BEST CITY BREAKS IN THE NORTH WEST OF ENGLAND
It’s grim up north! Is it really?
The first industrial city in the world is nowadays a buzzing, multicultural urban hotspot. A real metropolis, culture rich with an excellent choice of attractions on offer. These include the Gothic architecture of the John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral , the futuristic Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth for fine art. Be absorbed by the mix of the old and new Manchester. Discover history at the Manchester Museum and the Imperial War Museum North. A rainy day of which there are many is of no bother. Indulge in some great food on the famous Curry Mile. And head to the vibrant Northern Quarter with its independent shops, great street art and quirky bars and restaurants.
And of course, Manchester today stands synonym for football. It is after all the home of the National Football Museum. But also visit the grounds of Manchester City and Manchester United. Contact us in advance for match day tickets.
Founded by the Romans history comes to life here. Above all, famous for its old town almost completely engulfed by Roman city walls Chester’s atmosphere is unique. It’s cosy, romantic, pretty and a blueprint for a typical English old town. Full of history. After the Romans left, the Vikings came, followed by the Normans who built the impressive Chester Cathedral . They all left their traces in the city’s architecture which nowadays is characterised by half-timbered buildings and Chester’s totally unique covered Rows.
The 2-tiered galleries of shops in the Rows are packed with independent boutiques and high-street stores. And if that’s not enough, head to Cheshire Oaks, the UK’s largest designer outlet village just 10 miles from the city centre. It’s the perfect city break in the North West for those who like a quiet and relaxing weekend.
A whooping 4 Million people visit Blackpool every year which makes it the second most visited city after London. Let that sink in! After a big decline in the 90ties officials have turned the tide and are revamping the whole town.
Stroll along the modernised seafront which more than 3m long. Jump on one of the historical trams taking you from South to North Pier. Entertain yourself at Blackpool’s great attractions. The Pleasure Beach which is Britain’s most popular theme park. Visit the world-famous Blackpool Tower, home to the famous Tower Ballroom, The Blackpool Tower Dungeons and Tower Eye. Meet the stars at Madame Tussauds or chill out at Britain’s largest water park, the Sandcastle Waterpark. See what’s going on at the ever-popular Winter Gardens which attracts high class events and concerts.
But no worries, the old Blackpool with its arcades, fish n chip shops and good old-fashioned B&B’s is still here.
Lytham and St. Anne’s
Just south of Blackpool on the Ribble Estuary lie the beautiful seaside towns Lytham and St. Anne’s. The distance is short, but the atmosphere and character are world’s apart. It’s quiet, picturesque and relaxing. Apart from one week in August when the Lytham Festival attracts international top stars such as Rod Stewart, Kylie, Snow Patrol, Nile Rodgers and Madness.
With expansive sandy beaches, a Victorian pier, a windmill, a famous golf course, stylish independent shops, the dual seaside towns of Lytham and St Anne’s remind you why we all love the British seaside so much.
This part of the Fylde coast is a hidden gem and all about long beach walks, fresh air and a never-ending horizon. Combine this with great restaurants serving fantastic regional produce it’s a perfect destination for your city break to the North West.
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And as all these wonderful places as relatively close to each other why not turn it into a full holiday?!
Read our Where To Go blog for more inspiration such as the Best short breaks in Yorkshire!