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Days out in the North West

Use our North West days out guide to find a family day out, indoor activities , day trips for couples , fun things to do with the kids or a place to visit this weekend.

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Cheshire attractions :-

  • Apple Jacks Adventure Park - Stretton, Warrington
  • Beeston Castle and Woodland Park - Stretton, Warrington
  • Blue Planet Aquarium - Ellesmere Port
  • Catalyst Science Discovery Centre - Widnes
  • Cheshire Farm Ice Cream - Chester
  • Chester Zoo - Upton-by-Chester, Chester
  • Cholmondeley Castle Gardens - Malpas
  • Dunham Massey - Altrincham
  • Fun2B (Childrens Indoor Play Centre) - Warrington
  • Gauntlet Birds of Prey - Knutsford
  • Gullivers Theme Park (Warrington) - Warrington
  • Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker - Nantwich
  • Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate - Styal, Wilmslow
  • Tatton Park - Knutsford
  • Warrington Museum and Art Gallery - Warrington

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Cumbria days out :-

  • Acorn Bank - Temple Sowerby, near Penrith
  • Allan Bank and Grasmere - Ambleside
  • Campfield Marsh - Bowness on Solway
  • Go Ape Grizedale - Hawkshead
  • Hill Top - Ambleside
  • Honister Slate Mine - Borrowdale
  • Lake District Wildlife Park - Keswick
  • Lakeland Motor Museum - Backbarrow, Ulverston
  • Muncaster Castle and Gardens - Ravenglass
  • Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry - Kendal
  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway - Ravenglass
  • South Lakes Wild Animal Park - Dalton in Furness
  • The Beacon - Whitehaven
  • Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery - Carlisle
  • Walby Farm Park - Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle

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Lancashire things to do :-

  • Animal Quackers - Bacup
  • Bowland Wild Boar Park - Chipping, Preston
  • Bury Transport Museum - Bury
  • Dell Heritage Centre and Tea Rooms - Rochdale
  • East Lancashire Railway - Bury
  • Farmer Parrs Animal World - Fleetwood
  • Gawthorpe Hall - Padiham, near Burnley
  • Giddy Kids - Preston
  • Lytham Windmill Museum - Lytham
  • Ribble Steam Railway - Preston
  • Pirate Adventure Mini Golf - Blackpool
  • Rufford Old Hall - Rufford, near Ormskirk
  • Story of Scouting Museum - Preston
  • The Blackpool Tower - Blackpool
  • Touchstones Rochdale - Rochdale

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Manchester activities :-

  • Aerial Extreme Manchester - Manchester
  • Funtastic Play Centre - Radcliffe, Manchester
  • Greater Manchester Police Museum - Manchester
  • Laser Quest and The Rock - Manchester
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester - Manchester
  • Manchester Cathedral - Manchester
  • Museum of Transport Greater Manchester - Manchester
  • Museum of Science and Industry - Manchester
  • Paradise Island Adventure Golf - Manchester - Manchester
  • SEA LIFE Manchester - Manchester

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Merseyside places to visit :-

  • Birkenhead Priory - Birkenhead, Wirral
  • China Butterfly Pottery Painting Studio - Formby
  • Croxteth Hall and Country Park - Liverpool
  • Southport Model Railway Village - Southport
  • Spaceworld Soft Play Liverpool - Prescot
  • Speke Hall, Garden and Estate - Speke, Liverpool
  • The Beatles Story - Liverpool
  • The Hardmans' House - Liverpool
  • Underwater Street - Liverpool
  • Williamson Art Gallery and Museum - Birkenhead, Wirral

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The 43 Best Places To Visit In North West England

The 43 Best Places To Visit In North West England

Looking for the best places to visit in North West England? You’ve come to the right place!

Call me biased, but I think this region is pretty special. Whatever your interests, you will find it in North West England!

It has the perfect balance between cosmopolitan cities, towering peaks, relaxing countryside and a breathtaking coastline.

Oh, and that’s before you take into account the historical and cultural experiences!

Whether you’re planning a staycation, visiting the region for the first time or are looking for day trips, this blog post will help you discover the best places to visit in North West England.

So what are we waiting for? Time to start exploring!

Best Places To Visit In North West

1 – ambleside.

Visit Ambleside

Located on the northern tip of Lake Windermere, it’s a good town to use as a base for exploring the rest of the Lake District.

Here you will find the remains of Ambleside Roman Fort, the picturesque 17th Century Bridge House, and the 70ft waterfall, Stock Ghyll Force.

Where? Ambleside is around 1 hour 50 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 2 hours 15 minutes from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

2 – Arnside

Visit Arnside

It has stunning natural beauty and you can climb to the top of Arnside Knott for panoramic views.

Alternatively, admire the coastline at Humphrey Head, Blackstone Point or Arnside Pier. Other attractions in this area include Levens Hall, an Elizabethan manor with a topiary garden and the medieval Arnside Tower.

Where? Arnside is around 1 hour 45 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or 1 hour 25 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

3 – Blackburn

Visit Blackburn

A former mill town in the Ribble Valley, Blackburn has a rich industrial history.

Some of the main attractions include Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, Blackburn Cathedral, Corporation Park, Witton Country park and Hoghton Tower.

Where? Blackburn is around 55 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station or 1 hour 20 minutes from Liverpool Lime Street station.

4 – Blackpool

Visit Blackpool

A vibrant seaside resort on the Irish Sea coast, Blackpool is jam-packed full of attractions to keep you entertained.

Get an adrenaline rush at the Pleasure Beach, see the resort from above at Blackpool Tower or enjoy classic seaside fun on the Piers

You could even walk on the Comedy Carpet or do some dancing at one of the ballrooms (as featured on Strictly Come Dancing!).

Where? Blackpool is about 1 hour 30 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station or 1 hour 10 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

5 – Bolton

Visit Bolton

One of the largest towns in Greater Manchester, Bolton is a former mill town with a rich industrial history.

Although the town centre has become a little neglected, there are still some great things to do here including admiring the view from Rivington Pike, see the architecture at Smithills Hall, Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum or Turton Tower, and spending a day at Bolton Museum, Art Gallery & Aquarium.

Where? It takes around 35 minutes by road to get to Bolton from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 1 hour 15 minutes from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

6 – Bowness-on-Windermere

Visit Windermere

Situated on the banks of Lake Windermere in the breathtaking Lake District, Bowness has to be one of the best places to visit in North West England.

One of the most popular towns for tourists, you’ll find rows of quaint shops and cafes to explore in addition to major attractions such as The World of Beatrix Potter, Lake District Cruises and Windermere Jetty Museum.

Where? It takes around 2 hours 15 minutes to get to Bowness by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station or around 1 hour 45 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

You might find my blog post about Lake Windermere Cruises helpful!

7 – Burnley

Visit Burnley

Situated at the confluence of the River Calder and the River Brun, Burnley is a town in Lancashire.

You could enjoy the huge park, art gallery and museum at Towneley Hall, take a tour around the national trust-managed Elizabethan manor Gawthorpe Hall or learn about Burnley’s industrial past at the Queen Street Mill Textile Museum.

Don’t forget to listen and take a selfie with the Singing Ringing Tree, a huge outdoor sculpture located in the Pennine hill range overlooking Burnley.

Where? Burnley is around 1 hour 20 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or 50 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station.

8 – Bury

Visit Bury

A large market town in Greater Manchester, Bury is located on the River Irwell and has an interesting industrial history.

A former mill town, you’ll be able to visit the Bury Transport Museum and The Fusilier Museum. I recommend riding the East Lancashire Railway to Ramsbottom (yes, it’s a place) to visit the quaint shops and cafes.

If you’re visiting for the first time, make sure you go to the open-air Bury market and try the traditional black puddings!

Where? Bury is around 40 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 1 hour 15 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

You might find my blog post about Christmas on the East Lancashire Railway or  Afternoon Tea on the East Lancs Railway helpful!

9 – Carlisle

Visit Carlisle

Located just 10 miles south of the Scottish border, Carlisle has an incredible, rich history.

Step back in time at the 12th Century fortress and prison of Carlisle Castle or take a tour around the 15th-century house which is now home to the Guildhall Museum.

Other places you could visit include Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life or Carlie Cathedral.

Where? Carlisle is around 2 hours 30 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station or 2 hours by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

10 – Chester

Visit Chester

A city famous for its incredible Roman history, Chester is one of the best places to visit in North West England.

Some of the amazing things you can do here include:

  • The beautiful medieval Chester Cathedral
  • Learn about Roman history at the Chester Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman Gardens. You could even visit the interactive museum, Dewa Roman Experience.
  • Walk along the Chester City Walls for a unique view
  • Visit the World’s oldest racecourse, Chester Racecourse, which was founded in 1539
  • The world-famous Chester Zoo
  • Explore Chester castle

You could also take a trip to the huge Blue Planet Aquarium or the outlet shopping at Cheshire Oaks!

Where? Chester is around 1 hour by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 40 minutes from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

You might find my blog post about Chester Zoo helpful!

11 – Chorley

Visit Chorley

A former mill town in Lancashire, Chorley is a small town, famous for the Chorley cake.

After sampling one of these delicious delicacies, take time to explore Astley Hall and Park, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Rivington Pike and Worden Park.

