Itinerary ideas: North West Discovery Tour
Off the shelf, flexible tours of the UK and Ireland
North West Discovery Tour
What's it all about?
The north west of England contains two of Britains most interesting and historic and vibrant cities - Manchester and Liverpool. This tour allows you to visit both of these cities alongside England's most dramatic scenery - the Lake District National Park. The Lakes are a stunning region of mountains and lakes in which you can cruise, walk or simply enjoy the quaint English tea rooms and shops.
Region: North West England
Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Transport options: Rail
Start and End: London
Inclusions: 7 nights B&B and hotel, rail travel, Sightseeing Bus tour, Beatles Story Exhibition, Man Utd Tour, Full day Lakes Tour, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees and financial protection.
Exclusions: Some transfers between stations and hotels (hotels are all within an easy walking distance of station), meals other than breakfast, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's
North West Discovery Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - 2: Liverpool
Depart London by train for Liverpool where you will spend the next 2 days. The best way to get acquainted with the city is to take the City Sightseeing Bus Tour, which you can hop on and off all day. In Liverpool you may choose to visit the award winning Beatles Story experience - the largest attraction in the world focussed on the lives and times of The Beatles. We highly recommend a visit to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. The cathedral is the largest in the UK and the 5th largest in the world. Closeby Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage waterfront has numerous listed buildings along with several museums such as the Tate Liverpool which modern art lovers will certainly enjoy.
Day 3: Chester
Today you'll take the short journey by train to the historical Roman city of Chester. It is one of the few UK cities with city walls still intact today, parts of which date back to 120AD. After enjoying a walk along the city walls you can spend some time looking around the delightful city centre with its series of half-timbered buildings called 'The Rows' which give a distinctive Tudor style to the shopping area. The city also has a grand cathedral, which is well worth visiting. 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.
Day 4 - 5: Manchester
Manchester United is probably the most famous football club in the world. The Museum and stadium tour is one of the north's most popular attractions. Close to Old Trafford is The Imperial War Museum which offers a sobering look at Britain's recent war history, whilst the nearby Lowry is just one of a number of galleries in the city, emphasising the hive of creativity to come out of the city. Museums are not short in number either, with the Science and Industry museum providing an insight into Manchester's industrial heritage, as well as a look at scientific developments right up to the modern day. The Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester University Museum all house incredible free collections which are well worthy of a visit.
Day 6 - 8: Lake District
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 walker's paradise with a never ending supply of mountain walking with stunning views around every corner. On day 7 you'll take a minibus day tour through the national park, including a lake cruise on England's largest lake as well as plenty of chances to take in the spectacular scenery.On day 8 you can spend a bit more time in the lakeside town of Windermere before taking your train back to London at any time.