Top 5 Northern UK Cities
Golden week will soon be upon us! I hope you're excited and have some nice plans. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for nice weather!
Today I'll be giving you a little bit of British travel advice. I'm sure that whenever someone from Japan visits the England for the first time, their first priority is London. This is understandable of course! London is the UK's capital city, and home to the majority of Britain's most famous sightseeing spots. However, if you have time when you visit the UK, I'd also encourage you to visit the north! As a northerner myself, I know that the north of England has some fantastic spots for anyone exploring the UK. So today, I'll tell you my top five cities to visit in Northern England!
5. Chester (North West)
Chester is not well known outside the UK. However, it's a really great place for a weekend trip! Chester is a very old city founded by the Romans, and to this day you can walk along the old Roman walls and visit Roman ruins such as an old amphitheatre. The city centre retains a very historical feeling, with many of the buildings still in Tudor style, so it's great for tourists! Aside from the historical part of the city, you can also visit Chester Zoo, one of the oldest and best zoos in the UK! (Although be warned - British zoos are much more expensive than zoos in Japan.)
4. Liverpool (North West)
Truth be told, I have only been to Liverpool once. Did you know that Liverpool and Manchester are famously rivals? Anyway, I included Liverpool on the list because it is, of course, a must for any fans of the Beatles! Additionally, Liverpool is full of museums and art galleries. Therefore, if you'd like a good cultural experience, it's a great city to visit!
3. Newcastle + Durham (North East)
I spent my university days in Durham. Durham and Newcastle are very close, which is why I've paired them together. Durham is a very small but very lovely historical city with a very old city centre. It's home to one of the UK's biggest and most famous cathedrals (Durham Cathedral) and a castle both built in the years 10-1100. Newcastle, on the other hand, is a more modern city, with a mix of old buildings and gleaming modern architecture. The nightlife in Newcastle is famously crazy, so if you like drinking and clubbing it's a must! In Newcastle, you can enjoy a meal and drinks at one of the many great restaurants and bars by the river Tyne.
2. Manchester (North West)
Of course, Manchester is my hometown so I'm slightly biased. However, it is one of the best places to experience modern British culture. Manchester is a hub for indie rock music, and you can visit numerous bars around the city to hear upcoming bands perform for a very cheap price. The bars and restaurants in Manchester are original and stylish so you'll have a great time! Manchester is also home to many great museums and theatres, and of course two major football stadiums which tourists can visit for a tour.
1. York (North East)
You might be familiar with New York. Well, this is the old York, from which New York takes its name! York is a beautiful historic city with a medieval feel, full of lovely old buildings, castle ruins and beautiful churches, such as the famous gothic York Minster cathedral. Walking around the streets of York feels a bit like being in a wizard town from Harry Potter. Moreover, it's a great shopping experience - there are so many great things to eat and buy around York city centre! I'd highly recommend it for anyone who wants to experience historical England.
If you go to the UK, do bear in mind that these are only my suggestions and not a definitive top five. However, I think these are some great ideas for day or weekend trips while you're in the country. I haven't mentioned Scotland today because Scotland and England are separate, but Scotland is a beautiful and amazing place to visit too! So, when you visit, don't stay in the south and head up to the north of England! It has a great spirit.
Thank you for reading, and have a super week ahead!