Experience a self-drive like no other with five days in Manchester, Liverpool, The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and Newcastle.
Manchester Manchester and nearby Salford have a excellent choice of attractions, museums and galleries. Manchester is a city which lies in the Industrial Revelations heartland, where old working canals now sparkle with quayside cafes and contemporary museums. Park your car and explore the city on foot, enjoy some retail therapy at one of the numerous boutiques and centres or explore a number of fascinating museums and art galleries including the Whitwork Art Gallery which was the 2015 Museum of the Year. Football fans can admire 140,000 objects at the National Football Museum or enjoy an evening show at the Royal Exchange Theatre. History buffs can immerse themselves in insightful exhibitions at the nearby Imperial War Museum North or for a large selection of restaurants pursue China town’s wide range.
Manchester – Liverpool A short drive west of Manchester, Liverpool is officially the World Capital of Pop and Beatles Fans will be in heaven with the history present in this charming city. Stroll down Penny Lane or get your cameras ready for Strawberry Field, the children’s home made well known with John Lennon’s song Strawberry Fields Forever. Take a trip back through memory lane on guided tours of the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney or rock out at the world famous Cavern Club. Albert Dock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and full of fascinating attractions including the Merseyside Maritime Museum here you can discover the untold story of the Titanic. Enjoy an evening at the Philharmonic Hall or dine at one of Hope Street’s renowned restaurants.
Liverpool – Lake District National Park Drive an hour and 30 minutes up north to Lake District National Park. Along the way call in at Preston or Lancaster, and explore these charming English towns. The Lake District National Park is home to glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic associations. This magical aura has inspired generations of artists, poets and writers. The World of Beatrix Potter tells the story of the famous children’s author, or Rydal Mount and Gardens was home to 18th century poet William Wordsworth. This beautiful area is overflowing with natural beauty and history so be sure to explore it at length.
Lake District National Park – Newcastle Today’s journey north takes in the A686, which was named ‘One of the Greatest Drives in Britain’ owing to the dramatic scenery of the Pennines encountered along this route. Hadrian’s Wall should not be missed, a perfect example of ancient Roman architecture. Stop at Vindolanda, and witness the live archaeological site or wander the museum packed full of fascinating Roman artefacts. On your way to Newcastle, take a detour along the coast to Bambrugh Castle. Sitting on an outcrop of ancient volcanic rock, it is a majestic site of power and history passed. Continue back down the coast to Newcastle upon Tyne.
Newcastle The day is yours to explore Newcastle, a city located on the rive Tyne. Visit the Laing Art Gallery or explore Quayside with spectacular views of the Tyne and its bridges. Grainger Town with its sweeping neoclassical thoroughfares and grand monuments is home to shopping in Newcastle. Cross the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and visit the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, one of Europe’s largest galleries located in an old Baltic flour mill. Dine at the rooftop restaurant, famed for its superb food and views.