The 22 best Durham restaurants
Cobbled streets, an imposing castle and romantic bridges make Durham a worthy UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with can't-miss things to do—but it is the best Durham restaurants that will truly impress you. Go high-end with views of the River Wear or dig into a dirty burger in the studenty Viaduct area. Durham has a compact centre because of how the river hairpins through the city, which means many of the best places to eat sit along Saddler Street and around the castle.
The 26 best restaurants in Newcastle
If you're vacationing here, you're unlikely to ever go hungry but the best restaurants in Newcastle make living in this town a constant struggle to resist going out for a lavish meal every single night of the week. From award-winning fine dining to the stalls of Grainger Market, all culinary budgets are accounted for. Don't forget how close you are to the coast: devouring superior fresh seafood is actually one of the best things to do in Newcastle. Book yourself a room at one of the best hotels in town and get ready for some serious eating.
The 19 best things to do in York
There’s a reason that the historic city of York has long been a regular on lists of the ‘best places to live in the UK’. A cultural hub since Roman times, there’s plenty here for the inquisitive visitor to get totally lost in. From the majestic York Minster cathedral to the surrounding streets of quirky tea shops, sumptuous restaurants and buzzing bars, York’s got a delightful selection of stuff for any tourist. And the best thing about it? It’s so digestible. You can walk from one side of the city to the other in under half an hour – so it’s perfect for day trips or weekend breaks. Below is our list of the finest York has to offer. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
The 18 best things to do in Whitby
Welcome to Whitby, a perfect British seaside destination boasting a whole lot of fun things to do. Here in this idyllic former fishing town on the North Yorkshire coast, you can expect a dramatic coastline, soft stretches of caramel sand, exquisite seafood, a quaint harbour and more quirky charm than you can shake a stick at. From its spooky abbey and cliff-top graveyard to lamp-lit cobbled streets and whale bone monuments, it exudes more Gothic splendour than David Bowie in The Hunger. It’s no wonder Bram Stoker set his vampire-filled novel ‘Dracula’ here, or that groups of black-clad music fans descend on the place twice a year for the Whitby Goth Weekend. Whether you visit in the summer for a sunny stroll along the beautiful Blue Flag beach, or in winter to shelter in a quirky pub with some steaming fish and chips, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into this town in England. Not only that, but in Whitby you are perfectly located to explore loads of beautiful nearby coastal towns, villages and beaches. Here are the best things to do in Whitby right now. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
The 23 best restaurants in Leeds you need to try
When it comes to eating out – and doing it well – Leeds is one of Britain’s finest foodie cities. The very best restaurants in Leeds boast some pretty impressive renown, easily justified by the quality coming out of the kitchens. From homey curry houses and classic Italian trattorias to next-level Thai restaurants and slick spots with one eye on those folk at Michelin, this Yorkshire city has pretty much everything any peckish visitor – or hungry local – could desire. So if you’ve worked up an appetite while exploring Leeds’ array of brilliant things to do, here’s our guide to where you should dig in. Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList.
The 13 best bars in York
This being the quintessential English cathedral city, York is more famed for its old-world pubs than its new-fangled cocktail bars. Have a quick mooch, however, and you’ll find mixologists shaking up dazzling concoctions at buzzing bars all over the city centre. From underground speakeasy-style lairs to thronging music bars to drinking dens with world record-holding gin selections, you should certainly prepare for the unexpected when it comes to the best bars in York. There’s even a venue dedicated just to the Stone Roses – and it’s gold, not fool’s. Looking for some top-notch grub to soak up the booze? Check out our pick of the best restaurants in York. Drank somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDrinkList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars.
The 14 best pubs in York
One rumoured to have more pubs than there are days in the year – yeah right – York’s cobblestone streets brim with old-world inns straight out of a fairytale. Many of this city’s boozers have rivalries dating back centuries, though thankfully the fighting has largely subsided, and even if several of the most famous remain mostly as they were back then, others have been revamped in a much more up-to-date style. From converted toll booths and gatehouses to marshmallow-flavoured ales and kegs-turned-urinals, original features (and brews) abound at these brilliant pubs in York. That’s not to say you won’t feel at home here, though – if you’re looking something a little cosier than a bar or restaurant, perhaps with a fire or darts tournament on the go, our ultimate York pub guide has you covered. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in York
The 29 best restaurants in Sheffield
Yorkshire’s biggest city may be best known for its massive university, charming accent and winning array of things to do – but it certainly punches above its weight when it comes to independent restaurants, bars and cafés, too. In fact, student-centric Sheffield boasts a diverse food and drink scene that can cater for pretty much all budgets and occasions. So whether you’re more into the idea of street food, a sourdough bakery or a fine-dining establishment set in a shipping container, our pick of the very best restaurants in Sheffield has you covered. Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList.
The 21 best things to do in Leeds right now
Flanked by Yorkshire’s sprawling national parks, Leeds may not seem very green by comparison. But, with lush city parks and an array of stately country piles and nature reserves on its outskirts, we’d argue it offers the perfect balance of bustling city living and proximity to the great outdoors. Keep central, of course, and you’ll also discover an enviable music scene, thriving theatres, busy shopping districts and atmospheric pubs – making this Yorkshire city the ultimate Northern weekend break. So whether you’re here for the top-notch galleries, the pioneering restaurants and bars, or already lacing up those boots to make for the moors, here are 21 unmissable things to do in Leeds.
