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Manchester Central is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Manchester Central

Manchester City Centre Historic Buildings & Sites

It was built in the 19th century as a railway terminus, then in the 1980s and 1990s it became a...

Manchester River Cruises Pirates and Mermaids - a recommended half-term day out in Manchester.

Manchester River Cruises

Spinningfields Activities

Want to fall in love with your city all over again? Take a boat tour from Manchester River Cruises, and...

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Rogan & Co.

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Situated in an atmospheric 14th-century building beside the pretty River Eea in Cartmel, Rogan & Co is the home of...

Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens

Sefton Park is larger than most parks, although it’s still not Liverpool’s biggest – that award goes to Croxteth Country...

Church Street by Supercity Aparthotels

Northern Quarter Hotel

In Manchester’s cool and vibrant Northern Quarter, it doesn’t get more central than Church Street by Supercity. These one and...

The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock Museums

The Beatles are probably Liverpool’s most famous export and it stands to reason that the city has quite a few...

Freight Island in spring / summer

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Food hall meets music festival is how we’d describe Freight Island to anyone confused about what they’ll find at this...

Artwork by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock Art Galleries

Tate Liverpool on the Royal Albert Dock is the northern outpost of the Tate galleries. With an impressive free collection...

The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

It may be a while since The Beatles graced the stage of The Cavern Club but you’ll still find live...

The front of Liverpool Cathedral, the biggest cathedral in the country.

Liverpool Cathedral

Georgian Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

Liverpool Cathedral is the biggest in the country but age-wise, it’s a baby. No medieval architecture here; the cathedral was...

Trophies and famous football shirts on display at the Liverpool FC stadium tour.

Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour

Anfield Tours

Can I kick it? No you can’t. But with a Liverpool Football Club stadium tour fans can walk through the...

Seafood at The Assheton Arms, a country pub with rooms to stay overnight, near Pendle Hill and Clitheroe in Lancashire

Assheton Arms

Clitheroe Restaurant - British

The Assheton Arms is a classic country pub – perfect for a stop off after a walk in the Ribble...

A pumpkin patch at Speke Hall, a National Trust property near Liverpool.

Speke Hall

Speke Historic Buildings & Sites

Speke Hall is a National Trust property on the outskirts of Liverpool. You could say it’s an old Tudor dame...

Study alcove in John Rylands Library in Manchester city centre

John Rylands Research Institute and Library

Spinningfields Historic Buildings & Sites

It’s part of the University of Manchester but you don’t have to be a scholar to enjoy this inspiring space. In...

Outside Holmes Mill in Clitheroe

Holmes Mill

Lancashire Hotel

Located in the heart of Clitheroe, Holmes Mill is a bountiful food, drink and entertainment venue as well as a...

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L’Enclume

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

L'Enclume is Simon Rogan's three Michelin-starred restaurant located in the Lake District village of Cartmel, which is widely regarded as...

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

A stone's throw from Selfridges and the designer stores around Exchange Square, Piccolo by Piccolino is a Southern Italian restaurant...

Henrock

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Opened in 2019, Henrock is part of Simon Rogan’s family of fine dining restaurants - set within Linthwaite House Hotel...

The exterior of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery

Liverpool City Centre Art Galleries

The Walker Art Gallery has housed Liverpool’s world-class art collection for over 130 years and includes everything from Renaissance masterpieces...

Bury Market

Bury Markets

Everything from fresh fruit and veg to wooden spoons, Bury Market has a dizzying range of stalls selling fresh produce,...

Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester city centre

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester City Centre Art Galleries

Mosey down Mosley Street between Piccadilly Gardens and St Peter’s Square, and you can’t miss the Greek columns that flank...

Lady with orange pugil stick at Inflata Nation Manchester

Inflata Nation Manchester

Trafford Park Activities

This indoor inflatable playground is an excellent way to tire out hyperactive kids on a rainy day and for that...

Waterfront Southport Hotel

Southport Hotel

Waterfront Southport Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel overlooking Marine Lake, the Ribble Estuary and the Irish Sea. Established in...

One of the bedrooms in the Beatles Childhood Homes tour

The Beatles’ Childhood Homes

Speke Museums

The National Trust tour is the only way to get inside the houses where John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew...

Mr McGregor's Garden at The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter

Windermere Museums

The World of Beatrix Potter is always handy to have up your sleeve if you’re in the Lake District and...

Steak from Tender Cow at Mackie Mayor, a food hall in Manchester.

Mackie Mayor

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Mackie Mayor is a cosmopolitan food hall located in an 1858 Grade II listed market building on the edge of...

A girl on the monkey bars at Total Ninja, Manchester.

Total Ninja

Trafford Park Activities

Total Ninja is part bouncy-castle on steroids, part warrior training ground. The venue is mainly divided into two parts: an...

We Invented the Weekend - one of Greater Manchester's best festivals.

We Invented The Weekend

Media City Festivals

We Invented the Weekend festival is a massive, free, two-day celebration of all the cool stuff people do in their...

Sea Life Manchester

Trafford Park Museums

Sea Life Manchester is the city's only aquarium. It isn’t enormous – for something bigger you’d have to travel to...

