North West England Sightseeing, Attractions & Activities Guide

recommended places to visit and things to do throughout N W England


Blackwell House

Windermere

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19th century Arts & Crafts house, originally built for wealthy brewer, with spectacular interior and lake views

The World of Beatrix Potter

Bowness-on-Windermere

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series of dioramas showing scenes from all the famous children's books, including Peter Rabbit's garden and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle's Laundry

Acorn Bank

Temple Sowerby

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a delightful sheltered garden, with a partially restored watermill, renowned for its herbs and orchards, growing old English fruit varieties, and planted with over 250 medicinal and culinary herbs

  • historic house
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  • open year round
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  • National Trust
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childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney.The only opportunity to see inside the places where the Beatles met, composed and rehearsed many of their earliest songs

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  • ruin
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  • English Heritage
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  • archeology
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high above a meander in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall.

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  • free admission
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  • local history

collections covering fine art, decorative art, Egyptology, coins, manuscripts, natural history, social history and South Asia with hands on interactive displays for children

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  • free admission
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  • open year round

attracting millions of visitors to the. A 2 month extravaganza, illuminating 6 miles of Blackpool’s seafront with thousands of lamps, fibre optics and lasers from Aug to Nov

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle

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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • English Heritage
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  • royalty

a formidable fortress spanning some 900 years of conflicts and sieges. Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned here for some 19 years

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  • free admission
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  • local history
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  • religion

dating back to the twelfth century with a long and turbulent history with excellent stone carvings and medieval stained glass windows

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  • science

the only science centre, including museum solely devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in every day life - from medicines to meccano, with 4 interactive galleries with over 100 different exhibits to tug, tease and test

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  • something different!
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  • family-friendly
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local graphite mining led to the growth of the pencil industry. The museum gives an in depth guide to pencils and pencil making down the centuries

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  • visitor centre
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  • walking

producing the famous Westmorland Green Slate, which has been extracted for centuries and offering a wealth of adventure experiences

Jennings Brewery

Cockermouth

  • brewery
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • limited opening
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • industrial heritage
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  • local history
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  • social history

this traditional brewery has nearly 200 years of brewing experience using pure Lakeland water drawn from the brewery’s own well

Lyme Park

Stockport

  • film/tv location
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  • historic house
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  • park
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • National Trust
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  • guided tours
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  • TV
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the quintessential country house, immortalised as' Pemberley' in the BBC's adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice', starring Colin Firth

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  • tourist railway
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  • transport
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  • trains

historic narrow gauge railway, located in the Western part of the Lake District National Park with two main stations, Ravenglass and Dalegarth

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created from a wetland area around a tranquil pool in a sheltered valley on the edge of Delamere Forest, planted in an informal design with beautiful views across the water

  • art gallery
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houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences as well as holding a wide range of temporary exhibitions

Wordsworth House

Cockermouth

  • historic house
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Wordsworth's birthplace and family home, presented as it would have been when he lived here with his siblings and family servants

Aintree Racecourse

Liverpool

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  • seasonal opening
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  • sport

home of the Grand National, one of the most famous horse races in the World

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a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Visitors are frequently struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home with beautiful landscaped gardens

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