The beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury is set in the county of Wiltshire, and the site of the confluence of Rivers Ebble, Nadder, Wylye, Born and Avon. Salisbury is a popular city break destination welcoming visitors to its world famous attractions including the Cathedral and Stonehenge as well as areas of natural beauty including Salisbury Plain. The city is home to numerous museums, a lively market and historic houses such as Mompesson House and Arundells. Interestingly, Salisbury has been awarded the Purple Flag, obtaining this “gold” standard for its Centre at night in terms of being welcoming to all, providing a wide range of venues and a safer environment for visitors and residents alike.
The city and borough of Salford is located in Greater Manchester in the North West of England, and offers visitors a wealth of attractions to enjoy from its waterside location. From the historic, as the area is home to numerous listed buildings such as Wardley Hall, Salford Cathedral and the Barton Aqueduct Swing Bridge, to the highly modern with the recently redeveloped Salford Quays, an area buzzing with activity and now home to MediaCity as well as The Lowry and countless bars and restaurants. For those looking to relax, a trip along the Bridgewater Canal, Salford’s historic waterway will also prove a delight.
The picturesque cathedral city of Ripon is set in the Borough of Harrogate in the North of England, on the River Ure. Set in the Yorkshire Dales, the city itself is home to a number of historic attractions including Newby Hall and the Fountains Abbey which is a recognised World Heritage Site. Famous for the Ripon Races, visitors can also explore the Ripon Marina and well as the Prison and Police and Courtroom Museums, with stately homes and the beautiful Studley Royal Park also on offer.
Located on the River Ribble, the city of Preston is situated in the county of Lancashire in the north of England. With attractions such as The Queens Lancashire Regiment Museum, Harris Museum and Ribble Steam Railway all found in the city, it is also the home of a founding member of the Football League – Preston North End FC. Preston became the 50th city in England having been granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.