Which is the friendliest region in England

Northern England

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"Very British"? - On the trail of a 'magical' industrial culture

Newcastle residents, the Geordies, are considered to be the friendliest people in England. It is generally known that the northerners are a helpful people. Here one carries a lady's heavy bag and holds the door open. Forms of address such as “Darling” or “Love” are standard even at the supermarket checkout. The 20 meter high steel sculpture "Angel of the North" created by Antony Gormley, which stands with outstretched arms on a hill outside Gateshead, confirms this statement.

The rust-brown angel is primarily intended to remind of the great industrial past of northern England.

Last but not least, the north of England has an unimaginable variety of landscapes to offer its visitors: high cliffs, dunes and picturesque castles adorn a large part of the English east coast. National parks, lakes, valleys, moors and green hills paint the picture of the hinterland.

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Derwentwater Lake District in Great Britain © Graham Soult FreeImages

The most beautiful travel destinations in Northern England

In the north of England, active and hiking vacationers get their money's worth as well as culture enthusiasts, those looking for relaxation and families with children. The castles and palaces region of England presents itself with impressive cathedrals such as Durham Cathedral in the north-east. This region offers extensive hiking trails and impressive landscapes. It “tells” the history of the country in large museums such as the North of England Open Air Museum in County Durham.

On your Northern England trip, visit beautiful cities like

  • York
  • Newcastle
  • Durham
  • Cumbria (Lake District)
  • Northumberland

and many more.

York - Predestined for a 'history' family vacation in England

York is one of England's historic fortified towns. It used to be the most important city in the country after London. Today it is widely regarded as the most popular travel destination in the north of Great Britain. Particularly worth seeing are the old walls of the place with remains from the Roman period and the beautiful old structures and buildings that go back to the history of the Vikings. York also offers a wide range of attractions such as medieval streets, great shops and interesting museums.

York Minster is certainly one of the highlights among the sights. It is considered the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. The huge painted window walls attract countless visitors from all over the world year after year. There is a wonderful view of the city from the towers. The "National RailwayMuseum", which houses the largest collection of locomotives in the world and tells the country's railway history in an impressive manner, is particularly popular with children.

York Minster in Northern England © FreeImages

Popular sights in York:

  • York Minster
  • National Railway Museum
  • The Shambles
  • Jorvik adventure park
  • York Art Gallery
  • Yorvik Wiking Center

Newcastle - The cosmopolitan metropolis

Another popular travel destination is the friendly and lively capital of Northumbria - Newcastle. It is located in the north-east of England and is steadily developing into a cosmopolitan metropolis. This means that former factories are increasingly being converted into theaters and museums. A multitude of bars, street cafes and modern boutiques can be found in the city center and in the elegant harbor district. Among other things, visitors have the opportunity to discover the shark tunnel in the “Blue Reef Aquarium”, to visit the six-story modern art museum “Baltic Center” or to marvel at the impressive glass architecture in the Gateshead concert hall.

Popular things to do in Newcastle:

  • Gateshead Eye (Golden Eye)
  • Gateshead Millenium Bridge
  • Tyne Bridge
  • Angel of the North
  • Castle Keep
  • Blue Reef Aquarium
  • Hancock Museum
  • Baltic Art Center
  • Arbeia (Roman Fortress and Museum)
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral

Durham - "Vennels", music and comedy

The city of Durham belongs to the county of the same name and is located in the north east of England. The center of the place is surrounded by the river "Wear". Everywhere you can see small, winding streets, the so-called "Vennels", in which small shops and boutiques line up. For example, you can get the famous Durham mustard on Saddler Street. There is also a lot of music of various genres as well as funny comedy and theater performances, for example in the “Consett's Empire Theater” or the “Gala Theater”. The castle and cathedral are located on a raised rock along with the old town.

Popular things to do in Durham:

  • Durham Castle
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Bowes Museum
  • Durham University
  • Beamish Open Air Museum
  • Crook Hall Gardens
  • Binchester Roman Fort
  • Egglestone Hall Gardens
  • Northumberland National Park
  • High Force (largest waterfall in England)

Hiking in one of the most beautiful regions of England - the "Lake District"

Traveling northwest will take you to Cumbria and the Lake District. From there you can go on numerous hikes, for example on Britain's toughest long-distance hiking trail. But you can also start a boat trip on the Trans-Pennine Canal, stroll along old English streets through boutiques or cross one of the longest suspension bridges. The "North Pennines" are officially one of the most natural and beautiful regions of England. Among other things, you can marvel at the unique flora and fauna here, the "High Force", the largest uninterrupted waterfall in England, in Europe's first geopark.

