Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Chatsworth House

    Historic Home

    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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  • 2. 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

  • 3. IWM North


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

  • 4. Manchester Museum

    University Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Run by the University of Manchester and located in a superb Gothic Revival building with modern add-ons, this museum is currently undergoing...Read More

  • 5. Museum of Science and Industry

    Castlefield | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. Poole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park


    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

  • 7. RHS Garden Bridgewater

    Salford | Garden

    This 154-acre garden has transformed the heritage grounds of Worsley New Hall into a delightful green space for both locals and visitors. There...Read More

  • 8. Speedwell Cavern


    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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Castlefield Urban Heritage Park

    Castlefield | Ruins

    Site of an early Roman fort, the district of Castlefield was later the center of the city's industrial boom, which resulted in the building...Read More

  • 14. Heights of Abraham


    A cable-car ride across the River Derwent takes you to this country park on the crags above the small village of Matlock Bath. The ticket includes...Read More

  • 15. Manchester Art Gallery

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Behind an impressive classical portico, this splendid museum and its sparkling modern atrium houses an outstanding collection of paintings by...Read More

  • 16. Museum of Liverpool

    Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    Clad in Jura stone and shaped like a ship, with a spectacular spiral staircase running from the atrium to each floor, this ambitious museum...Read More

  • 17. National Football Museum

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    This striking, glass-skinned triangle of a building includes a galaxy of footballing (soccer) memorabilia, from historic trophies, souvenirs...Read More

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  • 18. Peak Cavern


    Caves riddle the entire town and the surrounding area, and in this massive example, rope making has been done on a great ropewalk for more than...Read More

  • 19. Red House Stables and Carriage Museum


    This quaint museum contains a collection of historic carriages, including the last remaining London to Holyhead Royal Mail coach in Britain...Read More

  • 20. The Lowry

    Salford | Museum/Gallery

    Clad in perforated steel and glass, this arts center is one of the highlights of the Salford Quays waterways. L. S. Lowry (1887–1976) was a...Read More

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