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Teach in the North of England

Northern England has been growing in popularity as a destination for international teachers, looking for an alternative to living and teaching in London. Cities like Manchester and Leeds offer everything you could want, with lots of music, arts, sports and outdoor activities on offer year-round.

The ‘heart’ of England, this part of the country led the world during the Industrial Revolution, and the tight-knit communities and generous sense of humour that developed during this period remain strong today. Northern cities are famous for their buzzing nightlife, but once you step outside the cities you will discover some of the most strikingly beautiful countryside and storybook villages that the UK has to offer. Renowned as much for adventure tourism as history, shopping and spa breaks, you’ll love living and teaching in England’s north.

Useful links for life in the North!

Leeds Music Festival: if you only go to one big summer music festival, Leeds is a good choice!

Leeds International Film Festival: if you can’t make it to Cannes…

TheTrainLine for cheap fares around the UK (book early for cheapest prices)

Yorkshire Dales: general information about the Yorkshire Dales and walking the Three Peaks

The Peak District: ideas for days out and weekends in the stunning Peak District

National Trust website: join for discounted entry to historic buildings, gardens and stately homes

UK Hillwalking: useful maps and walking routes

Cool Camping: find the very best campsites in the north of England

Ourfaveplaces.co.uk: very cool Sheffield culture guide

Visit Lancashire: Official guide of the Lancashire and Blackpool tourist board

Visit Manchester: official tourism website for Manchester

This is Durham: official website of the Durham Tourist Board

Visit Britain: useful tourism about the north of England (and other parts of the UK too!)

Literary links: novels set in the North to help you set the scene

  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, 1847 (Yorkshire)
  • The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins, 1859 (Cumberland)
  • Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome, 1930 (The Lake District)
  • Granny Was a Buffer Girl, Berlie Doherty, 1986 (Sheffield)
  • Room 13, Robert Swindles,1989 (Whitby)
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson, 1995 (York)
  • Skellig, David Almond, 1998 (Newcastle)
  • If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Jon McGregor, 2002 (Bradford)
  • Started Early, Took My Dog, Kate Atkinson, 2010 (Leeds)
  • Hungry, the Stars and Everything, Emma Jane Unsworth, 2011 (Manchester)
  • Pig Iron, Benjamin Myers, 2012 (Durham)
  • The Year of the Runaways, Sunjeev Sahota, 2015 (Sheffield)
  • God’s Own Country, Ross Raisin, 2008 (Yorkshire)