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A diverse wash of cosmopolitan and historic cities, picturesque scenery and windswept islands all topped off with one of England’s best loved seaside resorts; the North West is an exciting coach holidays destination, and why not? The region has been attracting holidaymakers as far back as the 1850s when Blackpool got its first railway line, and shows no signs of stopping yet.
Featuring the picturesque Peak District, the historic city of Chester with its unique Rows, the sophisticated cities of Manchester and Liverpool and the all-singing, all-dancing 'Vegas of the North' Blackpool, there are certainly no shortage of resorts to keep visitors occupied here. From unrivalled shopping to seasides the North West has it all, and when you really long for some solitude the largely undiscovered and mystical Isle of Man is only a ferry or flight away with its fresh island air and outdoor activities.
Coach holidays here are a great way of exploring everything the region has to offer, from weekend Beatles tours of Liverpool and mid-week Blackpool breaks. August through to November sees the popular Blackpool Illuminations come to town, while December brings a festive range of twinkling Christmas markets to the likes of Chester. The area is also the gateway to North Wales, so you can even find yourself journeying through Snowdonia National Park on the Ffestiniog Railway.
All coach holidays to North West England include return coach travel, B&B or half board accommodation at a 3 or 4* hotel as well as excursions and admissions where stated to key places in the area. Trips to Blackpool tend to stay in resort, and offer a mix of all inclusive or half board options.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in North West England, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
With its exciting blend of seasides and cities, North West England is vast in terms of what to see and do here. Here are our favourites:
Possibly most famous for the Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool is a great seaside resort in the North East of England. Explore Pleasure Beach, a theme park by the sea, or climb to the top of the Blackpool Tower for great views across the town. If those attractions don't take your fancy, visit the Winter Gardens, the Sea Life Centre, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon or the local amusement arcades!
Well known for its connections with the Beatles, Liverpool is a cosmopolitan city with a lot going for it; indeed, the Albert Dock contains the largest number of Grade II listed buildings in the UK. The Beatles are synonymous with Liverpool and there are many destinations for fans to visit, including the Cavern Club where they played their first concerts.
Known for its heavy influence on popular culture, Manchester has been regenerated over the past few years into a modern, contemporary and exciting city. There are a great number of things to do when visiting the city, from exploring museums and visiting Manchester United's home ground Old Trafford or rival Manchester City's Etihad Stadium to taking a cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal.
When visiting the North West of England one of the best places to stop and visit is the Lake District. With its picturesque views and stunning scenery it is no wonder that thousands of visitors flock to this pocket of the country every year. The largest and most famous lake is Windermere and no visit to the Lake District is complete without seeing it.