Man holding two burgers from Slap and Pickle in Society, Manchester city centre

Society

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Located in between St Peter’s Square and The Bridgewater Hall, Society brings new life to the quiet yet elegant stretch...

View from Alderley Edge, a red sandstone escarpment in Cheshire

Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Historic Buildings & Sites

There are two very different Alderley Edges. One is a chi-chi town of footballers and wealthy socialites, the other –...

Statues of legendary Manchester United players outside their Old Trafford stadium

Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

Old Trafford Sports Venues

Even if it's not a match day, there's plenty happening at the iconic Old Trafford stadium. The best way to...

Chorlton Meadows - a large area of green space in Manchester

Chorlton Ees

Chorlton Parks & Gardens

Chorlton Ees is a bit of a wild gem in such a densely populated area. If you’re lucky you could...

Delhi House Cafe | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

This slick 2020 addition to the Corn Exchange is determined to do something different to other contemporary Indian restaurants. And...

E-karting at Gravity MAX Liverpool

Gravity MAX Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Home to two floors of immersive activities, Gravity MAX is Liverpool’s biggest multi-entertainment venue.

Manchester Jazz Festival 2022

Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester City Centre Festivals

Manchester Jazz Festival brings the best new emerging jazz artists, homegrown talent, and living jazz legends to the city centre...

Open water swimming at Liverpool Watersport Centre.

Liverpool Watersports Centre

Waterfront Swimming

Nothing shakes up the senses quite like a winter dip in the docks. Head to Mariners Wharf for all-year-round aquatic...

Hot chocolate and the Chocolate Challenge at Slattery in Manchester.

Slattery

Whitefield Restaurant - British

Much like Betty’s in Harrogate, a trip to Slattery in Whitefield can be a day out in its own right....

Air hockey at ArCains Liverpool

ArCains

Baltic Triangle Activities

Part of the Cains Brewery Complex, ArCains is a gamers paradise. Whether it's date night, a stag or hen do,...

Weddings at The Crystal Maze, Manchester

The Crystal Maze Manchester

Castlefield Activities

It’s a dream come true for kids of the 90s: a chance to show off your skills on the legendary...

The Lowry is an art gallery and theatres at Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

The Lowry

Salford Quays Theatres

Flagship arts venue The Lowry was at the heart of 1990s' plans to breathe new life back into Salford Quays....

Pots made at Frankie's Paint-It Pottery

Frankie’s Paint-It Pottery

Mossley Hill Activities

Get stuck in with a pottery painting session at Frankie's Paint-It Pottery. Whether you're crazy about clay or it's your...

Weddings at Victoria Baths, Manchester. Image by Samantha Broadley.

Victoria Baths

Victoria Park Historic Buildings & Sites

Only open on Wednesdays (and closed entirely during the winter months), Victoria Baths isn’t fully geared up as a visitor...

A craft stall at Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester City Centre Markets

You don't have to walk far in Manchester city centre to find one of the many Christmas markets that pop-up...

Inside the Bluecoat, an arts centre in Liverpool city centre.

The Bluecoat

Ropewalks Arts Venues

The Bluecoat is Liverpool city centre’s oldest building, and the oldest arts centre in the country.

The ten pin bowling lanes with red and purple neon lighting at Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Manchester City Centre Activities

With its ten pin bowling, pool tables, beer pong, and shuffleboard, Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale will keep you entertained...

Manchester City Football Club's Etihad Stadium

Manchester City Stadium Tour

Beswick Sports Venues

Even if you’re not a Blue you can’t help but be impressed with the scale of the Etihad Stadium in...

The Beatles Statue in Liverpool

The Beatles Statue

Waterfront Monuments

Come on, so what do you think is Liverpool’s number one selfie spot. That’s right, it’s the Beatles Statue at...

exterior of on the hush manchester church street northern quarter

On the Hush

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Bar

The Northern Quarter has never been short of Instagrammable spots with its litany of graffitied walls and shop fronts but...

King Pins Trafford Palazzo, a great place for bowling and more

King Pins Trafford Palazzo

Trafford Park Activities

King Pins Trafford Palazzo markets itself as ‘the crown jewels of bowling’, but to be honest, they’re selling themselves short....

Tenpin Manchester – Printworks

Manchester City Centre Activities

As the name suggests, TenPin Manchester - Printworks is a bowling alley in the Printworks. It’s family-friendly by day and...

One of the dishes served at Aiden Byrne's gastropub The Church Green in Lymm, Cheshire

The Church Green

Cheshire Restaurant - British

The Church Green is Aiden Byrne's countryside pub where excellent meat comes as standard. Fifty ounce tomahawk, for example, and...

Goats at Reddish Vale Farm - one of Confidential Guides' recommended things to do with kids in Manchester

Reddish Vale Farm

Reddish Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Ian Brown, take note. Reddish Vale Farm, on the Stockport side of Manchester, has everything you could want to keep...

Another Place

Crosby Monuments

Another Place, Crosby, by sculptor Antony Gormley consists of 100 cast-iron figures gazing wordlessly out to sea from the beach. 