Where? It takes around 1 hour by road to get to Chorley from Liverpool Lime Street station or 45 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

12 – Clitheroe

Visit Clitheroe

A town in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, Clitheroe is the perfect base for visiting the Forest of Bowland.

Visit the medieval Clitheroe Castle, take a tour around Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, explore the remains of the 10th-century abbey, Sawley Abbey and see the boar at Bowland Wild Boar Park.

Where? Clitheroe is approximately 1 hour 25 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or 1 hour by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

13 – Crosby

Visit Crosby

It has a stunning sandy beach that is famous for the 100 cast-iron figures by Anthony Gormley. Alternatively, you could visit Rimrose Valley Country Park or the Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve.

Where? It takes around 1 hour 10 minutes by road to reach Crosby from Manchester Piccadilly station or 25 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station.

14 – Fleetwood

Visit Fleetwood

A coastal town on the Fylde coast, Fleetwood is a sleepish seaside resort in Lancashire. Famously the home of Fisherman’s Friend lozenge, fishing is a major industry in this town.

Some of the main attractions in the town are the Fleetwood Musume, Farmer Parrs Animal World, Fleetwood Beach, Fleetwood Market, Rossall Point Observation Tower and the 44-foot sandstone Lower Lighthouse.

You could also catch the ferry to Knott End, a small village across the Wyre estuary.

Where? Fleetwood is approximately 1 hour 35 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or around 1 hour 20 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station.

15 – Formby

Visit Formby

A coastal town on the Sefton coast in Merseyside, Formby is one of the best places to visit in North West England.

The town boasts a stunning beach, complete with sand dunes that are perfect for exploring. You will also find Ainsdale Beach close by giving you even more options. Another popular attraction is the Red Squirrel sanctuary that is a must for nature lovers.

Where? Formby is around 40 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or 1 hour 10 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station.

16 – Grasmere

Visit Grasmere

If you’re looking for somewhere that looks like it’s straight off a chocolate box, Grasmere is for you.

A popular village in the centre of the Lake District, it’s famous for its gingerbread and people will queue up along the road just to buy from the tiny, traditional shop.

Other things to do in the area include visiting Dove Cottage, the former home of William Wordsworth (now known as Wordsworth Grasmere), and the National Trust owned Allan Bank, a Grade II listed villa.

Where? It takes around 2 hours 15 minutes to get to Grasmere by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station or Manchester Piccadilly Station.

17 – Heysham

Visit Heysham

A pretty coastal town overlooking Morecambe Bay, Heysham is in Lancashire.

Nature lovers will love the Heysham Coast Walk or the walking trails and wetlands at Heysham Nature Reserve. Another attraction is the ruins of the medieval St. Patrick’s Chapel which is a designated Grade I listed building.

You can also catch the ferry from here to the Isle of Man and Ireland.

Where? Heysham is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station or 1 hour 30 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime station.

18 – Kendal

Visit Kendal

Situated in Cumbria, Kendal is just 8 miles from Windermere making it a great place to visit whilst you’re in the Lake District.

Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, this market town has a handful of attractions including Kendal Castle and Sizergh Castle.

You’ll also find the museums of Abbot Hall, Kendal Museum, Lakeland Museum and the Quaker Tapestry Museum here, along with the head office of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Where?: It takes around 1 hour 40 minutes by road to reach Kendal from Manchester Piccadilly Station or Liverpool Lime Street Station.

19 – Keswick

Visit Keswick

A vibrant market town in the Lake District, Keswick is nestled between Skiddaw and Derwentwater, making it a must-visit for culture and nature lovers alike!

Some of the attractions you will find in this area include the Derwent Pencil Museum and the Castlerigg Stone Circle, a mysterious monument built around 3000 BC!

Where? It takes around 2 hours 10 minutes to reach Keswick by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 2 hours 30 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

20 – Knowsley

Visit Knowsley

A large village in Merseyside, Knowsley is famous for Knowsley Safari Park.

Operating for over 45 years, it has both a safari drive and a foot safari, making it a fun day out.

Other attractions in this area include the Aerial Extreme high ropes course and Prescot Museum which highlights local history.

Where? Knowsley is around 30 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street or 50 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

21 – Knutsford

Visit Knutsford

A leafy town in Cheshire, Knutsford is an affluent area, with some of the most expensive house prices outside London.

It has a pleasant enough high street, but the main attraction is Tatton Park, run by the National Trust. This stunning historic estate includes a sprawling mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens and even a deer park!

Other things to see close by including the Grade II listed building Arley Hall and the Jodrell Bank Observatory.

It’s also close to Alderley Edge and Wilmslow which are full of bustling shops and cafes.

Where? Knutsford is around 40 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 1 hour from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

22 – Lancaster

Visit Lancaster

A city full of history, Lancaster is one of the best places to visit in North West England.

Its attractions include the medieval Lancaster Castle, the beautiful Williamson Park and the iconic Ashton Memorial. You can also learn about local maritime history at the Lancaster Maritime Museum at The Custom House.

Where? Lancaster is around 1 hour 30 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or 1 hour 20 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

23 – Liverpool

Visit Liverpool

A vibrant city on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary, Liverpool is a must-visit when you’re in North West England.

Learn about the city’s music history at The Beatles Story, Cavern Club, Strawberry Field or British Music Experience. Alternatively, explore the Royal Albert Dock, where you will find attractions such as Tate Liverpool.

Other attractions include the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Cathedral, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Speke Hall, Sefton Park, the Liver Building and Mersey Ferries.

Where? Liverpool is served by Liverpool Lime Street which takes you straight to the heart of the city. Alternatively, it takes around 1 hour 10 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station.

24 – Lytham St. Annes

Visit Lytham

Just 2 miles down the coast from Blackpool, Lytham St. Annes is a beautiful seaside charm. St Annes has the most beautiful, clean beaches and a traditional pier, whilst Lytham town centre is full of cafes and shops to explore.

Some of the main attractions in this area include the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, St. Anne’s Pier, Lytham Hall, Lytham windmill and Fairhaven Boating Lake.

Where? Lytham St. Annes is around 1 hour 10 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 1 hour 30 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

25 – Manchester

Visit Manchester

A bustling cosmopolitan city, Manchester is one of the best places to visit in North West England.

There are tons of things to do in this city, but some of the most popular attractions are:

  • Exploring the trendy shops and cafes in the Northern Quarter.
  • Visiting one of the many museums such as the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, Greater Mancher Police Museum, the People’s History Museum or the National Football Museum.
  • Relaxing in the sprawling Heaton Park.
  • Checking out the books at John Rylands Library
  • Admiring the stunning architecture of the Town Hall or Manchester Cathedral.
  • Seeing the city from above from the top of Beetham Tower.
  • Exploring Fletcher Moss Park
  • Enjoying the nightlife in Deansgate.
  • Relaxing by the canal in Castlefield.

Where? Manchester’s main train station is Manchester Piccadilly station, but it’s also around 1 hour 10 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station.

26 – Morecambe

Visit Morecambe

A coastal town in Lancashire, Morecambe is the perfect place to experience the English seaside.

Take a selfie with the Eric Morecambe Statue before strolling along Morecambe Promenade and The Stone Jetty. I also recommend finding the Venus & Cupid sculpture by Shane A. Johnstone.

Where? Morecambe is around 1 hour 20 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or around 1 hour 40 minutes from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

27 – Nantwich

Visit Nantwich

A market town in Cheshire, Nantwich has one the highest concentrations of listed buildings in the whole of England!

Located on the banks of the River Weaver, you’ll find stunning black and white Tudor and Georgian architecture right along the high street.

Aside from admiring the buildings, you’ll be able to learn more about local history at Nantwich Museum, which is housed in a former public library dating back to 1888. You could also take a tour around the stunning Dorfold Hall and gardens, a beautiful Grade I listed Jacobean house originally built in 1616.

Where? Nantwich is around 1 hour 5 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 1 hour 15 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street.

28 – Northwich

Visit Northwich

Not to be confused with Nantwich, Northwich is a town in West Cheshire, at the confluence of the Rivers Weaver and Dane.

There are several notable attractions here including the restored Victorian Anderton Boat Lift, the Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse and the Lion Salt Works.

You could also visit the nearby Delamere Forest which is the largest area of woodland in England.

Where? It takes approximately 55 minutes to get to Northwich by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or around 50 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

29 – Ormskirk

Visit Ormskirk

A market town in West Lancashire, Ormskirk has a bustling town centre full of shops and restaurants.

The market is one of the main attractions and has been running since 1286. Other things to do in the area include exploring Ruff Wood and shopping at Cedar Farm.

You could also visit Martin Mere which is an amazing wetland nature reserve nearby.

Where? Ormskirk is around 1 hour by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 40 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

You might find my blog post about Martin Mere helpful.

30 – Preston

Visit Preston

A bustling city in Lancashire, Preston is a must-visit for culture lovers.

You could visit the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, the Lancashire Infantry Museum or even take a ride on the Ribble Steam Railway and Museum.

If you’re looking to relax, Preston has some beautiful parks including Avenham and Miller Park and Haslam Park.

Where? Preston is approximately 1 hour from Manchester Piccadilly Station or 1 hour 15 minutes from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

31 – Ribchester

Visit Ribchester

A historic village in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, Ribchester is one of the best places to visit in North West England.

