Travel Content // 3 Alternative English City Breaks to Try*

England is full of beautiful cities, each with its own distinctive personality.  Whether you are looking for bright lights and nights on the town or a historical tour before kicking back in a 5-star restaurant, England’s got it all. For such a small country, we certainly have a lot going on.

Everyone likes to go on holiday and taking a city break is a great way to see new things and relax over a long weekend. When you are saving up for a longer holiday, going on small weekend vacations is a good way to get some fun in without breaking your budget.

If you are looking for a good deal on your hotel, try looking at Travelodges can be found all over the UK and are a great way to spend a night or two in a new city on a budget.

The 3rd largest city in the UK, Manchester has had a growth spurt recently and the city centre has blossomed with restaurants to suit every taste and activities for everyone. One of the more recent renovations is The Corn Exchange, a large triangular building now dedicated to delicious food and bars.

Mancunians are famous for their community spirit and hardworking mentality which is celebrated around the city with images of worker bees. These bees are found on lampposts, graffitied around the quirky Northern Quarter and even on the bins. You can take a walking tour of the city to find out more about its incredible heritage and famous figures.

This small city in Devon is a popular tourist destination and though it doesn’t have the razzle-dazzle of bigger cities, there is a lot here to impress. The city has been there since the Romans arrived and built a fort around AD 55. You can still walk around the walls of the city and continue down to the Quay where there are opportunities to canoe, eat and sit happily in the sunshine with a Devon Cream Tea (cream then jam, obviously).

Exeter became a religious centre in the Middle Ages and the Cathedral is worth a visit. Have a look at all the different stone figures exhibited there including the elephant with four ears and the dog beneath St Mary’s feet, carved as a tribute to the dog who kept the stone mason’s tools safe.

Famed for the university, Cambridge is another town steeped in history and with plenty of things to keep you occupied. The architecture alone is worth a day trip just to see the magnificence of the colleges and their gardens. The Botanic Garden is particularly beautiful and holds various exhibitions throughout the year.

The most popular activity has to be punting along the Cam, though, and this is a great way to enjoy the city while you sit back and relax on the water. Take a bottle of something nicely chilled and make the most of the sights including King’s College Chapel and the Bridge of Sighs.

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