The North of England

Why go there?

The North of England is home to some of the UK’s most stunning countryside – with The Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District National Park and Northumberland all within this breath-taking area. Beyond the countryside, the vibrant cities of Northern England are where you’ll find some of the country’s most famous football clubs, and once known for their industrial heritage, these are now renowned for their culture, shopping and nightlife.

Key gateways

Airports:
Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Humberside, Newcastle

Ports:
Newcastle, Hull, Liverpool

Cities

Liverpool

Liverpool has moved on from its industrial roots to become one of Britain’s most dynamic and vibrant cultural centres. The city that gave us The Beatles is now home to the largest collection of museums and galleries anywhere outside of the capital.

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Manchester

Think of Manchester and many people think of football, but there’s more to this city than it’s sporting history. From its proud industrial heritage to its new found architectural fame, this northern city is brimming with vitality.

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Newcastle Gateshead

On one side of the River Tyne sits Newcastle, and on the other Gateshead – together making up a dazzling Quayside connected by seven bridges. Once an industrial city, it is now a fantastic city break destination, with cultural attractions, shops, and buzzing nightlife.

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York

York is an ancient city which has known everything from Roman rule to life as a Viking capital. The mark of this colourful history is to be found all around this city, in its great wealth of historic buildings, its winding streets full of traditional shops, cosy traditional pubs, Victorian style tearooms, brilliant museums and great family attractions.

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Key attractions

Yorkshire Dales

From some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, to stone-built villages and flower-rich meadows, each valley or ‘dale’ has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops – perfect for a gentle stroll or an energetic hike.

Website: yorkshire.com
Website: yorkshiredales.org.uk

Hadrian’s Wall

This World Heritage Site stretches 73 miles across from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea. Dating back to the reign of Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD, visitors can see what remains of the ancient settlements and forts walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path, which runs 84 miles from coast to coast.

Website: hadrianswallcountry.co.uk

Liverpool

Liverpool has moved on from its industrial roots to become one of Britain’s most dynamic and vibrant cultural centres. The city that gave us The Beatles is now home to the largest collection of museums and galleries anywhere outside of the capital.

Website: visitliverpool.com

The Lake District

Best known for its stunning lakes, mountains, and picturesque stone-built villages The Lake District has long been an inspiration for artists and poets alike. Home to England’s highest peak (Scafell Pike), and its biggest lake (Lake Winderemere), The Lake District National Park offers breath-taking views around every corner.

Website: golakes.co.uk

Manchester

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, nowadays Manchester is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries and hotels, and offers a packed calendar of world-class events and festivals.

Website: visitmanchester.com

Still to be discovered

For those who have visited the North of England before, here’s a selection of attractions that they may not yet have discovered:

Historic cities of York and Durham

From York’s cobbled streets and the stunning York Minster, to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, take a stroll around these beautifully preserved cities and take a step back in time at their historic sites.

York
Book on the Visit Britain shop
Website: visityork.org

Durham
Website: thisisdurham.com

NewcastleGateshead

Newcastle and Gateshead face each other across the River Tyne, in north east England, coming together at the dazzling Quayside. Packed with restaurants and bars as well as a wealth of cultural attractions, the city has experienced a cultural renaissance.

Website: newcastlegateshead.com

Stadium Tours

The football teams of the North of England are among Britain’s best known – and feature some of the world’s most famous players. Follow in their footsteps with a tour of one of the stadiums, including Old Trafford, St. James’ Park or Anfield, for example.

Manchester City stadium tour
Book on the Visit Britain shop

Northumberland Coast

With its wide sweeping beaches, and imposing castles, perched by the sea, the Northumberland coast is breath-taking and unspoilt.

Website: visitnorthumberland.com

Alnwick Castle and Garden

Alnwick Castle is a working castle, best known for its role in the Harry Potter films. Take a tour, and then pop next door to the stunning Alnwick Garden, with its Grand Cascade, Poison Garden and one of the largest treehouses in the world.