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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...

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 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...

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...

Inside the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester city centre

Royal Exchange Theatre

Manchester City Centre Theatres

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre is an exciting clash of modernity and history and the same can be said of its...

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...

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...

Pear Mill Vintage Emporium

Pear Mill Vintage Emporium

Stockport Markets

The beauty of this place is that you never quite know what you’ll find, from ancient artefacts to military uniforms...

Dunham Massey - a National Trust property with parkland and gardens near Altrincham

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...

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...

Sale Water Park in Manchester where Open Swim UK is based

Openswim UK

Sale Swimming

If you want to go swimming at Sale Water Park, the safest way is with Openswim UK. They hold casual...

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...

Splash World in Southport

Splash World

Southport Activities

Splash World in Southport is an inclusive family-friendly water park. It offers a range of attractions but is perhaps more...

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...

Hot chocolate with marshmallow at Knoops, Manchester.

Knoops Manchester

Manchester City Centre Cafes

Knoops Manchester is a chocoholic’s dream. Rather than just ordering a hot chocolate, choose the percentage, the origin and the...

Hyde Leisure Pool

Hyde Activities

If you're looking for a pool with a waterslide in Manchester, you've got two options: Grand Central in Stockport and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent is worth the drive

Waterworld

Stoke-on-Trent Activities

Waterworld is Facebook-famous - everyone's been and everyone raves about it. It's not cheap but when you compare it to...

Dancers at Born Free, a sober conscious dance night at The Resonance Centre in Clayton, Manchester

The Resonance Centre

Clayton Therapeutic Services

If you're interested in exploring holistic therapies and alternative ways of treating stress, The Resonance Centre in Clayton is well...

The plush interior of cinema Everyman Manchester St John's

Everyman Manchester St John’s

Manchester City Centre Cinemas

With its red velvet seats, waiter service, and ultra stylish bar and cafe, Everyman Manchester St John’s is a far...

The Taylor Swift fan shop at Red Brick Market in Liverpool.

Red Brick Market

Baltic Triangle Markets

If you love thrifting, vintage clothes, handmade jewellery, secondhand vinyl, charming curios, retro homeware, old comics, and the like, you...

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...

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...

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...

Love Lane Brewery

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - Global

The name Love Lane Brewery comes from the craft beer, first brewed in a converted railway arch at Liverpool’s Love...

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...

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...

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.

A lady dressed as a warden holding a fire bucket at Stockport Air Raid Shelter

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Stockport Museums

Stockport Air Raid Shelters were the largest purpose built air-raid shelters in the country, originally designed to provide shelter to...

Puppy having cuddles at Paws Yoga

Paws Yoga

Castlefield Activities

Two things that are guaranteed to release endorphins: puppies and yoga. Paws Yoga combines the two, and was the first...

Clampdown Records

Piccadilly Record Shops

The shopfront of Clampdown Records must be one of the most recognisable in Manchester, and not just because it’s been...

Girls getting ready to skate at Paradise Skate World, Manchester.

Paradise Skate World

Manchester City Centre Activities

Paradise Skate World is a cosmic-themed roller skating bar for grown-ups (and teenagers at certain times of the day). It’s...

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...

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....

Inside Newsham Scream Park - a recommended Halloween thing to do in Liverpool

Newsham Scream Park

Tuebrook Activities

Once an orphanage and later an asylum, the derelict Newsham Park Hospital has been attracting ghost hunters and urban explorers...

Doctor Duncan's - pub in Liverpool

Doctor Duncan’s

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Doctor Duncan’s is named after Britain’s first Medical Health Officer, William Henry Duncan, who was born and raised in Liverpool....

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...

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...

Man gaming at Point Blank Shooting

Point Blank Shooting Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Activities

Point Blank Shooting is a virtual shooting range and bar. Designed to see if you're a sharpshooter, the many levels...

One of the floatation pods at Float Level, a holistic therapy in Manchester.

