home to numerous independent retro and vintage shops, and takes pride in the fact that chain stores are a ‘no, no’ in town.

Location: Rye, East Sussex

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Splash your cash in the Victoria Quarter

Splash your cash in the Victoria Quarter

A haven for designer brands, the award-winning Victoria Quarter is renowned as one of England’s finest shopping destinations.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Shop in a city of offbeat charm and quirky vibrancy

Shop in a city of offbeat charm and quirky vibrancy

Stay in Georgian boutique splendour in the heart of Norwich; a hop, skip and a jump from high street retailers and award-winning independent stores.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Uncover Newcastle Highbridge Street

Uncover Newcastle Highbridge Street

A cobbled hideaway off the Georgian grandeur of Grey Street, High Bridge is a must visit to uncover independent shopping and the city’s oldest pub!

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Explore the city delights of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

Explore the city delights of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

Meander through Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, with arcades and hidden entrances, luxury hotel, specialist stores and independent retailers.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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Saris and jewellery to spices and dining on the Golden Mile

Saris and jewellery to spices and dining on the Golden Mile

A trip to Leicester isn’t complete without a visit to the Golden Mile.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Reinvent your style at the York Designer Outlet

Reinvent your style at the York Designer Outlet

Follow the savviest of fashion devotees to one of the UK’s best designer outlets in York, and buy some top-quality outfits at bargain prices.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Shop with a difference in medieval Shrewsbury

Shop with a difference in medieval Shrewsbury

Shop in Shrewsbury - one of the few places where the independent shops still outnumber the 'big chains'.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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