Days out up North
There's so much to see and do along the East Coast Mainline in the north of England and Scotland. Get some travel inspiration for a day out up North.
All along the LNER route, there are capital cities, seaside towns, historic walls and everything in between. Take a trip up north and experience the UK's history, culture and coastline.
Perfectly placed between London and Edinburgh, steeped in history and full of fun things to do, a visit to York is a no-brainer.
Take your time to stroll the cobbled streets, walk their ancient walls and try some of the delicious food that the local independent food scene has to offer. Want something a little bit more? Check out our York tips.
The towering Minster can be seen all across York. From York train station, York Minster is visible and only a 10-minute walk. Head inside to see the Great East Window or take one of their Hidden Minster tours.
York Ice Trail
Take a train to York on Saturday 1 or Sunday 2 February to enjoy an icy spectacle. York Ice Trail is the largest outdoor ice trail in the country. 40 ice sculptures will be placed around the city based on the theme Fantastical Fiction and Fairy Tales.
Leeds is a popular location for those seeking a city break, culture and shopping. With world-class theatres and music venues, along with an exciting shopping scene.
Explore the history and weapons and armour from across the world at Leeds Royal Armouries. The five floors of displays take you through hunting weapons and weapons of war to fantasy weapons.
Shopping in Leeds
Leeds has no shortage of places for some retail therapy. Indulge in designer brands in Victoria Gate and Victoria Quarter. Then head down to Leeds Corn Exchange where you'll find a range of independent shops, full of interesting and inspiring products. All of this, plus the Trinity Centre just a short walk from Leeds Train Station.
The beautiful city of Durham is almost a hidden gem. Tucked between York and Newcastle, there's so much to see and do in this historic city.
Built on a hill and looped by the River Wear, Durham Cathedral is like something straight out of a Harry Potter film. In fact, part of the Cathedral was used in the Harry Potter series as part of Hogwarts.
Fancy seeing what lies beyond Durham city centre? Take a steady riverside walk. The 4.5 mile route is on surfaced paths and roads, so you can do it in comfortable shoes in any weather.
Visit the land of the Geordies. This city is more than just "why aye man" and Newcastle Brown Ale. With a rich sporting history and a thriving cultural scene, you're in for a treat.
Housed in an old flour mill, BALTIC is a Centre for Contemporary Art. Showcasing blockbuster art pieces and innovative new work, plus a viewing platform for great views of Newcastle. This free centre is a must-visit.
Hidden underground is a secret network of tunnels used to transport coal in the 19th Century. During World War II they were converted into an air raid shelter. Now, you can tour these tunnels and experience what life was like for the miners and residents of Newcastle during these two periods.
Visit England's most northerly town. Just 2 and a half miles (4km) south of the Scottish border and sitting in the middle of Newcastle and Edinburgh, its history has helped shape its identity.
Built in 1558, the walls still stand to this day. They were originally built to keep out the Scots who would come and raid the town. You can now walk the 1 and a quarter mile route in around 45 minutes.
A popular trip for those visiting Berwick is across the River Tweed to Spittal Beach. The 2 mile walk, which is regularly served by buses, is a family-well kept beach with amusements, play parks for children and cafes.
Scotland's capital is a place of incredible architecture, natural beauty and rich history. Walk the streets and enjoy the special atmosphere you get from Edinburgh.
Explore the displays and exhibits inside of Edinburgh Castle, learning about its role in defending the city. From royalty to war, discover Edinburgh's past from inside the Castle's walls.
See Edinburgh in a unique view from the 360-degree telescope on the top floor used to delight people since 1850s. Venture down the other four floors through the World of Illusions containing hands on optical illusions and interesting displays.
Visit the most northerly point on the East Coast Mainland right in the heart of the Scottish highlands featuring castles, lochs and Scottish traditions.
From Inverness, you're on the doorstep of Scotland's most famous loch, Loch Ness. With regular bus services to the exhibition centre, you can learn about Nessie and even take a cruise onto the loch stopping at Urquhart Castle.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Explore the history of the Scottish Highlands and the people who have lived here for centuries the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Learn about the Gaelic language and Bonnie Prince Charlie in the interesting exhibits, as well as seeing art from touring local, national and international artists.