Fischers Baslow Hall, a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in a manor house in the Peak District

Fischers Baslow Hall

Derbyshire Restaurant - Modern British

Fischers Baslow Hall delivers fine Michelin-starred dining with local foraged aspects in homely, romantic surrounds. Using the fruits of the...

The Imperial War Museum North at Salford Quays

Imperial War Museum North

Salford Quays Museums

This quayside location in Trafford Park was bombed heavily during WW2 so it’s especially appropriate that it was chosen as...

Inside the bustling Market House Indoor Food Hall in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Altrincham Market House Indoor Food Hall

Greater Manchester Restaurant

Setting a precedent for the likes of Mackie Mayor and Stockport Produce Hall, many have hailed the revamping of the...

26One of the dishes served at The Cartford Inn - a restaurant with rooms near Preston in Lancashire

The Cartford Inn

Preston Restaurant - British

This historic coaching house serves adventurous British pub food in poetic configurations. Cooking is by mushroom forager and head chef,...

Sunday lunch at Diecast. Manchester City Centre.

Diecast

Piccadilly Music Venues

Diecast is a party venue and 'creative neighbourhood' five-minutes' walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria is a high-octane experience that'll turn even the mildest contestant into a speed demon.

Chetham's Library in Manchester

Chetham’s Library, Chetham’s School of Music and The Stoller Hall

Manchester City Centre Historic Buildings & Sites

Chetham’s combines history, education, music and culture. The institution comprises Chetham’s library, the internationally-renowned School of Music and The Stoller...

Wordsworth Grasmere has the original manuscripts of William Wordsworth's poetry and Dorothy Wordsworth's diaries

Wordsworth Grasmere

Cumbria Museums

At Wordsworth Grasmere you can immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings which captured the poet's imagination and drove much of...

The Manchester Jewish Museum at night

Manchester Jewish Museum

Cheetham Hill Museums

Manchester Jewish Museum reopened in 2021 after a £6 million upgrade that restored its synagogue to its former glory, and...

Knowsley Safari

Prescot Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Knowsley Safari is an exciting day out for all animal-lovers – not just for kids. Who wouldn’t want to watch...

The Green Man

Lark Lane Bars

The Green Man pub opened on Lark Lane in December 2022, just in time for Christmas (and the World Cup)....

Inside the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom with its views of the Lancashire moors

Eagle & Child

Ramsbottom Restaurant - British

The Eagle & Child is famous for offering excellent Sunday lunches and award-winning pub grub in the hills above Manchester.

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Penrith Historic Buildings & Sites

Lowther Castle & Gardens is an intriguing attraction. It looks grand enough at first sight, but the castle is literally...

Canal boats outside Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne

Portland Basin Museum

Ashton-under-Lyne Museums

Step inside the restored nineteenth-century Ashton Canal Warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne and you'll find the Portland Basin Museum. With exciting, accessible...

Outside HOME in Manchester city centre

HOME

Manchester City Centre Arts Venues

With five cinemas, two theatres, a bookshop, and over 500 sqm of gallery space, HOME is one of Manchester’s biggest...

Artwork at Zap Graffiti

Zap Graffiti

Ropewalks Activities

Zap Graffiti is one of Liverpool's most unique art venues, focused on showcasing graffiti designs and even giving you the...

Colourful veggie and vegan small plates at Indian restaurant, Bundobust Leeds

Bundobust Brewery

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

A real Northern success story, the second location for Bundobust in Manchester and the fourth in the family of northern-based...

All aboard for Liverpool's Brewery Bus Tours

Brewery Bus Tours

Liverpool City Centre Tours

Liverpool’s Brewery Bus Tours are a lively ride around the city’s coolest, off-the-beaten path breweries, with up to 12 craft...

Spring flowers in the rain at Castlefield Viaduct - a new garden ran by the National Trust in Manchester city centre.

Castlefield Viaduct

Castlefield Parks & Gardens

Castlefield Viaduct is the National Trust’s newest opening in the region - and it's a bit of a departure from...

One of the walkways at Walkden Gardens in Sale.

Walkden Gardens

Sale Parks & Gardens

Walkden Gardens is a very grown up sort of park. Like a mini RHS Bridgewater ran in partnership with the...

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester City Centre Historic Buildings & Sites

Nestled at the end of Deansgate, tucked away behind the main shopping district of Manchester city centre, lies the Grade...

Enjoy a day out on a steam train with Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in the Lake District

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass Activities

The seven-mile, narrow-gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a spectacular way to explore this corner of the Lake District. It...

Things to do with kids this Easter in Manchester: the giant egg hunt at RHS Bridgewater

RHS Garden Bridgewater

Worsley Parks & Gardens

The 2021 opening of this new 154-acre garden was greeted with much excitement and long queues, and rightly so. Once a...

Golf clubs at On The Green

On The Green

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, On The Green is a laid-back virtual golfing experience accommodating both those...

The Rovers Return and famous cobbles at Coronation Street Tours, Manchester

Coronation Street Tours

Media City Tours

Coronation Street Tours gives you the chance to go behind the scenes of the long-running soap and walk those famous...

Quarry Bank Mill

Styal Historic Buildings & Sites

Quarry Bank Mill makes a change from the stately homes in pretty gardens National Trust blueprint. It’s an industrial gem...