Learn about the area’s Roman history by visiting Ribchester Roman Museum and exploring the remains of the Roman Baths. You could also take a tour around the Samlesbury Hall manor house which dates back to the 1300s.

Where? Ribchester is around 1 hour 15 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or 1 hour by road from Manchester Piccadilly station.

32 – Rochdale

Visit Rochdale

One of the largest towns in Greater Manchester, Rochdale sits at the foot of the South Pennines.

Some of the most popular attractions include Hollingworth Lake, Touchstones Art Gallery, Tandle Hill and Rochdale Pioneers Museum.

I recommend walking along Rochdale Canal and admiring the industrial architecture.

Where? Rochdale is around 1 hour 10 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or 40 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station.

33 – Rossendale

Visit Rossendale

The Rossendale area is in Lancashire and includes towns such as Bacup, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, as well as villages like Chatterton and Irwell Vale.

Some of the main attractions include the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, The Whitaker art gallery, Ski Rossendale, Lee Quarry Mountain Bike Trail and Halo, a large-scale illuminated outdoor sculpture.

Where? It takes around 50 minutes by road to get to Rossendale from Manchester Piccadilly Train Station or around 1 hour 15 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station.

34 – Salford

Visit Salford

Often confused as a town, Salford is in fact its own city and has some incredible attractions to keep you busy.

Some of the most popular things to do include:

  • Exploring Salford Quays,
  • Taking a tour of the BBC at MediaCityUK,
  • Visiting Salford Museum and Art Gallery,
  • Seeing the legendary set of Coronation Street,
  • Learning about Tudor history at Ordsall Hall
  • Taking a selfie outside Salford lads Club
  • Admire Salford Cathedral

Where? Salford is around 1 hour by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or 20 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly.

35 – Southport

Visit Southport

Some of the most popular attractions are Southport Pleasureland, the British Lawnmower Museum, Southport Pier, Splash World, Southport Model Railway Village, Hesketh Park and the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Where? Southport is around 50 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station or 1 hour 20 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station.

36 – St. Helens

Visit St Helens

A large town in Merseyside, St. Helens is a former mining town, now famous for glass and rugby.

Learn about the town’s glass industry at the World of Glass, or see the many vintage buses, lorries and cars at the North West Museum of Road Transport.

Don’t forget to take a selfie with The Dream Sculpture by Jaume Plensa which is on the site of a former colliery.

Where? It takes approximately 45 minutes by road to reach St. Helens from Manchester Piccadilly station or 35 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station.

37 – Stockport

Visit Stockport

A vibrant town in Greater Manchester, Stockport has an incredible industrial history.

Some of the things you can do in the areas include:

  • Learning about the Hat-making industry at the Hat Works.
  • Taking a tour around the Stockport Air Raid Shelters.
  • Visiting Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery or Stockport Museum
  • Shopping at Stockport market.
  • Exploring the grounds of Lyme Park, made famous by the Pride & Prejudice film.
  • Admiring the architecture at Bramall Hall, Staircase House
  • Learning about the textile industry at Quarry Bank Mill, run by the National Trust.

Where? Stockport is around 1 hour by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station or 30 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

38 – Trafford

Visit Trafford

One of the most famous areas of Manchester, there are plenty of things to do in Trafford .

Famously the home of the Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester United’s football ground, there’s much more to do in this area than sport.

In this area, you’ll find attractions such as:

  • The Imperial War Museum North,
  • Chill Factore (an indoor skiing and snowboarding slope),
  • Dunham Massey (a National Trust Georgian estate and deer park)
  • The Trafford Centre shopping complex
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
  • SEA LIFE Manchester
  • Altrincham Market, an indoor food hall and craft stalls.

Where? This is a big area, but to give you an idea, it takes around 15 minutes to travel by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station to Old Trafford Stadium or around 1 hour from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

39 – Wallasey

Visit Wallasey

Located on the northeast coast of the Wirral Peninsula in Merseyside, Wallasey is a great location for a day out in North West England.

Relax in Vale Park in New Brighton, or see the New Brighton Lighthouse. You could even visit neighbouring Birkenhead and explore Birkenhead Park, a huge park that is a Grade I listed landscape.

Where? Wallasey is around 1 hour 10 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station or 20 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station.

40 – Warrington

Visit Warrington

Located right in the middle of Manchester and Liverpool, Warrington is a great place to visit in North West England.

Spend a day exploring the beautiful Elizabethan-style Walton Hall and Gardens or the nearby historical site of Norton Priory Museums & Gardens in Runcorn.

You’ll also find the kid’s theme park, Gulliver’s World Theme Park here.

Where? It takes around 40 minutes by road to get to Warrington from Liverpool Lime Street Station or Manchester Piccadilly Station.

41 – Whalley

Visit Whalley

A large village in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, Whalley is full of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

You could explore the 14th-century monastery gatehouse at Whalley Abbey, climb neighbouring Pendle Hill or have a picnic at Spring Wood.

Don’t forget to walk over Cromwell’s Bridge, named after Oliver Cromwell after he marched the New Model Army over it to fight the Royalists at the Battle of Preston!

Where? Whalley is around 1 hour by road from Manchester Piccadilly station, or 1 hour 20 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

42 – Wigan

Visit Wigan

Some of the top attractions in this area are the Museum of Wigan Life, Mesnes Park, Wigan Pier, Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan Flashes, Haydock Park Racecourse, and Three Sisters Race Circuit.

Where? Wigan is around 45 minutes by road from Manchester Piccadilly station or 55 minutes by road from Liverpool Lime Street station.

43 – Worsley

Visit Worsley

Located on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal, Worsley is a stunning town in Salford. I know I’ve already included Salford, but, I couldn’t help but finish this list with a spotlight on Worsley.

It’s a beautiful place for a Sunday stroll, with a network of paths leading you through the peaceful Worsley Woods.

You’ll also find the RHS Garden Bridgewater here, which is one of Europe’s largest gardening projects.

Where? Worsley is a 20-minute journey by road from Manchester Piccadilly Station or a 45-minute journey by road from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

I hope this guide has given you some travel inspiration?

Where do you think are the best places to visit in North West England? Let me know in the comments below!

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10 of the best days out in Manchester and the North West of England for families

From Lego and Beatrix Potter-themed attractions to aquariums and safaris, we’ve rounded up the best days out for families in Manchester and the North West to suit a range of budgets and interests

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Famously friendly and with great transport links, the North West of England offers a wide range of days out for families with young children. From exciting cities like Liverpool and Manchester to the outstanding beauty of The Lake District, there’s something for everyone.

Since the weather can be erratic, we’ve included a mix of options for families with young children for those inevitable rainy days, including Sea Life in Blackpool and Liverpool’s World Museum, along with Chester Zoo and Sefton Park for when the sun comes out. And whether you’re scrimping or splurging, we’ve found something for every budget. Be aware that booking ahead is often essential and that advance tickets are often cheaper.

Looking for more days out inspiration across the UK? Check out MadeForMums' roundups of the best days out in the North East of England , and best family days out in Scotland . If you're heading south, look for the best family-friendly attractions in Cornwall , and best family days out in Devon too.

Best family days out in Manchester and the North West of England - at a glance

  • Best for younger children: Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester - Buy tickets , Picniq
  • Best for sports fans: Manchester United Museum & Tour - Buy tickets , Kids Pass , Picniq
  • Best for adventure: Knowsley Safari - Buy tickets , Picniq
  • Best for rainy days: World Museum, Liverpool - Buy tickets , Picniq
  • Best budget outdoor attraction: Sefton Park, Liverpool - Buy tickets , Picniq
  • Best for wildlife: Chester Zoo, Chester - Buy tickets , Picniq
  • Best for Peter Rabbit: The World of Beatrix Potter - Buy tickets , Picniq
  • Best for play: Ice Cream Farm - Buy tickets , Picniq
  • Best for children of all ages: Sea Life, Blackpool - Buy tickets , Picniq
  • Best budget indoor attraction: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester - Buy tickets , Picniq

1. Legoland Discovery Centre

— best for younger children.

Legoland Discovery Manchester

Family ticket from £65 | Reschedule for free up to 24 hours before your arrival time | Best for ages 1-12 | All-weather attraction | Free onsite parking | Trafford Park 2.3 miles

Lego is a perennial favourite and Manchester’s Legoland Discovery Centre has plenty of options to entertain smaller members of the family.

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Housed within the Trafford Centre, it’s an indoor Lego playground with added attractions like a 4D Cinema, Lego-themed play areas, plus Miniland, an interactive city featuring many landmarks of the North West built from over 1.5 million bricks. The Lego Factory is entertaining and informative and there’s also the immersive Lego VR experience, but it’s not included with your admission ticket and will set you back an additional £6 each (4+ only).

The smallest members of the family aren’t forgotten – they can get building with chunky Duplo bricks in toddler soft play areas. It can be busy and noisy, so if the little ones get overwhelmed there’s a quiet route that allows you to bypass the Rave Cave.

MFM reviewer Elizabeth says: “Expect to queue for entrance and most of the attractions. Most TripAdvisor reviewers note that queuing ruined their experience." We suggest visiting after 4pm for a quieter experience (or last entry at 3pm on peak days).

