Painting the towns purple! Eight locations get upgraded to cities for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Congratulations and jubilations! Eight lucky towns have just been made into cities as part of the Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours Competition 2022. Here’s a list of the worthy winners, why they’ve been upgraded to city status, and where you can find the most central Premier Inn hotels in each location – just in case you fancy booking up your next UK staycations!

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Doncaster Racecoure Doncaster Racecoure
Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Heritage and horseracing are just two of the things that won Doncaster its brand-new city status. This scenic spot in South Yorkshire has a vibrant history dating back to Roman times, and a rich industrial heritage thanks to famous trains such as the Flying Scotsman. It’s also home to the St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse, a famous event which regularly welcomes a royal face or two – past attendees have included King George VI, The Queen Mother and Her Majesty the Queen herself!

Top Doncaster attractions include
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster Racecourse, the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum and Brodsworth Hall and Gardens.

Thinking of booking Premier Inn hotels in South Yorkshire?
The nearest one to this new city centre is our Premier Inn Doncaster Central (High Fishergate) hotel.

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Colchester Castle Colchester Castle
Colchester, Essex

Britain’s first capital has now officially been made a city! Originally known as Camulodunum, Colchester was an important city during Roman times. In fact, Colchester Castle – one of the top attractions in Essex – was even built on the site of a Roman temple. A rich 2000-year history paired with modern family activities makes this an unmissable city for history-buffs on UK breaks.

Popular places to visit in Essex include
Colchester Castle, Colchester Zoo and High Woods Country Park.

Thinking of booking Premier Inn hotels in Essex?
The nearest one to this new city centre is our Premier Inn Colchester Town Centre (Castle) hotel.

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Bangor, County Down Bangor, County Down
Bangor, County Down

This popular seaside resort in Northern Ireland is packed with history – most notably, it’s where Dwight D Eisenhower gave a speech to the Allies right before the D-Day landings during World War Two. The North Pier – where the American president made the speech – has since been renamed the Eisenhower Pier in his honour! Nowadays, the city remains an important port and a popular choice for family breaks in Ireland.

Top County Down attractions include –
Crawfordsburn Country Park, North Down Museum and Pickie Family Fun Park.

Thinking of booking Premier Inn hotels in Northern Ireland?
The nearest one to this new city centre is our Premier Inn Bangor (Northern Ireland) hotel.

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The Isle of Man The Isle of Man
Douglas, Isle of Man

Scenery-lovers looking for short breaks in 2022 won’t want to miss visiting the picturesque capital of the Isle of Man. As well as being a buzzing British Crown dependency and a gem of the Irish Sea, it’s also the birthplace of the life-saving Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity, which the Queen herself is a patron of.

Popular places to visit on the Isle of Man include –
Glen Helen, Manx Museum and the Isle of Man Steam Railway.

Thinking of booking Premier Inn hotels on the Isle of Man?
The nearest one to this new city centre is our Premier Inn Douglas (Isle Of Man) hotel.

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Bletchley Park Bletchley Park
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

With such a culturally impactful past, it’s easy to see why Milton Keynes was one of eight locations to receive the royal treatment in 2022. Milton Keynes was created in the 1960s, when rural areas of the UK were being transformed into ‘new towns’ to ease overpopulation in London. And – taking up an impressive 21,000 acres of Buckinghamshire – it was to be the biggest yet! Since then, Milton Keynes has flourished into a popular destination packed with cultural attractions and fun family activities.

Top attractions in Buckinghamshire include –
Snozone, Bletchley Park and Gulliver's Land Theme Park Resort

Thinking of booking Premier Inn hotels in Buckinghamshire?
The nearest one to this new city centre is our Premier Inn Milton Keynes Central (Theatre District) hotel.

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Dunfermline Abbey Dunfermline Abbey
Dunfermline, Fife

Don’t miss out on exploring this historic new city in Fife on your holidays in Scotland. With settlements in the area dating back as far as the Neolithic period, this scenic spot is rich with history – Dunfermline acted as a seat for the Scottish Crown in the Middle Ages, and as a final resting place for its kings. It’s also the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American man made famous for his philanthropy, his work in the steel industry – and for becoming one of richest men in America!

Popular places to visit in Fife include –
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Pittencrieff Park and Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum.

Thinking of booking Premier Inn hotels in Fife?
The nearest one to this new city centre is our Premier Inn Dunfermline hotel.

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