Local guides

Whether you’re looking for nightlife, museums, great food or a chance to shop til you drop, our local guides will help you find your perfect city break.

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London guide

From the best theatre shows in the world, to incredible shopping, unbeatable museums and art galleries, London has it all. Explore medieval history from the Tower of London, spot the Queen at Buckingham Palace, visit Hyde Park and ride the London Eye… all this, and we’ve not even scratched the surface!

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Edinburgh guide

From the atmospheric old town, to the elegant Georgian new town, Edinburgh is waiting to be explored. Discover Edinburgh Castle, party at the Hogmanay celebrations, and explore the many listed buildings. And with more Michelin-starred restaurants than any city outside London, Scotland’s capital is a foodie paradise.

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Manchester guide

The unofficial capital of the north and one of the most exciting cities in the UK, Manchester is bursting with activities and attractions. It’s home to some of Britain’s biggest musical legends, famous landmarks (Old Trafford, or The Etihad), a cool arts and culture scene and world-famous sports.

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Glasgow guide

Voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’, and named a must-visit by lots of top travel writers, Glasgow is a great short break destination. Expect world-class architecture, a vibrant café scenebeautiful scenery and excellent shopping from Scotland’s second city.

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Birmingham guide

Shop at the iconic Bullring centre. Visit the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Explore the city by canal. Birmingham is a city of surprises. And there’s always something going on — from comedy festivals to literary events, you’ll never run out of things to do.

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Liverpool guide

A European Capital of Culture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and more museums than any city outside London, Liverpool has a lot to shout about. Include heritage, pop culture, entertainment and the football and you can see why it's a popular city break destination.

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Leeds guide

Brimming with the energy you find in university towns, Leeds deserves its reputation as the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’. Whether it's music, theatre or a host of sporting attractions, if you think it's grim up North, stay at one of our Leeds hotels and you’ll discover it’s anything but.

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Newcastle guide

Perched on the edge of the River Tyne, Newcastle has a proud industrial heritage, cutting edge contemporary art, superb shopping and legendary nightlife. The city is packed full of attractions, bustling markets and great places to eat, you’ll always find cultural diversity in Newcastle.

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York guide

The northern city of York has a big story to tell. A medieval marvel, modern shopping hub and a treasure trove of pubs serving proper Yorkshire grub. From fascinating museums and archaeological wonders to shopping all tastes and hunting for ghosts - finding things to see won’t be a problem.

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Cardiff guide

Cardiff is the perfect destination for activities, great entertainment and family attractions. You'll see plenty of sports stars at the Principality Stadium and masterpieces in museums across the city. Discover all this in Europe’s youngest capital city.

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Blackpool guide

If you love vibrant seaside towns full of nostalgia and tradition, Blackpool will be right up your promenade. You’ll find fabulous art deco buildings, beautifully preserved ballrooms, the Winter Gardens, seven miles of golden sands, theme parks and vintage trams.

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Sheffield guide

Known as ‘the Steel City’ thanks to its industrial heritage, Sheffield is a thoroughly modern metropolis with a thriving cultural scene, one of the largest shopping malls in the country, the Crucible Theatre and is at the edge of the Peak District National Park.

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Harrogate guide

On the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales, the spa town of Harrogate is perfectly placed to explore the great outdoors, but with an abundance of barspubsrestaurants – and with Bettys Café Tea Rooms – you won’t be left wondering what to do in Harrogate.

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Sunderland guide

Whether you’re on the terraces of the Stadium of Light, catching the biggest names on stage at the Empire Theatre, enjoying one of the Blue Flag beaches nearby, or learning about Sunderland’s history at one of its museums, Sunderland won’t disappoint, pet.

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Preston guide

Preston exploded in popularity during the Industrial Revolution, becoming a Victorian powerhouse centred around textiles. Factor in its football team and bustling entertainmentnightlife and eating out options, and you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Preston.

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Coventry guide

From the magnificant statue of Lady Godiva, to the medieval roots of this city; and from its wartime past through to its evolution as a modern city, there are many wonderful attractions and activities to indulge in so you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Coventry

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Leicester guide

East Midlands’ largest city has hit the headlines thanks to Leicester City’s enthralling underdog story and the discovery and reburial of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral. There’s plenty to like about the city that brought us the Attenborough brothers and Walkers crisps.

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Northampton guide

Sports fans can enjoy Silverstone, the home to British motor racing, first-class county cricket and cheer on the revered Northampton Saints rugby team, while culture hounds will appreciate the abundance of theatregalleries and museums in Northampton.

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Stratford-upon-Avon

See a Shakespeare play in either The Royal Shakespeare Theatre or The Swan Theatre. We will tell you about the theatres to visit, show you nearby restaurants and provide a tour of the town’s Shakespearean sights.

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Durham guide

With an abundance of attractions and activities, you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Durham. It's a pocket-sized city steeped in history and beautiful relics from the past and it’s hard not to be swept up by the charm of the place.

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Chester guide

A beguiling mix of the old and new, Chester continues to grow on you long after you visit. With 2,000 years of history, the city’s Roman walls are the best preserved in the UK. And thanks to new developments, the city has some of the best attractions in the north west.

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Doncaster guide

Home to the UK’s only polar bears, Roman wallsmedieval castles and a lively food and nightlife scene, you won’t be left wondering what to do in Doncaster. Sports fans can enjoy Doncaster Racecourse and Doncaster Rovers Belles, one of the UK’s most successful female football teams.

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Bristol guide

There must be something in the water - how else could one city produce a constant stream of musical and artistic talent? Then there’s Bristol’s illustrious maritime and ecological legacy, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the many places to indulge in a craft ale, or  cider, or two.

