Northern England: A Truly English Experience
When traveling to England or the UK, most people head straight to London. Once they have been to London, many believe that they have seen all they need to see in England. They could not be more wrong.
Last fall, I was able to spend four months in Manchester, England and loved every second of it. It was my fourth time in England and second time up North. I prefer the North of England to the South. The weather may be a bit wetter, but there are many reasons to visit the North of England.
1) More Authentically English: There is just something about the North of England that is very English. The towns, the people, the food, everything. When I am in Northern England I feel like I am truly experiencing what England is about, something that does not happen to me when I am down in London.
2) Cheaper: I had friends studying in London and when they came to visit me in Manchester they were astounded at her cheap things were. Whether it was a meal at a pub or even just a pack of biscuits in Tescos, everything was far cheaper. So if you want to visit England, but are afraid of the astronomical prices of London, be sure to check out up North. There are some great cities [Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, etc.] and the price of living is much cheaper.
3) Liverpool: One of my favorite cities, Liverpool is tucked away in the Northwest of England. You can still see plenty of references to their most famous residents, The Beatles. Liverpool is a must for any Beatles fan, but even if you are not a Beatles fan, it is still a great place to go. There are multiple free museums, including maritime and slavery museums.
4) Football: The biggest sport franchise in the world is located in Northern England. This team is Manchester United. Although anyone from Manchester will deny being a fan of Man U, they have still managed to become the most popular sports team in the world. If you want to see a legendary team in action, be sure to head up north and catch a game at Old Trafford.
5) Better Music: Joy Division, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, and The Beatles are just a small sample of bands that have come from the North of England. Some of the most influential bands of all time have classed Northern England home at some point. So if you are interested in seeing where John Lennon grew up or Ian Curtis’ grave, be sure to head up North.
And while you’re there, be sure to grab a meal at a local pub. For around £5 you can get a burger and a pint. Pub Grub is what I live off of when I am up North; completely unhealthy, but so very delicious.
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