6 Things To Do in the North of England

North of England

The North of England is one of the lesser-known tourist destinations in the UK. The region has breathtaking scenery, historic castles and towns, exciting nightlife.

1. Hike

The North of England is home to breathtaking national parks, such as The Peak District, The Lake District, and the Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors. They are famous among hikers for a very diverse and otherworldly landscape - stunning valleys, the moorlands, lakes, rivers, and even mountains.

Most of the routes are suitable for beginners. However, if you are up for a challenge, tackling the highest mountain in England - Scafell Pike - is an unforgettable adventure. Some physical preparation would be required, but the walk in the clouds is well worth the effort.

2. Marvel at incredible castles

Northumberland in the North East is home to more castles than any other county in England. Its prime jewel - Bamburgh castle on the coast of the North Sea - is particularly breathtaking, but others, such as castles of Tynemouth, Alnwick, and Durham are also striking.

3. Soak up the history of medieval towns and villages

Cosy towns in the North of England pulsate history at every corner. York has not only a stunning cathedral and quirky shops, but also one of the best-preserved medieval streets in the world.

Those interested in darker pages of history should put Eyam Village on their list. While it looks absolutely charming, the town was isolated from other towns during The Great Plague, which killed the majority of the village’s population.

4. Explore a booming craft beer scene

Northern England has numerous towns and cities that are well-known among beer lovers for pubs that suit everybody’s needs, as well as for fascinating breweries.

Cities like Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, and Sheffield are proud to produce beer that is known both at home and abroad, and their annual beer festivals attract beer lovers from across the country and beyond.

5. Learn more about the music legends

This part of the country has produced numerous music legends.Liverpool is proud to be the birthplace of The Beatles, and numerous fans come to see the museums and the statues dedicated to the band or even stay at the Yellow Submarine Hotel.

If you are ever in Manchester, be prepared to sing your lungs out with Oasis fans when “Don’t Look Back in Anger” comes on. Also, Sheffield locals will not forget to mention that the Arctic Monkeys are from there - some swear that they have seen Alex Turner himself in their local pub.

6. Try out regional cuisine

There are some regional dishes that should definitely be a part of your Northern adventure. No one loves savoury pies the way the northerners do, so it is worth heading to a pub that serves food and see what the fuss is all about. Other specialities worth trying include Cumberland sausage, Yorkshire pudding, and Pan haggerty. And, of course, the gravy - up North it goes with nearly everything. Chips and vinegar are lovely, but chips and gravy? That’s an experience!