Etherow Country Park

Romiley Parks & Gardens

If you want a woodland walk complete with den-making, wildlife, picnic spots, and beautiful views, Etherow Country Park on the...

Federal Manchester, Espresso Martini, Bar

Federal Manchester Deansgate

Spinningfields Restaurant - Global

Keeping the Northern Quarter fed and watered since 2014, five years on and Federal claimed another foothole, this time on...

Tyler the Creator at Parklife Festival in Manchester

Parklife Festival

Prestwich Festivals

It's the big one, at least for the under-25s amongst us. Parklife is a huge two-day music festival held every...

21Exterior of Northcote - the Michelin star restaurant and hotel in the Ribble Valley.

Northcote

Lancashire Restaurant - Modern British

Northcote is where chef-patron Nigel Haworth earned his stripes as an instigator of contemporary British fine dining. Today, Michelin star chef...

A group taking part in an escape room game at Breakout Manchester High Street

Breakout Manchester High Street

Manchester City Centre Activities

Breakout Manchester is a live escape room centre on High Street in Manchester. You are locked in a room with...

Lymefield Farm Shop in Broadbottom, Hyde.

Lymefield Farm Shop

Hyde Farm Shop

Get on the Hadfield train from Piccadilly, disembark at the amusingly-named Broadbottom, and walk down the road to visit Lymefield...

Love Lane Brewery

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - American

Love Lane Brewery creates beers for a new generation of beer enthusiasts. The name Love Lane comes from the craft...

Worsley Woods - a recommended place for walks near Manchester

Worsley Woods

Worsley Parks & Gardens

You can spend a pleasant few hours wandering through Worsley Woods, a 30-hectare woodland with well-marked trails, ponds, a children's...

The aquapark at Alderford Lake

Alderford Lake

Whitchurch Activities

Alderford Lake is the perfect summer day out. It’s an idyllic location but you won’t be able to sit still...

The spiral staircase at the Museum of Liverpool.

Museum of Liverpool

Albert Dock Museums

The Museum of Liverpool on Pier Head is an eclectic and diverse collection of Liverpool stuff and stories. Part of...

The Corn Exchange Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The historic Corn Exchange Manchester was built in 1837 and stands in what is known as the Medieval Quarter -...

The glass-fronted dining room at The Samling has views of Lake Windermere

The Samling

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

The Samling is a delightful lodge and fine-dining restaurant oozing exclusivity. A favourite of Hollywood celebs (like Tom Cruise), it’s...

A man indoor skydiving at iFLY Manchester

iFLY Manchester Indoor Skydiving

Trafford Park Activities

If you like the idea of skydiving but not so much the idea of jumping out of a plane, this...

Lobster thermidor as served at La Popote restaurant in Marton near Macclesfield

La Popote

Congleton Restaurant - French

This small family-owned French bistro is tucked away in pretty Marton, near Macclesfield. Heavily influenced by classical French cooking, the...

Christmas party at Sixes Social Cricket in the Corn Exchange, Manchester.

Sixes Social Cricket | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Activities

Sixes Social Cricket opened in the Corn Exchange in August 2021, bringing a different kind of sporting experience to Manchester...

Rufford Old Hall, a National Trust property close to Liverpool.

Rufford Old Hall

Lancashire Historic Buildings & Sites

Tudor house and garden Rufford Old Hall has all the classic features of a National Trust day out. Beautiful gardens,...

Pop Boutique Manchester Oldham Street

Northern Quarter Clothing

Family-run independent Pop Boutique was the first vintage store to open on retro clothing hotspot Oldham Street. It's been in...

2One of the stunning dishes served at Moor Hall, the restaurant with two Michelin stars in Aughton, Lancashire.

Moor Hall

Aughton Restaurant - Modern British

Mark Birchall, ex-head chef at L’Enclume, is chef-patron of Moor Hall, an outstanding, two Michelin star, five AA Rosette restaurant...

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

One of two Roxy Ball Room venues in Manchester, the Deansgate bar is an ideal "adult playground" perfect for parties....

Kids making pizza at Gusto

Gusto Italian Liverpool

Albert Dock Restaurant - Italian

With views of the water and a menu that should have something for pretty much everyone, Gusto Liverpool is a...

Aerial view of Beeston Castle, a historic site in Cheshire

Beeston Castle

Tarporley Historic Buildings & Sites

Beeston Castle perches atop a rocky crag, looking out over the surrounding Cheshire Plains.

Axe throwing at Boom Battle Bar

Boom Battle Bar Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Just a stone's throw away from Liverpool Lime Street station, Boom Battle Bar takes group gaming to the next level....

Heaton Park in Manchester, UK

Heaton Park

Prestwich Parks & Gardens

If you’re craving greenery but don’t want to stray too far out of the city, Heaton Park, on the Manchester-Bury...

The terrace at The Gallery Cafe at Manchester Art Gallery

The Gallery Cafe

Manchester City Centre Cafes

Not just somewhere to take the weight off after peering at all the Lowrys and Valettes, The Gallery Cafe at...

15The Parker's Arms is a homely pub serving superb modern European food in Newton-in-Bowland in Lancashire.

