The Lake District

View of Derwent Water in the English Lake District

There are few places on earth that can match the beauty of the Lake District. Each year over 12 million visitors come to experience its famous lakes, mountains, and picturesque villages.

View of Salford Quays, Manchester

Manchester

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.

View of a ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool

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.

Avenham and Miller Parks in Preston

Preston

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.

Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster

Lancaster

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.

Rivington Pike, near Bolton

Bolton

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.

View of Chester racecourse

Chester

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.

View of the Liverpool waterfront and Pier Head

Liverpool

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.

Southport beach

Southport

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 Castle, Cumbria

Penrith

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.

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle

Situated close to the border of England and Scotland Carlisle’s Historic Quarter features a castle, cathedral and some excellent museums.

Attractions

Two elephants splashing water at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

With over 7000 animals and 500 species, Chester Zoo is the largest zoological garden in the UK.

It was the first zoo in the UK to successfully breed elephants and is famous for its chimpanzees; some of which have lived there for over 30 years.

The Big One rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The Blackpool Pleasure Beach amusement park is situated on the town’s South Shore and is Britain’s biggest tourist attraction.