Are you a Geordie, a Scouser, a Manc, a Tyke or a Mackem? Not sure? No worries! We’ve analysed five popular Northern England cities for you so you can find out just where you belong…
You’re a Manc when… you’re totally a hipster.
If cities in Northern England were students, Manchester would be the cool kid sitting at the back of the class, doodling on his desk instead of listening to his teacher.
Manchester – once the industrial powerhouse of England and just over 2-hours from London – is now one of the country’s edgiest and most culturally diverse cities in the world, spitting out some of Britain’s legendary musical acts – from Oasis to The Smiths to The Chemical Brothers.
The city is also famous for its art galleries and museums (not to mention the mighty Manchester United) . Check out The Lowry, an iconic gallery home to the world’s largest collection of works by LS Lowry (one of the best-loved British artists of the 20th century) and the majestic Royal Exchange Theatre, where you’ll find free exhibitions, poetry readings and top-class theatre.
You’re a Scouser when… you just love your food.
Liverpool isn’t just the home of The Beatles and Liverpool FC. It’s also home to a rich and diverse culinary scene that’s less than 3-hours from London – from cheap eats right up to Michelin Star fine dining options. Hence, if you LOVE to eat, you can’t go wrong in Liverpool.
For some of the best views of the city – and some of the best food you’ll have the pleasure of tucking into – make a reservation at Panoramic 34. Offering 360 degree views of Liverpool from the 34th floor of the West Tower, Panoramic 34 is one of Britain’s highest restaurants and most renowned.
Liverpool also has a thriving China Town, a testament to the fact that the city is home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community.
You’re a Geordie when… you’re a party animal.
If it takes you 3-hours to get ready, and you consider a great night out one that ends in the early hours of the morning, then you may have just found your new home: Newcastle!
Known for its dynamic and vibrant nightlife scene – made famous by the MTV hit Geordie Shore – Newcastle (only 3-hours from London by train) is a cosmopolitan city that’s also blessed with stunning architecture (the famous Tyne Bridge was built by the same people behind the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge) and cultural monuments that stretch back over 2,000 years.
Make sure you spend some time exploring the Castle Keep – built on the site of an 11th century wooden castle built William the Conqueror’s son.
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, the Diamond Strip (on Collingwood Street) is THE nightlife hotspot. You may even spot a few stars from THAT show there…
You’re a Tyke when… you’re a bookworm.
If curling up with a great book over the weekend is how you like to end your week, then you’re most certainly a Tyke.
Yorkshire (under 3-hours from London by train) has given birth to so many literary figures per capita that one suspects there’s got to be something in the sweet water that runs through this historic county in the North of England.
The Bronte sisters – undoubtedly the region’s most famous literary family – are responsible for three classic English novels, namely, Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
For insight and information on the lives and novels of this great British family, check out the Bronte Parsonage Museum in West Yorkshire.
You’re a Mackem when… you love getting active in nature.
If you love getting out and about in nature and hiking along gorgeous coastal trails, then Sunderland (just over 3-hours from London) will tick your boxes. With plenty of green space and award-winning parks and nature reserves for all sorts of activities – from walking to running to cycling – Sunderland is a nature-lovers’s wonderland.
The Hetton Bogs Nature Reserve is an idyllic place for a brisk stroll, and the views along the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycling route are nothing short of stunning – it’s suitable for all age groups, too.
And don’t forget the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, a Roman defensive fortification begun in 122 AD. Walk 135 miles from coast to coast following the ancient wall, past Roman settlements and forts. Here, there’s history and nature every step of the way.
So do you know where you belong in Northern England now?
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