Cities of Northern England

With so much to explore, the North of England is the perfect place for a city break. Start your journey in Hull, the UK City of Culture, before heading off on the train to one of the other major cities in the north.

2017 is the perfect time to plan your next break and indulge in one of our great many cultural and arts festivals and events. With so many galleries, exhibitions, music and dance festivals to indulge in, there’s something for everyone.

In Hull, there’s an event taking place every single day as part of City of Culture. The city has always had a unique cultural voice but in 2017 this voice will be louder and heard further afield than ever before as the city showcases the very best of classical and contemporary culture. If you think you know Hull, think again!

We have some great offers on P&O Ferries for you to take advantage of and a Cultural Rover ticket to make travelling around so much easier.


The birthplace of William Wilberforce, Philip Larkin and Amy Johnson, to name just a few – Hull has a history of exploration and passion for culture.

2017 is set to be the biggest celebration Hull has ever seen, as the UK City of Culture welcomes artists and visitors from around the world. It’s all going on, theatre, dance, music, film, art. You name it Hull’s got it.

All of the city’s museums and galleries are free to enter, including the Ferens Art Gallery, which has undergone a £4.5m refurbishment in preparation for hosting the Turner Prize and other major exhibitions as part of UK City of Culture 2017. There’s plenty for children to enjoy too, with the museums quarter and award winning aquarium The Deep.


Leeds is a modern but historic city with a reputation for a vibrant and creative cultural scene, with museums, galleries, opera and ballet all within easy reach of the city centre.

Famous for its stunning Victorian arcades and impressive architecture, Leeds is the perfect destination, whether you want stylish shopping, decadent dining or contemporary arts and a vibrant nightlife.


Culture in Liverpool isn’t just one thing – the city is home to the UK’s largest contemporary arts festival, acclaimed theatres, the foremost collection of modern art in the north and, of course, The Beatles.

With seven distinct national museums and galleries, which are free to enter and cover everything from ancient Egypt to Renaissance paintings and maritime history – the city is a hotbed for exploring music, art, history and culture.


Bursting with character, Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK, with a vibrant mix of history, culture, music, arts and sport.

Aside from the acclaimed Whitworth art gallery and new arts centre HOME, there is much more to explore in Manchester; literary events, stand up comedy and club nights – there’s something for everyone.


For your trip to the North of England, there are daily overnight sailings with P&O Ferries from Rotterdam or Zeebrugge with extensive onboard shopping, dining and entertainment facilities. Once you get here, jump on the train to travel between our northern cities using the new TransPennine Cultural Cities Rover ticket.

Cultural Rover Ticket
4 cities in 8 days.

The new TransPennine Cultural Rover ticket will make travelling between the cities of Hull, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool much easier. Watch the countryside roll past from the comfort of your seat as you make the short journey between cities. The Cultural Rover entitles you to make four journeys across the Hull to Liverpool line over an eight day period.