North West England

Landscapes filled with lakes, estuaries buzzing with birdlife and revolutionary cities with sporting histories: the North West has something for everyone. Explore iconic cities that are as famous for their music scenes as their grand industrial buildings and museums. Hear The Beatles resonate from street corners in Liverpool and the Stone Roses and Oasis rock in fashionable Manchester. Switch off the sound in the Lake District as you retrace trails between ethereal peaks, fells and tarn lakes. Or head for the bright lights of the seaside under hedonistic Blackpool's blazing seafront illuminations. Welcome to a sports lovers' paradise with county crickets grounds, iconic horse races and Premiership football clubs to boot.

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North West England

Landscapes filled with lakes, estuaries buzzing with birdlife and revolutionary cities with sporting histories: the North West has something for everyone. Explore iconic cities that are as famous for their music scenes as their grand industrial buildings and museums. Hear The Beatles resonate from street corners in Liverpool and the Stone Roses and Oasis rock in fashionable Manchester. Switch off the sound in the Lake District as you retrace trails between ethereal peaks, fells and tarn lakes. Or head for the bright lights of the seaside under hedonistic Blackpool's blazing seafront illuminations. Welcome to a sports lovers' paradise with county crickets grounds, iconic horse races and Premiership football clubs to boot.

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Head to the UK's football capital

Head to the UK's football capital

Explore the National Football Museum and enjoy stadium tours around not one, but two of the world’s biggest clubs.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
Let the little ones run wild at Lowther's Lost Castle

Let the little ones run wild at Lowther's Lost Castle

The Lost Castle at Lowther Castle and Gardens is an enchanted world of twists and turrets will give visitors little and large a place of adventure and play like no other.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

 
Climb up Tegg's Nose

Climb up Tegg's Nose

Climb to the summit of Tegg’s Nose, admire the views, cycle the routes and even try your hand at rock climbing.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

 
Enjoy a cosy winter break in a luxurious Forest Lodge

Enjoy a cosy winter break in a luxurious Forest Lodge

As the temperatures drop outside this winter, cosy up by a log burning stove in one of The Hollies luxurious Forest Lodges set in the Cheshire countryside.

Location: Cheshire

 
Uncover the turbulent past of Carlisle Castle

Uncover the turbulent past of Carlisle Castle

Sieges, a royal prisoner and home to the King's Own Royal Border Regiment: this castle has some incredible secrets to reveal.

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

 
Stirring parkland and rural heritage at Tatton Park

Stirring parkland and rural heritage at Tatton Park

Spot deer as you wander around ancient parkland, explore richly furnished rooms and see a real working farm at this stately home in the Cheshire countryside.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

 
July events: Party at the Liverpool International Music Festival

July events: Party at the Liverpool International Music Festival

Embrace your love of music at the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), which showcases big names, new talent and celebrates the city’s world-famous musical heritage and cultural diversity.

Location: Liverpool

 
Dance the night away in Blackpool

Dance the night away in Blackpool

Blackpool is a mecca for gay and gay-friendly nightlife; you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to venues for a night out.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 
Go back in time at Lancashire's halls and houses

Go back in time at Lancashire's halls and houses

Wander through Lancashire’s stunning historic houses and imagine the many extraordinary episodes and events that have played out within their walls.

Location: Lancashire wide

 
Go horseriding in the Lake District

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 
Stay in your very own hobbit hole in the Lake District

Stay in your very own hobbit hole in the Lake District

Escape on a budget break to the Quiet Site in Cumbria, a family-run site overlooking Ullswater in the north of the Lake District.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

 
Escape to the Lancashire countryside on a romantic spa trip

Escape to the Lancashire countryside on a romantic spa trip

Indulge yourself at Woodland Spa in Lancashire and take your pick from a wealth of relaxing treatments – from facials and manicures to holistic treatments.

Location: Burnley, Lancashire

 
Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, near Preston. Whether you’re a naturalist or a beginner, there’s something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

 
Land Rover driving and falconry fun at Peckforton Castle

Land Rover driving and falconry fun at Peckforton Castle

Always wanted to test drive the latest Land Rover? Spend the day at Peckforton Castle and get ready for the drive of your life.

Location: Tarporley, Cheshire

 
Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Watch brightly-coloured trawlers unload the days’ catch, enjoy a bracing walk or coastal cycle, sample locally caught fish or go to a festival.

Location: Maryport, Cumbria

 
Unique foodie treats in NewcastleGateshead

Unique foodie treats in NewcastleGateshead

Quirky and delicious food awaits you on every corner, so explore the best restaurants NewscastleGateshead has to offer.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Be inspired by Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District

Be inspired by Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District

Whether or not you’ve read Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons, any holiday splashing around on lakes will bring out the adventurous child in you.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

 
Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

An amazing range of art in a beautiful Georgian setting makes Abbot Hall, one of the finest small galleries in Britain.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

 
Take a steamboat cruise on Coniston Water

Take a steamboat cruise on Coniston Water

See the Coniston Old Man in a different light.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

 
Explore The Lake District's Secret Valley

Explore The Lake District's Secret Valley

Rannerdale lies between the smaller lakes of Buttermere and Loweswater, a true hidden gem in a place brimming with atmosphere and local legend.

Location: Buttermere, Cumbria

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