Pros: A good range of hands-on fun, plus a few entertaining rides

Cons: Busy and noisy and you’ll probably have to queue, the shopping centre location isn’t ideal

Read the full MFM Legoland Discovery Centre family days out review

Tickets from: Legoland Discovery Centre and Picniq

2. Manchester United Museum

— best for sports fans.

Manchester United Museum and Tour Entrance

Family ticket from £86 | Best for ages 5-12+ | All-weather attraction | Free onsite parking | Trafford Bar station 0.8 miles

Football-mad kids will be over the moon to get a look behind the scenes at Manchester United, one of England’s all-time greatest sports clubs. Little ones can learn about the club's history and achievements through interactive exhibits in the museum, before walking out through the players' tunnel to visit the dugouts and see the pitch.

Our MFM reviewer, Elizabeth says: “The guides are really knowledgeable and make the tours feel fun, informative and friendly. They’re skilled at interacting with fans, even if they’re really young.”

Pros: Great insight into the club for young fans

Cons: It’s expensive and buggies aren’t allowed - if you have a baby with you take a baby carrier

Read the full MFM Manchester United Museum family days out review

Tickets from: Man Utd Museum , Kids Pass and Picniq

3. Knowsley Safari

— best for adventure.

Knowsley Safari Park

Family tickets from £48 | Best for all ages | All-weather attraction | Free onsite parking | Prescot station 1.6 miles | Wheelchair and buggy hire available

Knowsley’s 5-mile wild animal safari drive is the longest in the UK and is currently home to over 750 animals, from cheeky baboons to a pride of lions. The drive takes about an hour to complete and you can go round as many times as you like.

Along with the safari drive, there’s a range of close-up animal experiences, including meerkats and giraffes, and there’s a foot safari if you’d rather walk or don’t have a car. And if you’re worried about your car being dismantled by monkeys, there’s a monkey-free option (but surely the monkey mayhem is part of the fun!).

Parent tester Nikki, mum to 2 children (3-years-old and 7-months-old) says: “We love Knowsley Safari, the membership makes it excellent value for money. There’s so much to do, the drive safari is good on cold or rainy days. They also have a foot safari, train, fairground rides, sea lion show and my son’s favourite - the sand pit! You can drive through the monkey enclosure if you’re brave enough, but there is also a car-friendly route and a baboon bus for those that don’t drive! They also offer other experiences throughout the year at Halloween and Christmas. It’s such a good size that we could spend all day here or just a few hours.”

Pros: Great for all ages, you can do the Safari Drive as many times as you want until the last entry time

Cons: Your car could be damaged by monkeys (though this can be avoided)

Tickets from: Knowsley Safari Experience and Picniq

4. World Museum, Liverpool

— best for rainy days.

World Museum Liverpool

Free museum entry, family Planetarium tickets from £10 | Best for ages 5-12+ | All-weather attraction | William Brown St Pay & Display 0.1 mile | Lime St station 0.6 miles

The World Museum really lives up to its name, housing around 80,000 artefacts from across the ancient world. But if that sounds a bit too much like school for your little ones, there’s also the Bug House, Aquarium, Planetarium and full-size dinosaur skeletons.

The Dino Diner display investigates dinosaur teeth, their food and even what they left behind as droppings. Along with a varied programme, the Planetarium also hosts baby-friendly screenings and relaxed screenings for those with sensory sensitivities.

There really is something for everyone.

Pros: Interesting and educational for the whole family. Located opposite St John’s Gardens, which is a lovely spot for a picnic or just to sit and chill if the museum is busy

Cons: Can be very busy, particularly the special exhibitions, often a long wait for the single lift

Tickets from: Liverpool Museums and Picniq

5. Sefton Park, Liverpool

— best budget day out.

Sefton Park

Free entry | Best for all ages | Best in good weather | Open 24-hours a day, all-year round | Onsite parking | St Michael’s station 1 mile

Classified as a Grade-I listed park by English Heritage, 235 acre Sefton Park is man-made but looks like a natural landscape. With caves and waterfalls, fountains and statues, wide paths, shady areas and open fields, it’s a lovely place to spend time on a dry day. The two cafés can get very busy, particularly at weekends and school holidays, but Lark Lane is close by so you could pop out to a café or pick up a picnic on the way.

The beautifully restored Palm House features plants from around the world and also often hosts special events from plays to candlelight concerts, sports days and a craft club. Entry is free.

Pros: Beautiful, spacious park with good transport links and amenities

Cons: There’s only one children’s playground and it can get very busy

Tickets from: Sefton Park, Liverpool and Picniq

6. Chester Zoo

— best for wildlife.

Chester Zoo

Family ticket £104.52 | Best for all ages | Free onsite parking | 15% discount on tickets if you travel by bicycle | Chester station 2 miles | Self-drive electric scooters and wheelchairs available to hire

Chester Zoo has been a North West family destination for almost a century. With over 21,000 animals and 500 different species, including some of the world’s most endangered, you can easily spend a full day here.

Because the habitats are so big - which is a good thing for the residents - the animals are sometimes difficult to spot or hiding away, so if you go determined to see a particular favourite, you may be disappointed.

Parent Tester Katie, mum to 3 children (7 years, 3 years, and 11-months-old) says: “We absolutely love Chester Zoo, there is so much to do for children, from animals to play parks. We have membership passes and we often go. The downside is that sometimes the kids want to play in the parks, so we only see a couple animals but the range of animals makes it worth it.”

MFM reviewer Fiona, who visited with her sons aged 10 and 5 and daughter, aged 8, says: “With all the walking around required, you’ll probably want to treat your children to a drink or an ice cream so don’t forget to budget for that – not to mention food if you’re planning to buy food at the zoo.”

Pros: Wide range of animals, wide range of food options, things to do away from the animals!

Cons: It’s expensive, can be a long day so smaller children may get tired

Read the full MFM Chester Zoo review

Tickets from: Chester Zoo and Picniq

7. The World of Beatrix Potter

— best for peter rabbit fans.

The World of Beatrix Potter

Family tickets from £26 | Best for ages 2-9 | All-weather attraction | Rayrigg Road Car Park 0.1 miles | Windermere station 1.5 miles

Bookworms will be delighted to see Beatrix Potter’s charming stories brought to life through interactive exhibits and an activity trail. Little ones can look for carrots in the award-winning Peter Rabbit Garden, which feels like walking into one of Potter’s illustrations.

For an additional charge, you can watch a musical in the Peter Rabbit theatre (more suitable for children aged 3+).

Of course, since it’s the Lake District, the setting is beautiful and once you’ve visited the exhibition, you can take a steam train or sail across Lake Windermere.

MFM reviewer Katherine says: “A delightful, enchanting attraction that will transport you to an almost magical place. My kids forgot all about wanting to play on my phone as they were swept up in the adventures of all the different animals and loved discovering the answers on the activity trail. Yes, it was busy, so if you can visit during term-time, do; if not, steel yourself for crowds but know that the memories your children make at The World of Beatrix Potter will be worth a few jostles.”

Pros: Captures children’s imagination in a beautiful setting

Cons: There’s no pre-booking so you may have to queue plus there’s no on-site parking

Read the full MFM The World of Beatrix Potter review

Tickets from: The World of Beatrix Potter and Picniq

8. Ice Cream Farm

— best for play.

Children at Ice Cream Farm

Family tickets Entry is £2.50 per person (£1.50 after 3.30pm; under-ones are free), additional tickets required for some attractions | Best for ages 2-4, 5-8 | Free on-site carpark | Nearest train station is Chester

Children will be thrilled to learn that The Ice Cream Farm is home to the world’s largest ice cream shop, offering scoops of more than 50 flavours. Should they need more persuading, you can let fact fans know that the site holds the Guinness World Record for having the largest ice cream shop in the world and also offers the biggest indoor sand and water play area in Europe. Plus there are outdoor activities including mini Land-Rovers and crazy golf – you do have to pay for these in addition to the entry fee, but you can buy a Play Pass to make it more cost effective.

If young ones have had their fill of ice cream, there’s a selection of food outlets and a designated picnic area for something more substantial. But if you just can’t get enough, you can buy tubs to take home with you, with flavours including Bakewell Tart, Jammy Dodger and Popping Candy.

Parent tester Katie, mum to 3 children (7 years, 3 years, and 11-months-old) says: “We love The Ice Cream Farm. They have a very small entrance fee and once you’re in there is a massive play park as well as other attractions (which have a small fee too, you can get passes to reduce the cost). There is a lot of choice, with options including soft play, sand and water play, gem hunting, go karts and much more. There is also an older kid zone. The choice of ice cream is amazing and they even have dairy free. It also only has one entrance and one separate exit, which is reassuring when little kids run off.”

Pros: Free return visit if it rains for 3+ hours

Cons: The kids may overdo it on the ice cream

Read the full MFM Ice Cream Farm review

Tickets from: The Ice Cream Farm and Picniq

9. Sea Life Blackpool

— best for children of varied ages.

People looking at Sea Turtle in Sea Life Blackpool

Family ticket from £71 (advance booking is essential) | Cashless attraction | Best for ages 5-12+ | All-weather attraction | Central Car Park 0.3 miles | Blackpool North station 0.5 miles

Little ones will delight in this underwater world, walking through an ocean tunnel to see sharks and turtles, exploring man-made shipwrecks that have been taken over by marine life and maybe even touching some creatures in the rock pools.