Parker’s Arms

Clitheroe Restaurant - European

The Parker's Arms is a homely pub, serving and baking extraordinary, modern European food.

Gaming at leveltap Liverpool

leveltap

Ropewalks Activities

leveltap is one of the latest gaming bars to arrive at Liverpool's bustling Ropewalks. Immerse yourself in enthralling modern and...

Goodison Park Stadium Tour

Everton Sports Venues

If you’re visiting Liverpool as an Everton FC fan, make sure the Goodison Park Stadium Tour is on your itinerary. 

The Whitworth is one of Manchester's leading art galleries

The Whitworth

Oxford Road Art Galleries

Any art lover’s trip to Manchester would not be complete without a morning or afternoon spent gazing at the walls...

Ice cream on the terrace at Trattoria 51 - an Italian restaurant in Southport

Trattoria 51 Southport

Southport Restaurant - Italian

Much like the seaside town itself, Trattoria 51 Southport looks its best when the sun is shining. The terrace at...

Yayoi Kusama who will be exhibiting at Manchester International Festival in 2023

Manchester International Festival

Manchester Festivals

Manchester International Festival, or MIF, is the city’s biennial arts festival. It’s two weeks of the year where you’re never...

Mayfield Park, Manchester

Mayfield Park

Piccadilly Parks & Gardens

It’s no secret that Manchester city centre is short on decent parks. The opening of Mayfield Park in September 2022 goes...

East Lancashire Railway

Bury Historic Buildings & Sites

The East Lancashire Railway has a long and rich heritage, stretching all the way back to when the first trains...

The light and airy dining room at Alderley Edge Hotel with its centrepiece: an indoor tree

Alderley Edge Hotel

Alderley Edge Restaurant - Modern British

This new incarnation of the restaurant at the Alderley Edge Hotel delivers good Modern British food in a light, airy...

The Angel at Hetton

Skipton Restaurant - British

One of the stars of TV’s The Trip with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan - and awarded a Michelin star...

TeamSport Go Karting Track with racers and red stop lights

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park

Trafford Park Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park has 450 metres of adrenaline-fuelled GP circuit and a new fleet of Biz Evo3 adult...

A taxidermy bird at The World Museum in Liverpool

World Museum

Liverpool City Centre Museums

The World Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool, is selling itself short. It’s not a World Museum, it’s an absolutely...

Spring at Tatton Park

Tatton Park

Knutsford Parks & Gardens

Tatton Park is a historic estate on the edge of Knutsford, home to an opulent neo-classical mansion, landscaped gardens, a...

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum

Oxford Road Museums

Manchester Museum reopened in February 2023 following a £15m transformation to make it more inclusive and more imaginative in how...

Federal Circle Square

Oxford Road Restaurant - Global

Federal Cafe Bar in Circle Square on Oxford Road, Manchester is a must-visit for brunch lovers. With a focus on...

Daffodils bordering the lake at Lyme Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester

Lyme Park

Stockport Historic Buildings & Sites

Lyme Park is a huge estate with a Medieval herd of red deer, stunning views and a handsome Regency house....

Character at Spooky World, a Halloween attraction at Apple Jacks, Warrington

Spooky World

Warrington Activities

Spooky World comes in three strengths of spookiness. There’s Fun by Day which is all smiling pumpkins and friendly ghosts...

Canal Street during Manchester Pride 2023.

Manchester Pride

Gay Village Festivals

Held annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Manchester Pride is a joyful, loud and proud celebration of queer identity...

Federal Northern Quarter, Brunch, French Toast, Eggs, Coffee

Federal Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

Keeping the Northern Quarter fed and watered since 2014, the first Federal is a daytime destination a stone's throw from...

Nerdvana, a Nirvana tribute band at Festwich

Festwich

Prestwich Festivals

Festwich is the music festival with all the biggest names, from The Doors to Nirvana. Ok, so they’re not the...

Breakout Liverpool

Breakout Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Activities

Work as part of a team with friends, family or work colleagues and try to escape the room you've been...

Sitting in the sun outside Pippin's Corner - a cafe on Lark Lane, Liverpool

Pippin’s Corner

Lark Lane Restaurant - European

Pippin’s Corner is a charming, family-friendly cafe-bistro that makes the most of its handsome corner spot on Lark Lane. Head...

Wray

Ambleside Historic Buildings & Sites

Wray is a great value day out near Ambleside. It’s a National Trust castle and parkland but entry is currently...

The upper level of Manchester Craft and Design Centre in the Northern Quarter

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Northern Quarter Arts Venues

Manchester Craft and Design Centre is a fantastic space to stroll around whether you’re there to buy or just to...

An events space at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester

Victoria Warehouse

Stretford Music Venues

Victoria Warehouse has been a fixture on Manchester's industrial skyline for almost a century. Once used to store cotton, it's...

Brunch at The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

Knutsford Farm Shop

Moseley Hall Farm is home to 250 cattle, over 2,500 sheep, and in the barn once used for newborn lambs...

Hathersage Swimming Pool

Hathersage Swimming

Catch the Hope Valley line train from Piccadilly to this picturesque Peak District village for a dip in Hathersage Swimming...

