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Visit the English Lake District

 

Visit the Peak District National Park and Buxton

 

Visit Chester

 

Visit the Beatles @ Liverpool

 

Visit York

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Visit the English Lake District

England's largest National Park is a gem of a place to visit, so allow a full day for a trip. There are breath-taking lakes, soaring mountains - known locally as 'fells', picturesque valleys and even a sandy coastline. There’s a tremendous amount to see and do from outdoor sports and adventure, to gastronomic eating in quaint pubs, to gentle strolls around the lakes, and discerning shopping. The Lake District is probably best known for its literary heritage and you can visit the home of William Wordsworth at Dove Cottage, or Beatrix Potter at Hill Top Farm, or you can walk the Alfred Wainwrights fells, or take an Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazons tour around Coniston. www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

Getting to the Lake District is easy. There are regular train services along the West Coast mainline from Manchester Piccadilly (which pass through Oxford Road station too), and the journey to Oxenholme (Lake District) takes just over an hour and costs about £35 off peak return. Oxenholme is on the edge of the Lake District and from here you can take a short train to Windermere which is in the heart of the southern lake district. Similarly, at Oxenholme you can rent an electric car (by the hour / day) or get a taste of the future in a Renault Twizy! www.co-wheels.org.uk/lake_district

The Lake District has a superb bus service which is reliable and frequent, and we quite like the hop on – hop off bus (No 599) which takes in some great attractions, and you can combine with a steam-boat across the lake, and you can pick up the bus from Windermere railway station. www.golakes.co.uk/travel

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Visit the Peak District National Park and Buxton

The Peak District National Park became Britain’s first national park in 1951 and remains one of the country’s most visited regions. With over 555 square miles to explore, it’s an obvious choice for lovers of the outdoors and the vast network of hiking, cycling, horse riding and climbing routes including famous long distance trails like The Pennine Way. Additional highlights of the Peak District National Park include the Castleton Caves; the 2,087-foot (636-meter) peak of Kinder Scout; and Chatsworth House, the magnificent estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Other popular destinations include the town of Bakewell, renowned for its Bakewell Tarts; the Georgian spa town of Buxton; and the historic village of Eyam, known for its fascinating plague history.

Getting around the Peak District without a car is not as easy as other locations we are suggesting for visiting. If you don’t have a car, then a half-day trip to Buxton would be a great opportunity to experience an elegant english spa town located within the Peak District since Buxton is one of the most popular destinations. www.visitbuxton.co.uk

In July Buxton is home to the Buxton Festival of Opera, Music and Literature, the Buxton Well Dressing Festival, the Buxton Fringe Festival, and the Buxton Military Tattoo, so lots going on! We love the choice of tours that are available in Buxton from a walking tour with a geologist, a food and drink tour (not with a geologist!), to a finest pub tour etc etc. Some of the tours require booking, but for others you just turn up. discoverbuxton.co.uk/peak-district/tours

Details: Catch the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton (some trains go through Oxford Road too). Journey time is just under an hour. The scenery en route is lovely. Anytime day return costs about £17.

 

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Visit Chester

Chester is one of Britain’s most striking heritage cities and is a great place to go if you have half a day to spare, and want to visit somewhere that is compact such that you can see the sights in a short space of time. Also if the weather is wet it fits the bill because it’s easy to bob in and out of the shops and attractions and to stay dry! Visit the majestic Chester Cathedral, the iconic Eastgate Clock and the landmark Northgate. Walk the ramparts (takes about an hour) and climb the towers of the remarkably well-preserved Roman City Walls, then admire the unique Rows galleries and ancient cellars, crammed with shops, bars and restaurants. www.visitchester.com

Details: Direct trains from Manchester Piccadilly. An any-time day return costs about £17. Journey time is just over an hour (depending on time of day). The distinctive red hop on-hop off bus starts at the railway station, has 15 stops, and costs about £12.

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Visit the Beatles @ Liverpool

Liverpool is a maritime city where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. Ferries cruise the waterfront, where the iconic mercantile buildings known as the "Three Graces" – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – stand on the Pier Head.

Liverpool is proud to be the birthplace of the best band in the world. The first stop has to be the Beatles Story at the Albert Dock - a fantastic visitor attraction dedicated to the Fab Four which is open every day, cost is £16. Albert Dock is also the starting point for the Magical Mystery Tour which is a two-hour bus trip taking in various Beatles landmarks, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. Cost is £18. There’s also the world-famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street in the city centre which is open from 10.30 each day. The Beatles played there nearly 300 times, and you can hear live music every day of the week, including the fabulous Cavern Beatles. The Beatles-inspired luxury hotel, Hard Days Night is just round the corner from the Cavern. Note that Albert Dock is also good for shopping!

Further information at www.visitliverpool.com/things-to-do/the-beatles

The National Trust also runs a special joint tour of the childhood homes of John Lennon (Mendips, 251 Menlove Avenue) and Paul McCartney (20 Forthlin Road). You do need to book in advance. Cost is £23, or £9.50 if you are a National Trust Member. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatles-childhood-homes

Details: There are regular train services from Manchester Piccadilly (which pass through Oxford Road station too) to Liverpool Lime Street (which is the main station}. An anytime day return costs about £18. Journey time is 50 minutes.

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Visit York

York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has stunning medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers, and you can walk to the top of these and having a superb view across York. https://yorkminster.org/home.html

The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. At 3.4 kilometres long, the beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England. The completion of the entire circuit will take approximately 2 hours. There are five main bars or gateways, one Victorian gateway, one postern (a small gateway) and 45 towers but you don’t have to climb the towers! www.yorkwalls.org.uk

Yorks Viking heritage is explained in the award winning Jorvik exhibition. www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk

Also, there’s a castle that houses a museum https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk and you can watch a thrilling dungeon show (tickets cost £10) www.the-dungeons.co.uk/york/en/index.htm. The Shambles, winner of Google’s the most picturesque street in Britain is an old street with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back to the fourteenth century, which today is a maze of individual shops providing a good shopping experience.

We suggest allow a full day to visit York, and bear in mind that some parts of the city will be busy because of it being such a popular tourist destination, but its well worth the visit! Further information at www.visityork.org

Details: Catch the train from Manchester Piccadilly to York. Journey time is 90 minutes. Anytime day return costs about £37. The city is compact, and the attractions are a 5 minute walk from the railway station.

 

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