Excursions from Manchester: the best day trips around Manchester

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Martí Micolau

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Manchester is an ideal tourist destination for combining art, culture, music and football! Located in the North West of England, it is a modern and vibrant city with many interesting surroundings not to be missed. You will be spoiled for choice between nature, art and culture.
Here the best day trips around Manchester!


  1. Liverpool
  2. Blackpool
  3. Southport
  4. Chester
  5. Peak District - National Park
  6. Jorvik
  7. Yorkshire Dales National Park
  8. User questions and comments

1 - Liverpool

Liverpool is 55 miles from Manchester, the city of the unforgettable Beatles. If you happen to be in this delightful port city, you will fully experience the life of the four guys who have forever revolutionized the history of music.
From their statues in the Albert Dock pedestrianized port area to timeless Matthew Street with its legendary Cavern Club, every day from morning until night you can listen to excellent live music and have fun. There is also the Beatles Story museum (book your ticket online) and with the Magical Mystery Tour there is a strictly Beatles themed bus that will take you to all the symbolic attractions of the life and songs of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

This city also hosts two wonderful cathedrals, the Anglican and the Catholic, and the wonderful monument of the Three Graces with the Royal Liver Building where the Liver Birds stand out, the symbolic birds of Liverpool, the Cunard Building and the Port building which testifies to the maritime grandeur of Great Britain. A sparkling town full of life!

  • Range: 55,3 km
  • 55,3 km away, 1 hour 3 min by car via M62; also accessible by train with the Transpennine Express from Manchester Victoria (takes approx.50 minutes, £ 15,00 one way / € 17,00) - Get directions
  • Cavern Club Monday to Wednesday and Sunday from 10:00 to 00:00; Thursday until 1:30 am; Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am. Magical Mystery Tour from 10:00 to 16:00. Anglican Cathedral from 8:00 to 18:00. La Cattolica from 7:30 to 18:00 - more info on 10 Must-See Things in Liverpool
  • Cavern from 10am to 00pm free then costs range from £ 12 to £ 00 (approximately £ 2,50 to £ 6,00). Magical Mystery Tour £ 3,00 (€ 7). Free Cathedrals - more on 00 Must See Things in Liverpool
  • Liverpool: The Beatles Story Ticket

2 - Blackpool

73 km north-west of Manchester, it is located right on the west coast of England overlooking the Irish Sea. A city in which there is no lack of entertainment and lively nightlife thanks to numerous performances of dance, theater, concerts and funfair. The sea then makes it an extraordinary setting with a unique panorama, ideal for a mini vacation. How not to mention Pleasure Beach with its roller coaster and its waterfront. Among the main attractions we find the Blackpool Tower, similar to the Eiffel Tower of Paris, the Tower Eye, the giant Ferris wheel, the Tower Ballroom, the Tower Dungeons and the Tower Circus. If you have time, we recommend that you visit Fleetwood Market for some healthy and fun shopping. In short, this city is ideal for a trip out of town in the name of relaxation and pure entertainment for the whole family!

  • Range: 73,7 km
  • 73,7 km - 1 hour 8 min by car via M61; by train from Manchester Piccadilly with the northern (takes approx 1 hour, from £ 8.50 / € 9,08) - Get directions
  • Blackpool Tower, Tower Eye, Tower Ballroom, Tower Dungeons, Tower Circus from 10am to 00pm (times vary depending on individual shows and attractions). More info on the official website
  • from £ 5.95 to £ 61,00 depending on the shows and the attraction to visit (from € 6,00 to € 68,00 approximately). More info on the official website

3 - Southport

Located 60km southwest of Manchester, it is a coastal city located on the Irish Sea. Besides one splendid coastal panorama, offers great examples of architecture that you can admire in Southport Town Gardend, Southport Pier, Kings Gardens, The Ribble Building, Promenade Hospital, Hesketh Park, The Round House and the statue of Queen Victoria. The strong point of the city is golf with its Royal Birkdale Golf Club: not for nothing it is called the capital of English golf.
Among the most touristic golf courses we recommend Hillside Golf Club, Hesketh Golf Club and Links in High Park but be careful, best to book the course in advance! As for entertainment, don't miss the Southport Theater and Convention Center where many shows are staged. Formby Beach is certainly one of the most beautiful and relaxing outdoor attractions, especially for families wishing to organize a nice picnic in the picnic areas and for those wishing to photograph the high sand dunes with stunning views of the Irish Sea.

  • Range: 60 km
  • 60 km away - 1 hour 13 min by car via M6; by train from Manchester Victoria with the northern (takes approx 1hr 45mins, from £ 13.20 each way / € 11,99) - Get directions
  • for Royal Birkdale Golf Club it is necessary to book by email - info on the official website. Hillside Golf Club on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00; Tuesdays and Wednesdays vary depending on the competition; Saturday until 15:30 pm; Sunday from 12:00 to 14:00. Hesketh Golf Club from 8:30 am to 16:30 pm Monday to Friday. Southport Theater 11am - 00pm excluding Sundays
  • Hillside Golf Club from £ 85,00 to £ 180,00 depending on the season (from € 95,00 to € 202,00 approximately). For Hesketh Golf Clun visit the official website.

