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Where to go for a few days in the North.

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Heirhelp Sun 03-Jan-16 16:48:55

Hi, I am looking for somewhere for DH and I to go for a mini break in Feburary. We are Newcastle based and don't want to spend too long travelling. We have done Edinburgh and York lots of time before. Just looking for a few nice shops to potter round, good restaurants, cafes and maybe a tourist attraction. Any suggestions?

mrssmith79 Sun 03-Jan-16 16:56:21


Heirhelp Sun 03-Jan-16 16:57:52

I had thought of Haragote but not sure if there is much to do to there. Whitby also sounds good. I will do some research. Thanks.

moocowmrs Sun 03-Jan-16 16:58:18

Liverpool, plenty to see and do but prob quite like Newcastle really, umm what about Kendal or Windermere X

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sun 03-Jan-16 16:58:59


DorothyGherkins Sun 03-Jan-16 17:00:17

Alnwick and Alnmouth? Lovely book shop in Alnwick, Alnwick Castle where they filmed bits of Harry Potter, and their Poison Garden, and I love Alnmouth, a really old fashioned seaside place.

pieceofpurplesky Sun 03-Jan-16 17:01:19

Chester. Beautiful city.

DorothyGherkins Sun 03-Jan-16 17:03:38

Have a coffee by the fire, watch the model railway go round and even loo at the books! Fab place.

Heirhelp Sun 03-Jan-16 17:06:13

Thanks everybody. We went to the lakes in the summer as a stop off from visiting relatives. We love Alnwick but I think we have done it a few times and this will be our last time away befor baby arrives so want to try something different and maybe even less child friendly. Plus I worry my DH will try to buy all of Barter Books. I will look at how far away Chester is.

Savagebeauty Sun 03-Jan-16 17:07:57


DorothyGherkins Sun 03-Jan-16 17:10:40

Manchester? Loads of stuff to do there, and half an hour away you have access to some lovely Cheshire and Peak countryside

Gunting Sun 03-Jan-16 17:13:19

Was going to suggest Alnwick but the castle is shut until April and also the poison gardens. There isn't much to do except buy all of barter books which I tried to do two days ago

AgentProvocateur Sun 03-Jan-16 17:18:17


cathyandclaire Sun 03-Jan-16 17:23:03

Leeds or Harrogate, plenty to do in both IMO

CurlyhairedAssassin Sun 03-Jan-16 17:25:35

I'm from Liverpool. It's great to visit but really a long drive from Newcastle (will you be driving?). Chester would be the same. Maybe a bit too far.

I second Leeds. Went there for the first time last year in November and had a great time.

Savagebeauty Sun 03-Jan-16 17:37:51

Go to Saltaire if you go to Leeds. 15 mins on the train

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Sun 03-Jan-16 18:20:35

Beamish Open Air Museum? It's about 40 min drive from Newcastle and you can easily spend all day there - there's a farm, town, Georgian house, steam trains, trams, pub, fish and chip shop (divine but you'll need to queue early as it's v popular) cafés. It's over huge land so if you go bring good waterproofs/boots.

Also lots to see (Cathedral - climb to the top, tour the castle, Oriental museum, botanical gardens, Crook Hall) walks, lovely cafés in Durham.

pieceofpurplesky Sun 03-Jan-16 23:06:27

Really good offers in group in and trains at the moment. Chester has everything - history, great shopping, cafes, bars, restaurants m, day trips ...
My Aussie and Canadian friends always claim it is their favourite city in the UK

pieceofpurplesky Sun 03-Jan-16 23:06:47


Seeyounearertime Sun 03-Jan-16 23:08:56

Hull is north.
It's just been voted 8th best city to visit by rough guide. I love hull. smile

TurnOffTheTv Sun 03-Jan-16 23:16:48

Leeds. I've been to Harrogate twice this week, and you could only spend 2/3 hours there max.

TheDrsDocMartens Sun 03-Jan-16 23:34:27

Lakes. Or go to Glasgow or Edinburgh

Kryptonite Tue 05-Jan-16 22:02:12

Peak District? Some beautiful places there. Bakewell's particularly lovely. Loads of things to do around there and in Derbyshire.

mrsmortis Wed 06-Jan-16 13:46:35

Lindesfarne. Book into a B&B on the island and be there at high tide when all the tourists have left!

namechangedtoday15 Wed 06-Jan-16 19:09:46

Not Leeds (unless you're forced smile!) Maybe I worked there too long! Would suggest somewhere in North Yorkshire, one of the quaint little market towns / large villages. Have you been to The Forbidden Corner?

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