With fascinating sights and friendly people, wild landscapes and a warm welcome, the compact city of Durham has more than enough to keep you entertained on a weekend away
It's a US city renowned for its live music scene, a great farmers' market and cafés where you can chill out with a Grande caramel macchiato. Best of all, many of its cultural events are free
Stay among Granada's fashion boutiques and broad Spanish avenues, or turn a corner and be suddenly amidst unfamiliar scents, winding, labyrinthine alleys and the hustle and bustle of North Africa.
As the capital of a little country sandwiched between Japan and China, Seoul can really hold its own
Lazing on a sunny afternoon...taking a trip down the tow-paths of the Shropshire Union canal.
Swindon, in Wiltshire, is famous for railways and Honda cars but must have more going for it - it has just been officially twinned with Walt Disney World in Florida
Once famous for its wool and textiles, Leeds is now a cosmopolitan and vibrant city ideal for a short break. The city is home to excellent shopping, culture, food and nightlife
Eurostar has brought Lille within 100 minutes of London. A French city reborn and buzzing with prosperity, it would be silly not to take advantage
Beer, chips and chocolate - and a beautiful UNESCO city with great architecture and pretty canals. Bruges in Belgium hits all the right spots
Steeped in history yet firmly rooted in the 21st century, Singapore is a multi-faceted city where East meets West and old contrasts with new