This region has a fabulous mix of awesome scenery, buzzing towns and traditional seaside resorts. For nature-lovers there is the world-famous Lake District, whose vertiginous mountains and crystal-clear lakes were immortalized by Wordsworth and Constable; the dairy farmlands of Cheshire; or the valleys and forests of Lancashire. Visitors can indulge in some seaside pleasures at Blackpool, Europe’s biggest resort and an ever-popular destination thanks to seven miles of sandy beach, bucket-loads of amusements and its lively nightlife.

The cosmopolitan city of Manchester has designer shops, vibrant music scene, industrial buildings, splendid museums and galleries, and, of course, two premiership football clubs. Long been seen as Manchester’s rival, nearby Liverpool is fast becoming one of the destinations for visitors. Wandering through the regenerated Albert Docks, taking a romantic trip on the Mersey ferry or waving a scarf at a world-class football match, visitors will be captivated by this historic city.

Other historic towns such as Lancaster and Chester are well worth a visit, set amidst lush landscape, and there are numerous attractive fishing ports and ancient castles which reflect the regions colourful history.

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