With so much going on in the south of England, it can be a refreshing to sometimes take a little trip further up north. Known for its gorgeous scenery, the north of England has an abundance to offer in terms of staycations. Whether you’re after an active weekend in the Lake District or a city break to York, there is something for everyone to discover. Below at the top five places you need to visit in the north.
Famous for its Harry Potter style buildings, York is a beautiful spot for a more historic holiday. Check out some local businesses by taking an amble around the cobbled streets of the shambles before heading over to York Minster. The towering structure of the minster is an iconic sight of York and it’s also the starting point for many a ghost tour if you’re feeling brave. If you’ve got kids, make sure you plan a trip to the Jorvick Viking Centre. With a rich Viking history, there’s no better place than York for kids to explore this exciting piece of British heritage.
If you’re more of an outdoor explorer, just a short distance away from York will set you in the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales. It’s called God’s Own Country for a reason; the Yorkshire Dales has a huge amount of stunning countryside to satisfy the adventurer in you. One of the most popular walking routes, Malham Cove, will wow you with over 200ft limestone cliffs and rural waterfalls. Similarly, Aysgarth Falls is another great spot and is suitable for all ages – so is ideal for taking the kids for some much-needed fresh air!
More of a city-dweller? Then Liverpool will be right up your street. Birth place of The Beatles, Liverpool is an incredible city for music and nightlife lovers. With countless gigs and music venues, there really is something for everyone. Not only does Liverpool boast an impressive night out, it’s also got an interesting art scene too. A great way to spend the day after the night before is by visiting the many art galleries and on your way, you can check out the urban street art as well.
Away from the hustle and bustle, the Lake District is any countryside lover’s paradise. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Lake District is perfect for all ages. Whether you’re a family, a group of friends or a couple, the versatility of things to do in the Lake District is abundant. From popular walks and hikes such as Scafell Pike to water sports like kayaking and sailing.
Another Yorkshire destination, Whitby is a fond favourite for many people in the UK. A popular seaside town, Whitby is synonymous for excellent fish and chips with a side of vampires – No, seriously. Did you know Whitby served as the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula? The gothic Whitby Abbey influenced Stoker while researching for his world renown novel. Away from the drama, Whitby is great for gentle strolls with the cliff walk to Robin Hood’s Bay a particular favourite for tourists.
The north of England is overflowing with things to do and see and with the ease of train travel and things like off peak tickets, there’s no reason not to visit!