Places to visit

The Great Lake at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire

Discover the 23 fascinating destinations that deserve a place on your British bucket list. Although each one has its own distinct character, colloquialisms and delectable local dish you’ll wish you’d have tried sooner, they’re all bound together by a big warm warm welcome, dramatic landscapes, buzzing cultural scenes and a monumental amount of history. Here, you’ll find the very best things to do in Durham, Liverpool, Manchester York and much more…

Rural retreats


Cheshire serves up an idyllic slice of Merry Old England, its calm countryside dotted with stately homes, romantic ruins and historic market towns.

North York Moors

The heather-topped hills, deep valleys and rugged coastline of the North York Moors set the scene for some of Northern England’s loveliest landscapes.

Peak District

The sweeping heather-clad moors, rugged rock formations and stately homes of the Peak District have inspired everyone from walkers to writers.

The Lake District

The Lake District (or ‘Lakeland’ as it’s locally known) is a region of incredible scenic beauty and is by far the UK’s most popular national park.

Yorkshire Dales. Copyright Kidson

Yorkshire Dales

Walkers, cyclists and artists flock to the Yorkshire Dales to enjoy the lovely limestone scenery, numerous natural wonders and iconic railway line.


Graced by three stunning national parks, an excess of heritage sites and a spectacular coastline – Yorkshire is fondly known as ‘God’s Own Country.’


An idyllic yet little-known corner of Northern England, Calderdale enchants with its verdant landscapes, tranquil canals and memorable historic sites.


Kirklees – a landscape of heather moorlands, literary inspiration, gigantic pies and, quite possibly, the remains of Robin Hood…


Ryedale is a beautiful blend of bustling market towns, traditional picturesque villages and quirky charms, with spectacular scenery at every turn.


Lancashire’s beautiful landscapes will help put the spring back in your step, with fascinating heritage, generous hospitality and tasty local food.

Heritage breaks


Durham is a sweeping emerald canvas with breathtaking dales, a dramatic coastline, a vale steeped in history and a vibrant city at its heart.


A marvel of ancient walls, medieval streets, dazzling museums and a spectacular minster, it’s no wonder York is one of England’s most-visited cities.


Harrogate is Yorkshire’s refreshing spa town of Turkish baths, colourfully handsome English gardens and glorious Edwardian architecture.


Close to the Scottish border, Carlisle is surrounded by wild beauty. Famed for its castle and nearby Hadrian’s Wall, only history has tamed this city.


Bradford’s cultural pedigree is truly impressive. With its UNESCO film credentials and addictive Asian food scene, it’s a city for all the senses.


From its famous market and the world’s oldest classic horse race to country manors and romantic hilltop castles, Doncaster is a town of tradition.

Towns and cities


From glass-roofed arcades and Victorian mills to innovative ballets and independent boutiques, spirited Leeds is old England seen through modern eyes.


Creative, hedonistic and unreservedly proud of its mighty industrial heritage, there’s always something going on in Manchester.


Newcastle combines vibrant nightlife, inspiring heritage and world-class culture to offer a vibrant city experience with plenty of Northern charm.


Liverpool produced the world’s greatest pop band and modern Merseyside moves to a cosmopolitan and cultured beat.

Hull and East Yorkshire

With its mighty cultural heritage and revitalised public spaces, the maritime city of Hull is ready to take the crown as the UK City of Culture 2017.


Sculptures, castles, rhubarb and liquorice: Wakefield’s eclectic mix of culture, heritage and festivals is worth getting excited about.


A town steeped in mining heritage, traditional brass bands and the juiciest lamb chops you'll ever sink your teeth into.

Coastal escapes


Blackpool – a whizzing, dizzying whirl of sound, colour and light, all happening in one city by the sea.

Hartlepool Maritime Experience

Redcar & Cleveland

Timeless Redcar & Cleveland has sandy beaches, salty air, Victorian steam trains, Anglo Saxon heritage and forest walks.


Sefton is perfectly placed for seaside fun, golfing and ogling atmospheric life-sized art installations.

South Tyneside

South Tyneside offers a wealth of fascinating heritage and its seaside charm never fails to win the hearts of visitors.


A proud seafront city, Sunderland boasts sandy beaches and a buzzing riverfront, abundant culture and heritage, plus one of England’s best airshows.


Heather moorlands, dark skies, Roman fortifications and a windswept coastline replete with castles: Northumberland is as diverse as it is fascinating.


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