Destination Guide to the North of England

A region of contrasts, the North of England combines some of the nation’s most untamed landscapes and characterful urban centres.

Stretching from the cities of Chester, Liverpool and Manchester up to the Scottish border, the north of England encompasses some of England’s most traditional counties including Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. The area is renowned for its wild and untamed natural beauty home to no less than four of England’s ten national parks; possibly most renowned are the sweeping lakes, valleys and dales of the Lake District, whilst the windswept Hills of Northumberland and the brooding, barren landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are not to be missed. These areas of protected beauty provide an ample stomping ground for hikers, climbers, hill-walkers and outdoor enthusiasts whilst in the past they have inspired artists, authors and poets including Turner, Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, the Bronte Sisters and Herriot to name but a few.

Some of England’s richest history can be found in the northern territories which have been influenced by England’s inhabitants throughout the ages. The footprint of the Romans is evident with heritage sites dotted throughout the region, particularly around Chester and not least along the ancient Roman frontier at the border with Scotland on Hadrian’s Wall. Norman Castles are a feature of the landscapes and there are still reminders of Viking occupation, particularly at the archaeological digs in York. Amongst the north’s most impressive sites is the UNESCO World Heritage site at the 800 yr old Fountains Abbey and Georgian water gardens.

The people of the North of England are said to be down-to-earth and warmly welcoming to visitors but are also renowned for their quirky accents and character. This rich character is reflected in the region’s major cities which are vibrant and abundant in individual personality. Manchester and Liverpool are vibrant urban centres born of the industrial revolution but experiencing revivals in recent years to make them contemporary and en-vogue cities of 21st century England. Between them they have made disproportionate contributions to England’s popular culture whether in fashion, sport, commerce or music marked most notably in the international renown of the Beatles and Manchester United Football Club. Likewise Newcastle is an up-and-coming modern city. By contrast York and Durham offer highly traditional English experiences, each dappled with historic landmarks from the glorious gothic architecture of York Minster and the UNESCO world Heritage site at the Norman built Durham Cathedral.

The North of England is not to be missed on your vacation to England, home to world-renowned countryside, cityscapes old and new, and an utterly unique culture.

Relevant Tours

England Tours - Stonehenge

A British Journey takes you on an expedition from the capital of Scotland to the capital of England touching upon Wales and enjoying a wealth of cultural highlights along the way. Explore Scotland’s “Highlands in miniature” and the historic city of Edinburgh before passing south through the inspiring landscapes of the Lake District, Cotswolds and Wye Valley to glorious historic cities including Chester, Cardiff, Stratford upon Avon and Bath. Your trip ends in the thriving metropolis of London.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Experience English icons, a number of heritage cities and the tranquil beauty of the English countryside as you traverse the England's rail network. Smooth rail rides will take you from capital London to York, Liverpool and the Bard's Stratford upon Avon.

England Tours Salisbury

Enjoy the highlights of Britain on this leisurely 15-day tour which takes you from the far South West of England to Scotland’s St Andrews. On route discover national icons such as Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle and Windsor Castle alongside more “off the beaten path” destinations as you explore the coast and countryside of Devon and Cornwall, the mountains of North Wales and the remote towns and dales of Yorkshire.

Tours of London - Tower Bridge

Discover some of Britain’s finest cities and all that’s in between on this leisurely tour of the East of Scotland and England.  Travelling from Edinburgh to London via York, you’ll enjoy overnight stays in our most renowned historic and cultural centres whilst your daily excursions will take you to a host of smaller towns and areas of natural beauty including St Andrews, the Scottish Borders, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cotswolds.

A succinct but feature-packed tour, this spirited journey captures the essence of Britain in only a few days. Visiting England, Scotland and Wales it includes a fantastic cross-section of Britain's historical towns, traditional heritage, cultural figures and idyllic scenic landscapes not to mention some real gems of this great nation.

England Tours Salisbury

Icons of England takes you on a journey of discovery of England's most renowned sites, cities and landscapes. You'll experience English icons including the colleges of Cambridge, historic York Minster, the classic countryside of the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Roman Baths, the enigmatic Stonehenge and the grandiose Windsor Castle.

Scotland Tours - Edinburgh at night

See both cityscapes and scenic landscapes on this lively tour of Britain; with departures through the Winter months you’ll experience the highlights of England Scotland and Wales at a quieter time of year and at ultimate value. Enjoy the opportunity to experience crisp British Winter mornings and frosted landscapes as you journey from London to medieval York through historic Edinburgh, vibrant Liverpool and the Welsh capital of Cardiff. Iconic sites are in abundance including Edinburgh Castles, Stonehenge and the English Lake District.

