From world famous lakes to industrial heritage, the North West seems to have it all.
A coastline that takes in art, entertainment and breathtaking beauty, plus cities steeped in history yet striding ahead.
It’s a region of variety, not least for walkers who can stroll on gentle hills or conquer a mountain. A visit to the Lake District never fails to impress. Old, young, fit or otherwise, you can stride out amongst the stunning landscape here or gaze in awe at the picture postcard surroundings instead.
Away from the lakes and mountains there are villages aplenty to keep visitors entertained. From sleepy Grasmere to bustling Bowness, browse the gift shops, galleries and museums at your leisure.
But that’s not the only expanse of unspoilt countryside the North West has to offer. Lancashire is bursting with beauty. From the wildlife rich Morecambe Bay to the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where a dramatic landscape of open moorland is dotted with farms and villages ready to be explored.
Aside from great countryside there is plenty to see in the region’s cities too. Liverpool’s regenerated waterfront is a sight to behold. The Albert Dock houses fascinating museums such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum and Tate Liverpool. Plus The Beatles Story, recounting the journey of the city’s most famous inhabitants. Just across the road is state of the art shopping centre, Liverpool One, set against a vibrant skyline including the city’s two imposing cathedrals.
Not too far away is Manchester, another centre of cultural - and shopping - excellence. You’ll find the National Football Museum here among many others. The city’s art gallery is a must-see, with world-class collections and exhibitions including Pre-Raphaelite paintings, British and European art from the 17th century onwards and no less than 25,000 objects of fine art, decorative art and costume.
In addition to these two ‘giants’ of the region there are other cities to enjoy too.
Not least, Lancaster, where there’s much to explore, including the ancient castle and stunning Williamson Park. Further south in Chester, visitors can take a walk along the city’s Roman walls. This fascinating two-mile circuit surrounds the historic centre and encompasses some interesting sights along the way, including wishing steps, the city’s oldest pub and a famous clock built for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
The North West is home to much industrial heritage which is celebrated in its many museums and buildings scattered throughout the region.
Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, Cheshire, is well worth a visit as one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution. It is now a museum of the cotton industry.
A visit to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry is also highly recommended, if only for its location on the site of the world's first railway station, Manchester Liverpool Road, which opened as part of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in September 1830. The railway station frontage and 1830 warehouse are both Grade I listed.
If it’s good old family fun you require then look no further than Blackpool, the North West’s dazzling seaside metropolis where kiss-me-quick and candyfloss are the order of the day.
Enjoy countless attractions here including the world famous Blackpool Tower plus the fabulous Pleasure Beach where thrill seekers can ride The Pepsi Max Big One, the tallest rollercoaster in the UK!