Attractions - Northern England
As well as information about the area, here are some
tourist attractions and places of interest to visit with direct links to
websites for a full selection are:
THE NATIONAL TRUST HISTORIC
THE WILDLIFE TRUST
THE NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME
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Castle Howard – York: One of
Britain’s finest stately homes set in spectacular grounds
Minster: One of the world’s great cathedrals
Parsonage – Haworth: Home of the famous Bronte sisters
Durham Cathedral: The
greatest Norman building in England
Alnwick Castle: Home to the
Dukes of Northumberland and second to Windsor Castle in size
Bamburgh Castle: On a rocky
plateau high above the Northumberland coastline
Hall, Castle and Gardens: A grand medieval castle with gardens packed
with shrubs and flowers
Chillingham Castle: An
ancient fortress with dungeons and torture chambers!
Castle - Berwick-upon-Tweed: Dramatically perched on a rocky crag
Stone Circle – Keswick: Atmospheric and dramatic, with panoramic views
Morpeth: The revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and
Hall and Gardens – Grange-over-Sands: A magnificent stately home with
formal gardens and a woodland walk
– Penrith: This ancient house has a rich variety of architecture,
furnishings and beautiful gardens and grounds
Hall – Kendal: Magnificent Elizabethan house and world famous Topiary
Muncaster Castle –
Ravenglass: Located in one of Europe's most remote and dramatic landscapes
Mount & Gardens – Ambleside: William Wordsworth lived here for 40
years of his creative literary life
& Garden: At the gateway to the Lake District, standing proud in
a beautiful garden
GARDENS Back to
Gardens – Caton: Designed by world-renowned landscape gardener,
Arabella Lennox-Boyd, this 12 acre site includes lavish terraces leading
to a lake
Helmsley Walled Garden:
A beautiful five acre walled garden
Parcevall Hall Gardens –
Skipton: Situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with twenty four
acres of formal and woodland gardens
Constable Burton Hall
Gardens: At the entrance to Wensleydale, this extensive romantic
garden is surrounded by 18th century parkland
Wentworth Castle Gardens –
Barnsley: 50 acres of Grade 1 listed gardens which are, historically,
some of the most important gardens in the country
Water Gardens – Ripon: This superb 18th Century landscaped water
garden justly deserves its status as a World Heritage Site
Crook Hall Gardens –
Sidegate: A beautiful medieval manor house, surrounded by ten romantic
Alnwick Garden: An exciting,
contemporary design with beautiful and unique gardens, features and
structures, brought to life with water
Gardens – Stanton: Created out of a small sandstone quarry into a
garden gem covering two acres
Gardens – Hartington: An elegant country garden with a formal
topiary, winter, flower and fancy gardens
Howick Hall Gardens –
Alnwick: Extensive grounds with year-round gardens and a 65 acre arboretum
Gardens: A 12 acre inspirational garden
Whalton Manor Gardens: Three
acres of beautiful walled garden containing a number of architectural
gems, including a vast stone courtyard
House and Gardens: Just two miles from Ullswater, these gardens are a
haven of tranquillity
Holehird Gardens –
Windermere: One of the Nation´s Favourite Gardens, its 10 acres above
Windermere is truly a garden for all seasons
Holker Hall and Gardens –
Grange-over-Sands: A magnificent stately home with formal gardens and a
ATTRACTIONS Back to the top
Blackpool Sealife Centre:
Discover an underwater world, learn about our oceans and interact with
Blackpool Zoo: Set in 32
acres of parkland, the zoo is home to more than 1500 animals
Blackpool Pleasure Beach:
Breathtaking rides and family shows including one of Europe's tallest
rollercoasters at 235 feet high
Stockley Farm –
Northwich: Experience a hands-on day full of fun activities at this organic
farm – tractor rides, feeding the animals and enjoying the fantastic play
Yorkshire Moors Railway - Pickering: A thrilling journey through
beautiful countryside. The railway was also used in numerous films,
including Harry Potter
Flamingo land Theme Park –
Malton: One of the top theme parks in the UK - lots of rides and also
plenty of animals
York Dungeons: Enjoy the
live shows and scary rides at the scariest attraction in York
Jorvik Viking Centre -
York: One of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK outside
London. Discover what life was really like over 1,000 years ago and come
face-to-face with a Viking!
