The name of the city can be literally translated as "old village".The journey begins with a trip to Manchester, one of the most beautiful cities in Britain. And he is known not only as the largest city in Northern England, the world capital of weaving, an industrial center, but also as a city with a very remarkable rich history. For the Beatles fans this trip will be even more interesting, as you will visit important places associated with the group in Liverpool. This city is one of the main British ports, famous for its culture, music, football and numerous pubs.
This is your first evening in the city so before you go to the restaurant just take some rest in a park and enjoy the nature.
Marie Louise Gardens is an oasis of calm and solitude in one of the most populous suburbs of Manchester. It is located southeast of the Palatine Road and adjoins the Blackburn Park and Albert Park reserves. Hidden behind a busy main road it is often called a hidden stone.
Here you will find Spanish cuisine. In the menu pay attention to the amazing lamb skewers, chili shrimps and ox meat. Order good pudding, macaroni cookies and donuts for dessert. It is recommended to order a good scotch, gin or sherry.
The first full day in the city, so you go to learn the city and its history. You will see the most iconic places.
Here are the magnificent buildings of the Victorian era, built in neo-gothic style. In addition, there are a number of monuments, the most famous of which is the Albert Memorial - the famous British prince. In 1868, construction of the town hall was begun here, which was completed by 1877. In the early 1970s, a plan was developed for the construction of a metro line connecting Albert Square to the adjacent St. Peter’s Square. But ultimately this project was canceled, and the station was not built. Later, a round-shaped fountain was installed on Albert Square, its metal decor was created at the beginning of the twentieth century by students of the local school of crafts. Near the square is a museum of natural history. It is located in the building of the Palace Boye d’Egüy. In it you can see a wide variety of collections - from insects and plants to the remains of dinosaurs.
Its construction was begun in 1863, for this purpose they chose a special place called Piccadilly Square. It had a triangular shape and went straight to Albert Square. In 1877, the famous architect Alfred Waterhouse completed the construction of the building of the Manchester Town Hall. The structure is a prime example of the Victorian Gothic Renaissance style. It is clearly expressed elements of the English Gothic 13th century. Above the building of the Manchester Town Hall there is a clock tower, its height reaches about 85 meters. During the Christmas holidays, tourists and residents of the city often stare at this tower when they hang huge Santa Claus on it. In the the town hall there is an organ. There are also frescoes reflecting the themes of commerce, the textile industry and Christianity.
Most visitors note that Grand Pacific offers amazing tempura, sea bass and shepherd's pie. All guests of this place are advised to order an appetizing chocolate fondant, fudge and treifl. Many customers write that the staff at this restaurant is competent and that the service here is amazing.
One of the most remarkable buildings located right in the center of Manchester. It is practically impossible to walk past it, because the old building, made in neo-gothic style, immediately attracts attention, especially against the background of a completely modern environment. The library was opened in 1900 and named after John Rlelands, who was a major British entrepreneur. At that time, he owned his own textile concern, which was considered one of the largest in the United Kingdom. At the time of opening, the collection of books numbered about 40 thousand copies, including various rare books. Most of this was gathered by the Rylands couple, buying both private collections and finding separate books. Gutenberg's Bible is considered to be a peculiar gem of the library. It is a book that began the history of printing in Europe. Since 1900, all this has become available to visitors.
Beautiful building, built in the style of classical baroque designed by Henry Price. The institution was opened to the public in 1906, it housed a private laundry, three large pools and a huge Turkish bath. In 1952 the first whirlpool bath in the country was installed here. The facade of the building is made of multi-colored brickwork, inside the wall from the floor to the ceiling are lined with glazed tiles, and most of the windows are decorated with decorative stained glass windows. Victoria's baths were closed in 1993, for a long time they were trying to resume their work, but this happened only in 1998. In 2006, the Turkish bath was reopened, for which the Heritage Lottery charity foundation received over £ 3 million.
