Must go in Northern England
York is an amazing historic walled city, with some of the greatest architecture in the UK. It was founded by the Romans, conquered by the Vikings and reclaimed by a King of England. It’s where you’ll find the Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in the UK, and one of the largest of it’s kind in Europe.
York also has dungeons, amazing pubs, and loads of excellent shops for souvenirs!A short train/bus/drive away from York is Whitby, home to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Here you can get some of the best fish & chips in the UK, a stick of rock, climb the 199 steps up to the Abbey, and basically have a good old English day by the sea-side! Don’t forget to try a 99 flake!
Now known as one of the cultural hubs of the UK, Manchester has fantastic high street shops, art galleries, great restaurants, theatres, and is much cheaper than other tourist cities in the UK.
I live in Yorkshire, boasting some of the most fabulous scenery in the UK, however, I am in love with Northumberland, it’s so, so beautiful. Filled with castles and rocky beaches, small towns with trinket shops and smoke houses, it’s quintessentially British and a must-see for those looking for rural England.
Must do in Northern England
Go to the Pub
English pubs have such a different atmosphere to bars in other countries. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but most definitely worth the experience. When you’re there make sure you have a pint of hand pulled real ale (that’s craft beer, Americans!), try something local!
Have a cup of tea
It goes without saying that the best cups of tea come from England. Just head to any of our super markets and you’ll see the vast array of regular old tea that we have available. If you get chance find a tea room and have some proper tea, with a drop of milk and a bit of sugar. So very English!
Must Eat in England
Fish & Chips
The only other country I’ve visited that does fish and chips on the scale of the UK is Australia. Cod or haddock battered and fried, served with home-cut chips, sprinkled with salt and vinegar. Mushy peas and buttered bread are optional!
I couldn’t not include the Sunday roast, even if it is some what unadventurous in the cuisine department. Roast meat (usually beef) served with an array of steamed vegetables (broccoli, peas, carrots etc), potatoes, condiments, gravy & Yorkshire puddings. Most restaurants, pubs and eateries will serve this on a Sunday! We even have chains of restaurants dedicated to serving roast meals throughout the week.
It’s pretty common knowledge that we have amazing Indian cuisine in England. Curry houses are a popular choice for eating out in here, with most towns being home to at least one. For the best curry in England head to either Bradford or Manchester’s Rusholme.
Cultural tips for travel in England
I know, it’s such a cliché, but it’s so true! Something in the English psyche forces us to form orderly queues at any opportune moment, and those who don’t conform to this queueing system get a silent death stare and a barely audible tut (another great trait of us Brits, we rarely let our anger show, we let is fester and complain about it later.)
Sarcasm & Humour
Sarcasm, dark humour and innuendo play a great role in English humour, if you’re unfamiliar with shows such as Fawlty Towers, The Mighty Boosh, The League of Gentlemen, try and catch some before making a trip out here!
Cheap travel tips for Northern England
While our public transport isn’t as great as other European destinations, we do have a network of buses and trains that can take you from A-B quite easily. England isn’t huge, and it’s pretty rare that people take internal flights, favouring trains instead. Booking train travel in advance is very important, this is where you’ll save loads of money!
Driving in the UK can be pretty daunting (with strange rules & roundabouts), and fuel costs are high. However, if you can rent a car and are willing to tackle to roads, you’ll undoubtedly have more freedom to explore than by relying on public transport alone.
Airbnb is usually cheaper and more authentic than a hotel. For example, an entire house in my hometown of Huddersfield rents for $58 a night and a private bedroom with an ensuite in York is $57. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, here’s $40 towards your first booking!