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Northwest itinerary for groups
Day 1: Chester
AM: Depart from Manchester Piccadilly to Chester, duration of journey is approx. 1 hour.
Only 20 minutes walk from Chester railway station you will come across Chester Boat - River Cruises. These sightseeing cruises are a great way to appreciate the beauty and character of ancient Chester. The Lady Diana and Mark Twain showboats are fully enclosed and offer hot and cold beverages onboard. However, if you prefer to stay on dry land, take a Roman soldier escorted tour of the city to learn about the early history.
PM: If you are lucky enough to arrive in Chester on one of the famous race days then head to Chester Racecourse dressed to impress. The thudding of the horses on the turf is echoed by the thud of the chariot racing and the marching of the gladiators and centurions, a fitting tribute to Chester's Roman heritage.
Stay at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Spa, one of the city's exclusive, world-renowned hotels offering a luxury spa experience and award-winning dining.
For more information on Chester: www.visitchester.com
Day 2: Liverpool
AM: Depart Chester for the 45 minute journey to Liverpool.
Upon arriving in Liverpool, head to the Albert Dock, where numerous attractions are waiting to be explored. The Tate Liverpool offers modern and contemporary art from 1900 to present. During gallery opening hours, the Tate offers a comprehensive tour and talks programme for any group, large or small. Afterwards, head to The Beatles Story and discover the fascinating history of the famous 'fab four'. The world-famous museum devoted to John, Paul, George and Ringo documents the Beatles' rise to fame through the living history audio guide, available in seven languages.
PM: Check out the latest addition to Liverpool's shopping quarters at Liverpool ONE, offering more than 160 famous high street stores, ultra-hip fashion brands, cool independent boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Afterwards take time out to visit The Leisure Terrace overlooking Chavasse Park, the restaurants and cafes there offer the perfect retreat from a hard day's shopping.
In the evening, either take the 50 minute train journey back to Manchester or visit one of Liverpool's impressive theatres. The city's portfolio includes the Empire, Everyman and Playhouse theatres and with a range of classic and modern plays, there'll be something to suit every group.
For more information on Liverpool: www.visitliverpool.com
Day 3: The Lake District
AM: Depart for the Lake District from Manchester Piccadilly to Oxenholme, with a journey time of just over one hour.
The Lake District is the most famous National Park in England. With its inspiring landscapes of mountains and lakes, pretty villages, waterfalls - it is the perfect place to tour or enjoy fell or mountain walking. This beautiful scenery has been inspiration to writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.
Upon arriving discover the real Miss Potter at the World of Beatrix Potter, the only Beatrix Potter themed attraction in Europe. The attraction includes all 23 tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells
Afterwards why not head to the home of another famous inhabitant. The Wordsworth Trust was once the inspirational home of William Wordsworth between 1799 and 1808. Visit his beautiful Lakeland Cottage, glimpse important artworks and experience a wide range of special events and exhibitions that run throughout the year
PM: Head to Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District and take a trip on England's largest lake. Windermere Lake Cruises offer boat rides from 45 minutes to three hours or alternatively spend all day on and around the lake with their fantastic 'Freedom of the Lake' ticket. The cruises have a large fleet of modern and traditional launches and 'steamers' with sailings everyday from Bowness, Lakeside and Ambleside.
For more information go to www.golakes.co.uk
Day 4: Lancashire & Blackpool
AM: Depart from the Lake District and head towards Blackpool, duration of journey is approx. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Upon arriving in Blackpool, see some familiar faces at the recently refurbished Louis Tussaud's Waxworks. Visitors will find themselves mixing with a host of famous and infamous faces.
When lunchtime beckons experience the sumptuous elegance of High Tea in the Tower Ballroom. Afterwards put on your dancing shoes and take to the floor to the sounds of the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. If you're not feeling energetic, sit back and watch the award winning Tower Circus and let the acrobats do all the hard work!
PM: Spend the afternoon discovering the area of Morecambe. Situated on the edge of the famed Morecambe Bay, it is once again becoming one of the nation's best loved seaside resorts. Whilst there, visit the Morecambe Winter Gardens, which were originally built in 1897. Check out the extensive list of events they have planned from lively pantomime to spooky overnight paranormal investigations! Continue your exploration with a walk along the Promenade, where you'll soon come upon the famous Eric Morecambe Statue.
In the evening no visit to Blackpool would be complete without a visit to one of Blackpool's fabulous shows. However, if you're visiting during the Illuminations period, a drive down the 'prom' is a must before you head back to Manchester.
For more information: www.visitlancashire.com