This is a large museum dedicated to scientific development, technology and industry, with an emphasis on the achievements of the city in these areas. It is located on the site of the first railway station in the world (on the Manchester-Liverpool road), which was opened in 1830. The facade of the station and the warehouse of 1830 are included in the list of architectural heritage of the country of the first category. Among the most interesting exhibits that can be viewed in the museum are the whole Avro Shackleton aircraft and other Avro cars built in the vicinity. On some days, visitors can ride on demonstration passenger trains through the museum grounds. They are driven by one of the two locomotives: Planet (a replica of the eponymous locomotive Robert Stephenson) and Agecroft, built in 1949 and restored to working condition in 2011.
As in many other cities, Manchester has its own Chinatown. It is located almost in the very center, and you definitely need to go here if you want to learn more about Manchester. This is the second largest Chinatown in the UK, the third in Europe. The hallmark of it is the arch, made in the traditional Chinese style. The first immigrants from this country arrived in Manchester not so long ago, in the 20th century. However, since that time a rather large community has settled in the city, which continues to grow to this day. In recent years, she has been actively supported by young people who have arrived in Manchester to study.
One of the reviews about this park: "Found this little park down the street from the Coronation Street Tour. Very quaint with lots of blooming flowers and people chilling on benches. There is a statue stating that 22,000 people are buried there....a little spooky. Originally these grounds were a church. Lots of history. Great for a picnic in sunny weather as it's very close to the city".
If you like Italian and Spanish cuisine, be sure to check out here. At San Carlo, you can enjoy amazing lobster ravioli with grilled tuna and halibut. You can always try the delicious pudding, vanilla ice cream and chocolate cake here. In this place you will be offered a good Pinot Gridzho, Prosecco or house wine. Customers like great service.
The day will be full of contrasts. You will visit the stadium, a beautiful estate with a garden as well as beautiful parks.
The Etihad Stadium in Manchester was opened in 2002. The Manchester City club holds its home games in the arena. The construction of this building cost £ 112 million. The stadium is the fifth largest in England. In 2008, the final bout of the second most important European trophy, the UEFA Cup was played at the Etihad stadium. Here, musicians, rugby players, boxers, and athletes compete as frequent guests. The first game at the stadium was a friendly match between Manchester City and Catalan Barcelona. The stadium was originally named City of Manchester, but was renamed Etihad Stadium as a result of a 10-year sponsorship agreement with Etihad Airways. This event happened on July 8, 2011 and cost the club sponsor in the amount of 150 million pounds. Inside you can only visit with a guided tour, so first check out the list on the site. Reservation is not required, but is recommended and if it is not done you must arrive at least 40 minutes in advance.
The old manor is a beautiful corner of almost untouched nature with a park, garden and ancestral palace of the Counts of Stamford. The history of the estate begins in 1616 with the construction of the first palace. He stood in the same place as the present, but he looked completely different. The last restructuring dates back to the years 1905-1908. In the manor park of Dunham Massey there are oaks planted in the 17th century. This is the only park in the north-west of England with so many ancient trees. Fallow deer live here - park workers regularly feed these cute animals, and they have almost no fear of people. Park staff conduct daily excursions around the palace and garden. On the estate, in the old premises of the former stables, there is a gift shop and a restaurant.
In La Boheme it is worth tasting delicious cooked sea bass, canapes and scallops. The waiters offer visitors good toffee pudding, chocolate ice cream and bread pudding. The convenient location of this place allows you to easily reach it even at rush hour. You'll love good homemade wine, lager or brandy. Guests believe that in this place a good chocolate frappe, Thai tea or juice. From the point of view of customers, the staff here is patient.
The gloomy architecture of Quarry Bank Mill is complemented by the appropriate filling. Today it is a cotton factory, originally from 1784 to 1832, the mill with the largest wheel in the UK. The exposition begins with the fact that they tell and clearly show how they spin and weave by hand. At the factory, all equipment is restored and is in working condition: the water wheel is spinning, the machines are making threads, spinning, weaving, etc. National Trust employees demonstrate visually the entire process to visitors. It is interesting that the owner was allowed to build the factory only with the condition that not a single tree would suffer. I had to get out, dodge and deceive, because something still had to be cut down. The castle is teeming with ghosts. When it was erected, a team of builders died, so the whole team remained in the castle.
