Explore from Manchester North West Explorer
Includes hotel accommodation in Manchester and four days of rail travel in the North West England region.
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Visit the North West and Yorkshire from the cosmopolitan city of Manchester. From the stunning Lake District national park to the famous seaside town of Blackpool. Included with the Explorer ticket is a hotel stay in Manchester which you can tailor to your needs from 5 nights onward. Take a look at our recommended trip itinerary to help you get the most from your stay.
Arrive in Manchester and check in to your comfortable hotel for your five night stay. Read more
Today, take the frequent service to Liverpool to explore this vibrant city which has so much to offer. As the hometown of the Beatles, many visitors come to follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four, and the Beatles Story is an excellent place to learn the history of arguably the 'best band in the world'. Situated in the Albert Dock, this fantastic visitor attraction follows John, Paul, George and Ringo from their early beginnings to global Beatlemania. Explore some of the city’s world class museums and art galleries, visit Anfield or Goodison Park or take a ferry across the Mersey! Read more
This morning head north to Windermere, a journey which takes approximately two hours and travels via Lancaster, Preston or Oxenholme. The village of Windermere grew around the Windermere railway station, about a mile and a half from the lake. Enjoy a steady stroll down to the waterfront for glorious views over the shimmering water. Bowness-on-Windermere, situated directly on the lakeshore, is the Lake District’s most popular holiday resort, and it's a renowned centre for boating activities. Take the ferry across the lake to visit some of the other resorts which dot the shore - Ambleside is one of the most popular destinations. At the southern end is the lakeside station of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and also the Aquarium of the Lakes, where visitors can learn about all the types of fresh water creatures that live in and around lakes across the world. Read more
Today’s destination is Chester; an incredible walled city with a history spanning many centuries. Chester began its life as a Roman fort and has evolved into a city which effortlessly blends the historic and the contemporary. Modern shops, housed in the historic Rows area of Chester sit alongside the Roman amphitheatre, the largest excavated amphitheatre in the UK. To find out more about Roman Chester you can visit Dewa Roman Museum or The Grosvenor Museum to learn more about the Roman way of life. Another option is the cathedral - why not climb to the top of the tower for a bird's eye view of Chester? See one city, two countries and five counties from the top of the tower, and climb through centuries of history. Read more
Cross the Pennines today through stunning scenery on the way to Leeds, a journey of under an hour. This is an extremely popular route on the Trans-Pennine Express and up to seven trains an hour pass through the rolling hills which separate North West England from Yorkshire. Leeds itself is a bustling, lively city renowned for its shops and bars. Take your pick from grand department stores to the more eclectic shops housed in the Corn Exchange, and relax following a busy morning in one of the city’s many restaurants. For those wanting a little culture, take a peek at the centrally-located Leeds Art Gallery or the Royal Armouries, which showcases the national collection of arms, armour, and artillery. Hide
Rail Package Information
The North West Explorer allows you to travel between Manchester and many destinations in North West including Liverpool, Chester, Southport, Blackpool, Lancaster, Windermere, Penrith, Leeds and the Pennines.
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Time Restrictions:Rail tickets are available for travel on trains timed to depart after 08:45am Mondays to Fridays and at any time on weekends and bank holidays.
Using your ticket:Tickets are valid for 4 days within a 8 day period. When a passenger needs to validate a ticket, the date of travel should be completed in black ink using numerical values only for 'Day' and 'Month' e.g. 07 09 for travel from 7th September. The ticket will need validating before the first journey of the first day of travel.
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