Lightwater Valley Theme Park
– Ripon: A day of excitement and thrills to be had here at Lightwater
Valley featuring Europe’s longest rollercoaster.
York Racecourse: Fancy a
day at the races? Set in 150 acres of scenic parkland with award winning
grandstands, and characterful listed buildings
Science Adventure Centre – Rotherham: Prepare yourself for a
mind-blowing voyage of discovery... a hands-on, feet-in, full-on day out
at the UK's first Science Adventure Centre
Deep – Hull: One of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, home
to over 3,500 fish. It’s the world’s only submarium
Railway Museum – Shildon: Over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other
items of rolling stock, tell the railway story from the early 19th
century to the present day
Museum – Stanley: World famous open air museum telling the story of
life in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times
Killhope Lead Mining Museum –
Upper Weardale: A fully restored nineteenth century lead mine, where you
can experience for yourself the lives of the miners
Land – Langley Park: An adventure park with rides and attractions
where everyone can drive real diggers!
Arbeia Roman Fort and
Museum – South Shields: Built to guard the entrance to the river
Tyne, this is an unique insight into life in Roman Britain
Grace Darling Museum –
Bamburgh: Commemorates the life of Victorian Britain's greatest heroine
and the story of the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in 1838
Water Birds of Prey Centre – Hexham: An opportunity to meet, see and
hear Owls and Birds of Prey from around the world and learn about the
ancient sport of falconry
Ravenglass and Eskdale
Steam Railway – Ravenglass, Lake District: This is
Lakelands oldest and longest scenic railway journey.
South Lakes Safari Zoo –Dalton
in Furness, Cumbria: A unique open zoo home to a wide variety of wild animals – renowned for how close you can get to them.
Ullswater Steamers –
Glenridding: Cruises on England’s most beautiful lake - providing the
perfect opportunity to combine a cruise with spectacular walks in the
The World of Beatrix Potter –
Windermere: Meet Peter Rabbit and all his friends and learn more about Beatrix
Potter herself - all 23 Tales are brought to life in a magical indoor
Walby Farm Park –
Carlisle:Family fun down on the farm come rain or shine - meet and feed
the animals, pony grooming and pets corner
ABOUT THE AREA Back to the
Marvel at the awesome beauty
of The Lakes and the austere magic of the moors. Tramp the dales
with their lush meadows and wooded valleys. Stroll the
sweeping beaches and look in on the castles, cathedrals and country
Let’s start our journey at
Liverpool, the birthplace of The Beatles…John Lennon, Paul McCartney,
George Harrison and Ringo Starr. In the 1960s, their music put the city
at the centre of the music world. Thousands of visitors still take
the bus and walking tours of places linked to the ‘Fab Four’.
In the 18th and 19th
centuries Liverpool became Britain’s largest port, exploiting the
lucrative slave trade. The restored Albert Dock with its museums,
restaurants and shops, harks back to the great seafaring days.
Watching over the port, from
250ft, are the Liver Birds on the Royal Liver Building, one of Britain’s
most easily recognised buildings.
The enormous Gothic-style red
sandstone Anglican Liverpool Cathedral is a complete contrast to the
circular Roman Catholic Cathedral with its coloured glass tower.
The Tate Liverpool has one of
the best contemporary art collections outside London.
A stroll along the prom at
Blackpool gives an insight to the great days of the British seaside
resort. The world famous Blackpool Tower – 518ft – was painted gold
for its centenary in 1994.
Inland, explore the hills and
moors of the Forest of Bowland..
On to Lancaster, established
by the Romans on a bend in the River Lune. The Normans built a
castle here, extended by King John and Queen Elizabeth I. It was
another port that thrived on the slave trade.
We’ll skirt the glistening
tidal flats of Morecambe Bay to its towering backcloth… The Lake District.
The national park is just 900
square miles but boasts 100 peaks more than 2,000 feet high – four are
over 3,000 feet – 16 lakes and 10 spectacular waterfalls. More simply, it
has the highest peaks, deepest valleys and longest lakes in the
country. That highest mountain is Scafell Pike at 3,210 feet.
The landscape has changed
little since the end of the Ice Age, 10,000 years ago.
Windermere is the largest and
busiest of the lakes, Ullswater is scenically the most impressive, the
oval Derwentwater is one of the prettiest and Wast Water is the deepest
and most mysterious.