Fletcher Moss

Didsbury Parks & Gardens

Fletcher Moss has four outdoor, floodlit clay tennis courts which are open to everyone and accessibly priced.

Cockfields Farm at Christmas - one of our recommended Christmas days out in or near Manchester

Cockfields Farm Park

Oldham Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Cockfields Farm Park, in the countryside between Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne, is a young child’s idea of the perfect day out.

The Allotment Vegan Eatery

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Vegan

The seeds of Matthew Nutter's fine dining adventure were sown when he set out to "make veg taste better than...

13The light and airy dining room at The Forest Side - a Michelin star restaurant in Grasmere, the Lake District

The Forest Side

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel The Forest Side, owned by Lakes hotelier Andrew Wildsmith, is built on the foundations of the...

Pavement cafe dining outside Bistrot Verite in Birkdale, Southport

Bistrot Verite

Southport Restaurant - French

Bistrot Verite is a Brittany-influenced bistro with a penchant for fish. Brassy flavours meet seaside standards at this Gallic enclave...

The People's History Museum in Manchester.

People’s History Museum

Spinningfields Museums

The People’s History Museum tells the story of the development of democracy in Britain. It's the only museum in the UK...

A model ship on display in the Maritime Museum in Liverpool

Maritime Museum

Albert Dock Museums

Liverpool’s Maritime Museum is part of the National Museums Liverpool collection. As one of the country’s major ports, seafaring and...

The towering exterior of Gorton Monastery or Manchester Monastery as it's also known

Gorton Monastery

Gorton Historic Buildings & Sites

Its proper title is Manchester Monastery but most people in the city know it as Gorton Monastery. This Grade II...

Photo of Afflecks wedding taken by Phil Tragen.

Afflecks

Northern Quarter Markets

Afflecks, previously known as Afflecks Palace, is a hip indoor market spread over four floors. Established in 1982, it's a...

A girl in a VR headset at MeetspaceVR Manchester in Trafford Park

MeetspaceVR Manchester

Trafford Park Activities

MeetspaceVR Manchester is a virtual reality, immersive experience in a huge warehouse at Trafford Park. It's a place where you...

Jodrell Bank in the sun

Jodrell Bank

Macclesfield Museums

Jodrell Bank is a landmark. On a clear day, you can see its Lovell Telescope from the top of almost...

The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire

The Roebuck Inn

Mobberley Restaurant - British

Multi-award-winning pub in the Cheshire countryside. Winner of countless ‘best pub’ awards, and established in 1708, the latest incarnation of...

Ethiopian food at Kargo MKT, a food hall at Salford Quays

Kargo MKT

Salford Quays Restaurant - Global

Kargo MKT is a huge food hall in Salford Quays where 20 different street food traders ply their trade. With...

Seafood sharing platter at The Swan Inn in Cheshire

The Swan Inn

Kettleshulme Pubs

The Swan Inn is a beautiful whitewashed pub in the Cheshire countryside with a reputation for excellent fish and seafood...

Tampopo Thai Restaurant Trafford Centre Manchester

Tampopo Trafford Centre

Stretford Restaurant - Pan Asian

One of the better eating options in the sprawling domed food court hell that is The Orient is Tampopo Trafford...

Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's home in the Lake District

Rydal Mount

Ambleside Historic Buildings & Sites

Rydal Mount is the family home of William Wordsworth and it is still owned and managed by his descendants today....

The Three Fishes - Restaurant Exterior

The Three Fishes

Lancashire Restaurant - British

The Three Fishes at Mitton is in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Expect an immaculate whitewashed...

One of the dishes served at Sticky Walnut in Hoole near Chester

Sticky Walnut

Chester Restaurant - European

Located in Hoole, just outside Chester, this contemporary bistro falls under the Elite Bistros empire of chef-turned-restaurateur, Gary Usher. Having...

Royal Liver Building 360 Tour

Waterfront Tours

If you have a head for heights you can ascend to the tenth floor of the Royal Liver Building and...

Weddings at Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester.

Runway Visitor Park

Altrincham Parks & Gardens

For spine-tinglingly close views of the huge planes landing and taking off at Manchester Airport, head to the Runway Visitor...

Winter at Dunham Massey, a National Trust property near Manchester.

Dunham Massey

Altrincham Parks & Gardens

Dunham Massey is one of the National Trust’s top 10 most visited properties, bringing in 439,000 people in 2020/21. We...

18One of the dishes served at Lake Road Kitchen, the acclaimed restaurant in Ambleside in The Lake District.

Lake Road Kitchen

Cumbria Restaurant - European

A wild-maned toddler of a restaurant, bound for great things, Lake Road Kitchen is an exciting place to eat. Now...

11Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker

The White Swan at Fence

Burnley Restaurant - British

Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can...

Christmas at Flight Club, Manchester.

Flight Club Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

Flight Club is a hit in London, Birmingham and Manchester, with its primary aim (sorry) to offer a contemporary take...

The bar at Lane 7, Deansgate

Lane 7 Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Activities

Lane 7 Deansgate has bowling lanes as well as more than seven other things to do while you’re there and...

