10 enticing experiences in England's Northern Cities

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The North of England City Experience is a multi-destination city-break offer connecting Newcastle Gateshead, Hull, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, via a single rover rail ticket. Beginning and ending in any city, staying in as many as the cities as you choose, city-hop at your own pace with one easy-to-buy rail ticket enabling 4 days travel between the cities over an 8-day period for just £99, offering better value than individual tickets.

With restrictions easing across England, please continue to follow government guidance and remember to plan ahead and check attraction websites before travelling. Take a look at our top tips on how to escape the everyday responsibly to see how you can make the most out of your day trips and breaks. 


Take a peek behind the scenes on the set of ‘Peaky Blinders’ Liverpool


Kazimier Garden in Liverpool, England.

Take the Official Peaky Blinders Tour and see the hit show’s locations up close and hear anecdotes about the making of all five series of the show. Get a picture outside the home of Polly and see where Tommy was nearly beaten to death by Father Hughes’ henchmen. See the home of Field Marshall Russell that was targeted by the Shelby's with a letter bomb. Stop for a panoramic shot of Liverpool from the other side of the River Mersey and visit the terminal where the Changretta's tried to escape to America in Series 3.

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Discover the ultimate history of British Rock & Pop in Liverpool, the city where it all began


The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, a famous landmark in the Beatles career.

From the Beatles and Bowie to The Spice Girls and Adele, the British Music Experience Liverpool boasts an unrivalled collection of memorabilia, images and footage. Charting the beginnings, rise and influence of British pop from 1945 to the present day. With outfits worn by Freddie Mercury and Dusty Springfield, Adam Ant and Little Mix; musical instruments played by some of the world’s most renowned artists from Noel Gallagher to the Sex Pistols. Visitors can play instruments and have a go at being a pop star in the ‘Dance the Decades’ video booth.

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Eat the City - A Magnificent Manchester Gastronomic Experience


This truly is a gastronomic ‘Scranchester’ adventure, sampling some of the best food and drink the city has to offer, whilst learning how food offers an insight onto the city’s past, present and future. This walking tour covers some of the city’s food-hotspots including Mackie Mayor food market, Chinatown, and the independent food and drink operators in the Northern Quarter. You won’t need to eat for the rest of the day!

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The world’s greatest sport, the beautiful game – enjoy footballing history at the National Football Museum Manchester


The National Football Museum in Manchester.

Experience the world’s greatest sport at the National Football Museum. Whether you’re a football fanatic, planning a visit with your family or on a short break to the great city of Manchester, come and share stories about everyone’s favourite game. Explore the history of the beautiful game through the world’s finest collection of football objects. From incredible FA Cup silverware to the FA’s replica of the Jules Rimet, right up to the present day, displays telling the remarkable story of the game of our lives.

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Arrive hungry but leave happy after a Leeds Street Food Tour


The Victoria Quarter in Leeds, Yorkshire.

Get an insight into the history of Yorkshire cuisine and an appreciation of the diverse food and drink offer in the city. Explore Leeds’s independent food scene with a tour of the best pubs, street food vendors and restaurants. 3 tours are available including a Guided Street Food Tour which includes guide, 6 street vendor visits with food from all over the world within two indoor street food hubs & ‘pour your own’ local beer. There’s also a Local Leeds Guided Food Tour or Self-Guided Tour for those who want to go at their own pace. Includes 6 pre-paid tastings at street food vendors, map, fact cards and tokens.

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Become a ‘beer’ evangelist in Leeds


The Tetley brewery in Leeds, Yorkshire.

Join 'Beer Evangelist' Mike Hampshire on an award-winning, fun & immersive tour of Leeds, learning about the rich history of beer in the city, whilst sampling fine ales along the way. The tour takes in The Tetley, which was the headquarters for Leeds' most famous brewery, Joshua Tetley and Sons (now a Contemporary Art Gallery) and 5 pubs including the Duck & Drake on Kirkgate, Leeds' oldest street with a dark past. Learn about the history of the pubs, other old breweries in the city & how it compares to the modern brewing scene. Drinks included.

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Witness the oldest, largest, highest….in Hull


Hull Minster is England’s largest parish church; England’s oldest brick-built building still in use for its original purpose (700 years); the highest publicly accessible building in Hull and the largest 4-sided clock face. If that’s not enough to enjoy with free access, the Minster hosts a mix of local and national art installations throughout the year and architectural tours are also pre-bookable.

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Deep dive in Hull with over 3,500 fish


The Deep is one of the UK's most spectacular aquariums, with over 3500 fish, stunning marine life and plenty of activities for all the family. As part of the regeneration of Hull The Deep has become an internationally recognised landmark and has even featured on a Royal Mail stamp! The building exploits the landscape on which it is built and was inspired by natural geological land formations. Gleaming glass and aluminium thrust into the dramatic landscape on the confluence of the two rivers marking the historic entry to Kingston upon Hull with a brand new future.

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Walk through time & Newcastle with Alex Iles


A shot across Newcastle Gateshead at sunset.

Alex knows that the best trips live on in the memories that stay with you. That’s why he doesn’t do ordinary walking tours. Instead, he takes you on a journey into the fascinating Newcastle orientated stories that have shaped England’s unique history, people and culture for over 2,000 years – and are still unfolding today. You’ll have fun, learn new things and come away with a great story to tell.

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Award Winning Tasty Treats served at Dobson & Parnell Newcastle


Set within a Victorian Grade II listed Quayside building, the interior blends modern elegance with key Victorian features. Inside enjoy refined British and European cuisine created by owner and award-winning restaurateur Andy Hook - awarded 2020 winner of the Taste of North East England Award. You will find Dobson & Parnell in the Michelin Guide 2020 and the Good Food Guide 2020 so why not pre-book a 5 or 7-course Tasting Menu at lunch or dinner on a Wednesday or Thursday from £35 and you can add a flight of matching wines for an exciting culinary experience.

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