Apr 22, 2020

It’s grim up north! Is it really?

The North West. The former industrial heartland of England has seen massive changes over the last decades. And it’s certainly no longer the case that it is grim up north. Culture and history rich, a huge amount of attractions and fantastic landscapes waiting for your visit. Book your City Break North West with us for the best prices. But let’s first explore the best cities in the North West for your next city break first.



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.


Home of the Fab Four, a Beatles walking tour is a great to explore the city. See the boy’s childhood homes, the Strawberry Fields and the iconic Cavern Club. End it with a visit to the Beatles Story the located in the Albert Dock. This area has seen a massive regeneration over the last decades. It’s the cultural hub of Liverpool. And, home of the Tate Liverpool and the Museum of Liverpool . Museum hopper’s paradise as Liverpool hosts another 35 (!) museums such as the Walker Art Gallery, the RIBA, the Slavery Museum and more. But after so much culture is time for a break. Liverpool’s food scene features flavours from around the world.
A mix between indie street food eateries, traditional pub grubs over to eclectic dining experiences lets your taste buds tingle. After Bristol, Liverpool is a top spot for independent shops in the UK. For hip shopping check out Bold Street. Relax and end your trip with a ferry ride on the Mersey and let that famous tune tingle in your ears. Also check our Special Offer for a Liverpool weekend break here:



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!