Despite the name, it’s not just sea life on display here: small children can get hands-on with an array of insects and other life too, such as Giant African land snails, cockroaches, praying mantises and giant grubs.

It takes around two hours to get around the entire exhibit, so it’s a good option for a rainy day but if the sun comes out, Sea Life is conveniently located on Blackpool Promenade so it won’t take long to get back to the beach.

Pros: You can reschedule your tickets for free if your plans change

Cons: Often overcrowded

Tickets from: Sea Life Blackpool and Picniq

10. Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

— best budget indoor attraction.

Brothers visiting the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

Free but timed admission tickets required | Best for all ages | All-weather attraction | Euro Car Parks 2 miles | Deansgate 0.2 miles

From the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station to exhibits that bring the textile industry to life, The Museum of Science and Industry is a brilliant introduction to Manchester’s Industrial history. If you’re headed there at the weekend, little ones will love the Mini Movers session, learning how our bodies work like machines. For older children there’s a demonstration of a replica of Baby, the first computer to store and run a program, which was developed in Manchester. (Check the website for times.)

But it’s not just about Manchester. There’s also an interactive science exhibit where children can get stuck in building bridges, making music and creating glow-in-the-dark art, plus a beautiful new garden specifically designed to maximise sustainability.

MOSI is located in the centre of Manchester, close to shops, cafes and other attractions.

Pros: Entertaining and educational

Cons: An essential restoration programme is currently taking place so some exhibitions and areas may be closed. Pay and display parking nearby is limited

Tickets from: Science and Industry Museum and Picniq

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Top 10 places to visit in North West England

By: Author Tracy Collins

Posted on Last updated: August 31, 2022

10 beautiful places to visit in North West England

Are you planning a visit to the North West of England? Consisting of the counties of Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester there are not only fantastic cities to visit but also areas of outstanding natural beauty to explore.

So whether you are in search of lakes, mountains and natural landscapes or the buzz of city life you will find what you are looking for in the North West.

10 places to visit in England the North West

1. Visit the Lake District

2. take a beatles tour in liverpool, 3. visit the seaside town of blackpool, 4. take a stroll around albert dock in liverpool.

  • 5. Visit Anthony Gormley's "Another Place" on Crosby Beach

6. Take the Settle to Carlisle train journey and cross the Ribblehead Viaduct

7. go to a football match or take a tour of the grounds (liverpool & manchester).

  • 8. Have a night out in Manchester's Northern Quarter after a day exploring the city

9. Step back into the past at Little Moreton Hall or Arley Hall and Gardens

10. visit the historic city of chester, fast facts – north west england, where will you go in north west england.

UK AND LONDON TRAVEL PLANNING

One of the most popular destinations for visitors to the UK is the beautiful Lake District.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017 the area is popular with walkers as well as those in search of stunning scenery, quaint villages , a wonderful literary heritage and landscapes more closely associated with Switzerland than England.

Read more |  A guide to visiting the Lake District

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If you are a Beatles fan then make sure to visit Liverpool’s waterfront to snuggle up to the statue of the Fab Four. Unveiled in 2015 the statue and was donated by the famous Cavern Club where the Beatles were first discovered.

If you are a Beatles fan check out this Beatles-themed itinerary to Liverpool which includes what to see, where to stay and the best Beatles tours to take to make the most of your visit.

Read more | Complete guide and itinerary for Liverpool

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You can’t miss the iconic Blackpool tower when you arrive in town. Inspired by the famous Eiffel Tower Blackpool’s version was opened in 1894.

Inside the tower, you will find a circus, a dungeon and a pretty spectacular view of the town. The main attraction is however the Blackpool Tower Ballroom which is one of the most beautiful in the world. It is here that the famous TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” holds one round of competitions every year.

Learn more | Blackpool Tower

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Yes, we are back in Liverpool! The city was one of the largest trading ports in the world and the docks and Grade 1 listed buildings that surround it are now UNESCO World Heritage-listed.

If you visit the docks you will find a wide selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops as well as some excellent museums.

If you enjoy art head to the Tate Liverpool . Beatles fans will love “The Beatles Story.”

For those with an interest in history head to the Slavery Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Learn more | Complete guide to visiting Liverpool

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5. Visit Anthony Gormley’s “Another Place” on Crosby Beach

This is an absolutely fantastic sight and highly recommended if you enjoy art.

Take the train from Liverpool to Crosby Beach to see sculptor Anthony Gormley’s famous art installation.

Consisting of 100 life-size case iron identical figures placed along a  1 1/2 mile stretch of beach, and facing out to sea, Another Place is truly a sight to behold.

Read more | Another Place

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Described as one of the most scenic train journeys in the UK the Settle to Carlisle route travels 73 miles through the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines.

Passing through 14 tunnels and over 20 viaducts including the Ribblehead viaduct in North Yorkshire this is one train journey any rail travel lover has to do when in the UK.

Of course, the best way to actually see the viaduct is to drive close to it, park the car and walk.

A picture of the Ribblehead Viaduct in England

Read more – 10 train journeys to take in the UK

If you are a football fan taking a tour of one of these famous grounds will no doubt be on your bucket list?

Whilst not my cup of tea I could not leave this off the list as I am aware of just how popular football is and in particular these 2 football teams!

Make sure to book ahead if you want to join a tour.

Read more | Tour of Anfield | Tour of Old Trafford

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8. Have a night out in Manchester’s Northern Quarter after a day exploring the city

Full of bars, restaurants, vintage shops and street art the Northern Quarter in Manchester is the hip and happening side of the city.

The Northern Quarter is the place to head for a night out if you are staying in Manchester.

During the day head for some of the city’s museums. Popular choices include the Science and Industry Museum or the Imperial War Museum North.

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This beautiful Tudor half-timbered manor house is located in Cheshire. For those with an interest in Tudor England, this will be the perfect day out.

Owned by the National Trust this is a super summer destination with beautiful gardens as well as the hall to enjoy. Don’t miss a cup of tea and a cake at the tearooms.

Arley Hall is located in the heart of Cheshire and has some of the most beautiful gardens in England. With lots on around the year, this is the perfect destination for families. Arley Hall is dog friendly too with dogs on leads welcome on the grounds.

Read more | Little Moreton Hall

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Chester is the perfect destination for a weekend break. The city has bags of character and historical interest.

In particular make time to visit the “Rows” – a shopping district comprised of 2 level arcades and Tudor buildings. The city walls are pretty neat too and date back to Roman times.

Read more | Chester Travel Guide

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  • WHAT TO READ – Best books to read before you visit the Lake District

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  • WHERE TO STAY : Click here to find the best accommodation in the Lake District – Best places to stay in the Lake District (Location & Accommodation Guide)
  • WHAT TOURS TO BOOK : Click here for recommended tours of the North West
  • WHAT TO EAT – Grasmere gingerbread, Lancashire Hotpot, Cumberland sausage, Morecambe Bay shrimps

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  • PRINCIPLE TRAIN STATIONS – Manchester Piccadilly & Oxford Road, Liverpool Lime Street & Central

ⓘ TIPS

  • Avoid visiting Liverpool or Manchester during football home matches. Trains will be busy and there may be a heavier police presence.

I am confident these 10 North West England points of interest and places to visit will provide lots of ideas for your trip.

Want to explore some of England’s other regions ? Head over to my other area guides to England which include the North East , East Midlands , West Midlands , Yorkshire , South West , South East and East of England .

Visiting Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland? Check out my top 19 places to visit in Scotland and the top 10 choices to add to your travel itineraries for Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find more inspiration for your travels in my England Travel Guide which includes information about what to see, where to stay, how to get around, travel tips, recommended reading and more to make the most of your trip.

THE 10 BEST Couples' Activities & Things to Do in North West England

Best things to do in north west england for couples.

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16 of the best days out

Discover fun days out that are all an hour or less away from a major city.

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Explore Cheshire's slice of the Peak District

Push yourself to the limit hiking the Gritstone Trail. With outstanding countryside and amazing views, the 35-mile trail is a challenge and a pleasure.

Location: Lyme Park, Cheshire

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Walk Cheshire’s beautiful Sandstone Trail

Take a walk on the wild side discovering the ancient market town of Frodsham, Georgian Whitchurch and everything in between.

Location: Frodsham, Cheshire

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Savour your scoops at The Ice Cream Farm

Keep the kids happy with more than 40 delicious flavours of ice cream, an outdoor play area, farm, quad bikes, mini golf and more...

Location: Tattenhall, Cheshire

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Explore the tranquil gardens at Tatton Park

Spread across the grounds of a historic estate in Cheshire, Tatton Park have been carefully expanded and cultivated since Edwardian times.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

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Bronze Age living at Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Travel back 3,500 years to discover a prehistoric causeway at one of the finest Bronze Age archaeological site in Northern Europe, discovered 1982.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland, and the River Nene.

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Go punting on the River Cam

Find your inner rhythm in Cambridge as you mess about on the River Cam.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgshire

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Take the whole family to Chester Zoo

Venture to tantalising tropical islands in the heart of Cheshire with innovative exhibits at the UK’s most popular zoo.