This park was named after Alderman Fletcher Moss, who in 1919 donated a tidy sum for its construction. In addition to the amazing landscapes, there are tennis courts, rugby and football fields, as well as small cafes in the garden. The main part of the gardens is located behind a stone wall laid out by Robert Wood Williams - the famous local tycoon. He donated his home and surrounding areas in order to expand the garden in 1912. After enjoying plenty of nature, you can stroll around the gardens and explore local sights. Having visited the gardens of Fletcher Moss, you will get a lot of positive emotions and make great photos.
Park in the north of Manchester, adapted for walks, excursions and active pastime. Here you can ride a boat, a retro tram or a horse, visit a farm with farm animals, as well as a beehive. There are three reservoirs in the park where you can swim, but the water in them is almost always cold because of the peculiarities of the local climate.
Review from the visitor: "Mackie Mayor is one of Manchester’s newest openings, but it’s quickly become my favourite place to hang out and take visitors. Its grand location is inside a Grade II listed former meat market. The stunning interior, under a gigantic glass roof, features long, sociable tables surrounded by a variety of street food vendors. I like to go for coffee in a morning, snacks at lunchtime and dinner and drinks in the evening – it’s one of the most versatile places in the city. There are lots of food and drink options to suit all tastes and budgets – I like Wolf House Coffee for their flat whites and delicious selection of cakes; Tender Cow’s mouthwatering steaks; and Blackjack’s extensive selection of beers. It gets super busy pretty much all day, so head down early to avoid disappointment!".
In the Zouk Tea Bar & Grill you can always enjoy Indian and Pakistani cuisines. In the menu, pay attention to a good lamb shank, chicken in a creamy tomato sauce and king prawns. Here you should order a good cheesecake and delicious ice cream. Many visitors order a good beer, Sauvignon Blanc or Martini. Enjoy a delicious meal on the terrace. Guests claim that the staff at this place is helpful.
Today you visit various houses which each in its own way represents the culture of England. This is definitely the day of immersion in the culture of the country.
It is widely recognized as being one of the finest municipal buildings in the country" and is rated by English Heritage. Built in neo-gothic style, it was opened for management of the Rochdale urban-type settlement in 1871. The architect, William Henry Crossland, was the winner of the competition, which was considered in 1864 to design a new Town Hall. The building attracted the attention of Adolf Hitler, who was said to have admire it so much that he wanted to send the building, brick by brick, to Nazi Germany. The frescoes in the former council chamber depict inventions that stimulated the Industrial Revolution, and the Great Hall is decorated with a large fresco of the signing of the Magna Carta by artist Henry Holliday.
The country house is owned by the city and is known as the Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery. In the extensive landscaped area is also located picturesque Astley Park. It is known that the house was acquired in the 15th century by the family of the Knights of Charnock of the St. John of Jerusalem Order. The frame house was built around a small courtyard in the years 1575-1600. in the typical Elizabethan style. In the house you can see oak furniture, Flemish tapestries and wood panels, painting and ceramics, dishes and tools. There are rumors that Oliver Cromwell was at home during the battle of Preston in the 17th century and left his boots. However, recent studies have shown that the boots did not belong to him, but they are still in the hall.
One of the visitors' review: "Excellent meal had by all, I had the chicken with garlic, really tasty and would recommend. Visited a few times recently and not had a bad meal. Great to go for just drinks too, all staff really friendly and welcoming. Bar area welcomes dogs too".
The first recorded lord of the Samlesbury manor was Cospatric de Samlesbury. The living room was built in 1530. The Samlesbury family served as a dining room and a lounge. The house also has a stunning fireplace that Thomas Southworth installed in the living room in 1545. The large hall was built by a family in the 15th century and is now used for weddings. The Southworth family also received permission from King Henry V to have their own place of worship in their home. The head of the family, John was an ardent Catholic for which he was repeatedly arrested and fined. March 10, 1678 the remaining members of the family sold the estate to Thomas Bradyll for 3,150 pounds.