Popular things to do in Cumbria:

  • Derwentwater
  • Mirehouse
  • UllswaterStemers
  • Aira Force waterfall
  • World Owl Trusts
  • Grizedale Forrest
  • Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Northumberland - An attractive, romantic county

Northumberland is a magical region that is especially loved by romantics. In addition to historical castles and palaces, the wild and romantic landscape, the Cheviot Hills and one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country can be visited here. In the quiet fishing villages and on wild beaches you can really let your mind wander. Two very impressive castles are also Bamburgh Castle, which has watched over the town for over 1,500 years, and Alnwick Castle, a 700-year-old fortress that often played a major role in battles between the English and Scots and is now a popular film set. Archery, bird of prey demonstrations and much more are offered here.

Road to Holy Island in Northumberland © Kit Barker FreeImages

Popular things to do in Northumberland:

  • Farne Islands
  • Dunstanburgh Castle
  • Linisfarne Island / Holy Island
  • Northumberland National Park
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • Alnwick Castle
  • Alnmouth and Amble

England City Breaks: Great Inventions and Crafts

Exhibitions and museums, newly built villages with old mines, shipyards and factories based on old models offer interested visitors an insight into the life and economy of the past centuries. At the same time, the great contrasts to today's affluent society are illustrated.

The development of the north of England was already decisively advanced in the 19th century by two great inventions: the railroad and the steam engine. Between Darlington and Stockton there was a steam locomotive for the first time in the 1830s. This made the transport of coal faster, more efficient and cheaper. People have also been promoted. These inventions led to further developments. The cotton processing industry developed at a rapid pace. Large factories sprang up in Leeds, including the largest textile factory in the world (Armley Mills). With water and steam powered looms, textile production changed from manual processing to automatic production. The old industrial history of the country still attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

This is also the case in the Beamish open-air museum, which is located between Newcastle and Durham and was named "European Museum of the Year" in 1987. The long corridors through the old mine shafts take the visitor back to the 19th century. Old-timers and trams that have been carefully restored roll over the cobblestones. An originally reconstructed village and museum employees who show the handicrafts of the workers of the time can also be admired. In addition to coal mining, the shipping industry in particular shaped the north of England for many years. In the "Historic Quay" in Hartlepool, an old shipyard has been converted into a museum to commemorate the great age of the British Empire.

England's landscape: the diverse national parks in the north

In addition to industry, the northern part of England has a lot more to offer. When you suddenly hear nothing but wind and see a mountain landscape criss-crossed by hiking trails, you are in the Peak District National Park, the oldest in Great Britain. It is right next to major metropolitan areas such as Manchester, Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield.

"Dark Peak" and "White Peak" in the Peak District National Park

In the northern part of the Peak District National Park lies the beautiful and wild "Dark Peak". The open stretches of land are dotted with large areas covered with moss, heather and black granite. Over the centuries the rock has taken on strange shapes due to rain and wind. In the south of the national park is the area of ​​the "White Peak". The softer landscape here is characterized by green valleys and limestone caves. In between there are classic textile cities like Matlock.

Peak District in Great Britain © Alan Hood FreeImages

Heathland and haunted castles in the North York Moors National Park

In another national park in Northern England, the “North York Moors”, the purple heather fields shine with the deep blue of the sea. The North Yorkshire plateau lies directly on the North Sea. Fishing ports and coastal towns such as Whitby or Scarborough invite you to linger. Goathland train station looks familiar to many. As the train station from Hogsmeade, it became famous in "Harry Potter" films.

Arrive by plane

Airports in Northern England that are served by different airlines are:

  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Leeds
  • Sheffield / Doncaster

In short: Northern England is worth a trip and can be reached by plane from Germany in two to four hours. The short flight duration makes the destination particularly attractive for a long weekend. But a longer stay is not only recommendable, it is absolutely worthwhile!