Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District

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  • 1. Another Place

    Crosby Beach | Beach–Sight

    A hundred naked, life-size, cast-iron figures by sculptor Antony Gormley stand proudly on the 2 miles of foreshore at Crosby Beach, weathered...Read More

  • 2. Beatles Story

    Museum/Gallery

    Entertaining scenes at this popular attraction in the Albert Dock complex re-create stages in the Beatles' story (and their later careers as...Read More

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  • 3. Central Library

    City Centre | Library/Archive

    This 1930s structure was once the biggest municipal library in the world, and today its circular exterior, topped by a line of Doric columns...Read More

  • 4. Chatsworth House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    One of England's greatest country houses, the "Palace of the Peak" is the ancestral home of the dukes of Devonshire and stands in vast parkland...Read More

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  • 5. Crich Tramway Village

    Museum Village

    A 15-minute drive outside Matlock, this period village includes the National Tramway Museum of Antique Vehicles and a tram restoration workshop...Read More

  • 6. Haddon Hall

    House/Mansion/Villa

    One of England's finest stately homes, and perhaps the most authentically Tudor of all the great houses, Haddon Hall bristles with intricate...Read More

  • 7. IWM North

    Museum/Gallery

    The thought-provoking exhibits in this striking, aluminum-clad building, which architect Daniel Libeskind described as representing three shards...Read More

  • 8. John Rylands Library

    Millennium Quarter | Library/Archive

    Owned by the University of Manchester, this Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by Alfred Waterhouse was built by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands...Read More

  • 9. Manchester Museum

    University Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Run by the University of Manchester, this museum and its superb Gothic Revival building embraces anthropology, natural history, and archaeology...Read More

  • 10. Merseyside Maritime Museum

    Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    This wonderful museum captures the triumphs and tragedies of Liverpool's seafaring history over five floors. Besides exhibits of maritime paintings...Read More

  • 11. Museum of Science and Industry

    Castlefield | Museum/Gallery

    The venue's five buildings, one of which is the world's oldest passenger rail station (1830), hold marvelous collections relating to the city...Read More

  • 12. Poole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The Peak District's extraordinary geology can be seen up close in this large limestone cave far beneath the 100 acres of Buxton Country Park...Read More

  • 13. Speedwell Cavern

    Cave

    This is the area's most exciting cavern by far, with 105 slippery steps leading down to old lead-mine tunnels blasted out by 19th-century miners...Read More

  • 14. Tate Liverpool

    Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    This offshoot of the London-based art galleries of the same name occupies a handsome conversion of Albert Dock warehouses by the late James...Read More

  • 15. The Beatles' Childhood Homes

    City Centre | House/Mansion/Villa

    A must-see for Beatles pilgrims, this tour takes you to Mendips, the 1930s middle-class, semidetached house that was the home of John Lennon...Read More

  • 16. Walker Art Gallery

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    With a superb display of British art and some outstanding Italian and Flemish works, this is one of the best British art collections outside...Read More

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  • 17. Whitworth Art Gallery

    University Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    This University of Manchester–owned art museum is beautifully—and uniquely—integrated into the surrounding parkland through its art garden,...Read More

  • 18. Albert Dock

    Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    To understand the city's prosperous maritime past, head for these 7 acres of restored waterfront warehouses built in 1846. Named after Queen...Read More

  • 19. British Music Experience

    Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    Located in the former first-class lounge of the historic Cunard Building, this venue traces the story of British music through a colorful array...Read More

  • 20. Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    Reopened in 2017 after large-scale redevelopment, this venue is now focused on its "Wonders of the Peak" gallery with its displays on Derbyshire...Read More

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