England's Historic Cities
Many of England's cities have their roots in Roman times, and have been developing ever since. Their winding streets and magnificent cathedrals are often a legacy of medievaltimes, while the Victorians and the industrial revolution all left their mark. More recent years have seen the development of new museums and cultural centres as well as therestoration of many older buildings.
Top Historic Cities in England
England's second city and once a major industrial centre, Birmingham is now a thriving 21st century city, proud of its heritage. Combine some superb shopping with a visit to Gas Street Basin on the regenerated canal system. Enjoy galleries and museums and don't miss out on plenty of clubs, pubs and restaurants to suit every taste. For chocoholics, a visit to Cadbury's World will be hard to resist.
Bristol's old city, its maritime heritage and the marvels of Brunel's engineering legacy are past influences that can still be seen. Today, Bristol is a thriving, revitalised city where, many historic treasures and attractions can be discovered. Don't missCribb's Causeway, a fantastic out-of-town shopping super-mall, just a short drive from the city centre.
Cambridge architecture is among the finest in Europe and makes a visit to the city a most enthralling experience. It is home to one of the world's oldest universities and its museums, parks and leisure facilities make it popular with tourists from all over the world. A visit to Cambridge is a highlight for international visitors and witnessing its fine ambience is a rewarding experience.
The great Canterbury Cathedral, destination for Chaucer's pilgrims and scene of Thomas Becket's murder, is surrounded by narrow lanes with medieval buildings, leading to Canterbury's bustling main street. Use our Canterbury tourist information and visitor guide to help find your accommodation and places of interest to get the most of your visit to Canterbury.
Chester has a delightful mix of history, exclusive stores, excellent dining and vibrant nightlife. Encircled by city walls, Chester's most unique feature is the 13th Century 'Rows' and don't miss the wonderful Cathedral and medieval monastic complex. The city has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes for a short break or a last minute night away.
Durham is a compact city and was once described as 'a perfect little city'. History shows in every cobble, and the cathedral and castle are designated world heritage sites. Durham also has one of Britain's leading universities. Check out our Durham highlights below, showing a large choice of attractions, making Durham an ideal place for a weekend break.
Leeds is full of exciting places to visit, things to do, lively events and the best shopping facilities in the area. A modern cosmopolitan city great for a short break or longer.
Amongst the commercial sector of business and industry, the city hosts countless attractions and events.
Lincoln is a vibrant City, where the past meets the present. Themagnificent Cathedral is a grand landmark that reaches up to the skies in the Lincolnshire landscape, there is also an ancient Guildhall, museums and galleries. For shopping you will find a mix of quality and high street shops, cobbled streets and pedestrianised areas that will delight any shopper.
Liverpool's history as a major port, its past economic and social troubles and its place as home to the Beatles as well as two world-famous football clubs combine with recent regeneration to make it an exciting and dynamic place to visit. A former European City of Culture, Liverpool now offers an exciting mix of museums, galleries, dining and shopping.
Manchester is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the UK and is a city of glorious architecture - from the gothic Victorian grandeur of its town hall to modern classics such as Urbis or the Imperial War Museum North. With a number of galleries, great football teams and trendy shops and restaurants, Manchester attracts large numbers of visitors each year.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne is the largest city in the Northeast of England. Totally rejuvenated in recent years, today it is stylish and modern, and a great destination to visit with a wealth ofhistoric buildings, museums and attractions. Our highlights below feature the best attractions and sights to see to fully experience this dynamic destination.
In medieval times, Norwich was one of the greatest cities in England, and today as East Anglia’s capital city, it still is offering a rare blend of historic interest and modern sophistication. Pefect for a weekend break, the city has attractions to suit all types of visitor. A wide range of accommodation awaits in Norwich, fromcountry house hotels to good value budget hotels, something for everyone.
Oxford is a very special place to visit, with its fascinating history,sand stone buildings, universities, domes, spires and towers. To help you enjoy this wonderful city there are many walking guides and a hop-on hop-off bus. You can stop and visit art galleries, heritage sites and museums or treat yourself to a night at the theatre. Our Oxford Information and Visitor Guide will help you make the most of your visit to Oxford.
Portsmouth and Southsea combine a wealth of historic attractions with restaurants, bars and leisure facilities to make a great all year round destination to visit. With a host of exciting attractions, such as Port Solent, Gunwharf Keys andSpinnaker Tower, Portsmouth is a fantastic visit for couples and families.
Salisbury, with the countryside on its doorstep, is a medieval city with a wonderful cathedral and several fine historical buildings. Within easy reach is the ancient World Heritage site of Stonehenge, it is an ideal base for exploring Salisbury Plain and the New Forest. To help find your ideal Salisbury hotel browse ourhotel selections and special offers section.
Once the capital of England, the lovely cathedral city of Winchester is a fascinating mix of ancient history and bustling market town. High on the wall in the Great Hall of The Castle, see King Arthur's Round Table (or so they say). Stroll down the hill, past The Buttercross and the Cathedral and head out to the water meadows to see the ruins of the Bishop's Palace.
To see the magnificent towers of Windsor Castle silhouetted against the sky is to see one of England's iconic images. Situated right on Windsor High Street, it is a truly awesome sight and no matter how often you see it, the 5k Long Walk stretching deep into the wonderful open space of Windsor Great Park always comes as a wonderful surprise.
Worcester is an historic city that is dominated by the magnificent Cathedral. Home to world-famous Royal Worcester porcelain you will find plenty of places to buy a special reminder of your holiday. Today, the city offers up-to-the-minute shops, inviting restaurants, museums and sporting venues. Especially popular with locals and visitors alike is a day at the races to see top quality horse-racing.