Visitors who haven’t been to Manchester for a while may no longer recognise the city. In the last decade huge construction projects have transformed the landscape of the world’s first industrial city.
Cluttered with souvenir shops and fast food restaurants, many see Blackpool as the archetypal tacky British seaside resort. The town is changing though and recent years have seen new tourist attractions and improvements.
Preston is situated in the heart of Lancashire and is the county’s administrative centre. It has a population of around 130,000 and is one of the UK’s newest cities.
Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire and boasts a population of around 45,000. The vibrant city is a destination in itself but also offers a good base for tourists visiting the Lake District. Lancaster Castle dominates the centre and dates back to the 11th century.
With a population of more than 260,000, Bolton is the UK’s biggest town. It is situated in Greater Manchester, but is historically part of Lancashire.
Chester is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most beautiful cities. It is also one of the best preserved, with some parts of the city walls dating back more than 2,000 years.
Liverpool is the one of the largest cities in the UK. Its name conjures up images of a glorious maritime heritage, two of the biggest and most successful football teams in the Premier League, friendly locals, and the Beatles.
Frequently referred to as the ‘Paris of the North’ this elegant holiday resort boasts a diverse range of attractions, great shopping, and a good choice of hotels.
Penrith is a historic market town in the Eden Valley, just outside the border of the Lake District National Park and only 6 miles from Ullswater and Pooley Bridge. It was once the capital of Cumbria but now serves as important regional shopping centre.
Situated close to the border of England and Scotland Carlisle’s Historic Quarter features a castle, cathedral and some excellent museums.