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There are thousands of incredible places to visit in the UK and Ireland

Viewing: North West England


Blackpool

Blackpool

North West England

Blackpool has been drawing holiday makers to it since the 1920's. Indeed by 1930 over 7 million holiday makers were flocking here. Most famous for its iconic tower, Blackpool has kept reinventing itself in order to retain its traditional British holiday destination tag. It has done this by managing to combine a natural seaside setting where donkey rides are still offered to children, and sticks of rock (first made in Blackpool) are still consumed and trams take tourists up and down the promenade with all the 21st century amusements at its ever popular pleasure beach, including the 'Big One' – the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Europe.

Between September and November the town is lit up with over a million individual lights at the famous Blackpool Illuminations.

Chester

Chester

North West England

There has been a settlement at Chester, since the Romans built a fort here in AD79. The city walls are the most complete city walls in Britain, with some sections still intact from 120 AD, while most of the existing wall is Medieval. Within the walls the red sandstone Cathedral dates from 1093 and stands it is believed on the same site as a temple dedicated to Apollo existed until Christianity became the religion of the Roman Empire. Also within the walls The Rows are a series of half-timbered buildings joined with long galleries which make a shopping mall – Tudor style!

To the south of the walls, lies the remains of a Roman Amphitheatre, built in the 1st century AD and once a 7,000 seater arena, the largest in the country under Roman occupation.

Lakes

Lake District

North West England

This beautiful national park combines soaring mountains, plunging waterfalls and serene lakes with character filled charming villages creating a landscape which has inspired poets, writers and artists for years. It's a walkers paradise with a never ending supply of mountain walking with stunning views around every corner.

At the heart of South Lakeland is Windermere, England's longest lake, a real hive of activity and a paradise for watersports enthusiasts. Keswick is the main centre in the north of the park. Nestled on the shores of Derwentwater, at the foot of the imposing Mount Skiddaw, there are a wide array of shops, restaurants and galleries in the town, and a plethora of walks and water based activities to be done nearby.

Lancaster

Lancaster

North West England

Lancaster is a vibrant university city with a wealth of history. A Roman Fort was built here in 80AD, and today the Castle which was built by the Normans around 1,000 years ago takes pride of place on the same hill overlooking the city. As well as being the county town of Lancashire, the city has been of importance through the years, especially as a port during the 18th century when it figured significantly in the Slave trade. Its cobbled streets are lined with smart, Georgian stone houses filled with lively shops, bars and restaurants.

Liverpool

Liverpool

North West England

Liverpool, once a major port and trading centre for the UK, has restored many of its former architectural treasures as well as introducing some new modern constructions. Liverpool's waterfront and docks is a Unesco World Heritage site due to the number of listed buildings. It also has one of the best cultural scenes in the country with top class museums and galleries. The nightlife is great and of course we can't forget that for the Beatles fan, this is the city to be in, and watching a band at the famous Cavern Club or seeing a musical or concert at Liverpool's Empire Theatre. 'Liverpool One' has excellent shopping and dining.

Manchester

Manchester

North West England

Over the past 15 years Manchester has reinvented itself into a vibrant modern metropolis. It has become a shopper's paradise and the endless blend of old and new bars and clubs, plus the wide selection of restaurants make it an awesome night out. There is plenty here for the history lover, as Manchester clings on to its industrial history with museums and heritage abound. If you're a sports fan then this city can also keep you busy with many top teams in a vast array of sporting genres. A free bus can transport you easily around the city centre, while the city's tram system can take you to attractions a bit further out.