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May is a great time to visit the north of the UK as the weather is mild and the landscapes are lush and green. From beautiful beaches to charming small towns, there's something for everyone. Here are our top 5 picks for the best places to visit.

1) The Yorkshire Dales 

The Yorkshire Dales is a stunning area of natural beauty located in North Yorkshire, England. It is known for its rolling hills, stunning valleys, and diverse scenery and is undoubtedly a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

May is an ideal time to visit this region, as the weather is generally mild, and the landscape is alive with the blooms of spring wildflowers. Within the Yorkshire Dales, be sure to visit the following:

  • Malham Cove: This natural limestone formation is one of the most iconic landmarks in the Yorkshire Dales. Visitors can hike to the top of the cove for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside or take a leisurely walk along the base of the cove and enjoy the beauty of the cascading waterfall.
  • Ribblehead Viaduct: A historic railway viaduct which spans the Ribble Valley and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can take a scenic train ride along the Settle-Carlisle railway line for a unique perspective of the viaduct and the surrounding scenery.
  • Wensleydale: Wensleydale is famous for its rolling hills, scenic countryside, and cheese and dairy products. Visitors can explore the valley by foot, bike, or car and stop at the local dairy farms to sample some delicious local cheeses.
  • Ingleborough Cave: This natural limestone cave is one of the largest in the Yorkshire Dales and is home to various fascinating rock formations and underground rivers. Visitors can take a guided tour of the cave and learn about the history and geology of this unique and awe-inspiring location.

Nearest train station:  Garsdale










2) Whitby

Whitby is a beautiful coastal town located in the North of the UK, on the east coast of Yorkshire. Known for its rich maritime history, stunning natural beauty, and unique architecture, Whitby is a popular destination for tourists seeking a relaxed and scenic escape.

May is an ideal time to visit Whitby, as the weather is mild and the town is bustling with life as the summer season approaches. Here are some of the best places to visit in Whitby during this time:

  • Whitby Abbey: Perched on the cliffs overlooking the town, the atmospheric ruin offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coast. Visitors can explore the abbey's remains, learn about its history and significance, and enjoy the peaceful and serene setting.
  • St. Mary's Church: Located in the heart of Whitby, the ancient church is known for its distinctive "Dracula" connections. Visitors can tour the church, learn about its history, and see the famous churchyard that inspired Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula".
  • Whitby Pier: A popular spot for fishing, sightseeing, and enjoying the sea air, the historic pier is a must-visit for visitors. Take a stroll along the pier, relax on a bench, or watch the local fishing boats returning to port.
  • The Museum: Dedicated to the rich maritime and local history of Whitby, the local museum offers visitors a chance to learn about the town's connection to the whaling industry, explore interactive exhibits, and see a range of interesting artefacts and memorabilia.

Train station: Whitby












3) Blackpool

Blackpool is known for its bustling seaside atmosphere, exciting attractions, and rich entertainment history. It is undoubtedly a popular destination for families, tourists, and party-goers.

Whether you're looking for a fun-filled family holiday, an exciting night out, or a peaceful escape, Blackpool has something for everyone. Here are some of the best places to visit in Blackpool:

  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach: A world-famous theme park offering thrilling rides, games, and attractions such as The Big One wooden roller coaster, Pepsi Max Big One, and arcade games.
  • The Blackpool Tower: An iconic landmark offering panoramic views of the town and coastline, along with attractions like the Blackpool Tower Circus, Ballroom, and Dungeon.
  • The Blackpool Promenade: A lively seaside promenade with cafes, shops, and attractions. Enjoy a traditional seaside experience with donkey rides, ice cream stalls, and pier games, or simply take in the scenery.

Train station: Blackpool North









4) Carlisle

Carlisle, with a mix of historical landmarks, outdoor activities, and cultural offerings is the perfect destination for a family getaway in May.

We recommend visiting the following attractions during May:

  • Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery: One of the best family-friendly museums showcasing the history and culture of Carlisle and its surroundings, with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.
  • Bitts Park: A beautiful outdoor park with picnic areas, a playground, and a lake, ideal for families.
  • Carlisle Cathedral: A historic cathedral featuring stunning stained glass windows and impressive architecture, sure to amaze families with its history and beauty.
  • The Lanes Shopping Centre: For those who enjoy shopping, The Lanes Shopping Centre is a great place to browse and buy. It features a range of stores, from high-street favourites to independent boutiques.

Train station: Carlisle














5) Windermere

Windermere is a beautiful lake located in the Lake District of Cumbria, in North West England. It is the largest natural lake in England and a popular tourist destination. With its stunning scenery and diverse range of activities, Windermere is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

May is a wonderful time to visit Windermere as the weather starts to warm up and the beauty of the surrounding countryside begins to bloom. Whilst you’re there, be sure to visit the following attractions: 

  • Bowness-on-Windermere: Located on the shores of Windermere, this charming town is a hub for shopping, dining, and boat trips. Take a leisurely ride or rent a boat to explore the waters.
  • Hill Top: The beautiful farmhouse was once home to Beatrix Potter, the famous children’s author and illustrator. Tour the house and gardens and learn about Potter's life and work.
  • Tarn Hows: A stunning beauty spot that shouldn't be missed by those who admire breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by rolling hills, the tarn offers breathtaking views of the Lake District.
  • Orrest Head: This small hill, located just outside Windermere, offers panoramic countryside views and is perfect for picnicking, hiking, and birdwatching.
  • Brockhole: This visitor centre on the shores of Windermere offers a range of activities, including boat trips, hiking, and a beautifully landscaped garden.

Train Station: Windermere



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