The North of England

The North of England is home to some of the most dramatic landscapes in the UK. Rolling dales are cut through with dry stone walls, over which birds of prey soar; wide lakes nestle in valleys, surrounded by craggy peaks that rise to meet the sky; and rugged moorland topped with heather stretches for miles. These are ancient, unspoilt areas that won’t fail to enchant you.

Camping and glamping in North England are great ways to experience the beauty of these landscapes. Set in the heart of the countryside, our campsites give you easy access to stunning walks, photographic opportunities and even a few water sports. It’s a chance to really leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy nature at its finest.

Should you crave a beach or some city attractions, luxury glamping in North East England won’t disappoint. The golden sandy beaches around Scarborough are a lovely, safe place for the kids to build sandcastles and play in the waves, while the cities of York and Durham have lots of historic buildings, animal parks and museums to visit.

County Durham

Surrounded by rich, tranquil countryside, the ancient city of Durham has lots to offer, from museums and its spectacular cathedral to parks and play centres for children.

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The rolling Yorkshire dales and scenic coastline of England’s largest county are perfect for walkers and nature lovers, while the bustling city of York has attractions for the whole family. 

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Home to England’s highest mountains and largest lakes, Cumbria is a picturesque region that’s ideal for active family holidays and peaceful escapes.

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Famous for its castles and historic sites, Northumberland’s romantic landscapes are a wonderful backdrop for outdoor pursuits and journeys into the county’s historic past.

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Reasons to visit the North of England

Fascinating history

The whole family will enjoy learning about Britain’s past at the various attractions across the North of England. Kids can dress up as knights, come face to face with a dragon and learn to fly a broomstick at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, which is still inhabited by the Percy family. Developed in the 1300s following the Norman conquest of Britain, it withstood Scottish raids and the Civil War, as well as serving as a teacher training college until 1981.

At the York Castle Museum, all ages can learn about Victorian York. You can find out what life was like in an 18th century prison, walk down a Victorian style street and visit its shops, and discover toys from the past 150 years.

Wild rambles

Camping in North England is also a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs. One of the best walking routes is the Hadrian’s Wall Path, which follows the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire and runs from coast to coast. You can join it anywhere, and enjoy spectacular views while rambling beside a piece of living history.

In the Lake District, you can walk in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Cat Bells is a popular trail of moderate difficulty, and rewards you with stunning views over Derwent Water and Borrowdale. The short, steep scramble up Cat Bells hill is hard work but worth it for the panoramic views.

For something gentler and filled with history, the North Yorkshire Coast is ideal. Starting at the quayside where Captain Cook’s ship the Endeavour was built, it follows the cliffs to a once-thriving smugglers’ haunt, Robin Hood’s Bay. You can end the hike with a leisurely pub lunch and dip your toes into the refreshing North Sea before catching the bus back to Whitby.

Adventure parks

If you need to help the kids burn off some steam, visit one of the region’s many adventure parks. The weather isn’t always kind when you’re glamping in the North of England, so if the rain comes, head over to Adventure Valley in Country Durham. With an indoor play zone, an undercover farmyard and wild west town, it’ll keep the kids entertained for hours. Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire, meanwhile, has 35 rides that toddlers and teenagers alike can enjoy, from spinning teacups to white-knuckle rollercoaster rides.

Why choose Experience Freedom?

Our Experience Freedom sites are perfectly placed for exploring the North of England. Whether you want to escape to a tranquil, countryside retreat or discover the history and attractions of the region with your family, you’ll find a location to suit you. Our Experience Freedom glamping pods are ideal if you want a few home comforts while you’re enjoying the great outdoors, while our tent pitches and camping pods give you the ultimate under-the-stars experience. Select a region to discover which sites are available there, or use our Search and Book function to view available dates for your chosen site.