City Breaks in Northern England

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Over the years, the short city break holiday has evolved from what was a once in a decade treat for most travelers to an annual event. These days, many tourists head to one of the world’s fascinating urban destinations every year in addition to their traditional summer vacation at a seaside resort in the height of summer. That way, they get the best that both types of odyssey have to offer.

In the United Kingdom, most city break travelers tend to head for London and perhaps Edinburgh, and while these two destinations are fascinating in their own right, sometimes it can be fun to look a little further afield. All over northern England, there are cities which offer the visitor a chance to gain a first-hand perspective of their history, their atmosphere and their own unique character. Here are four which are well worth exploring.

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One of the globe’s most prosperous cities at one time, thanks to its position in the world of maritime commerce, Liverpool is located in the north-west of England. These days, it’s perhaps better known as the city that gave The Beatles to the world, and no visit is surely complete without taking in a tour of the Beatle-related sights. Be sure to also include a ferry ride across the River Mersey in your itinerary.


A city with a rich heritage and once a renowned industrial powerhouse, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is in the north-east of England, only 65 miles or so from the border with Scotland. There are a number of fascinating museums and art galleries in the city, as well as the instantly recognizable Tyne Bridge. One of the nicest things to do on a summer’s day in the city is to take a relaxing stroll along the banks of the river.


Another fascinating northern English city with strong links to history, York was founded by the Romans in 71AD. It has been an important center ever since, and it took on even greater significance with the arrival of the railway in the 19th century. Perhaps the most spectacular sight of all in this wonderful city is York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and a must-visit for every visitor.


Most people would associate Manchester with football these days, but it should be pointed out that there is so much more to the city than that. It became wealthy because of the cotton trade, and many of the public buildings are fitting monuments to its glorious Victorian past. With a vibrant social scene and a buzzing nightlife, Manchester is the perfect destination for those who like to let their hair down.

David Showell is from England and works for

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