Unless you live there, your knowledge of the northwest of the UK is unlikely to be particularly advanced. So much of the focus of the UK is based in London, with secondary attention paid to the “big” cities like Birmingham and Newcastle. The northwest, meanwhile, doesn’t always feature in the national consciousness. The northwest has got plenty to offer. The next time you’re in the mood for a day trip with the kids this winter half-term, why not try one of these northwestern cities? So today’s post is on 3 Fabulous Cities To Visit In Northwest England This Half-Term.
3 Fabulous Cities To Visit In Northwest England This Half-Term
It would be impossible to discuss the northwest without nodding to one of Britain’s oldest institutions: Blackpool. There was a time when the Blackpool Pleasure Beach and nearby piers were considered the height of entertainment in the UK. While those days have passed, there’s still plenty to enjoy here. The Pleasure Beach is full of great rides to enjoy and is open in February, as well as close access to the nearby beach and the three main piers that dominate the landscape. There’s plenty of good old-fashioned cheesy-but-cheerful fun to be had, whether it’s riding donkeys on the beach or just eating more candy floss than you ever have in your life. Blackpool is undoubtedly worth a visit, for the nostalgia factor alone.
Manchester is undoubtedly one of the best cities in the UK. Whatever you want to do, you can be sure this vibrant, cosmopolitan city has the answer. Manchester is perhaps best known for its shopping options, which include the well-known Arndale Centre, which could be fun if you and your kids are big fans of shopping up a storm. Manchester is also a city rich with history, so if you’re a culture vulture, you’ll love the docks and the ancient cathedral. If that’s not quite your thing — or you want to keep your kids entertained – then perhaps winter paintballing or breakout games are more your speed. In a city as diverse and interesting as Manchester, you can be sure to find something that suits your preferences.
A minute rule break here; Kendal is a town, not a city, but there’s enough here to make it worth inclusion anyway. Kendal is located deep in the Lake District, so it’s a perfect choice for those who enjoy hiking, sailing, caving, and all other outdoor activities. Kendal itself is the perfect place to base yourself before exploring the wider lakes; it’s situated just 19 miles from the biggest lake in the area, Lake Windermere, so you’ll find all attractions are within easy reach. If you’re not an adventurer, then Kendal is still worth a visit. You could explore Kendal Castle, or take a trip to the Abbot Hall Art Gallery. As well as filling your mind with knowledge, you’ll also be located in some of the most stunning scenery that the UK has to offer– what could be better than that?
The northwest of England has some true gems that are well worth exploring. Why not give them a try and see just how much there is to learn and enjoy about this little-discussed region of the country?
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