Christmas is almost here, so if you’re planning on surprising a loved one with a weekend break for the festive period, time is running out! If like us, you’re struggling to find the perfect place to head off to this winter, you’re in luck; we’ve put together a selection of the best breaks to be found in the north-west! With these trips, you’ll be able to have an amazing time without having to venture too far from your home – check them out below.
It’s seen as the spiritual capital of the north and is a city that the entire country owes a great deal to – it is, of course, Manchester! This industrial city is one that’s got something for everyone, whether you’re a big city person or someone who enjoys the quirky culture of the hidden back streets, Manchester is the place for you. With an abundance of places to eat and drink ranging from budget bistros to high-class eateries run by some of Europe’s top chefs; it is a place where people from all walks of life are welcomed with open arms. It’s also a great place to venture to during the winter, as it isn’t a trip that’s weather sensitive.
Rain is to be expected in the north, but even by those standards, the rain in Manchester is above and beyond, so make sure that you pack a waterproof coat and a brolly!
While you’re in the city, keep an eye out for the architecture – some of the older buildings are brilliantly juxtaposed with the new towers, and it’s a sight to behold. You’ll also want to head to NQ (Northern Quarter), which is almost somewhat of a pilgrimage for hipsters everywhere thanks to its off-the-high-street independent vibes and incredibly eclectic stores. There’s also cultural and scientific landmarks aplenty to check out too, so you’ll never be bored in this city of worker bees.
A mere 35 miles from Manchester is Liverpool, another northern city that’s ingrained with culture, vibrancy, and a fantastic atmosphere. The world-famous dock was once the UK’s main connection to the rest of the world, providing the industrial revolution with the base it needed to boom, along with the Manchester Ship Canal. These days, it’s a city booming with life and creativity, drawing inspiration from past legends of the city such as The Beatles, Cilla Black, Steven Gerrard, to become one of Europe’s premier places – it was even named European City Of Culture!
If you choose to head to Liverpool, why not try to do it before Christmas so you can squeeze in some last-minute gift-getting at Liverpool ONE, one of the UK’s biggest and best shopping centres, or head to some of the local stores to see what the city’s independent stores have to offer.
One of the top attractions in Liverpool has to be the Cavern Club – it’s infamous for being the birthplace of The Beatles, but has a rich history that’s teeming with some of the UK’s finest musicians of all time. It’s a must-see.
Now for something a little more tranquil than life in the big cities – the Lake District. If you’re looking to relax, there’s nowhere better in the north-west; the picturesque peaks, lakes, and towns all combine to create a magical setting that you’re sure to love every minute exploring. Our top pick in the Lakes is Keswick, a small market town located near Derwentwater. The town has everything you could wish to find from a trip to the rural Lake District; a great atmosphere, plenty to do and see, and fantastic spots to eat and drink.
If you’ve been swayed by the area’s appeal, take a look at Inn On The Square as your choice of accommodation – the 4* hotel is one of the most highly rated in the district and is the perfect base for any trip. Dog-friendly rooms allow you to bring your 4-legged friends along on your travels, so if you’re a pet lover, this is a great spot for you. On top of this, the rooms are beautifully designed and offer a modern yet authentic touch to your stay. Downstairs, you’ll find the Brossen Steakhouse, an AA-Rosette winning restaurant serving the tastiest meals in town to guests and passers-by alike, so you won’t even have to leave the hotel to experience top class grub.
We hope this guide has helped you choose the right location for your winter trip!
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