It’s not so grim
up north


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In the North, it’s okay to put gravy on everything. You can get a pint for less than £3.
And, if you’re lucky, you might be asked if you’re “alright, pet?”

With four national parks, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and more fish and chip shops than you can shake a battered cod at, it’s really not so grim up North. In fact, as the UK’s top northern bloggers reveal, it’s home to some of the most incredible places in the UK. Explore their favourite highlights and hidden gems below.

Manchester is brainy. 25 Nobel prize winners have been part of the Unive rsity of Manchester.

England owes football to the North. Sheffield FC was the first ever independent club, formed in 1857.

Mr. Bean (aka comedic actor Rowan Atkinson) is a Geordie. He was born 14 miles south of Newcastle.

Karl Marx, author of The Communist Manifesto, wrote for Leeds General Advertiser and the chartist Northern Star.

The world’s first motion picture Roundhay Garden Scene was filmed in Leeds by Louis Le Prince in 1888.

In 1960, four boys from Liverpool formed The Beatles and became the best-selling music artists of all time.

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