Reconsider city breaks in England

While many of us use every opportunity we have to go abroad for long weekends, snapping up cheap flights and hotel deals, there's a lot to be said for city breaks in England. Not only will you save the money that you would have otherwise spent on airfare, but you'll rediscover many of the charms right on our doorstep.

Let's start with the obvious...

It's an obvious choice, but any guide to city breaks in England couldn't possibly overlook London. London is the cultural heart of Britain, and you'll find some of the world's best galleries (we can't recommend the Tate Modern highly enough), museums (including the British Museum) and music venues.

Moving west...

Mixing a new urban cool with eco friendly credentials, Bristol has reinvented itself as one of Britain's trendiest cities. Must-see attractions include the beautifully restored SS Great Britain, which offers a real insight into Bristol's maritime history, plus some original Banksys - which you can see by taking a free street art tour.

Angel of the North

Newcastle has a strongly resurgent arts scene, and the rolling exhibitions at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art are hard to beat. This is also a great location to unravel some of England's most fascinating history - Hadrian’s Wall runs right through Newcastle. If you're in Newcastle on match day, try to catch a game at St. James' Park - the atmosphere's hard to beat.

Get your kicks

Music lovers would be hard pressed to find a better break than Brighton, a liberal, funky city than combines fresh sea air with raucous, lively night life. And we haven't even mentioned the Brighton rock...

History's a-calling

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath is a top contender for city breaks in England. The Jane Austen Centre celebrates one of the city's most famous past residents, while the beautiful eighteenth century Royal Crescent houses some of the city's most wealthy residents. And, of course, you can't visit Bath without taking a dip at the Thermae Spa!

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