If you want to visit a destination that offers variety, to cater for everyone's interests, then look no further than Northwest England.
The region is so diverse, offering something for everyone, from walks in the spectacular mountains of the Lake District National Park, to splashing the cash in the designer shops of Manchester, experiencing culture in Liverpool, enjoying being beside the seaside in Blackpool, to mingling with the rich and famous in Cheshire - this is a region with something for everyone, and just two hours by rail from London, with 3 airports located in Manchester, Blackpool and Liverpool, and excellent motorway links, it has never been an easier destination to get to.
The region is split into 5 sub regions, you can visit one or all of these in one visit to the Northwest, and it only takes 2 hours by car to get from the top of the region in Cumbria to the bottom of the region in south Cheshire.
Cumbria and the Lake District: One the most popular destinations in the whole of England, Cumbria and the Lake District are a must see for anyone interested in walking, cycling, adventure and adrenaline, spectacular views, relaxation, cute little villages and rural escapes. With a selection of B&Bs to choose from, but also self catering cottages and large hotels, your stay in Cumbria and the Lake District can be tailor made to suit your needs and requirements.
Lancashire and Blackpool: Polls still place Blackpool as the number one seaside resort in the UK, and despite negative press and its decline over the past decade, Blackpool is on the up. Regeneration efforts have been under way for a number of years now, and Blackpool is improving. It is still an excellent choice for families, with the beach, the Pleasure Beach, the Sandcastle Water World, Sealife Centre, the promenade, Blackpool Tower, the fabulous Illuminations from August - November, and cheap hotel prices, for families on a budget during the current economic climate, Blackpool is a good place to visit. From Blackpool you can visit the lovely Lytham and St Anne's, and also go further into Lancashire and visit Historic industrial towns in East Lancashire such as Burnley and Blackburn, explore the countryside and wildlife in the Forest of Bowland, and visit Historic Lancaster and the newly regenerated Morecambe.
Manchester: Often referred to as the UKs second city, with an international airport with Hubs all over the world, Manchester is a hip and happening destination. There is a strong sporting element with Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs, Lancashire Cricket ground being based in the city and also the links with the Common Wealth Games.
Shops, shops and more shops that have attracted the likes of Victoria Beckham through their doors, in both the Trafford Centre, the Lowry and the city centre itself. Large attractions such as the Museum of Science and Industry are big pulls to the city, along with fantastic bars and restaurants and a trendy cultural quarter.
Cheshire: The place where Premiership footballers live often referred to as the "Cheshire Set". Cheshire boasts beautiful countryside and rural villages, and Chester itself has a historic feel to it, with Tudor style buildings and castle ruins throughout the city, along with trendy boutique shops. Cheshire is also now famous for its amazing gardens of distinction, and so Cheshire is a must for any keen green fingered gardener, or simply anybody who appreciates a beautiful garden. Top class restaurants fit for the celebrities are a plenty in this sub region with fine local produce on every menu, so a must for food lovers.
Liverpool: Despite negative perceptions in the past, Liverpool has transformed itself into a capital of culture! The investment in the city has been significant but the rewards are now being reaped, with a waterfront to rival anything that top cities in Europe have to offer. Museums and galleries dominate modern culture and music, quirky attractions and fabulous shopping in the new Liverpool One. Moving out of the city and into the Merseyside region you can visit Southport which is a lovely seaside resort that some argue is "less tacky" than Blackpool and has also seen a lot of development and regeneration over the years.
There is much more to the Northwest that listed above, but hopefully this overview of the region might persuade some people to give England's Northwest a try either on a day visit or for a short break, or even perhaps a weeks break. There is plenty of affordable accommodation, but also, no expense spared plush accommodation if that is what you are after, there are now even award winning boutique hotels in Blackpool.
If travel and seeing new places and experiencing new things is what you love - then you can certainly see and experience a lot in a visit to the Northwest of Eng
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