I’m very proud to be able to say that I’m collaborating with London North Eastern Railway (LNER) on a series of posts in the run-up to a complimentary first-class trip on June 15th

Here’s my five favourite places (in no particular order) from the LNER route!

1.    Edinburgh
Things to see and do:
Edinburgh Castle – learn about its fascinating, vibrant and grisly history, ensuring you visit the Scottish Crown Jewels while you’re there. Opening hours: 9:30am – 6pm, tickets: adults = £19.50, Concession = £11.50, Children (5-15) = £10.50, free for children under 5
National Museum of Scotland – not only can you explore the exhibits and displays but there’s also an incredible panoramic view of the city from the Museum’s rooftop terrace. Opening hours: 10am – 5pm, free admission, donations welcome
Christmas Market – crepes and waffles, glass baubles and decorations; Edinburgh Christmas Market is visited by thousands of shoppers a year
Shopping – Princes Street for all of your high street stores from Superdrug to Apple to Primark, for luxury shopping; Multrees Walk

Places to eat and drink:
Mary’s Milk Bar – a cute and cost space full of the best quality and unlimited flavours of chocolate and ice cream, 19 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS,
Wellington Coffee – basement coffee shop for your caffeine fix and freshly baked sweet treats, 33A George Street, EH2 2HN
The Blackbird – a trendy, stylish bar with award-winning cocktails, 37-39 Leven Street, EH3 9LH, 0131 228 2280
Amarone – Italian restaurant with a recommendation of the seafood pizza, 13 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AF, 0131 523 1171

2.      London
Things to see and do:
Warner Brothers Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter – a first-hand look at costumes, props and film locations, tickets from £80
Madame Tussauds – the opportunity to ‘meet’ the world’s most famous faces, admission from £32
Hop on Hop off Bus Tour – a bit of a cheat to avoid listing all of London’s most famous must-see places from Tower of London to Buckingham Palace, tickets from £26
Shopping – Oxford Street for all of your high street stores

Places to eat and drink:
Aqua Nueva – a Spanish restaurant with a stunning rooftop view of the London Eye and The Gherkin, 240 Regent Street, W1F 7EB, 020 7478 0540
Circus – glamourous eating and drinking with cabaret and circus acts, 27-29 Endell Street, WC2H 9BA, 020 7420 9300
Anchor Bankside – a traditional pub within walking distance of the Globe Theatre, 34 Park Street, SE1 9EF, 02074 071577

3.      York
Things to see and do:
The National Railway Museum – celebrate the past, present and future of innovation on the railways with interactive activities too, Opening hours: 10am – 6pm, tickets: free entry
York Minster – see the exquisite stained glass and handcrafted stone in this 7th century Minster. Opening hours: 9am – 4:30pm, tickets: adults = £11.50, concessions = £10.50, students = £9, children = free
Shopping – York City Centre for independent jewelry stores and high street shops

Places to eat and drink:
ASK Italian – Italian dishes in a prestigious venue of the Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, YO1 2QG, 01904 637254
Wagyu Bar & Grill – a family friendly restaurant with catering for all tastes, 75 Low Petergate, YO1 7HY, 01904 232262
Kuda York – latest nightclub to hit York with three floors and well-known DJs, 12 Clifford Street, YO1 9RD, 01904 647947

4.      Durham
Things to see and do:
Shopping – Prince Bishops Shopping Centre for numerous high street stores, Opening hours: 9am – 5:30pm
Durham Riverside Walk – a 3 mile circular walk that takes approx. 1 – 1.5 hours
Durham Cathedral – set on a rocky promontory next to the Castle the profile of the Cathedral is recognizable to all visitors, DH1 3EH, Opening hours: 9am – 6pm, Tickets: suggested donation of £3pp
Places to eat and drink:
The Rabbit Hole – 20s inspired restaurant, 17 Hallgarth Street, DH1 3AT, 0191 386 5556
Market Kitchen – a menu of wholesome inspired dishes from around the globe, Old Elvet, DH1 3JN, 0191 386 6821
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill – signature steaks and timeless English and French classics, Hotel Indigo, 9 Old Elvet, DH1 3HL, 0191 329 3535

5.      Leeds
Things to see and do:
Shopping – Trinity Leeds has over 120 stops, cafes, bars, restaurants and a cinema, Albion Street, LS1 5ER

Places to eat and drink:
Blind Tyger – drinking den and cocktail bar, Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP, 0113 246 0770
Candlebar – delicious and relaxed dining experience, Candle House, LS1 4GJ, 0113 244 6655
Byron – for ‘proper hamburgers’, 9a Lands Lane, LS1 5DQ, 0113 243 1248

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