4 - Chester

Located 59km from Manchester on the border between England and Wales, on the banks of the River Dee in the county of Cheshire. The peculiarity of this city is being surrounded by Roman and medieval walls more than 3 km long: the city was in fact founded by the Romans who invaded this territory and who gave rise to what still remains intact today (such as the ancient roads).

The best way to visit the city is to take a nice walk along its walls visiting its marvelous amphitheater, the largest in the whole of the United Kingdom, and the Dewa Roman Experience, the archaeological museum. Continue your tourist trip admiring the beautiful cathedral and the zoo where you can observe many animal and exotic species at risk of extinction. Remaining on the theme of nature, the city gardens in the Delamere Forest and boat cruises on the River Dee are also unmissable. Another wonderful attraction is the Rows district made up of houses, shops and clubs built on two levels, a very suggestive and particular part of the city, unique in the whole of Great Britain.

  • Range: 59,7 km
  • 59,7 km - 1 hour drive via M56; also accessible by train from Manchester Victoria with the northern (takes 50 min, £ 7.50 each way / € 6,81) - Get directions
  • Dewa Roman from Monday to Saturday at 9: 00-17: 00, Sunday from 10:00. Cathedral from Monday to Saturday 9: 00-17: 00, Sunday 11: 45-16: 00. Zoo every day from 10: 00-17: 00. Cruise every day from 11: 00-16: 00
  • Dewa Roman £ 4,25 for children, £ 5,95 for adults (approximately € 5,00 to € 7,00). Free Cathedral. Zoo from £ 15,00 to £ 21,00 depending on the day and time chosen (from € 17 to € 00 approximately). Cruise starting from £ 24,00 (€ 7,00 approximately)
  • From Manchester: Chester Sightseeing Day Trip by Train Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

5 - Peak District - National Park

A 36 km from Manchester is located a wonderful green lung formed by caves, hills, rivers and moors. This was Britain's first national park and is a unique and sensational place to explore. The park is loved by thousands of Brits and tourists looking for both relaxation and adventure.

In the area you can also admire suggestive villages and typical houses and participate in numerous events; popular mansions include Renishaw Hall, Haddon Hall and Chatsworth. The park, specifically, was inaugurated in 1951 and it is located south of the Pennini Mountains also including the hills of White Peak and the moors of Dark Peak: among the main activities we recommend trekking, mountain biking, climbing and horse riding and many others that you can also share with the whole family!

  • Range: 36,2 km
  • it is 36,2 km away - 1 hour 6 min by car along the A623 and A6; also accessible by train from Manchester Piccadilly on the Transpennine Express to Buxton (takes 1hr 33min, £ 12.20 / € 11,08) - Get directions
  • open 24 hours a day
  • free
  • From Manchester: Chatsworth House Day Trip by train

6 - Jorvik

It is a museum and archaeological park founded in 1984 by the York Archaeological Troitus. It is located in York, a city that between the ninth and tenth centuries was the capital of a Viking kingdom: the neighboring territory at the time was called Jorvik, the same name with which the museum dedicated to the Scandinavian culture of York is now called. where is it ancient archaeological finds and interactive material are kept to get to know the history of the real Viking settlements, how their days were spent and even feel the scents and sounds characteristic of that era. Among the most incredible finds are animal bones, shells, oysters, porcelain and bricks from Roman and medieval times, and the time machine that "travels" into the past to make you fully discover the life of York over the centuries.

  • Range: 102 km
  • it is 102 km away - 1 hour 32 minutes by car along the A664; also accessible by train from Manchester Victoria with the Transpennine Express (takes 1 hour 14 min, £ 11.20 / € 10,00) - Get directions
  • from 10:00 to 16:00 in autumn / winter, until 17:00 in spring / summer
  • adults £ 10,25, children aged 5-16 £ 7,25 (€ 11,51- € 8,14), families of 4 or 5 people £ 30,95 and £ 32,95 (€ 34,77- € 37,00)
  • From Manchester: York, Cathedral and Vikings Day Trip by train

7 - Yorkshire Dales National Park

Established in 1954, this park is one of the major natural attractions in England. It is characterized by hills, mountains, river valleys dug over the centuries and swampy and pasture areas, by rivers that flow in the valleys and by wonderful waterfalls such as Aysgath and Hardraw.

An extraordinary territory dominated by greenery, where you can find numerous paths for cycling and walking such as Pennine Way, Dales Way, and the Ribble Way. For cycling we recommend the 210km Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way. Anyhow, there are information centers scattered along all access roads and within the park such as Richmond, Leyburn, Pateley Bridge, Kirby Stephen, ReethHawes, Malham, Grassington, Skipton, Settle, Ingleton and Sedbergh.

  • Range: 111 km
  • 111 km away - 2 hours by car along the A664 - Get directions; the train from Manchester Piccadilly with the Transpennine Express is not recommended, it makes several changes and takes more than 4 hours
  • 24 hours a day
  • free
  • Yorkshire Dales day tour from Manchester

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