Location: Upton near Chester, Cheshire

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Get your thrills and spills at Gulliver’s World

With more than 50 rides and attractions suitable for the whole family, a short break to Gulliver's World is sure to leave you giddy with glee.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

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See London in miniature at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

See the London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge made entirely of LEGO in the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort's Miniland attraction.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Everyone who has been to the beach has seen footprints left in the sand, but have you ever seen ones that have been left by a dinosaur?

Location: Brook, Isle of Wight

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A grand day out in Dalby, Yorkshire’s greatest forest

The soft green light and dappled shadows of Dalby Forest hide a secret world of offbeat experiences and artisan adventures.

Location: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

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Build sandcastles at Bamburgh Beach

Do you know your cockles from your winkles? St. Aidan and Grace Darling certainly did. And what better place to learn than on Bamburgh Beach.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

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Go on an exotic adventure at Woburn Safari Park

Explore the habitats of lions, zebras, giraffes and much more at this family-friendly, conservation-focused safari park.

Location: Woburn, Bedfordshire

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Step into the cockpit of Blackpool’s Red Arrow Skyforce ride

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has joined forces with the world famous Red Arrows for a new 72ft-high white knuckle ride that’s great for family holidays.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Discover summer romance in a secret city garden

Plantation Garden is a tranquil three acre lush heritage green space in the centre of Norwich, but the challenge is to find it!

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Step into Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

Meet their favourite characters and enjoy a variety of toddler-friendly rides at the first official Peppa Pig theme park in the world.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering a 1,000 acres of bird hides, mucky nature trails and interactive visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

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Take the kids to Fantasy Island

Round up your little devils and set off to Fantasy Land - a fun-packed amusement park, in the seaside resort of Skegness, with attractions for all the family, even the smallest members!

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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Go bananas for Trentham Monkey Forest

Pay a visit to the only place in Britain where you can walk among 140 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of forest.

Location: Trentham , Staffordshire

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Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

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Day Trips for Groups – North West

Find amazing day trips to the north west for your group.

At Greatdays Group Travel we can offer your group an amazing look at some of what the North West of England offers. A cosmopolitan cultural hub, with the historically rich cities of Manchester and Liverpool at it’s heart.  In contrast, the neighbouring counties are leafy and rural, steeped in local legends and industrial history. You will be amazed at the wealth and heritage Manchester’s architecture from past to present.  Find out about life on the waterways at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port or follow the footsteps of Lewis Carroll in Daresbury before you move on to the Roman walled City of Chester on the banks of the River Dee.  Relax on the Wirral Coastline at beautiful New Brighton as you gaze over the water to the famous city of the Liver Bird.

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Sunlight on the Wirral – Best Seller

Port Sunlight Village and Museum Firstly, meet your guide at Port Sunlight. Port Sunlight is a true delight. Built at the end of the 19th century, this garden […]

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River, Romans, Rows

Chester Cathedral Chester Cathedral was founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092, and has a rich and varied history. The original church was built in the Romanesque or […]

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Ferry Across the Mersey

Wirral Transport Museum & Heritage Tramway Meet your guide at  Woodside Ferry Terminal. You will then board a vintage tram to the museum. You will have an opportunity […]

Tissington Hall

The Story of Tissington

Meet your guide Meet your local guide in Ashbourne where there will be plenty of cafes and tea rooms to choose from for a refreshing cuppa and maybe […]

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Inspirational Women of Manchester

What better way to celebrate the inspirational women of Manchester than to curate a day trip inspired by them! The remarkable women of Greater Manchester have accomplished great […]

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Above Nicky Nook

Our Nicky Nook trip this year now has a fantastic tour of a family run cheese business with tastings and refreshments after. Three generations of the same family […]

'Brief Encounter' Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

A Brief Encounter

Carnforth Station Meet your guide at the historic Carnforth Station. During the two World Wars thousands of servicemen passed through Carnforth Station en route to duty overseas. In […]

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Cottonopolis and the Arts

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Start your day at Manchester’s Royal Exchange. This fascinating Grade II listed building in the city centre is the place where raw cotton was processed […]

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Manchester, City of Firsts – for Groups

Meet your guide You will meet your guide at the Museum of Science and Industry where there will be the opportunity to buy a coffee before moving on. […]

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Close Encounters in Cheshire

Meet your guide Meet your guide at Fryers Garden Centre where there will be time to buy a coffee before moving on. Tatton Heritage Farm With a £1.3m […]

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Valley Fells and Spells

This spectacular Valleys, Fells and Spells tour visits many ancient and fascinating villages. Complemented by stunning countryside scenes and interesting tales of Lancashire Folk. Meet your guide Your […]

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Ribble Valley Revealed

Enjoy a fascinating tour to beautiful Lancashire. Your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the breathtaking scenery and colourful heritage of this area. Start the day at the […]

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Through the Looking Glass

Take a day trip to Frodsham and treat yourself to some sweet treats before taking in the pagan history of Appleton Thorn. Finish it all off with a […]

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Coast – Best Seller

Barton Grange Home and Garden Centre Meet your guide on your way up to this fantastic garden centre. Here you might like to take coffee or tea looking […]

Norton Priory Undercroft

From Norman to Georgian

Firstly, meet your guide. Your guide will meet you en route to Norton Priory. Norton Priory Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. The museum […]

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Manchester on Location

Visit the media hub of the North West. Your knowledgeable guide will show you some of the areas where your favourite TV shows have been filmed. Enjoy some […]

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Rail, Sail and Cotton Tails

Arrive at Haverthwaite Station for your trip on the Lakeside Haverthwaite steam railway to Windermere.

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Liverpool Undiscovered

Central Library and St George’s Hall You will arrive at the magnificent Central Library of Liverpool. Here, your guide will show you around the building including the Hornby […]

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Watery Tales of the Derbyshire Dales

Enjoy the green rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales as you head towards the Derwent Valley which is a World Heritage Site. After lunch take time to wander […]

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It can be difficult to decide on the best way to spend your summer. Whether you’re planning the perfect family day out, catching up with friends or just looking for your own little adventure, we can help make it something special.

That's why we’ve put together a guide to some of our favourite days out across the country, easily reached on our coaches at an affordable price.

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Motor Safari, Cheshire

Ever fancied hurtling through stunning countryside on a quad bike or 4x4? Now's your chance!

Here's where you can learn to ride, before relaxing in accommodation ranging from bushcraft-style lodges to a five-star hotel.

Centre Parcs, UK-wide

Often billed as ‘the ultimate UK family adventure break’, Centre Parcs blends the best of both fun and relaxation for the whole family’s perfect break.

A thrilling mix of outdoor activities, action challenges and watersports are complimented by relaxing saunas and spas, set in five beautiful locations across the UK, including Bedfordshire, Wiltshire, Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Cumbria.

Go Ape, UK-wide

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan! If you're looking to live life a little more on the wild side, this is the break for you.

With 28 Go Ape adventures dotted around England's spectacular forests, all your friends and family can enjoy Tree Top Adventures, Forest Segway Safaris and a forest-wide Zip Trekking Adventure.

Coastal getaways

There’s nothing quite like the fresh air, scenic views and traditional tranquility of the English coast to help you hit the reset button and feel your best.

Check out our favourite coastal locations...

English Riviera, Devon

Nestling along 22 miles of English Riviera coastline are 20 breathtaking beaches and coves. This unique corner of the UK is home to naturally-growing palm trees, thanks to a Gulf Stream which brings a mild climate.

With an award-winning mixture of white sand and pebble beaches, you can feel refreshed again in no time. Plus, each beach is a short stroll from classic British resorts such as Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, some of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations.

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Boasting eleven beautiful beaches, Weston Super Mare is a popular UK day trip destination with a fantastic reputation for family fun.

A wide range of attractions are nearby, including the Sea Aquarium, Wookey Hole Caves and Grand Pier. We’re sure you'll be guaranteed a great day no matter who you bring along.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire

One of the most famous holiday destinations in the UK, with good reason too! Blackpool offers so much more than a traditional beach escape, and is a must-visit location for anyone looking for a traditional taste of British holiday fun.

Miles of golden sands with donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows sit next to one of the world's wildest theme parks, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Full of rides for thrill-seekers, as well as cafes, shops and play areas, it’s ideal for those looking for a classic English trip.

Theme parks & zoos

Send your adrenaline pumping with every loop of England's finest rollercoasters, or take a gentle stroll to see your favourites from the animal kingdom.

Take a look at our top parks and zoos…

Drayton Manor, Tamworth, Staffordshire

This is one of Europe's most popular theme parks, with rides suitable for everyone from toddlers to thrill-seekers. But if big rides aren’t your thing, don’t worry; it's easy to relax with a stroll around these 280-acre grounds of lakes and parkland.

There's also no shortage of choice when it comes to dining, with fast food outlets and restaurants dotted throughout the site.

Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey

Not just a theme park but also a wild journey! Take a safari truck expedition into the mysterious African Kingdom with Zufari, the first ever theme park adventure with live animals including white rhino, giraffes and zebra.

The zoo boasts more than 1000 animals, from the exotic to the endangered, at a venue that guarantees a day out with a difference.

Thorpe Park, Surrey

Thorpe Park offers you some of the most extreme and exciting rides in the whole of Europe - it's a thrilling day out for adrenaline junkies.