Gallery Oldham

Oldham Art Galleries

Gallery Oldham in the town’s Cultural Quarter features artworks and items from Oldham’s diverse collections alongside newly commissioned art, international...

Greater Manchester Police Museum

Northern Quarter Museums

Greater Manchester Police Museum is housed in an 1879 police station with original cells and charge office. Downstairs, you can...

Tube slides at Play Factore in Manchester

Play Factore

Trafford Park Activities

Play Factore is like a super-sized version of the traditional indoor play centre. It’s enormous; crawling through tunnels, clambering through...

The entrance to Prashad restaurant in Bradford, which is known for its vegetarian Indian food

Prashad

Bradford Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Prashad is a Gordon Ramsay-rated thrill for anyone craving Gujarati vegetarian food. Since starring on Ramsay's Best Restaurant show, the...

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

Science and Industry Museum

Castlefield Museums

Much like the once mighty industrial power of the North, Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has shrunk noticeably over the...

Burgerism at Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

Starting life in a pick-up-only kitchen just off West Ashton St and Eccles New Road in Salford, Burgerism’s “lean, mean...

Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Salford Museums

Salford Museum and Art Gallery was the UK’s first free public library when it opened in 1850. The building was...

Bolton Museum in Bolton city centre

Bolton Museum

Bolton Museums

Bolton Museum is much more than just your standard local history-focused collection. Because of its links with the cotton trade, this...

A copy of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South with tea cup on a table

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Ardwick Museums

Visitors to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House can explore the author’s home where she wrote most of her novels such as North...

Snake Woodlands, off the A57, a recommended place for walks near Manchester.

Snake Woodlands

Glossop Parks & Gardens

Not long after the road descends from the summit of the Snake Pass, you'll find an area of Forestry England...

Immersive Gamebox Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Put down those phones, switch off your screens, and, er, stand in front of another one . . .  but...

One of the burgers served at Ma Boyles - a pub and restaurant near Albert Dock in Liverpool city centre.

Ma Boyles

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant - Global

Ma Boyles, a self-described 'ale house and eatery', has been around in various guises since the mid 19th century. As...

Chill Factore

Trafford Park Activities

With 180m of downhill skiing and snowboarding, Chill Factore is the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope. And though you can’t...

Lego Batman and Lego Superman eating ice creams by Yulia Matvienko on Unsplash

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

Trafford Park Activities

Legoland Discovery Centre is Manchester’s ultimate Lego playground. If your children like building and creating with those brightly coloured blocks,...

Hot chocolate from Kenyon Hall Farm, a farm shop and cafe near Warrington

Kenyon Hall Farm

Warrington Restaurant

Kenyon Hall Farm is the perfect countryside day out all year round. From picking up a premium Fraser Fir Christmas...

One of the mains served at Old Stamp House - the Michelin star restaurant in Ambleside, the Lake District.

Old Stamp House

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Head to Ambleside's Old Stamp House for regional cooking in a heritage space by one of Cumbria's most promising chefs.

2022 09 22 Kickair child backflip

Kickair

Green Quarter Activities

Kickair, an “indoor freestyle park” behind Victoria Station, is the kind of place that fills kids (and big kids) with...

The door to 62 Nelson Street, where the Pankhurst family lived, and now the home of the Pankhurst Centre museum.

The Pankhurst Centre

Oxford Road Museums

The Pankhurst Centre is the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family. Open to the public on Thursday and...

The terrace at Nell's York Pizza at Kampus in Manchester city centre

Nell’s New York Pizza & Bar

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

This Brooklyn-style pizza joint was born out of a love of using the best ingredients with care and attention. Nell's...

Greek souvlaki kebabs from Albion Farm Shop and Cafe in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester

Albion Farm Shop and Cafe

Saddleworth Farm Shop

Head to the hills above Oldham to find this food-lover's gem. Like many proper farm shops, Albion Farm Shop and...

A cute dog at The Pumpkin Patch at Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm

The Pumpkin Patch at Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream

Altrincham Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

The area around Dunham Massey is littered with pumpkin-picking places. The Pumpkin Patch at Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream has...

10Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire

Freemasons at Wiswell

Clitheroe Restaurant - British

Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire's Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and...

Ordsall Hall in Salford

Ordsall Hall

Salford Historic Buildings & Sites

Ordsall Hall is a piece of Tudor history just a short walk from the contemporary comings and goings of Salford...

A pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor

The White Hart at Lydgate

Lydgate Restaurant - Modern British

The White Hart at Lydgate is a rustic dining pub with an excellent reputation and wine list. Located 700 feet...

Nerf AX interior, a games venue at Trafford Palazzo

Nerf Action Xperience

Trafford Park Activities

If you love charging around waving a Nerf blaster with foam ammo popping all around you, then you’re going to...

Manchester Holi Festival

Prestwich Festivals

Manchester Holi Festival 2024 might well be the city’s most colourful celebration. The Hindu spring festival celebrates love and new...

A dish served at Yu Copster Green - an acclaimed Chinese restaurant in the Ribble Valley

Yu Copster Green

Lancashire Restaurant - Chinese

Yu Copster Green (formerly known as Yu and You) is an established, upscale Chinese restaurant serving British favourites and house...

22The gardens and outdoor dining area at Arras restaurant in York.

