Top 3 charming English cities near Manchester worth visiting

Oct 2, 2017

From great restaurants to awesome architecture, there’s plenty to do and many places to explore in Manchester. And while you’re there, there are more fascinating English cities worth visiting, just a train ride or drive away. Here’s why you should consider carving time out to visit Liverpool, Leeds and York while in Manchester.


The birthplace of The Beatles, home of two hugely popular soccer clubs and one of the world’s most famous horse races, the Grand National steeplechase – the fifth largest metropolitan area in the UK is worth seeing even if you’re not a fan of the above mentioned. An approximate 50-minute train ride from Manchester, there’s plenty to explore in the north-west of England.

albert docks

Situated on the River Mersey, the city’s Albert Dock (above) is a huge attraction for visitors. It’s one of six locations that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, and the docking complex and warehouses also comprise the largest single collection of Grade I-listed buildings in the UK. Here, you’ll find galleries and museums, restaurants and bars, as well as free events and cool festivals. The Magical Mystery Tour leaves from here and includes visits to the homes of musical legends John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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echo arena

When it comes to entertainment, Liverpool boasts the Art Deco-style Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the Echo Arena Liverpool (above) for live concerts, and of course, sports fans will want to experience a game at Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC.

formby beach

If exploring the great outdoors is more your thing, take in the fresh air at one of the city’s beautiful parks like Sefton Park, or throw on a swimsuit and catch some rays on Formby Beach (above). From the golden sands, you can see the mountains of Cumbria and have unobstructed views of the Irish Sea.