Here is a large house with a park, which was built in the 15th century for Sir Thomas Hesketh, the direct descendant of the king. In total, in this house lived 16 generations. All furnishings: portraits, furniture, dishes, candelabra are preserved, and now you can see and imagine how the inhabitants of the house lived in those distant times. Only here you can see a wooden movable screen, probably dating from 1530-40, and the only known surviving example of the first half of the 16th century. There is some evidence that suggests that William Shakespeare himself staged his play in a large hall. In turn, the actors would change clothes behind this screen, and in ordinary life it would block the exit from the kitchen to the hall so those who feasted would not see what was happening in the kitchen.
Visitor's feedback: "Avenham park is definately a 'must see' for any visitors to Preston. it has it all; riverside walk, colourful flowers and trees, a beautiful Japanese garden inside the park and a pleasant little cafe serving drinks, snacks and ice cream. A great place to stroll, sit or walk the dog. For those in a car there is parking at the hockey car park opposite the Continental pub...".
Olive Tree Brasserie will appeal to lovers of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. In this place you can try delicious halumi, squid and pork chops. Be sure to take here a good pudding, baklava and ice cream. Customers write that in this place there is good prosecco, beer or brandy.Many visitors say that the staff in this place is energetic. You will see that here is a great service.
If you love music you definitely understand what awaits you in Liverpool. Today you can practically experience the atmosphere of the Beatles band.
One of the oldest "haunted houses" in Liverpool. Its first version appeared in 1575, after which it was expanded and completed. It belonged to the family of the Molyneux family, Count Sefton. After the death of the last owner with this title in 1972 and futile attempts to find an heir, the house became the property of the Liverpool city council. The local ghosts interesting figures that were recorded by surveillance cameras in the territory, even deserved an official investigation.
The Liverpool Cathedral of Christ and the Virgin Mary is the largest cathedral of Great Britain and the fifth largest in the world. World War I significantly delayed construction, which resumed in 1920. It was planned to complete the work by 1940, but because of the outbreak of World War II in 1939, construction slowed down again, and the cathedral suffered from the bombings. The cathedral began to be built in 1904, but was finally completed only in 1978. The building is decorated with beautiful sculptures and stained glass windows in the neo-Gothic style, and the cathedral can boast the largest organ in Great Britain. Especially attractive for visitors will be the opportunity to enjoy the view of the city from the tower of the cathedral, 101 meters high.
The bronze statue of the legendary band "The Beatles" was opened in their hometown of Liverpool. The musicians are depicted on it in its heyday. An impressive monument was given to the city by the owners of the Cavern Club, where the Liverpool four played in the early 1960s. The group is depicted walking along the banks of the River Mersey. The inspiration for the sculptor Andy Edwards was a photograph where an unknown photographer captured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr during such a walk.
Visitors note that here you can try Chinese dishes. Take a good dim sum, crispy duck and soup. The banana fritters at Four Seasons are good. This place has a cozy atmosphere. According to customers, the manager here knows his business very well.
In his youth, Paul lived at 20, Fortlin Road. It is estimated that over 100 songs were written in this house, including "Love Me Do", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "When I'm Sixty-Four". Paul's father himself was a musician and supported a young band. There was a piano in the house, and although Paul first learned to play the trumpet, but soon switched to guitar. Paul was the last of the Beatles who leave Liverpool, in 1964. All the others had already moved to London, but he had moved only after the group had returned from the famous US tour.
The Walker Art Gallery is one of the largest art museums in the UK. The first collection of paintings, which formed the basis of the future museum, was acquired back in 1819. The success of the 1860 art exhibition in the Library and the Museum of William Brown contributed to the fact that as early as 1877 an Art Gallery opened in Liverpool, named after the industrialist and philanthropist Sir Andrew Barclay Walker. Now in the collection of the gallery you can see the best examples of European painting, starting from the 14th century, and British art, including one of the largest collections of Pre-Raphaelites, is widely represented painting of the Victorian era. Special mention deserves the collection of sculptures exhibited in the gallery.
