With an ideal location in the middle of England, an extensive network of roads and motorways and a major international airport, Manchester makes a great base from which to explore other areas of the UK. Even if you are not planning on heading too far afield from the ‘capital of the North’, there are plenty of towns, villages and even smaller cities that are within an easy drive or perhaps even a train ride from the city centre.
With stately manor homes run by the National Trust, beautiful countryside, and more to explore just a short distance from this amazing city, we’ve put together a list of some of the best destinations for day trips from Manchester.
Liverpool is located west of Manchester, and can easily be accessed by rail or car. The birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is one of the most famous and frequently visited cities in the UK, with a stunning port and docks, interesting museums and heritage sites, and plenty of great shopping opportunities. Visit iconic landmarks such as Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane, or explore the rebuilt Cavern Club. Beatles fans will definitely love this city, but even if you’re not a fan, there are plenty of great things to do. Parking in the city can be very expensive so for cheaper options why not visit www.yourparkingspace.co.uk.
Salford and the Lowry
Only five kilometres west of central Manchester, Salford is a city within its own right, with a university, plenty of shopping at the Lowry Outlet, and Salford Quays, which is home to a wide range of events and other attractions. For those who are planning to explore around the Manchester area but don’t want to venture too far, Salford can be a great destination, with a range of things to see and do including museums and local history centres, the iconic artwork of local L.S. Lowry, and a variety of different restaurants and dining opportunities. When travelling to the area consider using the Manchester train network, with more information available at www.metrolink.co.uk.
Just over an hour’s drive away from the centre of Manchester, Southport is a popular UK seaside town which makes a perfect destination for a summer day out. With plenty of things to do whether you’re visiting on your own, with friends, or as a family, Southport is a traditional UK seaside town with a pier and plenty of attractions. You’ll also find a variety of shops and locally run businesses, along with no shortage of places to eat, whether you want a traditional fish and chips or are looking to dine in a swanky restaurant. For a comprehensive list of attractions in Southport have a look at www.visitsouthport.com.
Located only half an hour away from the centre of Manchester, this pretty market town has plenty of artistic and cultural links, and is home to many talented buskers and other artists. Birthplace of international pop star Ed Sheeran, Hebden Bridge is also the resting place of renowned American poet, Sylvia Plath. With plenty of things to see and do including a range of independent shops, restaurants and more, Hebden Bridge is a great destination to explore from Manchester.
Thanks to its central location and great transport links, Manchester is an awesome base for exploring the UK.