Move over London! There are a surprising number of off-the-beaten-path attractions of LGBTQ interest on offer in Northern England. Here are a few highlights for those traveling across the pond.
This handsome, old, half-timbered house in West Yorkshire, set on 80 beautiful acres just outside the town of Halifax, is suddenly one of the buzziest queer sights in the UK. Here at Shibden Hall two centuries ago, wealthy landowner Anne Lister had the courage to lead a fairly active lesbian life, as well as — fortunately for us — the penchant to record all of the salacious details within carefully coded diaries. Finally deciphered in the last few decades, these diaries inspired a 2010 BBC Two film called “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister,” and will now serve as the source material for a just-announced eight-part miniseries about Lister’s life, to be co-produced by BBC One and HBO, and written by Sally Wainwright, creator of the popular British crime drama “Happy Valley.”
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