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England Historic Cities Guide

recommended historic city break destinations throughout England


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capital of the United Kingdom, largest city in Europe with many iconic landmarks, world-class museums, theatre, shopping and dining

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beautiful spa town with elegant Georgian terraces, ancient Roman baths and historic abbey, aswell as wide choice of restaurants and speciality shops

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historic university city, known as the "City of Dreaming Spires", with a multitude of historic buildings and several famous museums

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proud city with rich maritime, football and musical heritage, former home of The Beatles, UNESCO world heritage waterfront and several musueums

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historic cathedral city, centre of the Anglican church and UNESCO World Heritage site, with medieval streets, riverside gardens and ancient city walls

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walled medieval city, famous for its Minster, railway museum and narrow, cobbled streets, with a wide choice of hotels, shops and restaurants

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

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Windsor Castle is the main attraction here with Eton College just across the river. Plenty to do for all the family including Changing of the Guard

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

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historic naval centre with great museums. Also Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre and the excellent view from the Spinnaker Tower

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visit the ornate 13th-century cathedral, Mompesson House, an 18th century mansion and Arundells, home to Ted Heath, Prime Minister. Just a short drive to Stonehenge and Amesbury and all set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Cornwall's busy, commercial, capital city is centred around the 19th century cathedral. Numerous shops offer a wide variety of quality goods

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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

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from music, theatre and festivals, to museums, Cathedrals and medieval history, the city has something for everyone. Home to rich history, ancient legends and an abundance of unique arts and culture

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home to the majestic Durham Cathedral with adjacent Durham Castle, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step back in time at the fascinating heritage attraction - Beamish, the Living Museum of the North.

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compact enough to explore on foot, but large enough to fill a full day. A magnificent cathedral, a range of good museums including the only stained glass museum in Britain and within easy reach of Cambridge and Newmarket

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administrative capital of Devon with magnificent cathedral surrounded by picturesque streets, with vibrant café culture and varied shopping

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Britain’s best preserved medieval village and one of Suffolk’s most important wool towns. Medieval charm can be found at every turn with timber framed buildings lining the narrow streets and lanes

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2000 years of history to explore, from its Roman origins, through medieval Britain with the building of the magnificent cathedral, to 21st Century engineering innovation

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historic sea port and natural harbour, departure point for many famous seafarers and explorers

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