I’ll be frank… historic cities are pretty amazing to visit. Full of past tales, fascinating culture and years of heritage, us SuperBreakers are guaranteed an abundance of things to see and do in a ye olde’ historic city. You may have visited the likes of York, Bath or Edinburgh many times and done all the typically touristy things, but I wonder if you’ve ever thought of doing any of these…
1. Enjoy a tipple in Oxford’s oldest pub
Dating way back to 1242, The Bear Inn in Oxford proudly stands as Oxford’s oldest pub. Here you can cosy up next to the fire with some hearty pub grub or enjoy traditional cask ales in the peaceful summer beer garden.
2. Go on a picnic to Jesus Green in Cambridge
This gorgeous river-side park is perfect for taking in Cambridge’s historic surroundings and enjoying a picnic with family and friends. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even take a dip in the Jesus Green Lido – one of Europe’s largest outdoor swimming pools!
3. Climb Edinburgh’s dormant volcano
Forget about kilts and bagpipes, challenge yourself with a hike up to Arthur’s Seat – the highest point on Edinburgh’s dormant volcano. At 251m high and with plenty of spectacular views to greet you at the top, this historic climb will show you a new side to Scotland’s capital city.
4. Explore Chester’s Roman Gardens
Here you’ll discover the lasting remains of Chester’s Roman past sat amidst scenic gardens with beautiful and tranquil views. Nearby you’ll also find Britain’s largest amphitheatre and for those who visit during the summer months, you could even catch an evening movie screening under Chester’s stars.
5. Visit England’s Grandest Folly in Lancaster
Also dubbed the Taj Mahal of the North, the Ashton Memorial was built way back in 1907 by then millionaire Baron Ashton in memory of his second wife, Jessy. Costing him an equivalent of £7.3m in today’s money, this 150 feet tall, beautiful structure offers amazing views of Morecambe Bay and the surrounding area.
6. Walk in the footsteps of Bristol’s pirates
Delve into the history of Bristol’s pirates on a walking tour with a maritime twist. Discover the very places where the pirates hung out, imagine what life was like on the quays during the 17th century and learn about the city’s turbulent (and fascinating) past surrounding the harbour.
7. Go for a dip in Bath
Enjoy spectacular views, day or night of this historic city whilst bathing in the UK’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters at Thermae Bath Spa. In a place where modern design meets historic architecture, you can choose from more than 40 spa treatments, as well as venturing up to the open-air rooftop pool for amazing views of Bath Abbey.
8. Travel back in time at Durham’s open air museum
Set just a little way out of Durham, Beamish reveals what life in the North East during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s was really like. Wander through 300 acres of this open air museum from exploring a traditional market town, going down the old coal pits and discovering how farming saved a starving nation during the war.
9. Brave a spooky walk through the streets of York
You may have heard York is one of the UK’s most haunted cities, but did you know you can experience this eerie destination on a spooky and incredibly captivating ghost walk? Guided through the streets on The Original Ghost Walk of York, you can discover chilling tales of years gone by in a truly unique way.
Which historical things to do in a city will you be ticking off? Have you already experienced some of them? Let us know by using the comments box below.