packed full of iconic sights – the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the city’s many museums and galleries - there are also fabulous markets to browse, hip bars and incredible restaurants to visit as well as beautiful parks for when you want to take a break.
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all the benefits of a major city but with a laid-back and relaxed feel, Bristol offers everything from upmarket shopping in Clifton to edgy bars in Montpelier and galleries, cafés and waterfront bars of the renovated harbourside. For a change of scene, you can hop on the train to the nearby picture-perfect town of Bath or get in the car to explore the surrounding countryside.
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Scotland’s first city is perhaps best known for its theatre festival in August and New Year Hogmanay celebrations, but it offers a warm welcome all year round. It’s a perfect city for wandering – take in the mediaeval old town and elegant Georgian new town, not forgetting the omnipresent craggy castle. Seek out the quirky shops and cafes of Stockbridge and Grassmarket or enjoy one of the up and coming Leith waterfront restaurants.
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not just for summer, Brighton has an eclectic, boho feel which makes it a delight to visit all year round. Strolls the Laines for a mix of everything from grungy markets and up-and-coming designer shops to achingly “now” bars and restaurants. Traditional parks, seaside boutique hotels and cafes and, of course, the funfair attractions of the pier mean Brighton really does offer something for everyone.
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this ancient city of dreaming spires has a young, vibrant feel with great boutique hotels, restaurants and bars and interesting shops. Wander through the quadrangles of medieval colleges and down cobbled alleys or dive into the busy shopping streets as the mood takes you. If you are visiting in summer, make sure you spend some time by the river and perhaps even go punting.
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with 300 miles of beautiful and varied coastline boasting everything from wide, sandy beaches to cute little fishing villages and dramatic cliffs, Cornwall is a haven for sea lovers. Cornwall is not just about the beaches though, it is littered with museums and historic houses and gardens as well as some great restaurants (including Rick Stein’s four restaurants in Padstow and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Watergate Bay) and many luxury boutique hotels.
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