England Historic Cities Guide

recommended historic city break destinations throughout England


Bath

Somerset

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  • Georgian
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  • Roman

beautiful Georgian spa town with elegant terraces and ancient Roman baths

Bristol

South West England

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  • sea port
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major city with extensive maritime and industrial heritage, city centre harbour now revitalised with museums, restaurants and shops

Cambridge

Cambridgeshire

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famous university city with magnificent buildings, lively pubs, restaurants and punting on River Cam

Canterbury

Kent

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  • popular destination
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  • historic city
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  • cathedral/abbey
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  • cafés & bars
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  • city walls
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  • religion

historic cathedral city, centre of the Anglican church and UNESCO World Heritage site

Chester

Cheshire

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founded as a Roman fortress, Chester's city walls enclose historic half-timbered buildings and the famous two story "Rows" shopping arcade

Durham

County Durham

    Liverpool

    Merseyside

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    • sea port
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    • sightseeing
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    • architecture
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    • history
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    • maritime heritage
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    • music

    proud city with rich maritime and musical heritage, former home of The Beatles

    London

    England

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    • architecture
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    • food & drink
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    • politics
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    • royalty
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    • theatre

    capital of United Kingdom, largest city in Europe with many iconic landmarks

    Oxford

    Oxfordshire

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    famous university city, known as the "City of Dreaming Spires"

    Winchester

    Hampshire

    • historic city

    former home of the Anglo-Saxon kings

    Windsor

    Berkshire

    • historic city

    Worcester

    Worcestershire

      York

      Yorkshire

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      • transport
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      • Vikings

      walled medieval city, famous for its Minster and narrow, cobbled streets

       
       
       

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