When it comes to the age-old and slightly friendly animosity between the poles of England, you’re likely to hear one of two things. Either you believe that the south of England is awash with rude snobs, or the North of England is only good for people who eat chip butties twice a day and listen to Oasis nonstop. Of course, the Midlanders are chameleons who can interject on any ‘side’ of amusing debate, so we’ll leave them out of this for now.
This friendly debate might be amusing for a tourist to learn, and it should be of course. But for someone visiting the UK listening to this joking discourse, they might become confused. Just which part of the UK should they visit anyway? North or South? Well, our humble article will hopefully address this, showcasing what each end of the country does best, and how to craft a memorable trip within those parameters.
Sports = North
If you’re hoping to witness the beautiful game of football (soccer) during your stay here, then of course visiting London or southern clubs could be worthwhile. However, if you’re really looking for some truly incredible history, fan activity, and a brilliant time (as well as staying affordable,) then heading to the North is your best bet. Up here we have clubs such as Manchester United & City, Liverpool and Sunderland afc. There are a range of excellent clubs to check out, and some originally preserved stadiums that truly show the class and history of the game from decades past. Not only that, but visiting a stadium in the North always feels like more of a personal affair than down South, as clubs have become more and more corporate in the megacity of London, and surrounding it.
Luxury = South
Heading to London and finding luxury is one and the same thing. There is so much on offer down here that a trip will turn into a marvel and awe-stricken affair. There are a range of amazing stores such as Harrods, museums such as the famous Madame Tussauds, and incredible restaurants from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver amongst others. If you’re looking for particularly incredible accommodation during your visit to this vast city, then apartments from London Serviced Apartments can cater to your needs within a momentary booking.
Natural Beauty = North
Not only do the Northern counties house more countryside per square mile, but many are protected areas of outstanding natural beauty. From the Yorkshire Dales where J R R Tolkien walked and was inspired for his Middle Earth machinations, to the incredible quaint villages outside of Manchester, there’s no better area than the North of England to truly get a glimpse of what the English countryside is all about. There are often relaxed travel holidays here, such as a boating travel lodge on the canal from Liverpool to Leeds, as well as the more seaside faring beauty of Liverpool or Newcastle.
If you have the time, visiting both sides of the country can be a wonderful time for you, so be sure to pay them both a visit if you have the chance!
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.