DESTINATION GUIDE TO THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
A region of contrasts, the North of England combines some of the nation's most untamed landscapes and characterful urban centres.
PLACES TO EXPLORE
- The Cities of Chester, Liverpool and Mancheste
- Valleys and dales of the Lake Distric
- Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors
- The Roman frontier, including York and Hardian's Wall
- UNESCO World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey
- Norman built Durham Cathedral
Stretching from the cities of Chester, Liverpool and Manchester up to the Scottish border, the north of England encompasses some of England's most traditional counties including Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. The area is renowned for its wild and untamed natural beauty home to no less than four of England's ten national parks; possibly most renowned are the sweeping lakes, valleys and dales of the Lake District, whilst the windswept Hills of Northumberland and the brooding, barren landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are not to be missed. These areas of protected beauty provide an ample stomping ground for hikers, climbers, hill-walkers and outdoor enthusiasts whilst in the past they have inspired artists, authors and poets including Turner, Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, the Bronte Sisters and Herriot to name but a few.
Some of England's richest history can be found in the northern territories which have been influenced by England's inhabitants throughout the ages. The footprint of the Romans is evident with heritage sites dotted throughout the region, particularly around Chester and not least along the ancient Roman frontier at the border with Scotland on Hadrian's Wall. Norman Castles are a feature of the landscapes and there are still reminders of Viking occupation, particularly at the archaeological digs in York. Amongst the north's most impressive sites is the UNESCO World Heritage site at the 800 yr old Fountains Abbey and Georgian water gardens.
York Minster, York, England
The people of the North of England are said to be down-to-earth and warmly welcoming to visitors but are also renowned for their quirky accents and character. This rich character is reflected in the region's major cities which are vibrant and abundant in individual personality. Manchester and Liverpool are vibrant urban centres born of the industrial revolution but experiencing revivals in recent years to make them contemporary and en-vogue cities of 21st century England. Between them they have made disproportionate contributions to England's popular culture whether in fashion, sport, commerce or music marked most notably in the international renown of the Beatles and Manchester United Football Club. Likewise Newcastle is an up-and-coming modern city. By contrast York and Durham offer highly traditional English experiences, each dappled with historic landmarks from the glorious gothic architecture of York Minster and the UNESCO world Heritage site at the Norman built Durham Cathedral.
The North of England is not to be missed on your vacation to England, home to world-renowned countryside, cityscapes old and new, and an utterly unique culture.
Our guides to the regions of England.
Eccentric England, humming with history, heritage, pageantry, pomp and tradition. England is a place to sit back and enjoy quirky hospitality and past-times, to see first-hand a host of world-famous sites, to uncover hidden gems, to soak up glorious history and a place in which to simply indulge in the great outdoors.
East of England
Any trip to England is incomplete without a day or two spent in the East experiencing her subtle charms, stately homes and the glorious university city of Cambridge.
Heart of England
Encompassing some of England's key historic city's and sites, alongside lesser known gems and some of the country's most quintessential countryside, central England really is the Heart of England. The Heart of England's landscapes are punctuated with stately homes and castles including some of England's best known sites.
South East England
Home to cathedral cities, coastal towns and some of England's most famous Castles, the unique history of the south east should be experienced on any tour of England. The south east of England shows off this great nation at its most traditional; mellow, pastoral landscapes are dotted with royal palaces, ancient castles and quintessential English townships.
South West England
Whether seeking modern or historic culture, unravelling ancient mysteries or exploring beautiful land and seascapes, the South West of England is an intrinsic part of your vacation to England.
European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool is a vibrant, modern cultural centre with a rugged maritime past and is best known as the home of the world-renowned Beatles. Liverpool is home to wealth of historic and cultural landmarks; the Albert Docks waterfront area of the city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to more listed buildings than any other city in Britain outside of London.
The Lake District
Be inspired by English countryside at its most dramatic with a visit to the Lake District. Possibly England's most celebrated region of natural beauty, the Lake District is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes of towering peaks and graceful lakes which have inspired artists and poets alike.
Comprising the nations of England, Scotland and Wales, Great Britain is a land of rich history, diverse cultures and glorious vistas just waiting to be discovered. Together these three countries and their peoples combine to create an unforgettable visitor destination which should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
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