We've been investigating the best places to go for a staycation in the North, so whenever you're ready you can Go Do Your Thing!
With endless things to do in this beautiful city, it’s no wonder nearly 7 million people visit each year! With a rich heritage and history to be seen down every street, York is the perfect mix of old and new.
Spend your days wandering the cobbled streets, shopping in some of the North’s treasured independent shops and seeing the cities beauty from its city walls. Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and visit the famous York Minster. Discover the Minster’s connections to Viking York and touch archaeological finds from across the centuries.
As the evening approaches, enjoy a taste of York with some of our award-winning restaurants and eateries. Finish your weekend away with one of the cities many ghost tours (York is the most haunted city in Europe after all) and learn about the darker side of York’s history.
Cumbria and the Lake District
With lakes, mountains and coastline, Cumbria and the Lake District is perfect for a weekend break whether you're looking to relax, or you'd prefer an active holiday.
Take in the beauty of Brockhole on Windermere's breathtaking mountain views, go for a wild swim or simply relax and taste the best of local food and ale; Brockhole has it all!
Pop over to Lake Windermere and explore the area on foot or by boat! There are many boat tours on the lake, but why not hire your own? Feeling peckish after a day exploring the lake? Why not go for Afternoon Tea at Cedar Manor's restaurant.
If you're looking for a luxury place to stay, why not head over to the Lakes Hotel and Spa? With something to suit everyone's budget, the Lake district is a great staycation for anyone.
Did you know that Chester is one of Britain's most popular and unique places for an unforgettable short break?
The ancient city has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain!
You'll be able to shop til you drop with such a huge mix of high street and independent shops in Chester. Take a break from shopping for a coffee in one of the towns unique coffee shops and cafe's.
Just 10 minutes from the city centre is McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks, the largest of its kind in Britain and home to over 150 leading brands such as Mulberry, Kate Spade, Nike, Adidas, and Pandora – all at up to 60% off the RRP.
Make time for Chester Zoo, the UK’s most visited attraction outside of London and home to 35,000 animals from 500 different species in acres of glorious gardens. For an under-water experience, Blue Planet Aquarium is the largest aquarium in northwest England, with Europe’s largest collection of sharks which you can see through their captivating 71-metre underwater tunnel – you can even swim with them.
The friendliest place in the UK, what better place for a staycation?
United by seven iconic bridges across its popular Quayside, Newcastle and Gateshead form a single, vibrant visitor destination. Hop on the train and be charmed by the famous Geordie spirit in a city bursting with thriving nightlife, an award-winning restaurant scene, top-notch attractions,museums.
Tick off the cultural hotspots with all the great things to do in Newcastle, from the famous Tyne Bridge to Grey’s Monument, Newcastle Castle to the Angel of the North. Immerse yourself in the wonder of science and innovation at Life Science Centre, an award-winning family attraction a few minutes’ walk from Newcastle Central Station. Uncover the region’s history at Discovery Museum; the ideal starting point for visitors exploring NewcastleGateshead for the first time. St James’ Park – a prominent feature on Newcastle’s skyline – is the spiritual home for North East football and a majestic landmark to add to any must-see list.
Discover what makes NewcastleGateshead the go-to place for roaring nightlife. Experience a city bursting with fun, from the bouncing hub of Newcastle city centre overflowing with cocktail bars, restaurants, comedy and theatre to the chilled vibes of its ‘cultural quarter’ in Ouseburn where punters can sample the laid-back and friendly pubs, independent eateries and breweries, which ooze local charm.
From the big name stores of Liverpool ONE to must-visit sites such as the Royal Albert Dock, and major venues including Tate Liverpool, the Everyman Theatre and the elegant Philharmonic Hall, this is a city that demands to be visited again and again. Come and walk streets lined with architectural masterpieces and explore Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the special atmosphere of places where history was made – from the docks, to the Cavern Club, to Anfield and Goodison Park – and enjoy the creative energy of a city that knows tomorrow’s history is still to be written.
Within Liverpool’s rich and diverse city region, you’ll find areas packed with museums and galleries, restaurants and bars, along with a spectacular coastline of sand dunes and beaches – not to mention a skyline that is recognised the world over.
We think these are the best places to visit in the UK, in the North. No matter which UK destination you choose to travel to, make the most out of your trips and breaks. Go Do Your Thing!
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