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Northern city lights in Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne is the sixteenth most populous city in the UK. Newcastle has a rich heritage, fusing old with new, foreign and domestic, offering visitors all they could ask for. The city is usually full of visitors from the around the UK who come to enjoy the great atmosphere and the famous friendly charm of the locals.

Popular things to see and do: Like many cities throughout Europe, Newcastle has a number of small medieval streets which can be very difficult to navigate in a car, for this reason, it is best to explore the city on foot, and explore you must! The architecture is incredibly eclectic ranging from said medieval structure to the famous Tyneside Classical style developed in large part by John Dobson and Richard Grainger in the mid nineteenth century. Don’t forget to stop in on one of the city’s many museums like Discovery Museum, or the Great North Museum.

Culture, Music and Events: Newcastle has a wonderful tradition of theatre, rivalling that of London’s West End. The Theatre Royal is known for hosting the Royal Shakespeare Company and various touring musicals, just to name a few.

Eating out:Tourists are encouraged to explore eateries to discover their own favourite, but of course the section could not be complete without one or two honourable mentions. Blackfriars is quite popular for being the oldest dining room in the country, and it does offer delicious, high quality meals made from local ingredients, they even grow some of their own produce! Sachins is a lovely Indian Restaurant, famous for Punjabi curries.

Nightlife: If you should choose not to see a show after dinner and the local pubs aren’t quite enough, you can try club Digital, and see if their dance scene can’t grab you. Though, the city really does have something to offer everyone.

Where to Stay: Upscale names include Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Seaham Hall and if you really want to be pampered, The Serenity Spa has all your heart could desire in a luxury hotel. Another alternative on the moderate to upscale range is Maften Hall, which is actually a grand manor-style home turned hotel. If you’re looking for something a little simpler, try Staybridge Suites, especially for an extended stay, or hostels like Euro Hostel, if you are travelling with a large group of friends.

Bristol part two, the city by day and night

Here is the second part to our guide to Bristol, here we have provided you with ideas for nights out and where you can crash afterwards, as well as where to pick up the best bargains and fashion finds in this exciting city.

Nightlife: There is certainly no shortage of places to go for a good night out in Bristol. If you like to take to the stage, then Bristol offers a great variety of karaoke bars. Kobe is very popular among locals and is a great location for a girly night out such as a hen party – a very fun and relaxed atmosphere and great prices.  If you prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle – then the Shore Café Bar is a great place to relax and unwind, enjoy a nice glass of wine while watching the sunset over the harbour.

Where to stay: There is plenty of accommodation on offer in Bristol to suit every budget. For gorgeous harbour side views, then a room at The Bristol Hotel is a good choice. Comfortable, spacious rooms come fully equipped with all amenities to make your stay here as pleasant as possible.  If you are looking for some extra luxury and great leisure facilities, then located in the city centre is the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel – offering 4 star luxury and very reasonable prices.


Shopping: You can literally shop ’til you drop in Bristol – the city has three amazing world-class shopping centres with more shops than you can ever manage. The city also boasts an amazing variety of small independent boutiques and vintage shops.

City guide to Bristol

For anyone who’s had the chance to visit, they will know what a charming little city Bristol is. With a population of just under 500.000, Bristol is big enough to have a great city vibe, but also retains much of its original style and atmosphere, giving it a very warm and cosy feel. In this first section of our guide to Bristol, we will be focusing on things to do and see and where to eat out.

Popular things to see and do: Bristol has many attractions to keep you entertained, and whether you are visiting on your own, with a group of friends, or for a weekend with the family, you will find something that will keep everyone happy.  The Bristol Aquarium is one for the whole family, and will provide an adventure-filled day with many exciting things to see.  Visit one of the most beautiful spots in the UK – Cheddar Caves and Gorge, whether you visit alone or in a group, this place is a must see – just don’t forget your camera!

 Culture, music and events: The Tobacco Factory is a popular spot in Bristol among locals and visitors alike – a café and theatre, which is holds performances from touring groups, and also holds in-house performances. The Tobacco Factory is great for the whole family and has a wide variety of events for children.  As part of the University of Bristol’s music department, the Victoria Rooms puts on a range of classical music performances throughout the year, and is greatly loved by everyone who visits.

Eating out: Take advantage of some of the amazing pre-theatre dining specials when in Bristol, and get real luxury at fabulous prices. The Palm Court Restaurant at the Marriot Hotel offers an excellent offer of 3 courses at just 20.50 GBP per person – get there nice and early and enjoy a glass of fine wine before heading off to the theatre.  For a Sunday lunch with a difference, head to The Spot Restaurant – a modern grill restaurant where fresh, quality produce is priority. This is a very popular, family friendly restaurant with a great atmosphere and great prices.

