North West England Coach Holidays
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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.
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Things to do
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.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in England, please take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
Health and Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended by all our tour operators and for some operators it is a condition of booking. When choosing a travel insurance please ensure it fully covers all your personal requirements including pre-existing medical conditions, cancellation charges, medical expenses, and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. As a British citizen you will obviously 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 an EU country or Switzerland, you can use a valid EHIC issued by your home country to access healthcare. Please note this is not an alternative to travel insurance. Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for nationalities planning on visiting the UK.
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If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in the UK simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
The United Kingdom is a safe place to visit, however, as with all countries please exercise common sense. Petty crime can occur so take your usual precautions such as not leaving luggage unattended, beware of pickpockets in tourist areas and leave valuables in the hotel safe.
Local Laws and Customs
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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. If you go over your allowances, you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
UK Entry Requirements
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you may need to show a Border Force officer a document confirming your identity. In most cases an official form of identification such as a driver's license or an armed forces identity card will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so please check before you travel.
If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein you can enter the UK with one of the following identity documents: a passport, an Irish passport card or a national identity card issued by an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, if you’re eligible to use one. The identity document should be valid for the whole of your stay.
If you’re from outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you must have a valid passport to enter the UK. It should be valid for the whole of your stay. You may also need a visa, depending on which country you’re from. Please check here if a visa is required before you travel.