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July is the perfect time to visit the north of the UK, with warmer weather and longer days ideal for exploring some of the region's most popular destinations. Below you will find a list of our top five recommendations for places to visit in July this year.

1. Lake District

The Lake District is a stunning region in the northwest of England, known for its breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. With warm and sunny weather in July, it is an ideal time to visit and explore the area.

We recommend visiting the following attractions:

Lake District

  • Windermere: England's largest natural lake, Windermere is a sought-after tourist destination. Enjoy boat tours, swimming, or simply relax on the shore and admire the stunning views.
  • Grasmere: A picturesque village famous for its gingerbread shop, which has been baking the treat since 1854. Also, visit the grave of William Wordsworth, one of England's greatest poets, famous for his ‘daffodils’.
  • Keswick: This lively market town is a starting point for hikes and outdoor adventures in the Lake District. Take a stroll along the river, visit the mystical Castlerigg Stone Circle, or climb a nearby peak for panoramic views.



  • Ullswater: This stunning lake surrounded by lush green hills and picturesque villages is perfect for a steamer tour, hiking to the top of Helvellyn, or just relaxing and admiring the peaceful scenery.

Nearest train station: Oxenholme Lake District.

2. Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is a famous historical monument located in northern England and a popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom. The Roman Empire built it during the reign of Emperor Hadrian in AD 122 to protect the empire from northern tribes and to control the movement of people and goods. The wall stretches for 73 miles (117 km) from the Solway Firth in the west to Wallsend in the east.

If you're planning to visit Hadrian's Wall in July, there are several must-visit places that offer a unique glimpse into the history of this remarkable monument, including:

  • Hadrians WallRoman Army Museum: Near the Housesteads Roman Fort, this museum provides an in-depth look at the daily lives of Roman soldiers. See original artefacts and interactive displays that bring the history of Hadrian's Wall to life.
  • Birdoswald Roman Fort: One of the most well-preserved forts along Hadrian's Wall, this site is a must-visit for history buffs. Explore the remains of the fort and the surrounding countryside.
  • Milecastle 42: A well-preserved milecastle along Hadrian's Wall, this spot is popular among history enthusiasts. See the remains of the ancient lookout point and imagine the Roman garrisons guarding the atmospheric moorland.
  • Steel Rigg: A scenic high point that offers panoramic views over the moorland and Hadrian's Wall. Discover the rich wildlife and wild, natural beauty of the surrounding area.

The stations at Brampton, Haltwhistle, and Hexham give access to Hadrian's Wall.

3. Manchester

Manchester is a bustling city located in the northwest of England, known for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant music scene, and exciting nightlife. With a rich history dating back to the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is a city that has something to offer everyone.

If you're planning to visit Manchester in July, here are some of the best places to visit:

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  • The Lowry: Named after the famous artist L.S. Lowry, this cultural centre features his works, as well as modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Enjoy a performance at one of its theatre spaces or a meal in the restaurant. 
  • Manchester Art Gallery: Housing one of the largest collections of European and contemporary art in the UK, including works by famous artists like Lowry and Turner, this gallery is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. It also showcases photography, design, and fashion exhibitions.
  • John Rylands Library: Admire the stunning Gothic Revival architecture and the most extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts in the UK at this beautiful library. Its intricate stained glass windows and carved stone details are a visual treat.
  • Heaton Park: This large park offers a perfect destination for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Have a picnic, enjoy a nature ramble, or participate in events and activities throughout the year.

Train Station: Manchester Piccadilly.

4. York

York is a beautiful, historic city located in the North of England and is known for its rich heritage, stunning architecture, and outstanding landscapes. The city has been a hub of activity for over 2,000 years and has played a significant role in British history, including the Roman era, the Viking invasion, and the English Civil War.

Some of the best attractions in York include:

  • York City CentreYork Minster: York Minster, York’s Gothic cathedral, is widely regarded as one of the most impressive examples of mediaeval architecture in Europe. The cathedral is the largest in Northern Europe and features stained glass windows, intricate carvings, and a rich history that captivates visitors of all ages.
  • The Shambles: The Shambles is a beautifully preserved mediaeval street in the heart of York. Lined with historic buildings dating back to the 14th century, it is now home to various shops, cafes, and restaurants.
  • The National Railway Museum: If you're a fan of trains and locomotives, then the National Railway Museum is a must-visit. This museum is home to over a million items of railway history, including locomotives, coaches, and memorabilia. The museum also offers interactive displays, hands-on exhibits, and a range of events and activities that will keep visitors entertained.
  • The Jorvik Viking Centre: The world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum that takes visitors back to the Viking Age. The museum features interactive exhibits, recreated Viking street scenes, and a range of educational activities that help visitors learn more about this fascinating historical period.
  • The Castle Museum: The Castle Museum is dedicated to the history of York and its people. The building it’s housed in was once a prison and features a collection of exhibits that explore the city's rich heritage, including its Roman history, the English Civil War, and more.

Train Station: York.

5. The Solway Coast

The Solway Coast is a breathtaking stretch of coastline located in the northwest of England, bordering Scotland. Known for its rugged beauty, sweeping views, and rich history, it's an excellent destination for a day trip with friends or family.

Here's how you can make the most of your day on the Solway Coast in July:

Solway Coast

  • Take a Walk: Start your day with a walk along the coast, taking in the stunning views. Admire the rugged cliffs, the rolling hills, and the vast open skies, and breathe the fresh sea air.
  • Visit a Nature Reserve: Visit one of the many nature reserves along the Solway Coast, such as the RSPB Mersehead or the South Solway Mosses, and see a wide range of wildlife, including seabirds, seals, and rare species of wildflowers.
  • Visit a Historical Site: Explore some of the many historical sites along the rugged coastline, such as the remains of Hadrian's Wall, the castle ruins of Caerlaverock, or the ancient burial mounds of Maiden Castle.


  • Have a Picnic: Pack a picnic and find a quiet spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Relax, enjoy the views, and soak up the sunshine.
  • Visit a Seaside Town: Visit one of the many seaside towns along the Solway Coast, such as Silloth or Allonby, and enjoy a traditional seaside experience. Stroll along the promenade, treat yourself to ice cream, or visit the treasure trove of local shops.

Nearest Train Station: Wigton.

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