From the UK's tallest log flume to Europe's highest and fastest launch rollercoaster, there are loads of unique attractions at this ever-popular theme park.

Chester Zoo, Chester

From baby tiger cubs to 110 acres of award-winning gardens, Chester Zoo is a perfect summer day out for all the family.

There are always opportunities for you to join in on festivities as the zoo celebrates big events like World Rhino Day, Summer Stampede and Wildlife Connections Festival.

City breaks

Want to spend some time where all the action happens in the hustle and bustle of city life?

Explore our most popular city destinations…

In the vibrant heart of the country sits Birmingham, England's second capital city. And it’s just one comfortable coach journey away with our fantastic Day Return deals.

If you're looking to experience authentic British tradition, culture, shopping and entertainment, there's really no better place to visit than this lively, diverse city.

Discover more on our Birmingham webpage .

Packed with award-winning city centre attractions, breathtaking coast and countryside, plus a cultural scene to rival the capital, you won't be short of things to do in Liverpool.

A haven for shoppers, music fans and families seeking fun, Liverpool is a friendly city that welcomes millions of tourists each year.

Plan your trip on our Liverpool webpage .

As one of the most visited cities in the world, London needs little introduction. With such a wealth of attractions; from art and history to food and culture, you'll be spoiled for choice as to how to spend your time here.

From historic buildings such as Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge and attractions like the London Eye and Madame Tussauds, London is a city that offers a memorable experience to any visitor.

Find out more on our London webpage .

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath invites you to explore its unique mix of stunning architecture, rich heritage and rolling countryside.

From relaxing, natural spa's to high-octane family fun, acres of Royal gardens and picturesque coastlines and beaches, Bath offers the perfect break for visitors, no matter what you're looking for.

Explore your options on our Bath webpage.

Steeped in history, Oxford is a perfect city to stroll around and take in all it has to offer. If you're looking for something a little more adventurous then take a trip down the River Cherwell in a traditional Oxford punt boat.

Worth a note, the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse offers punts, rowing boats and pedalos for hire for a classically English day out.

Get inspired on our Oxford webpage .

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The North West of England is home to a variety of fantastic school trip attractions. Whether you are searching for a day trip, a residential trip, a workshop or even school trip transportation, the North West has plenty to offer. There are school trips for all age groups, catering for students who are in preschool and even university. As well as this, all abilities will also be accommodated for, with many of our school trips providing disabled facilities.

When it comes to school trip venues, you really will be spoilt for choice in the North West. Alongside the adventurous residential centers, this region is also brimming with museums, which explore both ancient and modern history in unique and engaging ways. There are school trips to fit the requirements of any school, with science, environmental and even trampolining venues on offer! Only the best quality school trips are offered on UK School Trips, which are guaranteed to be enjoyed by all.

The North West offers an abundance of learning opportunities, providing access to not only the Lake District, but also some of England’s finest cities, such as Manchester and Liverpool. These are the venues which will engage students, creating an interest and passion in subjects that may have been originally considered to be boring. The North West provides school trips which will fail to disappoint and leave a yearning for more!

School Trip Destinations North West

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Manchester City Stadium Educational Tours

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Carlisle Castle Cumbria

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Paradise Island Adventure Golf Manchester

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Dino Falls Adventure Golf Manchester

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RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve

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Ingleborough Cave & Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail Yorkshire Dales

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Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

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Jump Maniax Inflatable Park Preston Lancashire

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Treetop Adventure Golf Manchester North West

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Jungle Parc High Ropes Warrington

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Liverpool British Music Experience

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Game Over Escape Rooms Liverpool

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Bickley Hall Farm Wildlife Discovery Centre Cheshire

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Country Experiences Ltd Cumbria

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Leighton Hall

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Knowsley Safari Park Prescot Merseyside

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Gulliver’s World Resort Cheshire

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FREEDOME Trampoline Park Cheshire Oaks

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Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre

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Science and Industry Museum

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BeWILDerwood Cheshire

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Imperial War Museum North

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English Heritage North West

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LaserQuest and Junior Airsoft Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria

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Castle Head Outdoor Residential Centre Grange over Sands Cumbria Field Studies Council

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Zip World Windermere

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LaserQuest Preston Lancashire

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Reel Cinema Burnley

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SEA LIFE Manchester

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Manchester City Stadium Tours

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RSPB Fairhaven Lake Lancashire

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Reel Cinema Rochdale

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Gravity Active Warrington Trampoline Adventure Park

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Nenthead Mines & Heritage Centre

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester

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School Trip Residential Centres North West

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Ukraine-Russia war latest: Putin opponent vanishes - and UK 'deeply concerned' for him

The British-Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza has disappeared from a penal colony - and Lord Cameron has called on Moscow to reveal his location to his lawyers.

Monday 29 January 2024 23:35, UK

Vladimir Kara-Murza behind a glass wall during a court hearing. Pic: Reuters

  • British-Russian dissident disappears from penal colony | UK 'deeply concerned'
  • Hungary signals it could compromise on aid for Ukraine
  • Russia claims it has taken control of Kharkiv village
  • Kremlin continues efforts to destabilise Moldova

That's it for our live coverage today, but before you go, here is a quick recap of the key developments.

Missing prisoner: David Cameron said he was "deeply concerned" after the disappearance of a British-Russian dissident from a Siberian penal colony, and called on Moscow to reveal the man's location to his lawyers.

Kharkiv battles: Ukraine denied Moscow's claims that its forces took control of the village of Tabaivka in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region.

Defence corruption: Employees from a Ukrainian arms firm conspired with defence ministry officials to embezzle more than £31m earmarked to buy 100,000 mortar shells, the Ukrainian security service said.

World Court: The International Court of Justice announced it will decide whether it shall hear a case brought by Ukraine accusing Russia of violating international law on Friday.

'Civilian deaths': The Russian-installed mayor of Donetsk reported at least three civilians were killed in a rocket strike. 

European Union envoys have agreed unanimously to set aside billions of euros of windfall profits from Russian central bank assets frozen in Europe.

Ambassadors of the 27 EU countries agreed in principle the first step of a plan to help fund Ukraine reconstruction after Russia's invasion, according to a source from Belgium. 

The text will undergo legal and language checks before the ambassadors will have the chance formally to adopt it.

The European Commission would then be expected to propose transferring the money set aside to the EU budget and subsequently to Kyiv, though it is unclear when it would arrive in Ukraine. 

France and Germany have already voiced reservations about the plan, while the European Central Bank has warned it could undermine confidence in the euro and unsettle global markets.

The EU, United States, Japan and Canada froze some $300bn of Russian central bank assets in 2022. About $200bn of that is held in Europe, mainly in the Belgian clearing house Euroclear. 

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Ukraine would win the war faster if it had permission to fire British and other Western weapons against targets deep inside Russia, the head of the Ukrainian navy has indicated.

Vice Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa told Sky News the course of the entire conflict would have been very different had Ukrainian forces been allowed to use Western munitions without restrictions from the very beginning.

In a wide-ranging interview, the Ukrainian commander also said his navy would gladly take charge of two British warships the Royal Navy which reportedly may have to retire early because of a shortage of sailors.

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Lord Cameron has called on Moscow to reveal the location of a Russian-British dissident who disappeared from his penal colony to his lawyers.

The UK foreign secretary pledged to meet with Vladimir Kara-Murza's wife, Evgenia, who said her husband was taken from a Siberian penal colony and his whereabouts were unknown.

Family and friends of Mr Kara-Murza urged Lord Cameron to act earlier today.

Now the foreign secretary has posted on X: "Russia must urgently provide Vladimir Kara-Murza's lawyers with his whereabouts, following reports that he has been moved from Omsk to an unknown location.

"I'm deeply concerned for Mr Kara-Murza - a British national imprisoned in Russia for speaking out against the invasion of Ukraine. I stand with his wife and plan to meet her soon."

Mr Kara-Murza, who suffers from a nerve disorder after surviving two poison attacks, was jailed for 25 years last April for treason and spreading "false information" about the Russian war in Ukraine. 

He denied the charges and said he was facing a show trial. 

Employees from a Ukrainian arms firm conspired with defence ministry officials to embezzle more than £31m earmarked to buy 100,000 mortar shells, the Ukrainian security service has said.

The SBU said five people have been charged and if found guilty, they could face up to 12 years in prison.

The investigation comes as Kyiv attempts to clamp down on corruption in a bid to speed up its membership in the European Union and NATO.

The investigation dates back to August 2022, when officials signed a contract for artillery shells worth 1.5bn hryvnias (£31.1m) with arms firm Lviv Arsenal, security officials said.

After receiving payment, company employees were supposed to transfer the funds to a business registered abroad, which would then deliver the ammunition to Ukraine.

But the goods were never delivered and the money was instead sent to various accounts in Ukraine and the Balkans, investigators said.

Ukraine's prosecutor general said the funds have since been seized and will be returned to the country's defence budget.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy was elected on an anti-corruption platform in 2019 and has portrayed sacking top officials as proof of his administration's efforts to crack down on corruption.

Hungarian opposition parties have submitted a motion calling for an extraordinary session of parliament to ratify Sweden's application to join NATO on 5 February.

Hungary is the only country in the 31-member Atlantic alliance yet to ratify Sweden's application.

