Northern England invites you to experience an area of Britain like no other where ancient towns, beautiful countryside, sweeping coasts and modern cities combine to produce experiences that stay long in the memory and inspire you to return. With non-stop flights from across the USA into Manchester and Newcastle, Northern England is a compact region where you can experience it all in just a few short days.
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.
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 favorite 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 in the North, you are spoilt for choice: historic cityscapes are lit up on darker autumn nights by son et lumière 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.
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 three days is recommended. It is easy to get to the North via two international airports in Manchester and Newcastle. Direct flights depart from the USA throughout the year. If you are arriving via London, the area is just a couple of hours by intercity train.
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