Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire are the north-west counties of England. Included in the area are Merseyside/Liverpool, and the cities of Greater Manchester and Blackpool.
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Manchester,where sleek modern buildings now vie with monuments to the Victorian age, provides fashionable shopping, trendy bars and clubs, and stylish entertainment. The gothic town hall provides eye candy while the Museum of Science and Industry is a full dayís attraction for the family. Several other museums and the cathedral add to the attractions.
Merseyside/Liverpool is the city of Liverpool and its surrounding area. Liverpool is familiar as the birthplace of the legendary Beatles and home of the Liverpool Football Club. Its early fame and fortune were made as the country's main transatlantic trading port in the 18th century, a fact Liverpool celebrates in its numerous museums and fine municipal buildings. Be sure to visit the Maritime Museum at the Albert Dock. Two cathedrals add to the list of attractions.
Cumbriaís landscape is diverse. The Lake District National Park, one of Englandís most beautiful regions, is the best known part of this county for its scenic lakes and mountains. Quiet pastoral countryside, valleys, woodlands and coastal scenery add to the mix. Historic market towns have much of interest.
There are gardens, castles, historic mills, and museums. Cumbria is known for its connection to Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and William Wordsworth. There are so many attractions in Cumbria that we have created a website all its own for Cumbria. Go to The Cumbria Directory for everything you want to discover about the county.
Lancashireís Ribble valley with its hundreds of square miles of countryside is a major attraction of the county. Coastal areas, the Forest of Bowland, and the historic towns and villages make up this intriguing area of north-west England. Lancaster, the county town, is a busy place. Itís worth a trip for the historic Norman castle and priory church. Historic homes, churches and abbey ruins are other attractions.
The seaside city of Blackpool is one of Englandís entertainment capitals with its piers, promenade and leisure centres. Its 518 foot high tower has been a skyline site. Sandy beaches are great for family holidays.
Thereís much to see in the small county of Cheshire. Among its treasures are its gardens and the famous black and white Little Moreton Hall. Other historic homes include Arley, Bramhall, Tabley, Capesthorne, and Gawsworth. The county town, Chester, is noted for its black and white houses. Itís also home to museums and a cathedral.
Blackpool Tower photo courtesy Lancashire Tourism.
Other photos by Barbara Ballard. Reminder: all photos on the website are copyright and may not be used without written permission.