The city of York is simply stunning and provides a wealth of attractions to those opting for a city break within this historic and picturesque location. Situated in the North East of England, the walled city is home to countless architectural and historic delights from the imposing York Minster to the charming cobbled streets of The Shambles with shops, museums, parklands and the riverbank welcoming millions of visitors each year.
Former capital city of ancient England, Winchester is located in the county of Hampshire in the South of England by the River Itchen. Once the Seat of King Alfred the Great, Winchester offers historical buildings, monuments and museums galore. Rich in heritage from the Great Hall to its medieval Westgate there is much to explore and plenty of attractions to choose from. 2014 is a great time to visit with this year marking 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War, and various events set to take place in Winchester and throughout the surrounding areas to commemorate this historic event.
On the southern edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset lies the beautiful cathedral city of Wells, England’s smallest city. Wells is home to the oldest medieval street in Europe and welcomes many visitors to its historic attractions including its Cathedral. The home of the Witch of Wookey can also be explored with tours available in the famous Wookey Hole Caves, and with over 20 attractions on this site alone there is plenty on offer in Wells for the whole family to enjoy.
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.
The UK’s only island city, Portsmouth is situated on England’s South Coast in the county of Hampshire. The birthplace of Charles Dickens and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Portsmouth is also recognised for its significance as a main naval port, and HMS Victory together with the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior can be found in its dry dock, which the oldest of its kind still in use. Portsmouth is a hugely popular waterside destination and the millennium trail offers visitors a chance to explore the waterfront further, with attractions such as the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth Cathedral and the Spinnaker Tower all found in this historic and cultural city.
Known as the City of dreaming spires, Oxford is located in central southern England and is a city full of stunning architecture and rich heritage. Home to the world famous University of Oxford, with its 38 colleges situated throughout the city, a visit to Oxford provides for breath-taking surroundings, which can be explored further on foot or bicycle. With guided tours an excellent way to get the most out of your stay, visitors can learn more about Oxford – the home of Inspector Morse and a source of inspiration and filming location for Harry Potter. With beautiful parks and gardens, Oxford also boasts amazing shopping facilities, all of which ensure an amazing city break.
Famously associated with the legend of Robin Hood, the city of Nottingham is located in the East Midlands. Those choosing Nottingham for a city break can expect a chance to explore attractions such as its Castle and the amazing underground caves, with examples of finest architecture located throughout the city. Home to 2 universities, the city offers an array of museums and galleries and a fantastic nightlife, in addition to great sporting venues and an abundance of shops and restaurants.
Famously the home of the Canaries, the city of Norwich is located in the East of England in the county of Norfolk. With many historic buildings such as the beautiful Cathedral and magnificent Castle, Norwich also offers its visitors attractions such as the Stranger’s Hall and Castle Museum, with theatres and art galleries also found in the heart of this cultural city. With the opportunity to tour the city on foot or by bus to learn more about its history, Norwich offers excellent shopping facilities, and is also surrounded by numerous parklands and green spaces, ideal for those seeking a relaxing city break.