Turkey completed its approval last week, some 20 months after Stockholm applied to join NATO following Russia's invasion.

"Our motion has been sent to the speaker... Now the question is whether 135 men will be brave enough to show up," said Zita Gurmai, an opposition politician, referring to whether members of parliament from the governing parties will vote for the motion.

Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, said last week he would urge politicians to approve Sweden's accession at the first possible opportunity, but parliamentary speaker Laszlo Kover said there was no urgency.

The World Court has announced it will decide whether it shall hear a case brought by Ukraine accusing Russia of violating international law on Friday.

Russia has justified its invasion by claiming it was launched to stop a genocide of Russian speakers in Ukraine - claims that Kyiv argues is a breach of the 1948 Genocide Convention given there was no risk of genocide.

The legal battle refers to fighting between Russian-backed forces and Ukraine in the country's east since 2014.

Lawyers for Moscow have urged judges to throw out the case, saying Ukraine is using it as a roundabout way to get a ruling on the overall legality of Russia's invasion.

If the UN court, also known as the International Court of Justice, does decide the Ukraine-Russia case can move forward, it could take many months before hearings on the merits are scheduled. 

Ukraine and Hungary are interested in holding a meeting between their leaders as soon as possible, top Ukrainian presidential official Andriy Yermak says.

He added the two countries had agreed to form a commission that would prepare proposals on the rights of the ethnic Hungarian minority living in Ukraine, reported Evropeiska Pravda.

His comments come after a meeting with Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto, following tensions between Budapest and Kyiv over the issue. 

It appears to indicate a shift in relations between Hungary and Ukraine

Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban has retained cordial ties with Russia despite Moscow's invasion, and has been a vocal critic of the EU's financial and military support for Kyiv.

But earlier today, Mr Orban's political director said Hungary was open to using the EU budget for a proposed €50bn aid package to Ukraine that it had once blocked.

Russia has the resources to keep replacing tanks and combat vehicles despite a recent spike in losses, according to British military intelligence.

This means it can continue to pursue offensive action at the same level that it has done since October, said the UK Ministry of Defence.

But its recent spate of vehicle losses has only resulted in "minor territorial gains", it said.

Russian ground forces lost 40% fewer vehicles in 2023 than in 2022 after spending much of last year on the defensive.

In 2022, 2,600 of its tanks and 4,900 armoured combat vehicles (ACVs) were destroyed in Ukraine.

Since October, renewed Russian offensives in the east have seen the rate of losses increase again.

Ground forces have likely lost 365 tanks and 700 AVCs in that time period.

The UK MoD said: "However, Russia can probably generate at least 100 main battle tanks a month and therefore retains the capacity to replace battlefield losses and continue this level of offensive action for the foreseeable future."

Vladimir Putin and the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, have been attending a meeting of the Union State Supreme Council in St Petersburg, Russia.

During the meeting, the pair will seek to approve guidelines for the next three years of integration between the two nations, according to the Kremlin.

The Union State of Belarus and Russia is composed of a series of treaties deepening cooperation on economic and defence policies since the 1990s.

Some experts have suggested it has seen Vladimir Putin assert more and more control over Russia's neighbour. 

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Kinlochewe, Scotland sets provisional UK record for January temperature with 19.6C

  • Sunday 28 January 2024 at 8:17pm

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A village in  Scotland  has provisionally set the UK record for temperature in January after hitting 19.6C, the Met Office has confirmed.

The temperature in Kinlochewe in the north-west Highlands recorded the temperature on Sunday, rising above the previous record of villages Inchmarlo and Aboyne in Aberdeenshire which hit 18.3C in 2003 while Aber, Ceredigion, reached the same level in both 1958 and 1971.

The temperature, if confirmed, would also be the record for a winter’s day in Scotland.

In a post on X, the Met Office said: “There has provisionally been a new UK January daily max temperature record set today at Kinlochewe where the temperature reached 19.6C.

"This beats the previous January UK record of 18.3C set at Inchmarlo and Aboyne in 2003 and Aber in 1958 and 1971.”

As well as potentially setting the record, Kinlochewe was also covered by a yellow weather warning for wind.

The warning was in place for the north-west highlands and Outer Hebrides between 11am and 5pm.

Elsewhere, Scotland’s central belt and the eastern coast of Northern Ireland were already under a yellow wind warning, due to last between 10am and 8pm.

A Met Office spokesperson said the temperature in Kinlochewe was the result of a “brisk, mild, southerly flow” combined with a meteorological phenomenon known as “the Foehn effect”.

The spokesperson explained: “The Foehn effect takes place when air is forced to rise over the mountain and warms.

“The warming air then travels back down the other side of the mountain, bringing anomalously high temperatures in the area.“

"Although it was a mild day, it was also very windy across Scotland.

“Yellow wind warnings are in force, and we have recorded a gust of 71mph at South Uist in the Western Isles.”

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Storm Isha: two dead and many without power as 107mph wind hits UK

Two people die in separate car collisions while tens of thousands suffer power cuts in wild weather

Two people have died and tens of thousands were left without power after Storm Isha wreaked havoc across the UK with gusts as high as 107mph.

Police Scotland said an 84-year-old man died after a car in which he was a passenger crashed into a fallen tree on the A905 at Grangemouth at about 11.45pm on Sunday.

In Limavady, Northern Ireland , a man in his 60s died in a road collision involving two vans and a fallen tree at about 9.45pm on Sunday.

A 26-year-old man was in a critical condition after his car collided with a fallen tree in Cramlington, Northumberland at 6.55am on Monday.

The wild weather led to widespread power cuts. About 24,000 households in Northern Ireland were without power on Monday afternoon, down from a height of 53,000.

There were also power cuts affecting thousands of people in north-west England , while more than 170,000 properties in the Republic of Ireland were without power.

The entire UK was subject to Met Office wind warnings on Monday although the freakishly high gusts recorded overnight were not expected to return. They included 107mph on the Tay Road Bridge at Dundee , recorded by Transport Scotland, and 99mph at Brizlee Wood, an air defence radar station in Northumberland.

The next storm due to hit the UK and Ireland has been named Storm Jocelyn , which is expected to cause strong winds from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

ScotRail services across Scotland would be suspended from 7pm on Tuesday and there would be no rush-hour services the following morning, the railway operator said.

The winds in Storm Isha brought down trees across the UK including three at the Dark Hedges , a tunnel of beech trees in County Antrim made famous by their appearance on Game of Thrones .

Clear-up work at the Dark Hedges site in County Antrim.

Late last year it was announced several of the ancient trees would be cut down as there was a risk branches could fall on visitors.

On Monday, Mervyn Storey, the chair of the Dark Hedges Preservation Trust, said: “This is another blow to the Dark Hedges. In fact one of the trees that was healthy has been blown down. It is very sad.”

Fallen trees badly affected transport. Traffic Scotland reported that stretches of the M9 and M74 were among roads closed throughout Sunday night, while the A1 southbound was closed at Thorntonloch due to an overturned lorry.

High winds forced the closure of the Tay Road Bridge, M48 Severn Bridge and the A66 in Durham and Cumbria between the A1(M) and the M6, while the Humber Bridge, A19 Tees flyover and A628 Woodhead Pass in Derbyshire were closed to high-sided vehicles.

A number of people were rescued by firefighters from flooded roads in the Yorkshire Dales.

North Yorkshire fire and rescue said crews were sent to Morton Bridge, at Morton-on-Swale, in the early hours of Monday morning and helped occupants from four trapped vehicles.

Most rail services were returning to normal on Monday after widespread cancellations due to fallen trees and flooding.

Flood water after the River Eden overflowed its banks during Storm Isha, near Warwick Bridge, north-west England.

Rail companies asked people who lived near lines to secure garden items. A trampoline blocked the tracks at Hastings , a shed was removed at Bellgrove in Glasgow and an entire greenhouse was on the line at Westgate-on-Sea in Kent .

A tree branch fallen on a car on Lisburn Road in Belfast.

Numerous ferry crossings and flights were cancelled because of the storm. There were also aborted landings at airports in the UK and Ireland, and many more scary ones.

The BBC presenter Jennifer Jones described her experience when her plane from Geneva attempted to land at Bristol airport on Sunday evening. “It was incredibly turbulent and the plane was lurching from side to side and it was pretty harrowing, I have to say,” she told Radio Wales Breakfast.

The Bristol landing was aborted and the plane was diverted to Edinburgh. “When we landed, everyone onboard just burst into applause and my friends and I just burst into tears. It sounds dramatic but I was thinking of my husband and my children. It was pretty hair-raising.”

A Ryanair flight from Manchester to Dublin was diverted to Paris, eventually landing to applause in Dublin nine hours after take-off .

Agencies across Cumbria declared themselves on standby for a major incident, with the Sellafield nuclear site closing as a precaution on Sunday.

High waves due to Storm Isha hit the shore in Porthleven, Cornwall, on Sunday 21 January.

For Storm Jocelyn, the UK Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind that covers western and northern Scotland from 6pm on Tuesday until 8am on Wednesday.

Less serious yellow warnings were issued for wind across much of the UK north of Oxford and Peterborough, and for rain in an area of western Scotland stretching from the border with England to near Inverness.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the weather was putting “significant pressure” on the 999 system and urged people to report non-emergencies online or by calling 101.

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