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Day Trips from Manchester

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A February 2009 trip to Manchester by tvordj

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Quote: This is a gathering of reviews and travelogues to point out a few of the many day trips you can take if you're based in the Manchester area of UK.

Trentham Estate

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Attraction | "Eat, Shop, Relax "

Trentham Estate Photo, Stoke-on-Trent, England
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The Trentham Estate, just outside Stoke-on-Trent is a complex that combines shopping and a nice place to walk along the paths of gardens and a small lake. There is an enormous Garden Centre, a shopping village, formal gardens, walking and hiking paths. You can take a boat ride on the little lake and even watch monkeys roam (see Trentham Monkey Forest tip). In summer, on Saturday's they have outdoor films or concerts as well and there is an "extreme" tree top rope adventure for the more athletic visitor. We met up with friends at the garden centre with it's huge car park (free parking!). We wandered some of the shops in the retail village first for a bit. This is a little "street" of log ca...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 25, 2010

Trentham Estate
Stone Road, Trentham
Stoke-on-Trent, England ST4 8AX
+44 1782 657341

Trentham Monkey Forest

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Attraction | "Monkeys!"

Trentham Monkey Forest Photo, Stoke-on-Trent, England
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The Trentham Monkey Forest is part of the Trentham Estate near Stoke-on-Trent but has a separate entrance. You can, however, buy a combined ticket to both attractions. The Monkey Forest is about a mile down the road from the Trentham Gardens entrance with it's own smaller (free) car park. This is a sanctuary for Barbary Macaques, a medium sized ape similar to the ones that roam at Gibraltar but these ones are not tame. They are used to humans but are also wary of them and you aren't allowed to touch them or pick them up. The park covers about 60 acres of woodland and landscape similar to their natural habitat in Morocco. The ultimate aim of the sanctuary is to reintroduce the endangered an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2010

Trentham Monkey Forest
Trentham Estate, Stone Road
Stoke-on-Trent, England 4 8
01782 659845

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Attraction | "Accessible Stone Circle"

Castlerigg Stone Circle Photo, Keswick, England
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Stonehenge has grown into a major tourist attraction. You pay to approach it but you can't even get close to the stones. In Cumbria, in a sloping field near Keswick in the Lakes, is the Castlerigg stone circle. The stones aren't as high or large as Stonehenge but you can walk among them and examine them and look at the stunning views, something else Stonehenge doesn't have either. They estimate the stone circle to be about 3000 years old. The circle is about 30 meters across with a small squared off area of stones as well. Most of the stones are small or medium high with a few over 6 foot high. It is now owned by the National Trust. The day we were there, a flock of sheep and l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2010

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Keswick, England

Stockport Hat Works Museum

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Attraction | "Take your Hat off to this Musuem"

Stockport Hat Works Museum Photo, Manchester, England
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Hatworks MuseumThe day we visited was an appropriate day seeing as the signs there proclaimed this as National Hat Week! (Easter week, 2002) There is a conducted tour that starts with a film, some of which is rare footage from the 1930's of Battersby's Hat works. We were told how they were made, first by hand and later by machine. Hats made out of felt had shellac added for stiffness and were shaped over wooden forms to give the hat it's shape. There were only the 2 of us plus a woman and her granddaughter on the tour. Also there is a museum with all sorts of exhibits of hats of every kind, ceremonial, sporting, military, religious, dress, etc. There was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2009

Stockport Hat Works Museum
Wellington Mill
Stockport, England SK3 0EU
+44 161 355 7770

Lyme Park

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Attraction | "Lyme Hall and Park"

Lyme Park Photo, Manchester, England
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First off, Lyme Hall and Park is not in Manchester, it's on the outskirts, just past Stockport in Cheshire. It's an old manor house on the edge of a huge park, all part of an original estate granted to the family in the 1400s. The house dates back that far but mainly the current house dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. The house is open to the public (for a fee of course) and you also pay to park in the parking lot. The gardens are really nice too and that also costs. We just got a ticket for both house and gardens to cover it all. The family were Jacobite supporters and the house has exquisite tapestries, furniture and art. I really enjoyed it. No photos but i did manage to take a stealth shot i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 26, 2009