The 17 best things to do in Newcastle
If you’re thinking of a city break in England, Newcastle might not be on of your list of options. You should think again. For starters, the city is a foodie paradise crammed full of so many great restaurants it's hard to know where to start. It’s packed with world-class concert halls and art galleries that will blow your mind. The cherry on the cake? Newcastle is a top-notch nightlife destination, well worth dressing up and dashing out into the evening before crashing at one of the many great value local hotels. And if, somehow, all that isn't enough to get you booking a ticket, then remember that Newcastle is located close to some fantastic strips of coast where you can swap city slicking for seaside dreaming.
16 best things to do in Harrogate
Famous for its cream teas and Turkish baths, Harrogate is England's classic spa town with quaint streets, historic houses, landscaped gardens and so many fun things to do. In Harrogate, life is slow-paced and serene—you can see why famous crime writer Agatha Christie hunkered down here incognito in 1926 after her marriage broke down. Alongside the genteel prettiness and relaxing waters, the town is full of great independent shops, glorious antique stores and top-class cosy pubs serving excellent beer, all surrounded by rolling green hills. Just 40 minutes from Leeds and York, or two hours and 45 minutes from London, follow in Christie’s footsteps and explore this North Yorkshire haven.
The 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world
New normal. You’ve probably heard that phrase a lot over the past 18 months. When the pandemic hit last year, humankind entered a new era. And the day-to-day lives of city-dwellers – so used to the social aspect of urban living – changed with it. But now, many of us have gone some way to throwing off those shackles. Border restrictions are loosening. Bars, restaurants, even clubs are reopening. And while the pandemic still rages on, we’re all tentatively reaching out to something that kind of resembles a better normal. So, what’s that, exactly? To find out, you’ve got to look at what’s going on around you, out on the street, down the park, in your backyard. Throughout 2020 and 2021, our cities have thrived. Against impossible odds, communities banded together, hung out, made stuff. They displayed all the same energy and resilience and grassroots ingenuity that allowed them to spring up in the first place. They survived. And now we come to our annual ranking of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods. This year, we couldn’t help but switch up our priorities. Food, drink, nightlife, culture – important. Community spirit, resilience, sustainability – just as important, especially if we are to come out of this pandemic with things we can be proud of and tell the rest of the world about. Just like we’ve done for the past three years, we took the results of our annual Time Out Index survey (which this year polled 27,000 city-dwellers) to our local editors and contributors. They then vet
Why Sheffield’s legendary Leadmill music venue must be saved
On Thursday Sheffield music venue the Leadmill revealed some unexpected news. ‘Today we have received some devastating news,’ it announced. ‘In one year’s time, our landlord is evicting us and forcing us to close.’ This was met with widespread shock. Artists including The Pogues, Billy Bragg, Self Esteem, Sleaford Mods and Tim Burgess all voiced support, as did other venues like Leeds’s Brudenell Social Club and Manchester’s Gorilla, while local MPs Paul Blomfield and Louise Haigh also expressed the need to fight and save it. Now the landlords, Electric Group, have issued a statement saying the building will still be used as a venue, but the Leadmill as it exists – its name, its staff, its independence – may all go. So, what does Sheffield stand to lose? The fact you have such a wide-reaching number of voices showing support for the Leadmill is indicative of its impact and legacy. It has been running for 42 years, initially opening in 1980 in a derelict flour mill and was as much a social and community centre as it was a radical performing arts space. The venue quickly became home to a burgeoning scene, with bands such as Pulp, Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA and Artery all playing some of the earliest shows. From there it had a 40-year run as one of the most important pit stops on the UK touring circuit, playing host to countless bands that would go on to be huge (Oasis, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, you name it). But it was also a home for acts that woul
These incredible underground tunnels in the UK are now open to the public
Sheffield provided the backdrop to a lot of lyrics for Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and the secret tunnels and rivers that run underneath the city centre were no different. On the tune ‘Wickerman’, Cocker even recalled his own time spent wading through the mysterious passages. The song acts as an underground journey through Sheffield, the Yorkshire city that exists ‘below other people’s ordinary lives’. He sang: ‘Underneath the city through the dirty brickwork conduits / Connecting white witches on the Moor with pre-Raphaelites down in Broomhall / Beneath the old Trebor factory that burnt down in the early seventies / leaving an antiquated sweet-shop smell and caverns of nougat and caramel.’ Sound intriguing? As it happens, that magical underground world Cocker described around twenty years ago is now opening up for guided tours via the Sheaf and Porters River Trust. Built during the mid-nineteenth century, the tours will take visitors around the city’s vast network of Victorian tunnels – including a huge brick-vaulted space referred to as the Megatron. Ready to fish out your waterproofs and wellies? This could be the ideal chance to learn more about the history of the place (as well as retrace Cocker’s footsteps, of course). Tickets for the trips are on sale here. Like your subterranean attractions? Take a virtual tour of the Paris Catacombs’ burial chambers.
Cheap holiday alert: Leeds is offering free hotel nights to visitors this summer
With constantly-changing border restrictions and testing requirements now getting in the way of most foreign travel, demand for holidays within the UK has soared. And that means that prices have too. In fact, anyone on a budget may struggle to find accommodation at a decent rate. Enter ‘Be Our Guest’ – the latest in a series of initiatives led by UK cities aiming to lure back visitors this summer. A joint venture by Visit Leeds and the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association, it means travellers can claim free third night for every two they book at any of 12 top hotels in the city. That would give you that little bit longer to taste your way around Leeds’s thriving food and drink scene, to soak up some culture at its array of excellent museums and galleries, or indeed tick off all the other ace things the city has to offer. And not only that – the first 100 bookings will get to experience a ‘taste of Leeds’ thanks to a hamper filled with local produce. Lovely stuff. Sound good? You can find out more about the ‘Be Our Guest’ scheme here. And if you’re looking for more great deals? Manchester is offering free hotel nights too.