The 28 best places to visit in the North West of England

Stretching from Carlisle to Merseyside and across to the Isle of Man, here we list the best places to visit in the North West

Gresgarth Hall in Lancashire with lake view

Encompassing famous towns such as Stoke, Liverpool and Manchester, and home to the Lake District, the North West of England is a very popular region for domestic and international tourism. But its the area’s stunning historic houses and gardens that are often overlooked but are the perfect day out for anyone exploring the region. From Capesthorne Hall to Muncaster Castle, the North West is a history lover’s paradise, and here we list the best places to visit in the region. You can also view a map of these places on our dedicated web page here.


Special events in the North West

From car shows to festivals, plant fairs and tree climbing, historic houses and gardens are incredible spaces for all kinds of special events, and you can discover a range of these events on our dedicated page. Remember, if you’re a Historic Houses member, entry to events is often not included in your free access offer.

...also in Cheshire


...also in Cumbria

When on the Isle of Man...

Milntown is the only country house and garden open to the public on the Isle of Man.

The house we see today has the Gothic facade put on by Deemster John Christian in the 1830s around an earlier Georgian core. It is by repute the most haunted house on the Island.

Milntown on the Isle of Man


Explore the former home of a famous author

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester is the former home of the famous author and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio.

This beautifully restored family home has spectacular period rooms and re-imagined garden for visitors to enjoy. The House, combined with the story of Elizabeth Gaskell as a writer, public figure and private person, provides a unique and engaging experience.

A day trip to Southport...

Meols Hall in Southport, Merseyside, is a 17th-century Manor House with subsequent additions containing an interesting collection of paintings and furniture. The house has been in the Hesketh family for 27 generations and is still privately owned.

Meols Hall in Merseyside

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Capesthorne Hall

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