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Derby guide

Vibrant Derby has an impressive restaurant scene, a great sporting history and lots of historical buildings. Plus, there's Donnington Park on your doorstep, not to mention entertainment colossus Alton Towers nearby, so you’re never far from your next adventure!

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Swansea guide

Thanks to a renovated marina and waterfront, Swansea is a good looking city that makes the most of its stunning 20-mile-long coastline. Alongside an array of museums, theatres, shopping centres, surf schools, medieval castles and the famous Mumbles Mile pub crawl.

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Bedford guide

The market town of Bedford dates back to Medieval times and winds its way around the Great Ouse river. You’ll also find Victorian-era shopping arcades, collections of watercolours, a range of festivals and annual events, plus some impressive live music and theatre spaces.

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Solihull guide

Solihull has one of the best food scenes in the region with a number of great restaurants where you’ll have a meal to remember. Our guide delves into all of the exciting activities and attractions, including the excellent Touchwood shopping centre and the National Motorcycle Museum.

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Gloucester guide

Blending history with a modern day sensibility, Gloucester acts as a gateway to the river Severn and the stunning Cotswolds. It has an amazing cultural heritage from the centuries-old pubs to fine-dining restaurants. That history is balanced with the modern touch of the Gloucester Quays.

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Newport guide

Once defined by its Roman heritage, the river-front Theatre and Art Gallery has given the city a cultural focus, while the Newport Velodrome and Riverfront Arts Centre offers sport and entertaiment. With lots of Newports across the world, we think this one is the best.

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Milton Keynes guide

There’s a lot to love about Britain’s most successful new town. Superb places to eat and go out at night, plus plenty of green spaces means it’s perfect for exploring. It has state of the art facilities, including the Xscape arena and visitor attraction Bletchley Park is just up the road. 

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Exeter guide

A small city with a big heritage, Exeter provides a roll call of attractions ensuring you’ll never be left wondering what to do. Cue an alluring foodie sceneoutdoor activities and a variety of stage and screen entertainment with options for when the sun goes down.

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Oxford guide

You’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere with as much history as Oxford. Home to the oldest museum in the world, the oldest English-language university and castles, you could spend days discovering the city’s heritage. Plus there's cool cafés, fine-dining restaurantsand markets.

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Colchester guide

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain with more than 2,000 years of history. There are landmarks and attractions from every era, the most popular being the magnificent Colchester Castle. It’s got thriving theatres, as well as some top-class restaurants and cafés.

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Poole guide

Sit on sandy beaches, explore exquisite countryside and revel in the wonders of the Jurassic Coast. Poole is brimming with history and has become a bustling destination with great barsrestaurants, cafés, shops, museums and a fantastic quayside area that’s ripe for exploring.

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Reading guide

Maybe best known for its three-day music festival, there’s another side to Reading worth exploring that includes some amazing live music venues and an incredible eight-sided theatre. It's one of the largest towns in the UK more barspubs and clubs than you could shake a cocktail stick at.

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Swindon guide

The historic market town of Swindon is a perfect blend of history and modernity. With grand country parkstheatresart galleries and several outstanding museums covering everything from the region’s rich railway heritage to the rise of computers, you won’t be left wondering what to do.

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Bath guide

Bath is one of the most picturesque cities in the country with incredible examples of Georgian architecture – like the Royal Crescentand The Circus. And there are places like the gloriously gothic Bath Abbey, and Roman Baths – meaning you’ll never be left wondering what to do.

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Cheltenham guide

Cheltenham is home to the best festivals, which attract everyone from literature lovers to horse-racing fanatics. Sudeley Castle provides one of the best days out in England. Cheltenham also boasts a fantastic food scene with dishes concocted from the finest Cotswold produce.

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Carlisle guide

Huddled at the edge of the Lake District and within touching distance of the Scottish border, in Carlisle you’ll find the distinguished charm of a city close to some of the country’s most marked history. When it comes to what to do in Carlisle, you won’t be disappointed.

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Lincoln guide

Home to the steepest shopping street you’ll ever drag yourself up and the country’s first ever Christmas market. We delve into its famous tourist attractions – the cathedral, castle and Steep Hill – but to give you a bit of local flavour, we’ll include tips on the restaurants and pubs.

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Telford guide

Telford has a rich history and a bright future. The Iron Bridge is its top attraction and was the first bridge in the world to be cast from iron. Make suer you spend some time exploring the museums and sampling the great cafés, restaurants, nightlife spot.

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Nottingham guide

A sporting powerhouse, a cultural beacon and home to a notorious, albeit mythical do-gooder in green tights, Nottingham is truly one of our favourite cities. Drink a fine ale in one of the sandstone caverns in the oldest pub in Britain or dine at some truly inventive restaurants.

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Hamburg guide

With the Elbe river connecting the city to the North Sea, Hamburg has a whole host of exciting attractions and activities to suit every taste.  Explore the city’s legendary port, marvel at the impressive architecture, or immerse yourself in one of the many fascinating museums.

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Munich guide

Munich has so much more to offer than just Oktoberfest and FC Bayern Munich. This welcoming, cosmopolitan city in Southern Germany is brimming with cultural and culinary diversity. Tourists should expect a multi-faceted city with famous landmarks and top-quality attractions.

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Leipzig guide

Leipzig is spectacular proof of how much Eastern Germany has to offer. This modern city features a burgeoning creative scene and vibrant diversity. There’s plenty to see and do, not just in the city centre but also in the outer districts.

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