The North West of England has something for everyone. Wild sprawling landscapes filled with lakes and views that make your heart skip a beat, stunning estuaries buzzing with wildlife and birds and revolutionary, extraordinary cities with rich and vibrant histories, the North West has it all.

This region of England offers visitors and residents the opportunity to explore iconic cities that are as famous for their world leading music scenes as they are for their grand industrial buildings and impressive museums. Hear The Beatles resonate from street corners, pubs and bars in Liverpool and experience the lasting influence of the Stone Roses and Oasis in fashionable Manchester.

Relax and take a breath in the Lake District as you walk stunning trails between ethereal peaks, fells and incredible lakes or head for the bright lights of the seaside under Blackpool’s blazing, world-famous seafront illuminations.

The North West is a sports lovers’ paradise with county crickets grounds, iconic horse races and some of the best known Premiership football clubs in the world to boot.

History & Heritage

Two rival cities with rich traditions, a medieval masterpiece, an island unto itself and some of the finest countryside in England…this is just a flavour of what the northwest has to offer. Dominating the region is Manchester, arguably England’s most exciting city and the unofficial capital of the north. Just across the Pennines is Liverpool, fiercely proud of its own heritage and well able to put it up to its bigger neighbour in all matters from food to football. Near to both is Chester, a historic Tudor postcard with a legacy dating back to Roman times. And, just to prove that the northwest isn’t all about humankind’s concrete footprint, you can get away from it all in some of Britain’s most beautiful – and walkable – countryside, in northern Lancashire and on the Isle of Man.

Read more: Lonely Planet

Eat, Drink, Play

From the beautiful countryside, delightful coastline and everything from bustling cities to villages unchanged by the hands of time, there is something to charm everyone in North West England. The North West has some of the country’s best restaurants, bars and clubs, places to relax with the family and places to let loose and party.

Blackpool– Famous for its Tower and Promenade, seven miles of award-winning, golden beaches and the magic of the Illuminations; it’s time to take a fresh look at this favourite British seaside town.

Cheshire – Come to this north-western county prepped for country hikes, stately-homes, castles and high-end shopping. Find a host of things to do in Cheshire.

Chester – Explore the rambling stately mansions and turreted castles of the northwest, with landscaped gardens to die for. Wildlife lovers can meet tiny bugs to giant Asian elephants at Chester Zoo.

Cumbria – Beholding mountains, lakes and some of the most glorious scenery to be found anywhere on Earth, Cumbria is a place of jaw-dropping beauty and everlasting inspiration. Find things to do in Cumbria.

Manchester – One of England’s premier cities, Manchester offers a great shopping experience, an unbeatable nightlife, with restaurants, theatres and bars to accommodate all tastes. Discover the best things to do in Manchester.

Lake District – Sky-piercing peaks and rugged valleys overlooking deep, glassy lakes. If you like hiking or mountain-biking through dramatic scenery, the Lake District National Park fits the bill.

Lancashire – Hearty casseroles, brisk Pennine walks and neon-lit seaside towns – there’s something heart-warming about this county, and lots to do for the urban dweller or countryside enthusiast. Find things to do in Lancashire.

Liverpool – Grand listed buildings, riverside panoramas – and a city bursting with both pop and culture. Trips to this Merseyside city start at Liverpool Pier to snap the trio of iconic buildings.

Mersyside – The county home of Liverpool, Merseyside serves up a rich cultural feast from city to countryside, two of the country’s most-famous football teams, and a rich maritime history. Find out more things to do in Merseyside.

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History & Heritage

Two rival cities with rich traditions, a medieval masterpiece, an island unto itself and some of the finest countryside in England…this is just a flavour of what the northwest has to offer. Dominating the region is Manchester, arguably England’s most exciting city and the unofficial capital of the north. Just across the Pennines is Liverpool, fiercely proud of its own heritage and well able to put it up to its bigger neighbour in all matters from food to football. Near to both is Chester, a historic Tudor postcard with a legacy dating back to Roman times. And, just to prove that the northwest isn’t all about humankind’s concrete footprint, you can get away from it all in some of Britain’s most beautiful – and walkable – countryside, in northern Lancashire and on the Isle of Man.

Read more: Lonely Planet

Education & Schools

The North West of England has some of the best schools in the country, and boasts some of the most talented and inspirational teachers. Secondary schools are mostly comprehensive, but Trafford retains a wholly selective school system, and there are some other grammar schools in Lancashire, Wirral, Liverpool and Cumbria.

There are around 345,000 at secondary school in the region, the third highest in England, after South East England and Greater London. This is around three times as much as there are in North East England.

Over 60% of university students in the region are native to the region. The region with the next-highest number of students in the North-West is Yorkshire and the Humber, so approximately 80% of university students in the area are from the north of England. The region’s students have the highest proportion of students from so-called low-participation neighbourhoods.

Once graduated, over 65% of graduates find work in the region, with plenty of graduate vacancies, especially in Manchester.

Useful Links

www.visitmanchester.com – The official destination website for Manchester, UK

www.visitliverpool.com – Discover the vibrant and artistic, Liverpool

www.visitcumbria.com – Cumbria is considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK

manchesterwire.co.uk – What’s going on in Manchester. Tickets, events and happenings.

www.visitmanchester.com – The official destination website for Manchester, UK

www.visitliverpool.com – Discover the vibrant and artistic, Liverpool

www.visitcumbria.com – Cumbria is considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK

manchesterwire.co.uk – What’s going on in Manchester. Tickets, events and happenings.