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Best experiences in Northern England

Pack your days full and get the most out of your time with this whistle-stop tour of the best experiences in Northern England.

Arrive in Manchester by rail from Manchester Airport (15 minutes) or from London (just over 2 hours).

Tour cosmopolitan Manchester, where old working canals now sparkle with quayside cafés and museums.

The city is easy to walk around with great shopping opportunities from designer, boutique and department stores.

Art lovers will be won over by the Manchester Art Gallery, while football fans can experience the Manchester United Stadium Tour at Old Trafford.

Spend the evening at the Manchester Opera House followed by China Town for great restaurants.

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Explore Chester on board an open top or heritage bus tour or enjoy a leisurely sail on the River Dee, on a pleasure cruise.

Chester has the most complete Roman and medieval city walls in the country – the ideal place for a stroll.  It also has the oldest racecourse in England, plus a 1000-year-old cathedral.

Not to mention Chester Zoo - the most visited attraction outside of London.

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Travel north from Manchester to Lancaster. The county of Lancashire is famous for its Lancashire Cheese, Lancashire Hotpot, the beautiful Forest of Bowland and much more.

Visit Lancaster Castle known as the ‘Queen’s only castle in the north, then head to Levens Hall and Gardens in Cumbria where a wander around is like stepping into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Tour the glistening lakes and towering mountains of England’s biggest National Park.

Visit The World of Beatrix Potter, which tells the story of Beatrix Potter, the famous children’s author and illustrator. Afterwards, climb aboard a Windermere Lake Cruise and explore England’s longest lake.

Finally head to Grasmere to get a panoramic view of sweeping fells and shimmering waters, or as Wordsworth described it, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’.

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Walk along the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall – built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. It stretches for 84 miles from the west coast in Cumbria to east coast in Tyne and Wear.

Then just an hour and 30 minutes away, explore Alnwick Castle, setting of the Downton Abbey Christmas Special and two Harry Potter films. Followed by a walk to Alnwick Garden to enjoy the grand water cascade.

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Head to Durham Cathedral and Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of Europe’s most impressive examples of Romanesque architecture.

Next visit the magnificent York Minster, one of the largest gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, and refuel with afternoon tea at Betty’s tearoom.

Follow with a unique shopping experience on The Shambles, an impeccably preserved street lined with 14th and 15th century architecture and an array of shops.

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