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Vibrant cities

As you travel around the North of England, you will notice our cities; our language, tasty regional delicacies and the people that live here all have very distinct and unique personalities. And best of all, the people who live here are a friendly bunch and will take huge delight in telling you all about their insider tips and personal recommendations to ensure you make the absolute most of your vacation. Use the map below to explore the vibrant cites of the North East.

North East

NewcastleGateshead is the regional capital of North East England. United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle and Gateshead form a single, diverse and vibrant visitor destination. You’ll find world-class culture, a vibrant and buzzing nightlife, award-winning dining, a rich heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture all wrapped up by the famous Geordie spirit.

Soccer fans can head to St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United FC. On match day the atmosphere is electric and you can hear the roar of the crowd, as the ground is a stone’s throw from the main city centre.

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Durham City, just ten minutes south of NewcastleGateshead by train, is one of England’s popular heritage cities and offers an exciting contrast to the hustle and bustle of the lively regional capital. Step back in time and explore the winding cobbled streets, relaxed riverside walks and the delicious café culture, which all centres around the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Castle, one of the greatest Norman buildings in England and a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Durham City offers unique shopping experiences and quirky pubs. Head a few miles out of the city and in to the Durham countryside and you can really step back in time at award-winning Beamish Museum and experience what life was like in North East England over 100 years ago.

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Sunderland is a bustling city by the sea with a fantastic history. Take a trip to the National Glass Centre and discover the history of glass making in Sunderland. The coastline at Roker and Seaburn is stunning, and home to the popular Sunderland International Airshow. Soccer fans can take in a match at the Stadium of Light, home to Sunderland AFC and if you’re looking to take in a West End Show, Sunderland Empire is sure to guarantee a great night at the theatre. 

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York, a historic walled city, is rich in ancient history. Its exquisite architecture, tangle of cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster, alongside a wealth of visitor attractions makes York an intriguing city to explore.

Discover the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Viking city at Jorvik Viking Centre, explore the Dungeons and delve into York’s bloody history and visit York Minster with its medieval stained glass windows, stone masterpieces and historic treasures. Climbing to the top of the Central Tower offers panoramic views across York.

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Leeds is a city full of experiences, easy to explore and ready to be discovered. Leeds offers high end shopping, thriving markets, fabulous family attractions as well as ballet, opera, art and concerts by some of the world’s top performers. Leeds blends the old and new, providing an exciting environment for adventure.

Leeds is home to The Royal Armouries, one of the UK’s best museums for budding historians and the largest collections of armour, arms and artillery in the North of England.

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Sheffield, also known as the Steel City, is a thriving industrial city with the stunning Peak District National Park right on the doorstep. One of the most iconic buildings is the award-winning Winter Gardens, one of Europe’s largest glasshouses. Make a trip to the Kelham Island Museum, which showcases the city’s history from industrialisation to modern times and visit Chatsworth House, one of Britain’s grandest country houses is a must.

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Hull, a historic maritime city, is a hidden treasure in Yorkshire’s crown. The UK’s City of Culture 2017 offers historic buildings, lively entertainment, bustling shops, historic bars and delicious restaurants combined with Yorkshire’s unique personality.  

Discover the birthplace of William Wilberforce, a leading light of the anti-slavery movement, follow the city trails and take a trip to The Deep, where you can explore the world’s oceans at one of the world’s most spectacular aquariums. 

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North West

Manchester, needs no introduction. This edgy, cool industrial city is home to some of Britain’s biggest music legends, world-famous sports teams, a thriving arts and culture scene and unrivalled shopping.

Sport lovers should head to the National Football Museum whilst art lovers should visit the iconic Lowry Gallery, home to the world’s largest collection of works by LS Lowry.

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Liverpool, home of The Beatles and the largest collection of museums and galleries outside of London, culture and heritage is at the heart of this maritime city. Take a ferry trip across the Mersey and enjoy the iconic waterfront and city skyline. Visit the legendary Cavan Club or check out the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Albert Dock.  

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