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.
Spend the day in the incredible shops with fabulous discounts across hundreds of designers, there’s every reason to splurge.
Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
Meander through Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, with arcades and hidden entrances, luxury hotel, specialist stores and independent retailers.
Location: Derby, Derbyshire
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
Explore the Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea in Eastbourne for contemporary homewares, art galleries and restored antiques.
Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex
Discover easy and interesting shopping in Colchester; with its great mix of big name stores and specialist shops, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Location: Colchester, Essex
Amble is a shopper's paradise, a haven for lovers of local produce, crafts and gifts. Perfect for presents, but don’t forget to treat yourself!
Location: Amble, Northumberland
Visit the Stables Market in Camden and pick up affordable vintage fashion, cheap street food and quirky souvenirs – all without breaking the bank.
Location: Camden, Greater London
A trip to Leicester isn’t complete without a visit to the Golden Mile.
Location: Leicester, Leicestershire
Explore this creative industrial hub in Birmingham and admire Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
A haven for designer brands, the award-winning Victoria Quarter is renowned as one of England’s finest shopping destinations.
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Thanks to pretty market towns like Oakham and Uppingham, England’s smallest historic county is spoilt with independent boutiques and antique shops.
Situated on a beautiful estate you’ll experience shopping in a charming timber lodge village.
Location: Trentham, Staffordshire
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
The Lanes were originally the centre of the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone.
Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex
Shop in Shrewsbury - one of the few places where the independent shops still outnumber the 'big chains'.
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Visit Greenwich Market, at the heart of a World Heritage Site, for stalls selling delightful art, craft, fashion, jewellery, vintage and collectibles.
Location: Greenwich, London
Enjoy great shopping and cutting edge art on a break to this buzzing city.
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
The bustling market town of Beverley has many high street names, independent stores and antiques centre.
Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
Manchester's varied markets are buzzing with independent traders and great bargains.
From Prada to the White Company, vintage to catwalk fashions, Bicester Village is the destination for shopaholics everywhere to head to.
Location: Bicester, Oxfordshire
Enjoy an eclectic shopping trip where high street names meet independent boutiques.
Location: Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
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