Arras

North Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

Husband and wife team, Adam and Lovaine Humphrey have moved their modern British (ish) restaurant Arras from Sydney, Australia to...

Dine in at Tre Ciccio, Ramsbottom

Tre Ciccio Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Italian

Tre Ciccio’s Ramsbottom restaurant does much the same thing as Tre Ciccio in Altrincham - and that’s no bad thing. 

The interior of Kampai Sushi, a Japanese restaurant in Hale, Greater Manchester.

Kampai Sushi Bar

Hale Restaurant - Japanese

Kampai Sushi Bar brings an off-centre approach to Japanese cooking to Hale’s dining scene. They describe their food as ‘authentic...

The OMG 99 from the Oh My Glaze restaurant in The Trafford Centre.

Oh My Glaze

Trafford Restaurant - American

Fans of The Spinn in Gatley will be glad to hear that besties Scott Graham and actor Adam Thomas have...

The Anthologist Restaurant on St Peter's Square Manchester

The Anthologist

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

The Anthologist fits well into the cosmopolitan city vibe of the regenerated St Peter’s Square. When you step off the...

Interior of The Galloping Major Cheadle

The Galloping Major

Cheadle Restaurant - British

Three-course dining in the middle of the local park - lucky are the residents of Cheadle that they have The...

Classic fish and chips at Fosters in Alderley Edge - eat in their cafe or order to takeaway.

Fosters Fish & Chips Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Restaurant - British

Fosters Fish & Chips is an award-winning chippy in Alderley Edge that also has a branch in Bramhall. Expect cod...

Country house hotel Holbeck Ghyll has stunning views over Windermere in the Lake District.

Holbeck Ghyll

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Situated in the hills above Windermere, Holbeck Ghyll could easily claim a place in a list of the most romantic...

slyce uppermill

Slyce

Oldham Restaurant - American

Like its sister restaurant Muse next door, Slyce brings a taste of the city to the bucolic surroundings of Uppermill. 

A table laden with dishes at Holdi Woolton - an award-winning Indian restaurant in Merseyside.

Holdi Woolton

Woolton Village Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Adding to the growing list of options for quality dining in the epicurean village of Woolton is award-bagging small local...

17Inside Skosh restaurant in York which serves adventurous world-fusion food with spectacular results.

Skosh

North Yorkshire Restaurant - European

Going by name and appearances, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Skosh for a Scandi furniture shop: tables the colour of...

Ham sandwich, chips and soup as served at The Clarence - a Confidential Guides recommended pub in Bury

The Clarence

Bury Restaurant - British

The décor doesn’t stray far from the original in The Clarence - a large, comfortable pub dating back to 1905....

The Baum Rochdale

The Baum

Rochdale Restaurant - British

Situated in Rochdale’s Toad Lane conservation area, The Baum is a traditional pub that has one foot firmly in the...

8An example of the Michelin star cooking found at The Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley, Yorkshire

The Box Tree

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

While there's been a restaurant on this site for more than 50 years, owner-proprietor team Simon and Rena Gueller keep...

24One of the dishes served at plush restaurant The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms near Skipton

The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms

North Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms excels in delivering fine dining and extraordinary wine in the hills. This extremely plush...

The Goods In

Prestwich Restaurant

Just across the road from the Heaton Park tram stop is The Goods In, a newbie cafe-bar from the team...

One of the dishes served at Andrew Nutter's gastropub Bird At Birtle, on the edge of the Lancashire moors

Bird At Birtle

Birtle Restaurant - British

The big, first-floor window at the rear of Andrew Nutter's Bird At Birtle frames the moors – and this gastropub,...

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Brunswick Restaurant - European

Liverpool's acclaimed deli and restaurant Delifonseca has a loyal following thanks to its irresistible victuals from the UK and beyond.

Owens Restaurant and Bar Ramsbottom Manchester Roast Dinner

Owens Restaurant & Bar

Ramsbottom Restaurant - British

Owens Restaurant & Bar is a popular place in Ramsbottom, just opposite the train station and handy for a family...

Exterior of the Strawbury Duck, a traditional country pub with rooms in Entwistle, Bolton

The Strawbury Duck

Bolton Restaurant - British

The Strawbury Duck is a traditional country pub near Entwistle reservoir with a solid reputation amongst Boltonians for its home-cooked...

20Eel as served at Jöro - the Nordic-inspired, acclaimed restaurant in Sheffield.

Jöro

South Yorkshire Restaurant - Scandi

Offering Nordic-inspired fine dining inside a shipping container, Jöro has secured accolades galore, including a clutch of AA Rosettes and...

The Rivals, Manchester City Centre

The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Modern British

When The Rivals opened in 2017, it was the first time in a long time that The Royal Exchange Theatre...

Chaology in Manchester Ancoats offers traditional Japanese tea and sweets in a peaceful environment

Chaology

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Japanese

Specialising in Japanese tea and sweets, Chaology provides a unique experience in Manchester with a strict focus on quiet and...

Lobster Roll - Muse Uppermill

Muse

Oldham Restaurant - Global

Local favourite Muse is an urban cocktails and small plates-style place up in the hills beyond Oldham, from the same...

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