North West

From magnificent houses and mighty castles, to stunning coastline and dramatic landscapes, there’s plenty to explore in the North West.

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Roaring twenties

Dress up for the roaring 20s at Lyme Park

Learn to dance the Charleston, make a cocktail or step out in a costume from the 1920s… just some of the things you can do this winter at Lyme Park. The exhibition theme is the result of Lyme's role as The Big House in the recent BBC TV drama series, ‘The Village’ which was set in the 1920s. Go on, take a trip to the roaring twenties... 

Planning a wedding?

Quarry Bank provides an unique setting for your wedding or reception © Nicola Thompson Photography

Quarry Bank provides an unique setting for your wedding or reception

One of the North West’s most unique wedding venues, Quarry Bank, has set a date for couples to visit. Open day - Saturday 29 November. See their amazing blend of historic buildings, woodland, gardens and meadows.

Start your shopping...

Lyme Park’s shop is stocked up ready for Christmas © National Trust

Lyme Park’s shop is stocked up ready for Christmas

Avoid the crowds and enjoy an alternative Christmas shopping experience on the 28 November in the stunning surroundings of Lyme Park.

Meet Father Christmas

Will you pay Father Christmas a visit this year? © David Levenson

Will you pay Father Christmas a visit this year?

He's very busy this year, but you'll get to see him at Speke Hall, Rufford Old Hall, Quarry Bank, Lyme Park, Sizergh and Acorn Bank.

Winter gardens

Dunham’s winter garden is a great place to escape to at this time of year © National Trust

Dunham’s winter garden is a great place to escape to at this time of year

It's one of the best times to visit a garden, whether it's to stroll, relax or take in a little bit of nature. Wrap up warm and try Dunham Massey or Sizergh.

A traditional Christmas

Rekindle the magic this Christmas © National Trust

Rekindle the magic this Christmas

If you want to experience a traditional country house Christmas, try Speke Hall in Liverpool. Think huge handmade greenery garlands, carols in the background, a giant tree and tasting sugar mice.

Take a break. Just here...

Keep warm in a Berber tent with a log burner at Low Wray campsite © David Hamer

Keep warm in a Berber tent with a log burner at Low Wray campsite

It’s the perfect time to relax in the Lake District - whether that means taking to the fells, or watching the world go by next to a log burner. We’ve 18 cosy holiday cottages and three beautiful campsites to choose from.

Bickerton Hill

Bickerton HIll basks in a blaze of autumnal glow © Chris Widger

At Bickerton Hill we’re working to restore the lowland heath - it's one of the world's rarest and most endangered landscapes.

Carols at Dunham

School children helping us prepare for Christmas at Dunham Massey

Children from Oldfield Brow School in Altrincham have been helping us prepare for Christmas at Dunham Massey. We've spiced buns, crackers, wreaths and carols…

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