The population in the area covered by the largest cities of Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Liverpool and Greater Manchester, is around 11 million in total.
The North of England is an area of great contrasting landscapes. There are several areas of heavily urbanised development, which join to form one larger swathe that runs from Liverpool to Leeds along the M62 motorway corridor.
Further urban development then runs south to Sheffield along the M1 motorway corridor. There are further busy urban areas in the north-east and east of Preston, Lancashire.
Half Term Holidays For Northern England Counties
Choose an English or Scottish County from the list to view the latest published School Half Term Holiday Dates. Every effort is made to ensure that these half term holiday dates are accurate.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that these half term school holiday dates are accurate, there are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes to published term times.
The North of England - 5 Must-See Destinations
There are countless destinations in the North of England worthy of a place on the top 5 list, but the following 5 are quite simply a necessity for any lucky visitor to see:
1. Visit York
York is a city that really does have it all; fascinating history, awe-inspiring architecture, a maze of quaint, cobbled streets and an array of activities and sightseeing opportunities for all.
Host to a huge range of cafes, boutiques and designer stores, restaurants, bars, clubs and traditional public houses, York is guaranteed to appeal to everyone. Boat trips, museums, tours, historic buildings and even evening ghost walks around the city are available in abundance.
The fact that this is all enclosed within the city's ancient wall, against the backdrop of the infamous York Minster and divided by the beautiful River Ouse creates a truly enchanting city.
2. Explore Whitby
Whitby is often referred to as the birthplace of the creation of the iconic 'Dracula'. Bram Stoker, the creator, was inspired by the enchanting, enigmatic atmosphere of the town, and beguiled by the enigma of its historical abbey and churches. Located on the North-East coast of England, Whitby is a sleepy, seaside town like no other.
A feeling of stepping back in time is apparent when visiting this incredibly scenic coastal resort. Nestling at the base of East Yorkshire's beautiful countryside, astounding views over the resort and the River Esk which runs through the centre can be witnessed from the outskirts. A tangle of traditional stone cobbled streets and alleyways wind through the centre towards a large, yellow sand beach, and many traditional English cafes, public houses and restaurants.
With so much to see and do, a trip to Northern England wouldn't' be complete without experiencing the delights that Whitby has to offer.
3. Lake District National Park
To witness some of the most spectacular scenery in England, a visit to the Lake District National Park is essential. Situated in the North-West of the country, within the county of Cumbria, this expanse of land is a favourite with all nationalities.
Made up of approximately 100 bodies of water ranging from small 'tarns' to large lakes, the Lake District is aptly named! Walkers and campers delight in the breath-taking scenery; writers, poets and painters are inspired by the majestic beauty; holidaymakers revel in the charm of the area. Whether searching for water-sports, hiking opportunities, exploring the area or simply soaking up the atmosphere, the English Lake District will not disappoint!
4. Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park is an ideal destination for anyone wanting to savour the great outdoors. Receiving approximately 10 million visitors annually, it is thought to be one of the most visited National Parks in the world and is a firm favourite amongst hikers and adventurers due to its undulating hills and dales, within magnificent scenery. If hiking is not your thing then an exhilarating cable-car ride will whisk you to the top of the hills in order to appreciate the amazing landscape
Being based in Derbyshire, in the North of England, large yet charming towns such as Derby, Chester and many more are also within easy access.
Perhaps not of instant appeal to the foreign traveller, but certainly a must-see, is the vibrant City of Leeds.
Located in the county of West Yorkshire, Leeds is the third most highly populated city within England, after London and Birmingham. It is the largest financial and legal centre in the country outside of London.
This large city is constantly alive, providing day and evening entertainment rivaled only by the country's capital. Theatres, shows, clubs, bars, music festivals and more attract thousands of visitors, tourists and even celebrities wanting to sample the 'capital of the North'!
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Please note that some schools have decided to adopt slightly different half term and holiday dates to those shown here and it is therefore advisable to contact the individual school to confirm their dates before making holiday arrangements.
You can use the search box to look up School Half Term Dates and UK Holidays in Northern England for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
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