Northern England invites you to experience an area of Britain like no other where modern cities and ancient towns, beautiful countryside and sweeping coasts combine to produce experiences that stay long in the memory and encourage you to return.
The great outdoors
If you like the great outdoors, this area has some of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe. Cruise through the magnificent Lakes, cycle from one unspoiled coast to another, or climb aboard a vintage steam train that will take you across moorland that becomes a purple carpet of heather in late summer.
Hands on History
Legions of castles and ancient fortifications, saintly shrines and world heritage sites evoke the history of the North as a place of power, pilgrimage and conflict and offer hands on experience of what is was like to live in the North a century or a millennia ago. Spectacular stately homes and gardens tell the stories of England’s nobility and industrial magnates who shaped the landscapes and lives of local people through their patronage and their wealth.
A warm welcome waits for you in the cities of the North where museums and galleries, shopping and eating out can be enjoyed in some of the most exciting and surprising city locations. Stroll along quaysides that are buzzing with people enjoying a relaxed meal of locally sourced produce and favourite local dishes that are rooted in the heritage of the area. Take in a performance of live music, from jazz to folk, Beatles to rock before heading for the clubs and pubs that complete a famous Northern night out.
If you want to plan your trip around an event there you are spoilt for choice: historic cityscapes are lit up on darker autumn nights by son et lumiere displays that transform them into an artistic canvass; arts festivals showcase home grown and international performers in venues ancient and modern while the sporting credentials of the North are on show at events with international appeal.
Getting to and getting around
Northern England is a small and compact area where you can combine city, countryside and coast in a day but to get the most out of a trip a minimum of 3 days is recommended. It is easy to get to the North via two international airports in Manchester and Newcastle and regional airports in Liverpool, Leeds, Doncaster and Durham. Come with your car and take your time to travel on roads that are picturesque and easy to navigate. If you are arriving via London the area is just a couple of hours by intercity train or road.