Lyme Park
Buxton Road West
Stockport, England SK12 2NX
+44 1633 766492

Visit the Plague Village

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The Buttery, Eyam Hall Photo, Eyam, England
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The village of Eyam is called the Plague Village. In 1665, during an outbreak of bubonic plague, the disease spread to this village, probably in the fleas that were with a shipment of cloth. People started dying quickly but the parson realized what was going on and he organized the villagers. They isolated themselves, quarantined themselves and to avoid starving to death, arranged for outsiders to leave supplies at the border of the village, leaving money disinfected in vinegar in payment. They took other precautions as well and as a result, the plague didn't spread beyond the village though nearly 80% of Eyam perished over the next year. The village is off the main road and is surrounded ...Read More

Lake District: Lilliput Lane

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Ambleside, Lake District Photo, Lake District, England
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Another place i really wanted to go was a visit to Lilliput Lane. Near the north end of the Lake District, just off the motorway (M6) is Penrith but before you even get to the town, you take a hard left once you leave the M6 at the sign for Lilliput Lane. They are the producers of beautiful hand painted decorative cottages and buildings. Lilliput Lane is over 25 years old and all the production for their products is here and it's all done by hand by about 100 craftspeople who work in various areas, learning all or most aspects - sculptors, molds, metal work, painters, fettler. THey do tours twice a day and it's definitely well worth it. We arrived with a bit of time for a quick cuppa in t...Read More
Colourful windows in Ambleside Photo, Lake District, England
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Keswick is near the north end of the Lake District National Park, taking the Penrith exit off the M6. It's a pretty town, parts of it several centuries old. One church had a 1638 date on it. The houses and fences here are made of slate all stacked up. When we went, we found a car park just below the main area of the town and near it and just to the right of the car park was a little building called The Teapottery. It is a little factory where teapots are made. The workshop is on the ground floor and the retail outlet is upstairs. Teapots of every shape, size and form imaginable and some that were sheer fantasy! Teapots shaped like furniture, appl...Read More

Chester Zoo

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Chester Zoo Photo, Chester, England
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It's a grey November day. Sometimes it looks like it might rain and sometimes it looks like it might clear up a bit. We're going to try our luck with the Chester zoo and see what happens. It's about an hour drive towards Chester from Manchester and it's well signed. It's a huge place with a lot of natural enclosures though many of them have chain link fences which makes it a bit of a pain for photos. They also have specially built pavillions to feature some animals like the Orangutans, the jaguars, the monkeys and a few others.We started off with the elephants. I'd never seen one in the flesh before and was really looking forward to it. They have qu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 6, 2009

Chester Zoo

Chester, England CH2 IEU

North Wales Where the Sun Shines

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Conwy Castle Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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We headed out of Manchester under grey skies and as it looked like rain, we decided to skip Chester Zoo and go to north Wales instead, not far from there. We drove out of the bad weather into Wales and by the time we got to the old town of Conwy, the sun was out and breeze was blowing. We had brought a picnic of sandwiches and fruit to eat at the zoo so we ate them on benches by the walls of Conwy Castle and then went inside to explore. The Castle was built in the 13th century by Edward I and is an astounding structure that still has a lot to view. Most of the towers are still intact and you can go up a stone spiral staircase in some of them to access the battlements along with spectacular views over ...Read More

Blackpool: Fun, Sun and Donkeys

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Blackpool Donkeys Photo, Blackpool, England
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We had no particular plans for today but had half a tank of gas in the rental car. Since we'd prepaid for it and could take the car back to Avis empty, there was no sense in wasting it. On impulse I suggested Blackpool. Blackpool is not a place I ever really fancied going. Think a cross between Coney Island and Las Vegas! It was a small village with 7 miles of great beach and in the Victorian era, it's popularity exploded. It's now a very famous and popular vacation resort city filled with amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, and other exhibitions and attractions guaranteed to exhaust both your spirit and your wallet! Still, it is only about an hour's drive and it's a sunny, windy day and hey, it's ...Read More

