Consisting of the counties Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, The North West has a population of 7,052,000, making it the third most populated part of the UK. Much of the area has been subject to huge regeneration projects and it’s fast becoming a property hot spot, attracting interest from visitors from all over the world thanks to its booming economy and vibrant atmosphere. It’s well connected, including major airports, roads and railways and is known for its friendly, welcoming people.
The North West – and the regions within it – has a strong sense of identity and an inimitable personality. Whatever your age or interests, it’s impossible to be bored here no matter how long you stay.
Things to see and do
The North West is vibrant, cosmopolitan and friendly, making it a big hit with visitors of all ages. Music fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to musical pilgrimages – the Hacienda and bands like Oasis hail from Manchester, while no trip to Liverpool would be complete without following in the Beatles’ footsteps to Strawberry Fields and The Cavern.
The Albert Dock is bustling with energy and colour, featuring everything from high end waterfront restaurants to modern art museums and independent shops. The nightlife in Liverpool is great too, and those who enjoy a night on the tiles can pick from countless Irish bars to lively nightclubs.
Thrill seekers have lots of opportunities for fun in the North West. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is home to the biggest and tallest rollercoaster in the UK, along with plenty of other high energy rides. The promenade is a riot of colour and lights, particularly during the darker months when the world-famous Illuminations light up the sky. There are adventures galore, from thrilling escape rooms including Lucardo and Breakout to the Crystal Maze Live Experience and Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing.
Any football fans in the family will be happy in the North West, with guided tours of Anfield, Goodison Park Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium, not to mention plenty of live games during the season.
The area is fantastic for history and literature buffs too, including the Portico Library, Greater Manchester Police Museum and the Museum of Transport. The North West played an important role in the economic development of the UK and the Industrial Revolution, and Salford Quays is a must – you can see original artworks from Lowry here too.
Fans of Coronation Street can’t go home without paying a visit to the cobbles at the Granada TV Studios tour, where you can see the sets in the flesh and may even be lucky enough to spot a few famous faces.
The region is home to lots of sacred and religious sites including Manchester Cathedral and multiple mosques and temples. There’s a cathedral walking tour that takes place in the spring which is a great way to see the city. And while we’re on the subject of walking, there are some fantastic treks to be had in the North West. The Lake District is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of the UK, with crystal waters and lush greenery that’s hard to beat. You get a real sense of oneness with nature in the Lakes, but if you want to get back to humanity the more densely populated areas like Windermere and Kendal are packed with shops, bars and museums including the Beatrix Potter tour.
Why buy a holiday home in the North West?
The North West of England is a region of contrasts; from rural scenic beauty to contemporary buildings, cosmopolitan cafes to traditional industrial areas. It’s bright, friendly and fun, with a big personality and warm, welcoming arms. It’s easy to get around, packed with things to do and one of the most historically important parts of the UK. From football fans to music lovers, historians to thrill seekers there’s something for everyone. Once you’ve been once, you’ll want to keep coming back for more.