Out and about in Leeds

Located in West Yorkshire, Leeds is a mid-sized city, and is a popular place for students, business people and tourists. The city is very multi-cultural and has a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.

Popular things to see and do: The Leeds Art Gallery is a great place to visit and display’s some of the finest pieces of art from around the world. For a fun-filled day out for the whole family, a visit to Temple Newsam – this estate was once owned by Henry VIII and is the largest rare breed farm in Europe – located just 4 miles outside of Leeds it’s a perfect way to keep the kids entertained.

Culture, music and events: Outside of London, Leeds is the only city in the UK to have its own Ballet and Opera companies. The city is also home to the largest musical festival in the North of the country and certainly doesn’t come up short when it comes to cultural entertainment. If visiting Leeds during the summer, you should take time to attend the West Indian Carnival, an amazing bright, fun and carnival and parade that takes to the streets of Leeds and is the longest running carnival in Europe. Or enjoy an evening at one of the many theatres in the city.

Eating out: Thanks to the various nationalities living here, eating out in Leeds is far from boring. If you have been to the Leeds Art Gallery, then stop at the Tiled Café next door for a bite to eat – this place is very famous with the locals and is a place you won’t forget it. Given its name, because of the beautiful mosaic tiles all over. The Tiled Café serves a traditional and delicious menu at great prices and boasts an atmosphere and décor you won’t find anywhere else.  To sample some fine English fish & chips, then head to the Midnight Bell – a popular pub serving the best of British pub food. And don’t forget to wash your meal down with a pint of Leeds’ finest.

Nightlife: To get your groove on and party all night long, then should be heading to Call Lane – a party hotspot filled with bars and clubs for every taste. Or for a more chilled out approach, then Oracle may be more your thing – the place to be for the very sophisticated who can enjoy a nice glass of bubbly on the Moet Terrace overlooking the river.

Where to stay: No matter where you stay in Leeds, you will always receive a warm welcome and excellent service. For a more luxury orientated stay, then the Queens Hotel is a great choice – a 4 star hotel within good distance to the centre. High quality rooms come complete with everything you need for a perfect stay and to make the most of your trip. If you’re visiting on business or simply need a comfortable room for the night, then the Holiday Inn Express offers great quality rooms at very affordable prices, breakfast is usually included in the price and is a perfect starting point for enjoying the city.

Shopping: Shopping in Leeds is in a league of its own – from designers like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and many more, Leeds has over 1000 shops to choose from, including all your high street favourites and many unique vintage and independent boutiques.

Manchester guide part 2: sleeping, shopping and seeing

And so it is time for our next installment of how to enjoy your perfect weekend break in Manchester. This time we will be focusing  where you can stay, and how to experience the best of Manchester’s rich cultural life, the music and events which you can go and see and most importantly for bargain hunters and fashionistas, where to go shopping!

Culture, music and events: Manchester MEN Arena regularly shows live acts from the international music scene. The Lowry Arts and Entertainment Centre regularly shows theatre and dance, hosting art exhibitions and is even the chosen venue of ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent”! The Royal Exchange Theatre shows regular performances of dance, theatre and music.

Bars and clubs: There is no shortage of bars and clubs. You can spend your evening drinking in your own style, from relaxed drinks in The Black Dog Ballroom, to the European bottled beer and vodka at The Cord Bar, without forgetting the venues that cater for the LGBT scene such as Spiritz and New York, New York. For clubbing, The Warehouse Project is a memorable night out with a calendar jammed with live music events, whilst Sankeys has a place in the heart of every Mancunian clubber!

Where to stay: For luxury, head to the historical Palace Hotel, which guarantees comfort and convenience in a central location. For a smaller budget, check out some of the more wallet friendly hotels such as the family friendly Britannia Hotel, located in the heart of the city, close to rail, bus and shuttle links. If it’s more of a backpacker feel that you’re after however, head for a night of shut-eye at Hatters Youth Hostel on New Street, which is Manchester’s backpacker’s favourite.

Shopping:Manchester boasts excellent mainstream and unique shopping .High street brands are available at the Trafford Centre and in the city centre on Market Street, Deansgate and the Arndale Centre. For something different, The Vintage Fair visits Manchester every third week of the month, but Affleck’s Palace remains a permanent fixture for all things eclectic, with 5 floors of unique clothes, jewellery and other decorations!