Group Visit to York

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The Shambles, York Photo, York, England
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I was part of a group of friends that gathered in Manchester in September 2000. We rented an 18 seat mini bus and did some day trips around the area. On one of those days, 8 of us decided to rent an 8 seat mini van and drive over to the historic city of York. I'd been there once, years before as part of an organized bus tour and one other of our group had been there many times but it was new for the rest of the group. We headed off cross country on the M62 to Yorkshire. The drive takes about an hour and a half, not much difference to the train journey from Piccadilly station to York station. This is a busy highway and the main west-east artery for that area.We arrived in York n...Read More

York from Above

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Chocolate shop, York Photo, York, England
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York is an easy day trip from Manchester. We've taken the train and also driven the distance, both take about an hour to an hour and a half. Most things are within walking distance of the York station and a day return ticket isn't very costly. This is a travelogue about one of the three day trips (so far) that we've made from Manchester, zipping over the Pennines on the M62 on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday in May.We have some friends in the city of York who had urged us to come over and visit for a meal and a drink if we had the time and since we had nothing special planned for today, we decided that would be a nice day trip. It's a Bank Holiday Monday but the traffic didn't seem too bad at ...Read More

York and the Two Richards

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Gallows at the Three Mares pub Photo, York, England
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Today's plan is a day outing to our favourite historic city, York, meeting a friend called Richard for lunch. It's raining this morning. I'm hoping the weather on the other side of the Pennines is better. Graham has an appointment this morning and it took longer than expected so we were a bit late arriving. Another glitch but this time, having a shiny new mobile phone was very handy! We found the lovely historic pub, The Last Drop Inn without any trouble. This pub is one of three that are owned by a York micro brewery, all using the theme of the gallows. The other two actually have replicas of Gallows which would be very cool to see. Will have to make a point of drinking in the other two next time!...Read More

Liverpool

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Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral Photo, Liverpool, England
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I was to catch the train at 9:37 which takes about 45 minutes to get from Manchester Piccadilly station to Liverpool Lime St. The bus into Manchester was late. And when I got off the bus, the heavens opened and I got wet. The ticket machines were out of order and there was a queue at the ticket windows. I got the ticket but the platform was way the back of beyond. I get to the platform to see a train, my watch indicating it was about 38 seconds before departure so I hopped on and found a seat, trying to rearrange my damp hair, purse, bag etc.About 10 minutes after the train pulled away, the conductor came around and inspected my ticket. He frowned. I'm on the wrong train? Well.. he start...Read More

Buxton and Partying the Weekend Away

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Violin Shop, Buxton Photo, Peak District, England
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Buxton is in the Peak District which is a lovely part of Northwest England, perhaps not as dramatic as the Lake District but still worth a visit. It's actually quite high above sea level, about 1000 feet around Buxton which is an old spa town with baths and a lot of beautiful and elegant Georgian and Victorian buildings. The weather doesn't look promising but that's pretty common for this time of year. After a 40 minute journey, passing some pretty towns and high rolling hills we reached Buxton. We walked around a bit and then had lunch in a Wetherspoon's pub. The interior was lovely! Teal blues and whites and wicker furniture and the bathroom was so beautiful I even took a picture of it i...Read More

Chatsworth House Gardens

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Attraction | "Chatsworth House Impresses"

Chatsworth House Gardens Photo, Peak District, England
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The Chatsworth estate is an easy day trip if you're based in Manchester or Liverpool. It's based in the Peak District National Park amid rolling hills dotted with sheep. Chatsworth is the home of the Dukes of Devonshire, the Cavendish family. The first house was started in the mid 16th century and has grown and altered through the years, the present house having it's beginnings at the end of the 17th century. The house has been open to visitors from early 18th century. The present Duke is the 11th. The gardens are very lovely and have been cultured and redeveloped for centuries with the hand of Capability Brown in there along with others. The current Duchess ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2009

Chatsworth House Gardens

Peak District, England DE45 1PP
+44 (0)1246 565300

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