Northern England is one of the UK’s most beautiful and unique regions. It is home to five of the UK’s 15 National Parks, has stunning coastlines and a rich cultural offering. However, much of the North’s allure comes from its cities, many of which are great for a fun weekend getaway. Here are three cities to consider for a weekend break.
The most northerly major city in England, Newcastle is characterised by its friendly locals, vast array of restaurants and the iconic sights alongside the River Tyne. The Tyne Bridge is complemented by attractions such as Sage Gateshead and the Baltic Mill, which are on the other side of the river. They hosts live music, art exhibitions and other one-off events.
In the city centre, the place to be for shopping is Grey Street. For nightlife, head further south towards Quayside, where many of the hip joints for a refreshing cocktail or pint of Newcastle Brown Ale are. Bigg Market, just a few minutes’ walk from Quayside, is great for old-style pubs and nightclubs.
One of Northern England’s oldest cities, Chester has been around since Roman times. Its city walls remain largely intact, with much of its main attractions lying within. For city breaks where the crowds aren’t too big, Chester fits the bill, with its mix of the historical and modern guaranteed to keep boredom at bay.
In the city centre, the Grosvenor Centre is where many independent shops are located. You’ll find more of them along the unique, two-level shops along Bridge Street and Eastgate Street. For a day out with class, Chester Racecourse has a number of meetings that allow you to have a little flutter on the geegees while donning your favourite outfit!
Yorkshire’s principal city has much of what London has to offer for a fraction of the price and hassle. It is a shopaholic’s paradise, thanks to the sprawling Leeds Trinity centre and upscale Victoria Gate. Its bar scene is second to none, whilst it has a growing number of cultural attractions to add a little serenity to your weekend break.
New arts venues such as The Tetley, a renovated former brewery, offer a perfect excuse to while away a few hours and escape the crowds of Briggate. Away from the city centre, Kirkstall Abbey and Harewood House are notable historic attractions, whilst Roundhay Park is as good a place as any for a quiet Sunday stroll.