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Explore the North’s Leading Destinations on Days Out from Leeds

26 June 2014

Adventures Await on First TransPennine Express during a Four-Star Stay at 42 The Calls

Though we love exploring our own city, Leeds is also ideally located to provide easy access to some of the most sought-after cities and picturesque towns the north of England has to offer. Every surrounding area has its own character, charm and story to tell and with 24 hour transport links from First TransPennine Express, an adventurous day out is only a matter of minutes away. Follow a good night's sleep and hearty Yorkshire breakfast at our four-star hotel with a mere 9 minute walk to Leeds train station and you can be on your way to some of the nation's favourite destinations.

York offers culture and history along its stunning cobbled streets within a short 22 minutes train ride. Though the city was founded by the Romans in AD 71 , York's most famous inhabitants were the Vikings. Jorvik Viking Centre combines a unique journey along streets as they would have appeared 1000 years ago with over 800 finds that were dug up on the exact site of the museum. Time-travel forward into Medieval York by visiting York Minster, which offers the best views of the city from the Central Tower, or for a more stylish insight, shop the quirky boutiques along The Shambles - one of the best preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. Experience art deco elegance while sampling a delicious array of local and continental cakes, including Yorkshire Tea loaves, curd tarts and hand-dipped fondant fancies at Bettys. As evening descends, head to the Grand Opera House for west end musicals, stand-up comedy and live music or the 260 year old Theatre Royal for drama and dance. Finish up with a nightcap under 800 year old ship beams at the Trembling Madness pub before the short journey back to the comfort of our soft feather duvets.

After a quick dash to pack a beach bag, experience two of the best beaches in Britain within only 1 hour 14 minutes from Leeds. Established over 360 years ago, Scarborough was Britain's first seaside resort and continues to attract crowds to its shops, cafes, attractions and beautiful beaches. South Bay houses the historic Scarborough Spa complex, a working harbour and of course, a chance to sample truly tempting Yorkshire fish and chips. The award-winning North Bay provides a stunning stretch of sand for a variety of water sport enthusiasts, the Scarborough Open Air Theatre and the opportunity to hire a boat and row around Peasholm Park. The Victorian cliff lift may offer easy access across town, but the best views are from the headland, which separates the two bays and is home to the ruins of Scarborough Castle. Over 2500 years old, the site has endured many sieges across the centuries, however now offers a beautiful environment to take in the coastal panorama. Walk a short distance inland and the picturesque scenery continues over the North York Moors with heather covered hills, forests and countryside villages. Finish your day with dinner from the seasonal la carte menu at Jeremy's, named after its award-winning chef Jeremy Hollingsworth.

For a more indulgent day out, a 49 minutes train journey will lead to a sensational selection of shops in Manchester. From high street to high end, you'll be leaving this admired city with arms laden with bags and a lighter bank account! The renowned Trafford and Arndale shopping centres offer a sought-after selection of high street brands mixed with designer labels, restaurants and entertainment. While a more sophisticated shopping experience is available in Exchange Square, home to the latest catwalk creations and must-have accessories at Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. Wander down Deansgate to The Avenue, Manchester's newest destination for stylish boutiques and pampering experiences. For those with edgier style, the Northern Quarter is packed with fresh designers, handcrafted ideas and hip eateries, including an exquisite cake selection at Teacup Kitchen. For Michelin recommended dining head to 63 Degrees for modern French cuisine cooked using local ingredients or Australasia, which offers vibrant fusion cuisine with Pacific Rim flavours and exclusive cocktails...a perfect way to end the day.

With prices from a little as £11.40 adult day return to York, £16.20 to Manchester and £26.50 to Scarborough, a truly unforgettable day awaits from 42 The Calls with First TransPennine Express. You can also experience an added feel good factor with First TransPennine Express donating 25p to Macmillan Cancer Support if you Self Print your ticket. As the perfect base to explore everything the north of England has to offer; with an ideal location, contemporary comforts and first-class service in four-star surroundings...along with an unrivalled breakfast selection for much-needed energy, we can't wait to be part of your adventure.

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