Shopping holidays

Shopping and fashion

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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Retail heaven at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Spend the day in the incredible shops with fabulous discounts across hundreds of designers, there’s every reason to splurge.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

 

Enjoy lavish shopping at Bicester Village

From Prada to the White Company, vintage to catwalk fashions, Bicester Village is the destination for shopaholics everywhere to head to.

Location: Bicester, Oxfordshire

 

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

 

December events: Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Make your Christmas magical with a visit to Cheshire Oaks, the UK’s largest designer outlet.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

 

Find the perfect outfit at Trentham Shopping Village

Situated on a beautiful estate you’ll experience shopping in a charming timber lodge village.

Location: Trentham, Staffordshire

 

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

 

Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

The first written record of a market in Norwich is in the 1086 Domesday Book - that’s quite a history of wheeling and dealing.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 

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

 

Uncover hidden treasures in the historic Jewellery Quarter

Explore this creative industrial hub in Birmingham and admire Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Enjoy a vintage day out browsing Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter

A flea market with 70 stalls of Retro, Vintage, Arts & Crafts (but no fleas) add even more to Sheffield's Antiques Quarter,

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

 

Go shopping in Little Chelsea

Explore the Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea in Eastbourne for contemporary homewares, art galleries and restored antiques.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

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

 

Retail therapy in Eastbourne’s pretty little Chelsea

Explore over 50 independent retailers in Eastbourne’s quaint Little Chelsea and find everything from contemporary art to chic home ware and more.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Pick up a bargain at Camden's Stables Market

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

 

Enjoy a festive day out to one of Europe's biggest Christmas markets

Wrap up warm and head down to the Manchester Christmas markets this winter to experience a festive array of sights, smells and sounds.

Location: Manchester

 

Shop in style in the beautiful Victoria Quarter

Marvel at this collection of beautifully restored Victorian shopping arcades in Leeds and browse the luxury shops within them.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Plunder the Markets of Totnes

Combining history, alternative therapies, and breathtakingly beautiful countryside, Totnes is a unique and charming market town.

Location: Totnes, Devon

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Shop like a local at marvellous Doncaster Market

With over 400 stalls spanning everything from speciality cheeses to antique treasures, lively, award-winning Doncaster Market is a must-visit.

Location: Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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