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Northern’s regional director for the North West urges customers to get out and explore during English Tourism Week

Northern is encouraging people to use the train to get out and explore the fantastic visitor attractions across the North of England during English Tourism Week (15 – 24 March), which gets underway today.

Organised by Visit England, it is an annual celebration of tourism which showcases its importance to local communities and economies.

Running 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations, Northern plays an important role in helping tourists reach towns and cities across the North and experience everything they have to offer.

The train operator has a range of affordable fares available for customers, who can save up to 65% when they book tickets in advance or make use of discounts offered by the Duo and Rover tickets.

It comes after Visit England revealed people took more than 61 million day trips to destinations across the North over the last three months of 2023 and spent more than £3 billion with local businesses.

The figures show they made 31 million visits to the North West during the period, with a further 23 million to Yorkshire and 7 million to the North East.

Craig Harrop, regional director for Northern in the North West, said:

“We connect customers to some of the best leisure destinations in the country, so they can enjoy a well-earned city break, a day at the seaside or a hike at one of our wonderful national parks.

“We would encourage anyone eager to explore the North of England during English Tourism Week to take the train and make use of the range of Advance Purchase fares and discounts we have on offer.”

Customers can take a look at Northern’s recommended day trips to inspire their next adventure. There are a range of options for the whole family, those travelling solo or taking the dog out.

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.

For more information about the data released by Visit England, visit: Great Britain Domestic Day Trips Insights |