Ah the North of England. I might be biased since I’ve lived here all my life, but I really don’t think you’ll find a better place on the planet.
With phenomenal scenery, stunning architecture and friendly people, there are tonnes of fantastic places you can visit up North. Here’s my top 5 places I reckon everyone should have on their UK Bucket List.
Now before I start, I feel like there’s a bit of a disagreement in the UK about where the North truly starts. Many arguments have taken place over it, and everyone you ask will have a different answer. But for me, the North starts at York:
Please don’t hate me…
The Lake District
Located in Cumbria in the North-West, The Lake District is a beautiful part of the world. It’s England’s largest National Park, as well as being home to the highest mountain and deepest lake in England. It’s landscape is perfect for the avid adventurer, whether you love to swim, hike or canoe. Not only will it’s landscape blow you away, but it’s culture and friendly locals will honestly make you fall in love with this corner of the country.
Head over to Visit Lake District to find out more and to learn how to make the most of your visit.
Located on the Yorkshire Coast, Whitby is renowned for it’s links with Captain Cook and Dracula. Whitby Abbey is one of the most popular spots in the town, with it’s Gothic remains overlooking the harbour. With activities and attractions to meet everyone’s interests, Whitby is a perfect place to visit for the whole family. There are daily boat trips available out into the bay, and if you’re lucky enough you may even spot a whale or two! Every year Whitby is host to Goth Weekend, it’s an incredible weekend which brings the entire town to life.
Whitby truly is a special place to visit, and is a doorway to exploring so many other fantastic places in North Yorkshire and beyond.
Silloth (Solway Coast)
We’re back on the West Coast now. Silloth is the place we always used to go to on our family holidays. Silloth was a popular seaside town in Victorian England, with many heading to this coastal town to make the most of the crisp fresh air and to escape the hustle and bustle of city living. Solway Marshes is a great place to visit to see some amazing wildlife and to get off the beaten track.
It’s town green has a kids water play area, as well as local independent shops and businesses. On a clear day, you can also see across the waters to Scotland! Silloth on Solway Golf Course is incredibly popular with golfers of all abilities and ages too, so there’s plenty to do and see here to keep the whole family entertained.
Holy Island, Lindisfarne
Located off the Northumberland Coast, Holy Island is a unique place to visit. Cut off twice a day by the tides, the Island is home to a rich and powerful history, and is still a place of pilgrimage for many people. The Lindisfarne Priory was built in the 12th Century, and became the centre of Christianity during Anglo-Saxon times. It’s Castle dates back to the 16th Century, and was a fortress to defend the harbour from the Scots and Norsemen.
For more information on tidal times, where to stay and what else you can get up to, head over to the Visit Northumberland website.
I did a post on County Durham a few weeks ago. But I just can’t recommend a visit to my home County enough.
Whether its visiting the City of Durham, taking in the phenomenal landscape in the Durham Dales, or experiencing the theatre, County Durham has so much to offer.
Check out my post of what to do in County Durham here.
Have you been to the North of England? Where’s your favourite place to visit? Let me know in the comments below!