While many visitors and tourists spend their time exploring London and the South, they often miss out on the fun of Northern England. There is plenty to do while exploring the north, from visiting historic castles to beautiful seaside resorts and the stunning countryside. There are also so many fantastic things that northern cities have on offer, and it’s a much more affordable region to visit!
However, if you’ve never been before and need some help deciding which places to visit, here is a few destinations that you’re sure to love.
One of the UK’s oldest cities, York has a rich history and plenty of culture. It is often on people’s bucket travel list due to medieval architecture and museums. Walk the ancient walls and explore vibrant eateries; there are a plethora of activities to do when you’re in York. It’s perfectly situated half-way between London and Edinburgh, meaning it’s the ideal stop off if you’re travelling to either city. York is truly unique and unlike any other English city. Not only is it popular with tourists but locals too, York was also voted the best place to live in the UK by Sunday Times. The city with Roman roots and a Viking past, who could resist this beautiful contemporary location! It’s a must-see for all.
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What was once a thriving port and dock, now boasts a beautiful picturesque scene full of shopping and culture. In recent years, Liverpool has undergone huge regeneration through a series of schemes and programmes. The £5.5M Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme is still underway with large development and property companies jumping on board. The recent Baltic regeneration areas have proven highly popular with visitors and locals alike. Property investment experts, RW Invest, have multiple developments all over the city and believe that their contribution is changing the face of Liverpool entirely. There is so much to do while you’re in Liverpool, from taking a walk in Sefton park to reading about the music history of the Beatles. It’s fun to explore and perhaps even have a drink or two when you’re around the city.
Situated in the South of the Lake District and only a few miles from the sea, Kendal is a stunning location for a night away. It perfectly caters to everyone’s holiday needs with a fine selection of shopping arcades, castles, bridges, restaurants and museums. Tourists often see Kendal as the gateway to the Lake District as it’s only a short 9-mile journey to Windermere. The town is famous for exporting Kendal Mint Cake, and local firms still produce their own brands now. The town also has a thriving retail sector with various shopping centres around the town. The city centre is mostly pedestrianised too, so it offers visitors a safe environment to explore the wonderful views.
The spa town located in North Yorkshire, Harrogate is a tourist destination due to its many visitor attractions including spa waters and Harlow Carr Gardens. Traditionally a Victorian town and rural district, the heart of Yorkshire can be found in Harrogate. It’s known for its natural beauty and range of comprehensive accommodation but also the idyllic country cottages and cute townhouses. With the Yorkshire Dales on the doorstep, there is plenty of scope for adventure activities during your stay in Harrogate.
Durham is a city just south of Newcastle upon Tyne that is known for its prestigious university and cathedral. It offers countless activities including a Botanic Garden with woodland, an Oriental Museum and a stunning castle. Just north of the castle visitors can find Crook Hall which is home to gardens and a maze, a true Durham beauty. If you’re a foodie looking for the perfect restaurant or coffee shop, Durham is a location you need to visit as it has everything you need.
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