Welcome back to our student life blog series
Our students still have a few days of Easter break to enjoy so this week’s blog introduces some city break destinations you can easily access with direct trains. All of the destinations we mention take less than 3 hours to reach, making it perfect for a day or weekend trip. Keep reading to explore the beautiful cities of the UK!
Durham is first on our list and just a 15 minute train ride from Newcastle. Durham is beautiful peaceful city packed with heritage sites. Durham Cathedral is one of the most famous attractions in the city as it appeared as a filming location for the Harry Potter film series. The cathedral continues to be used since its original construction 900 years ago as a place of worship.
If you’re more of a nature person, you can explore the Durham Riverside scenery. You can take a 3 mile circular walk which will be approximately 1-1.5 hours. Other well-known attractions include the Durham Castle, Museum of Archaeology, Durham University Botanic Garden and Durham Town Hall.
York is another historical city located 1 hour from Newcastle. This photo shows The Shambles, a narrow street filled with culture. You can find quirky shops like Potions Cauldron, The Shop That Must Not Be Named and Monk Bar Chocolatiers. Shambles Market is just around the corner and offers variety of independent traders and delicious street food.
If you’re looking for something different, York has a variety of ghost walks happening every night. As the city is known to be one of the most haunted in Europe, you can get your imagination spinning in the city’s most spooky spots. Other well-known attractions include York Minster, York City Walls and Jorvik Viking Centre.
Manchester is a city filled with culture. 2hr 30 minutes by train, it’s the birth place of countless musicians and bands including Joy Division, The Smiths, Oasis and Happy Mondays. The city has a variety of hotspots including Manchester Art Gallery, People’s History Museum and Royal Exchange Theatre.
The city is also home to two world renowned football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City. You can visit Old Trafford, Manchester United’s Stadium or the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City for a guided tour and interactive exhibitions. The National Football Museum is another great attraction for football fans. You can explore the evolutions of the sport and see trophies and memorabilia over the years.
We couldn’t make a city break list without including Scotland in the mix!
Edinburgh is a great place to start if you want to explore Scotland. It’s a very walkable city with most attractions being a short distance from each other. The city centre is broken down into the historic Old Town and the picturesque New Town. Edinburgh is packed with attractions including Edinburgh Castle, National Museum Scotland, Scotch Whiskey Experience and Scottish National Gallery.
If you’re lucky to have sunshine during your visit, the city has some outdoor attractions you can explore. You can climb Arthur’s Seat with a peak of 251m above sea level and take in the panoramic views of the city. Calton Hill gives you a view of the Edinburgh skyline and Royal Botanic Garden is home to one of the largest plant collections on Earth. Dean Village is five minutes from Princes Street and has an array of colourful 19th century buildings, making it perfect to snap some photos.
Glasgow is another Scottish city with a more industrial feel. You can get a direct train that will take about 2hours and 40 minutes from Newcastle. The city offers a unique experience such as, City Centre Mural Trail where artworks are scattered across the building in the city. The Burrell Collection is a museum displaying one of the greatest art collections ever collected by one person and consists of more than 9,000 objects.
Kelvingrove Park is a convenient spot as you can explore the park, River Kelvin and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum all in one area. You can then explore some markets around the city including Barras Market, Park Lane Market and The Forge Market.