Float Level

Ancoats Therapeutic Services

The benefits of floatation tanks include better mental health, a reduction in aches and pains, and a deep feeling of...

Point Blank Shooting Manchester

Point Blank Shooting Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Point Blank Shooting is an interactive virtual shooting range designed to test yours and your teammates quick-draw skills.

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 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...

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...

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.

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...

David Nicholls, Manchester Literature Festival 2024

Manchester Literature Festival

Manchester City Centre Festivals

Manchester Literature Festival has grown considerably in size and stature since it debuted back in 2006. Held annually in October,...

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 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...

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...

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...

One of the swimming pools and the spectator stands at Manchester Aquatics Centre in Manchester.

Manchester Aquatics Centre

Oxford Road Swimming

Manchester Aquatics Centre is open once again, following an 18-month closure for an extensive refurbishment and upgrade. The new centre...

Man with VR Headset from Unsplash

DNA VR

Manchester City Centre Activities

DNA VR is a virtual reality arcade with three different gameplay options. You can communicate with your friends through the...

USwim Salford Quays

Media City Swimming

The idea of voluntarily getting into the oily, cone-strewn waters of Salford Quays would once have filled us with horror....

Pizza and chicken at roxy ballroom manchester deansgate

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....

One of the crazy golf courses at Junkyard Golf in Manchester

Junkyard Golf Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Junkyard Golf is Manchester’s original crazy crazy golf. There are imitators and imposters but this was the city’s first day-glo,...

Statue of a woman reading at Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library

Manchester City Centre Libraries

Officially, The Lowry is the most visited attraction in Greater Manchester, but only because the official list for some reason...

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...

The Cunard Building in Liverpool - one of the Three Graces and home of the British Music Experience

The British Music Experience

Albert Dock Museums

Head to The Cunard Building, one of the Three Graces that form Liverpool's iconic waterfront to find The British Music...

The swimming pool at Pace Health Club and Nu Spa in the Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Manchester city centre.

Pace Health Club & Nu Spa

Green Quarter Spas

The Pace Health Club & Nu Spa sits inside the Park Inn by Radisson hotel, on the edge of the city...

Chaos Karts interior, an activity in Manchester

Chaos Karts

Spinningfields Activities

Chaos Karts puts you in the driving seat of an immersive augmented reality experience, bringing real-life karting and gaming together.

Discover a leisure pool with 18 slides at Blackpool's Sandcastle Waterpark.

Sandcastle Waterpark

Blackpool Swimming

Sandcastle Waterpark is almost as much of a part of Blackpool’s South Shore scenery as the Pleasure Beach with primary-coloured...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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 gym floor at Manchester Academy of Gymnastics

Manchester Academy of Gymnastics

Salford Activities

Manchester Academy of Gymnastics offers gymnastics to adults and children, boxing for anyone over ten, and parkour.

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...

Immersive Gamebox Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

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

The Ship & Mitre, a city centre pub in Liverpool

The Ship & Mitre

Liverpool City Centre Bars

The Ship & Mitre is an imposing pub with some lovely Art Deco touches both inside and out. There are...

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...

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...

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....

The Cube Live at Urban Playground Manchester

Urban Playground Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Urban Playground Manchester is the place to go for an adrenaline-fuelled, ultra-competitive night out. Located in Manchester Arndale, it brings...

Rare books at Liverpool Central Library.

Liverpool Central Library

Liverpool City Centre Libraries

Liverpool Central Library looks like another example of impressive Victorian architecture at first (the city is full of them) but...

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...

Salford Lads Club, a recommended wedding venue in Manchester.

Salford Lads Club

Salford Historic Buildings & Sites

Boxing has been taught at Salford Lads Club since it opened back in 1903. The founders, the Groves brothers, wanted...

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...

Dance Dance Revolution at NQ64, Manchester

NQ64

Northern Quarter Activities

Return to your youth and relieve the stresses and strains of adult life by whacking baddies Double Dragon-style or jumping...

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...

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...

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