This most romantic of landscapes has inspired writers, artist and poets for hundreds of years. A majestic scenery laced with beautiful shimmering lakes, unspoilt shorelines and lofty peaks. Discover its extraordinary Roman history and tales of Viking invaders in the ancient city of York.
Romance and History
Northern England at a glance
- This region and it’s people are strong, passionate and proud of their heritage. Shaping the history of the British Isles with fascinating tales of bravery, battling Viking invaders and working at the heart of the Industrial Revolution.
- It is renowned for rolling countryside criss-crossed with dry stone walls, its wild heather covered moors, mountainscapes and tranquil lake scenery that have inspired William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.
- This northern landscape is spanned by Hadrian’s Wall built by the Romans in the 2nd century, medieval abbeys and magnificent gothic cathedrals.
- The City of York encircled by ancient walls encloses a spiders web of narrow streets with the soaring pinnacle of York Minster at its heart.
- Must do’s include a cruise on Lake Windermere, rambling through the green fields of the Yorkshire Dales, exploring our Roman history at Housesteads fort and Chesterholm museum, and a visit to one of the grandest country houses in England, Castle Howard.
- The north is the spiritual home of the Great British fish & chips, no wonder with much of the nation’s fishing fleet on its doorstep. Try some of our favourite local specialities like Wensleydale Cheese, moist Parkin treacle and ginger cake, Lancashire Hotpot and traditional Cumberland sausages.
- They love their grub up north. Given the quality of local produce from lamb, venison and locally landed North Sea fish, it is hardly surprising that many of the leading British chefs have opened restaurants across the region including Simon Rogan, Michael Wignall and Mark Burchall, to mention just a few.
- The North is easily accessible from four main international airports: Newscastle, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Road and rail links to London are also exceptional.