England’s World Heritage Story – The North

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England’s Northern World Heritage Collection is a Visit England DEF project led by Cumbria Tourism. Its primary goal is to raise awareness of and increase visitor numbers to the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in across Northern England via the creation of bespoke itineraries aimed at the ‘mature experience seeker’ from Ireland and the United States.

Getting Here and Around

Northern England is well served by international airports in Liverpool, Leeds-Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester – all of which have direct flights from Ireland. Manchester is also served by direct flights from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington. The expected opening of an airport in Carlisle will make the Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall even more accessible than ever.

There are rail connections throughout the north, linking all major town and cities, as well as an extensive network of rail links to the smaller towns and villages.

No point in Northern England is more than a 3-hour train journey from London, or 2/2½-hours from Edinburgh.

All six of Northern England’s World Heritage Sites are close to each other, with no more than a 90-minute drive separating one from its nearest neighbour. Two – Lake District National Park and Hadrian’s Wall – are closer still, about an hour apart.

There are direct ferry services connecting Ireland with Liverpool, Heysham (Lancashire) and the north Welsh port of Holyhead, which is less than two hours from Liverpool.

England's World Heritage Story - The North

The Sites

England's World Heritage Story - The North - The Lake District
England's World Heritage Story - The North - Hadrian's Wall
England's World Heritage Story - The North - Durham Castle and Cathedral
England's World Heritage Story - The North - Liverpool
England's World Heritage Story - The North - Fountains Abbey
England's World Heritage Story - The North - Saltaire

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This guide provides you with a source of information on Northern England’s six UNESCO World Heritage sites.

England's World Heritage Story