St George’s Day – England’s Prettiest City Break Destinations

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St George’s Day is on the horizon and we’re in the mood for a city break that screams ‘pretty’. Check out our top picks for the most aesthetically-pleasing English cities and look forward to a break with plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.

Bath

 

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Soak up the city’s marvellous architecture or soak in one of Bath’s luxurious spas… the choice is yours. Split the rest of your time between the array of museums, from The Jane Austen Centre to The Fashion Museum, occasionally stopping for a cheeky scone and tea, of course.

York

 

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Big, fluffy Yorkshire puddings and more bars and pubs than days of the year? We’re already there, mate. York is renowned for its historic attractions, huge Gothic minster, and illustrious chocolate-making heritage. Oh, and the grub’s not bad either… think postcard-pretty restaurants with floral terraces and mouthwatering street food filled with avocado, kimchi, monteray jack cheese and other cool things that the youngsters are eating these days.

Plymouth

 

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A city with an extensive maritime heritage? We’ve already packed our sunnies and camera… Marvel at the powerful ‘Messenger’ statue, take snaps of the suitably port-chic Plymouth Hoe lighthouse, or indulge in some of the finest seafood the British Isles has to offer. Fan of sea life? With its multitude of sharks and rays, the National Marine Aquarium is sure to delight.

Oxford

 

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It’s not all students reciting poetry to each other under shaded trees in Oxford (although we’re pretty sure that happens)… the city also offers bags of culture. Uncover the secrets of Oxford Castle or chinwag over art from across the centuries in the Ashmolean Museum, before indulging in sweet treats at The Grand Cafe.

Cambridge

 

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Well, we couldn’t exactly big up Oxford and not mention its stunning rival, Cambridge, could we? Impress your date by punting along the River Cam (just don’t fall in, alright?) or look up to admire the fan vaulted ceiling of King’s College Chapel. We certainly give the city a first class honours for beauty.

Durham

 

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Yep, it’s a city, and we’re huge fans of it! As well as the commanding Norman cathedral, Durham is also home to a fascinating 11th-century castle and the lush University Botanic Gardens. We recommend visiting on the way to Edinburgh for a relaxed afternoon, or, indeed, clearing the cobwebs after a raucous weekend in nearby Newcastle.

Chester

 

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First things first, Chester Zoo is repeatedly voted as one of the top 10 zoos in the WORLD. It makes for a great day out and, if you’re anything like us, will make you squeal with joy as you watch giant otters, elephants, giraffes and other adorable creatures strut their stuff. Other highlights of this cute-as-a-button city include the medieval cathedral, pleasant Grosvenor Park and awe-inspiring Roman Ampitheatre.

Lincoln

 

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A city that’s so much more than its sausages (although they are delish)… welcome to Lincoln. Work up a sweat by climbing the notorious Steep Hill, Instagram the heck out of Lincoln Cathedral and brave the heights of the city’s dizzying castle tower.  If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, wolf down an afternoon tea (we recommend Stokes High Bridge Cafe & Coffee Bobbins) before hitting the shops.

Canterbury

 

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Whether you’re imagining how Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass would look in your own home, or learning more about poetry legend Geoffrey Chaucer, the city has a lot to offer. We recommend braving a ghost tour while you’re there too… there’s nothing better than scaring yourself silly with a loved one while in a historic city!

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