City Breaks in the North (of England that is)

The choice of city break destinations in Northern England is varied. Today I’m focusing on Manchester, Newcastle and York. Three cities in three different counties all offering three different city break experiences.

Manchester, nicknamed the capital of the North and which has seen an enormous renaissance in the last 15 years. This sprawling city has now sprawled upwards and Manchester is now one of the most popular places for city apartment living due to the massive amount of developments rising up from the skyline. Manchester is now home to luxury hotels, restaurants and shops which makes it an ideal location for a city break but it still retains its heritage and Northern charm. On a city break in Manchester, expect liveliness, great shopping, a choice of theatres and some of the best food available in the North as well as branches of hotel chains such as Hilton, Malmaison and the Rocco Forte Lowry Hotel.


Newcastle has a charm far different to Manchester being in the North East but the charm is as endearing and as anyone that has ever been to Newcastle will say, there’s possibly not a more friendly place. Newcastle as Manchester and all the major cities has seen a development and regeneration in recent years. The Quayside is a must part of Newcastle to visit. Cosmopolitan, bustling and cultural all in one. The Quayside is where there’s a choice of places to stay, eat and drink and your Saturday night down the Quayside is guaranteed to be full of fun! For a bit of culture to balance the partying and the Baltic Mill across the river is well and truly worth a visit as well as The Discovery Museum.


Last and by no means least, yet a completely different location, is York. Far smaller than either Manchester or Newcastle this city can only be described as fit to bursting point with heritage and culture. Naturally, it hasn’t seen the development in terms of high rise apartment blocks etc like the other two cities but it has changed in recent years. I remember going to York when I was little. Although it was exciting visiting the museums there, it did appear to have quite an older cliental in general, either that or full of school trips as was my first visit there. York is now very different. Like the larger cities, it has become more cosmopolitan, the trendy shops are visible shops (even now a Mulberry factory shop would you believe) as well as equally fabulous and trendy restaurants and bars. For city break, York has it all yet at a far slower and more relaxed pace. In fact, taking advantage of a city break in a smaller location means you needn’t have to stay in a hotel. York is renowned and quite famous for having a a choice of high quality York guest house and bed & breakfast establishments with many being within walking distance of York centre.