Historic Cities of the UK

Stay with Hoseasons and Discover a nearby historic city for your next UK break.

Dotted across the British Isles are exciting cities steeped in art, history and culture. Whether you’re looking to explore the stunning architecture, discover a hidden historic gem or simply soak up the sights and sounds of somewhere new, there’s a wide range of days out and places to visit across our UK cities.

The UK’s historic cities are perfect for creating your own adventure. Explore the heritage sites or discover the local culture. From steaming natural baths and stunning museums to Roman amphitheatres and grand cathedrals, take a look at this list of top historic cities and experience a city break with a difference.

bathBath features some the best architectural sights in the UK and is home to the famous Roman Baths, a spa that’s story stretches across the ages. Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen, view the iconic Georgian landmarks – The Royal Crescent and The Circus, get lost in 18th century wildlife haven of Prior Park Landscape Garden, or wander across Pulteney Bridge and visit one of boutique cafes built within, Bath is the perfect place to experience a journey through time.

chesterChester is full of historic treasures awaiting your discovery. Walk through the most complete city walls in Britain and step into 2,000 years of exciting history. Explore Britain’s largest Roman Amphitheatre and immerse yourself in the lives of the local Romans. Just imagine the sound from the 7,000 strong crowd, the sight of the gladiators battling it out and the smell from the merchant’s food! Looking for medieval history? Head over to the 1,000 year old cathedral, which features an amazing collection of medieval carvings.

oxford Oxford is a city bursting with history, stunning architecture and culture. Tour the famous University of Oxford colleges, climb the Saxon St George Tower at Oxford Castle or explore the amazing range of museums, whether it’s the spectacle of the Natural History Museum or the Ashmolean Museum’s collection of art and archaeology, there’s sure to be something to take your interest. Alternatively, tuck yourself away in the Bodleian Libraries, the 400 year old Gothic home to more than 12 million items. Just imagine having to search for the right book by candlelight!

stratford upon avonStratford-upon-Avon is one of the most stunning and historic destinations to visit. There’s so much to do in this countryside haven; walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare as you explore his home ‘New Place’, and find out about his incredible rise to become one of England’s most famous playwrights. Or head over to the Royal Shakespeare Company and see a performance in the distinctive Swan Theatre. The River Avon meanders through the heart of this destination, and is perfect for a relaxing boat trip or gondola ride.

And these are only a few of your options – Cambridge and Canterbury, Lancaster and Lincoln, Durham and York – and many many more destinations to discover.

Many thanks for reading this blog and hope you found it to be of interest, do not hesitate to contact Gates Travel to discuss your short break staycation in the historic cities of the UK.

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