Northeast to the spectacular
Kielder Water – Europe’s largest man-made lake – and into the Pennines
and the wilderness of the Northumberland National Park. Then
through the high grassy domes of The Cheviots before descending to
Between the 12th
and 15th centuries, the town changed hands 14 times in the
wars between the Scots and English.
South to Lindisfarne, or Holy
Island. It was a centre of Christianity from the earliest times
when St Aidan founded a monastery in AD 635. Visitors can cross the
causeway to the island at low tide.
Bamburgh, with its clifftop
castle, is home to the Grace Darling Museum. In 1838, Grace and her
father – the keeper of the Longstone lighthouse – rowed through a storm
to rescue nine people from a wrecked steamship.
Offshore are the wildlife
rich Farne Islands. Boat tours leave from Seahouses.
Two castles – Alnwick and
Warkworth – lead on to another great defensive work…Hadrian’s Wall.
It was built on the orders of
Emperor Hadrian to mark the northwest border of the Roman Empire. It runs
for 73 miles (80 Roman miles) from Wallsend, on the Tyne, to Bowness,
west of Carlisle. Housesteads Fort, which housed 1,000 troops, is the
best preserved of the wall’s 17 forts.
The ‘Geordies’ are fiercely
proud of their city, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The Romans first bridged the
Tyne and built a fort there. In the 19th century it was
the hub of the world’s shipbuilding industry. Its legacy is some fine
public buildings and the iconic Tyne Bridge. The Gateshead
Millennium Bridge reflects the city’s rebirth.
To the Beamish Open Air
Museum to see life in the northeast in the 19th century.
Over 300 acres are spread a colliery village and drift mine, a High
Street, a school and chapel and a railway station.
Durham Cathedral, built as a
shrine for the body of St Cuthbert, is probably Europe’s finest Norman
building. The magnificent city stands on a rocky peninsular on the River
Wear. It’s home to Britain’s third university, founded in 1832.
Barnard Castle grew up around
its castle and is now best known for its extraordinary French-style
chateau. What is now the Bowes Museum is a monument to the wealth and
extravagance of John Bowes and his French wife, Josephine.
On to the North Yorkshire
Moors after looking in on Whitby, a still busy harbour town where
explorer, Captain James Cook, was apprenticed to a shipping
company. And it was on a visit here that Bram Stoker gleaned much
of his material for his novel, Dracula.
The North Yorkshire Moors
Railway offers a first rate perspective on this bleakly beautiful area
with its lush, green valleys. The steam train runs 18 miles from
Pickering to Goathland.
Rievaulx Abbey, near
Helmsley, is set in the steep wooded valley of the River Rye.
Founded in 1132, it’s considered one of Yorkshire’s
The huge and splendid Castle
Howard, still owned and lived in by the Howard family, was commissioned in
1699 by Charles, 3rd Earl of Carlisle. The domed and columned
Great Hall rises 66 feet.
Into the Yorkshire Dales…a
walker’s paradise of meadows, wooded ravines and heather clad
slopes. Three principal dales make up this national park…Swaledale,
Wharfdale and Wensleydale. Each has its own character within the farming
landscape and is a contrast to the moors. Malham Cove is a limestone
amphitheatre with 300 feet high cliffs. Further up the valley is
Malham Tarn…a favourite with bird watchers.
The ruins of Fountains Abbey
are among the largest in Europe. Founded just a year after Rievaulx, it
is the best preserved Cistercian abbey in Britain. It was
designated a World Heritage Site in 1986.
York has been described as a
living museum. So much of its medieval heritage remains around its
narrow streets, where cars are banned.
The Minster – England’s
largest medieval church – stands over this treasure house. The
wooden-vaulted Chapter House and the 15th century choir screen
are marvels, along with its collection of stained glass. The Great
East Window is the size of a tennis court.
The city’s museums, which
include York Castle, Jorvik – the Viking City and the National Railway
Museum are among England’s finest.
Yorkshire’s coastline is
sometimes called the ‘forgotten coast’, though it was at Scarborough that
the craze for sea bathing started.
Robin Hood’s Bay vies with
Staithes for title of the county’s prettiest fishing village. In
both communities cottages cling to the cliffs.
This part of the world is an
adventure to be lived.
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