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Northern England: Point of Interest Map
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Northern England

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Its impressive history makes York an important tourist attraction. It is still encircled by its 13th and 14th-century city walls. You can find here important marks left by all remarkable European civilizations -- the Romans, the Saxons, the Vikings, the Normans -- among which the most important are the enclosing city walls and the largest European Gothic cathedral -- York Minster. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III.

One of the most industrialized cities in the world, Manchester is Northern England`s largest city, boasting a cultural life to rival that of London. The city boasts some of the most interesting galleries and museums in the UK, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the Whitworth for modern art, the City Art Gallery, the Lowry and the Imperial War Museum North. The Castlefield conservation area`s 18th-century canal system recalls the city`s days as a textile powerhouse, and visitors can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science & Industry.

Liverpool, with its famous waterfront on the River Mersey, was and still is one of the world`s great ports, and was second only to London as the greatest city in an enormous empire that stretched across the world. It`s also, famously, the hometown of The Beatles. Today it is a city famous for its football, music scene and nightlife. Enjoy the Victorian, Georgian and Neoclassical architecture, visit one of the many museums and galleries. The Victorian Albert Dock is a major tourist attraction, of chic cafes, restaurants and designer shops.

The city of Durham, in County Durham, has been settled for over 1,000 years. Celtic monks were the founders of Durham, and when they settled the area, they moved the remains of monk St. Cuthbert here as well, and his remains now reside in Durham Cathedral. The 11th-century Durham Castle was the home of the Anglican Bishop of Durham until the 19th century. Both of those sights are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Much of the old town sits on an area around the River Wear called `The Peninsula`.
Areas of the North

Yorkshire is the quintessential Northern English travel destination. The area is divided into four directional counties and sub-districts. First there is North Yorkshire, which includes such urban areas as York, Middlesbrough, Harrogate, and Scarborough. Then there is South Yorkshire, with Sheffield as the most important city in this region. West Yorkshire is one of the most densely-populated parts of England, where the major cities of Leeds and Bradford are located. Finally, there is the East Riding of Yorkshire, a largely rural plain with just one large city, Kingston upon Hull. Yorkshire is known for its scenic landscapes, especially at the North York Moors, the Peak District National Park, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

North West England consists of the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside. It is the second-largest conurbation in England, after London/South East England. The major urban areas in North West England include Manchester (the UK`s third-largest city), Liverpool, Blackpool, and Chester. The Lake District, in Cumbria, is far removed from the urban core of the North West and is known for its peaceful and scenic landscapes.

North East England consists of the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and County Durham. The city of Durham, settled on a peninsula in the River Wear, boasts an old town that is 1,000 years old; its centerpiece historic buildings, Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Apart from Durham, the other large cities in the region are Newcastle-upon-Tyne, developed around the site of an old Roman settlement and once one of the most important shipbuilding centers in the world; and Sunderland, which grew around the 7th-century Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey.
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The English have a saying: `It`s grim up north`. However, for foreign visitors who wish to visit Northern England, they will find that nothing could be further from the truth. Urban sprawl meets rolling hills and untouched countryside in the breathtaking Yorkshire region, home to such important cities as York, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, and Kingston upon Hull, as well as the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. North West England is one of the most industrialized areas of England and is now a contrast of history and tradition living side by side with innovation and progress. It is home to such important cities as Manchester, the third-largest in the country; Liverpool, an important seaport well-known for the rock-pop group The Beatles; Chester, with its well-preserved walled old town; and Blackpool, a postcard-perfect seaside resort on the Irish Sea coast. It also includes the picturesque Lake District in Cumbria. North East England is home to some of the most important Roman archaeological sites in Britain, and such Medieval-era points of interest as Whitby Abbey and Alnwick Castle. Major cities in the North East include Durham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Sunderland.

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