Tours of London - Tower Bridge

This journey takes you from London to Edinburgh providing the full British history and culture experience. See Oxford and the Cotswolds, shop at Chester's Rows, wind through Wales' stunning Snowdonia National Park, sample local Welsh cuisine, enjoy medieval York and explore Wordsworth's Lake District before finally visiting mysterious chapels and stately homes in the Scottish Lowlands.

Tour the North of England - Durham

Travel from Edinburgh to London through England's historic Eastern regions where the Celts, Romans, Angles and Vikings all left their marks. We'll discover rich and contrasting history and culture as we explore the cathedral cities of Durham and York, drive through the stunning and remote landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District and wind our way through the colleges and cobbled streets of Cambridge. On route we'll encounter hidden villages, stately homes and Royal Palaces.

Tours of England - Bath

This elegant tour of Britain evokes a bygone age, discover traditional villages, stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens. Featuring two-night stays throughout, in each overnight destination, journey at a leisurely pace enjoying expertly planned day excursions and city tours in each destination with fabulous local visits designed to showcase each region in depth. An truly engaging and well balanced itinerary of Britain.

Tours of England - Bath

Enjoy the history and grandeur of an ancient land on this castle tour of England. By day you'll explore castle ruins, historic sites, stunning landscapes and cultural jewels such as Oxford, Stratford, Chester, York and Bath whilst by night you'll live like royalty as you experience historic and characterful castle hotels and opulent country manors!

Tour of York England

Utilize the extensive English rail network to explore the corners of the English nation.  From the Salisbury Plain and West Country coasts , Lake District and Cotswolds to the charming heritage cities of Bath, York, Stratford upon Avon and Chester.  This is the ultimate rail tour of England.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Enjoy two countries for the price of one as you use the British rail network to explore England and Wales. Travelling in comfort enjoy the city highlights including Cardiff, London and York as well as scenic train rides through the enigmatic countryside of North Wales, the Cotwsolds and the Yorkshire dales.

Tour the North of England - Durham

With their rustic, rural charm and friendly peoples, the northern counties offer guests a unique and truly traditional flavor of England. Having inspired poets, artists, novelists and musician's alike, uncover the wild beauty of the Lancashire Dales, Yorkshire Moors and the Lake District and explore the magnificent historic cities of York, Durham, Liverpool and Chester.

Tours of England - Hampton Court

Sweeping through a land with rich history and tradition, bustling cities and picturesque villages, rolling green hills and rugged coastlines, The Royal tour of Britain, new for 2018 has been specifically designed to include Royal connections of the UK. From the gates of Balmoral to Buckingham Palace explore the historic streets of Edinburgh to the excitement of London, one breath-taking step at a time.

England Tours - Lake District

Discover quintessential England as you explore the patchwork countryside of the Cotswolds and some of England's most captivating historic cities. Delight in the rolling fields of Cambridgeshire, the walking haven of the Lake District and the grandeur of regency city Bath, before retiring to a comfortable overnight stay in a traditional pub or inn offering classic "pub-grub" for your evening meal and a selection of ales in the bar.

Castle Tours - Blenheim Palace

Indulge in the history and heritage of England, Scotland and Wales by day and see its character reflected in your unique and distinguished accommodation each night on this deluxe tour of Britain. With your overnight accommodation in quality castle or manor house hotels, your tour will take you through the elegant cities of York, Bath, Oxford and Edinburgh as well as the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Moors, the Scottish Lowlands and the mountains of Snowdonia.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Indulge in a unique tour taking in two of Britain’s unique nations as you explore the sights and sounds of England and Scotland.  Your driving tour will take you through the rural landscapes of England and Scotland before returning your vehicle in Edinburgh and returning to London by rail. The trip will take in the beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, Lake District and Western Scottish Highlands not to mention a host of elegant cities including York, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.

Tours of Wales - Brecon Beacons

Experience the contrasts of two distinct British cultures on this in-depth tour of England and Wales.  Enjoy the contrasting vistas of the patchwork fields of the Cotswolds, the rustic Yorkshire Dales, the mountains of Snowdonia and the coastlines of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Not to mention icons of English and Welsh history at Conwy Castle, York Minster, Shakespeare’s Stratford, Cardiff Castle and Stonehenge.

Tours England - York

England Explorer offers an in depth tour of this great nation. From the charming countryside of the Lake District and the Cotswolds to the exciting cities of Liverpool and York this tour takes in England's most renowned sites and some lesser known gems.

Britain Tours - Lake District

Experience the very best of England, Scotland and Wales on this quality tour of all of Britain. Enjoy the fabulous cities of York, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff and pass through areas of outstanding scenery in the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, the Trossachs, the Lake District and the renowned coastal counties of England's West Country; Devon and Cornwall.

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