When people talk about visiting England they usually talk about London. Or even visiting one of the many beautiful cities in the South of England. The North of England tends to get overlooked, which is a shame because there is just as much beauty ready to be explored. Here is our top 5 list of places in the North of England you need to visit.Β 

1. WHITBY

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was inspired by Whitby’s picturesque views and stunning coastline. It’s a seaside town, and is home to some of the UK’s best fish and chips. The main attraction includes the Abbey located on a large cliff which overlooks the Old town and an abundance of red roofed houses. There are also the 199 steps offering a sweeping view of the harbour and the town. Dracula fans will note that these are featured in the book.

2.Β THE LAKE DISTRICT

Located in Cumbria the Lake District is famous for its incredible Lakes (obviously), rugged mountains, and vast forests. It’s the perfect place for a hike, whether it be through the rugged terrain or through the local villages. Windermere is the largest lake and most popular area for tourists. You can even rent your own boat and sail around exploring the Lake’s beauty. It was also the inspiration for a number of writers including Beatrix Potter, and William Wordsworth.

3. YORK

York is full of old buildings, ghost stories, and some really fascinating history. No trip to York is complete without going on a ghost tour to learn all about the city’s bloody history. There are also a lot of Roman ruins to explore as well as one of the most magnificent cathedrals, York Minster. You can even climb to the top for some fantastic views over the city.

4. LIVERPOOL

Liverpool was voted the 2008 European capital of culture and it’s easy to see why. Go crazy for some Beatles-mania and visit the Beatles Museum or take a Beatles tour. There is also some impressive architecture in the city as well as a lot of history to go along with it. Liverpool is also a football mad city, so it’s a great place to experience this part of the British culture firsthand. There is also some incredible nightlife, particularly the world famous Cavern Club which is a must visit for any music fan.

5.Β BLACKPOOL

Ok admittedly it can come across as a bit tacky at first glance. All the bright lights, loud music, and ridiculously garish things you can buy in the shops can be slightly off putting. But if you look closer it is almost like being transported to an England of yesteryear. There are rides and arcade games on the pier, as well as some of the quirkiest museums like the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum or Madame Tussauds. There is also the Blackpool tower to explore as well as Pleasure Beach with rollercoasters for all those thrill seekers. As well as that there are some really good fish and chips to be had whilst gazing out at the sea.