Discover the new ‘Jubilee Cities’ with IHG Hotels & Resorts

Following the unveiling of new cities, as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, IHG Hotels & Resorts have highlighted a selection of hotels perfect for those looking to explore these new cities.

From Doncaster to Dunfermline, each new city offers a wide range of exciting activities and experiences for all travellers. Whether it’s trying to crack codes at Bletchley Park, taking a step back in history at Dunfermline Abbey or admiring nature at Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens and the Yorkshire Wildlife park – there’s plenty of reasons to visit these cities.

Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express offer great value for money, and a place to stay without any hassle or complication. Holiday Inn offers the full service, geared towards families looking for a comfortable spot to relax together, while Holiday Inn Express provides guests with a place to rest and recharge, whilst getting a little work done too.

Guests can also join IHG One Rewards for exclusive benefits, such as discounted member-only rates, earning points for Reward Nights with no blackout dates, and the option of late check-out.



Where to stay: Holiday Inn Milton Keynes

Hotel perks: Located in the heart of the city centre, the hotel has undergone spectacular refurbishment and introduced Marco’s New York Italian restaurant. There are also conference facilities, a health club, fitness centre and an indoor pool, providing a welcoming and vibrant place to stay, eat, drink and relax. Kids can also Stay and Eat Free.

Activities in the area:

  • Bletchley Park – where families can enjoy exploring the former British WWII codebreaking centre
  • Snozone – Europe’s largest indoor real snow resort
  • Milton Keynes Theatre – the largest theatre in MK, currently showing the Northern-Ballet – The Great Gatsby, Cluedo and more
  • The Silverstone Interactive Museum – Modern motor sport museum with immersive shows, technical exhibits & replica vintage race cars
  • Gulliver’s Land Theme Park & Resort – designed for families with rides and games to enjoy
  • Aqua Parcs – an amusement park featuring inflatable obstacles & slides floating on Willen Lake



Where to stay: Holiday Inn Express Dunfermline

Hotel perks: A refurbished Dunfermline hotel with free WiFi and excellent local transport links as the hotel is moments from the M90 motorway, only 18 miles from Edinburgh, and within easy driving distance of the centre of this ancient Fife town and coastal villages. Breakfast is included, there is free parking available and the hotel can host up to 25 guests in a meeting room.

Activities in the area:

  • St. Andrew’s golf course & beaches – beautiful spots to play sport, walk or just relax and take in the view (less than an hour drive from the hotel)
  • Dunfermline Palace & Abbey – where families can trace 700 years of history about the town
  • Deep Sea World – an aquarium that hosts a collection of large sand tiger sharks
  • Knockhill Racing Circuit – a motor racing track that offers rally driving and go-karting experiences
  • Alhambra Theatre – hosts entertainment from international dance to musicals, drama and panto



Where to stay: Holiday Inn Colchester

Hotel perks: A modern hotel with free parking and free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy casual dining in the barn-style Traders Bar & Grill, and Kids can Stay & Eat free. The You Fit Health Club features a gym, indoor pool, sauna & steam rooms, as well as beauty treatments on offer to help one relax and re-charge. Located just off the A12 road, for direct access to London and Ipswich, and the historic town of Colchester is only a 10-minute drive away.

Activities in the area:

  • Colchester Zoo – home to many rare and endangered species, including big cats, primates, birds and many invertebrates and fish species (less than 10 mins drive from the hotel)
  • Clacton-on-Sea and West Mersea beaches – to build sandcastles or swim in the sea (30 mins drive from the hotel)
  • Dedham Vale in Constable Country – a lowland landscape, straddling the Stour River, which has been the inspiration for England’s world-renowned landscape artists Constable and Gainsborough
  • Freeport Braintree – a shopping outlet with a mix of high-street and local shops to explore
  • Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens – world renowned gardens & extensive plant nursery created by an award-winning gardener



Where to stay: Holiday Inn Express Doncaster

Hotel perks: A modern hotel with excellent transport links, that is located just 3 miles from the town centre, and includes free parking & free WiFi. Guests can host up to 40 people in a meeting room where you can order catered lunches, from sandwiches and chips to a full, hot buffet. An Express Start Breakfast buffet is included in the Great Room restaurant, and all dogs are welcome.

Activities in the area:

  • Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium – where one can join football fans to watch the latest fixtures
  • Doncaster Racecourse – hosts two of Great Britain’s 36 annual Group 1 flat races, the St Leger Stakes and the Racing Post Trophy
  • The Lakeside Village Outlet Shopping Centre – for a bit of retail therapy (less than a mile away from hotel)
  • Yorkshire Wildlife park – a conservation and rehabilitation centre, the UK’s No.1 walk-through wildlife adventure!
  • The Vulcan experience – to educate and inform visitors on the history of The Vulcan, The Cold War and RAF’s V-Force and V-Bomber stations
  • Cusworth Hall – a jewel in Doncaster’s crown, a beautiful Grade I listed building set in acres of historic parkland

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