North England in 4 Days
Sumptuous Georgian gardens, medieval castles and literary heritage await you in the north of England, along with the warmth and hospitality the region is famous for. You’ll discover the awe-inspiring sights of the Lake District, taste delicious local cuisine and see what inspired many of England’s poets.
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Liverpool is famous for its maritime heritage, legendary 60s pop group The Beatles and one of the UK’s biggest Premiership football clubs. It is reputedly the UK’s friendliest city, so if you need directions, just ask.
Take a guided tour of the elegant Albert Dock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit The Beatles Story museum where you’ll learn more about the famous band, their impact on music and why Liverpool is known to this day as the world capital of Pop.
After visiting some of England’s best galleries, Tate Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery among them, join the city’s many revellers at the trendy bars and restaurants of Seel Street to sample the lively Liverpool nightlife. Overnight Liverpool.
The next day, make your way north to Cumbria and the inspirational landscapes of the Lake District National Park. The beauty of the Lake District has proved an irresistible lure to poets and artists for hundreds of years, from William Wordsworth to John Constable. While you’re here, make a point of visiting Wordsworth’s former homes, Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage, which you’ll find in the captivating country town of Grasmere.
From Grasmere head to Windermere and take a cruise on the beautiful lake of the same name, before visiting the Steam Boat Collection of 18th, 19th and 20th century sailing craft. Back on dry land, take to the hills and explore
the dramatic countryside with local operator Mountain Goat. You’ll soon see why visitors flock here in such huge numbers as you climb England’s highest peaks, and experience the incredible views of this exquisite national park. Overnight in the Lake District.
It’s a tough decision but if you don’t have time to see everything, head south past Newcastle/Gateshead, a vibrant and friendly city full of great museums, galleries and excellent shopping, and go straight to Durham.
Over 1,000 years old, the city of Durham is best known for its medieval cathedral and castle, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites and great places to begin exploring. Durham is a thriving old university city with a rich character and a lively pace, thanks in part to the buzz of its student population. You’ll find a flourishing café culture, top-notch restaurants, boutique shopping, historic indoor markets and speciality shops.
When evening falls, enjoy some lively entertainment at the city’s 500-seat Gala Theatre with its year-round programme of musicals, drama and comedy. Overnight Durham area.
Yorkshire is home to two of England’s most famous national parks: the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. The historic towns of Ripon and Skipton are excellent bases, particularly for the Dales. They’re also full of heritage, bustling markets, great local food and the humour and friendliness for which Yorkshire people are famed. Skipton Castle is well worth a visit for a taste of medieval life in these parts.
After a morning in the fresh air, spend the afternoon in the ancient city of York with its staggering Gothic cathedral, York Minster. Make your way among the historic buildings lining The Shambles, a cobbled medieval street and one of the city’s most popular attractions. This busy passage, once populated by butchers, is now home to some of the best shopping in York.
York was once the capital of a Viking kingdom, and this ancient heritage is tightly bound up in the unique character of the city. Visit the Jorvik Centre to learn about life under the rule of the Vikings 1,000 years ago. In the evening take a York ghost tour and hear some of the city’s darker secrets. Overnight York.
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The above package includes:
- 4 nights hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast daily
- Suggested sightseeing itinerary
- Sightseeing Pass (GB Heritage Pass)
- Hire of a self-drive automatic car
- VAT at 20%