Review from visitor: "Lovely sunny day amazing park lots of walks things to see any age the palm house is amazing lovely plants to see there's a cafe as well sit down enjoy the lovely view peace and quiet I used to go here as a child with my mum brings back memories recommend the palm house lovely".
Until the end of the 19th century. on the site of the gardens of St. Johns various objects were located: the city hospital, a lunatic asylum, pottery workshops, a church and a cemetery. In 1898 a decorative memorial garden was laid out here. Now in the garden there are 7 memorial statues, which are objects of cultural and historical heritage and are protected by the state. The first monument is in honor of William Rathbone. The second is in honor of Gladstone, the prime minister who was born in Liverpool. The third monument is dedicated to Alexander Balfour, a businessman and a philanthropist. The fourth monument was erected in honor of Major Lester. The fifth is in honor of James Nugent, a priest. Sixth, as the memory of Sir Arthur Forwood, businessman and politics. The seventh monument is set in honor of the Royal Regiment, who participated in the South African war.
Discover Italian and Spanish cuisine at Bacaro. Many customers recommend trying some good tapas with fish, sea bass and beef fillet. Take a delicious cooked pudding, tiramisu and chocolate cake. It offers a wonderful Prosecco, Bellini cocktail or draft beer. Visitors enjoy the great service.
The Gothic cathedral, a country estate of the Tudor era and a former ruined monastery are what awaits you today.
The Cathedral, the former church of the Benedictine Abbey of St.. Verborgi, dedicated to Christ and the Holy Virgin Mary. In 1093, a Benedictine abbey was founded here and the oldest surviving buildings date from this period. The church of the abbey and the cathedral church at that time was the church of sv. John the Baptist, then the episcopal pulpit was moved to nearby Coventry. The cathedral was heavily damaged by parliamentary forces during the Civil War, and its stained glass windows are mainly of the 19th century, as was the organ. The cathedral stores old gold and silver church utensils of the 17th and 18th centuries. Also here you can see beautiful mosaic floors and amazing patterns of woodcarving. The library of the cathedral has its history since the time of the abbey of St. Verborgi.
Spec Hall is a country estate of the Tudor era, an excellent example of half-timbered technology. Construction of the existing house began in 1530, earlier buildings were incorporated into the building structure. In 1531 the Large or Oak drawing room was built. The last big changes were made in 1598, when the northern part of the building was rebuilt. Since then, the building has hardly changed, and this is one of the oldest surviving buildings of this kind. In many English castles and country estates there are secret passages or shelters where you can instantly hide or through which you can hide if necessary. Such secret shelters were especially popular during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, when the Catholic faith was outlawed and Catholic priests were persecuted as state criminals and traitors.
Review from visitor: "Came here for the first time with my family, booked which I'd recommend as it got busy fast. We were seen to promptly and our waiter David you couldn't fault, he did not stop, recommended items for us and made sure we were thoroughly taken care of without being overbearing. Lots of choice on the menu and the sizes are just enough to get a good taste of everything...Really lovely, nice atmosphere, good drinks selection and very clean. Told everyone I know to go".
Kirkstall Abbey is a destroyed Cistercian monastery. The monastery was founded in 1152 and, like many monasteries, closed in 1539 by decree of King Henry VII during the Reformation. Picturesque ruins attracted the attention of many artists, in particular, they can be seen on the canvases of Turner, Cotman and Hertin. Despite the fact that almost 500 years have passed since the closure of the monastery, the remains of its buildings still standing, attracting the attention of numerous visitors, because nowhere else will you find buildings that would show the monastery’s life so vividly and clearly this period of history.
The Dovestone reservoir is located at the fusion of the Greenfield and Chu Brooks valleys above the village of Greenfield. The reservoir is located on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park in the South Pennines. It delivers drinking water to the neighborhood and is a tourist attraction, offering several walks among beautiful landscapes.
Visit the White Hart Inn for a delicious roast beef, tuna and filet steak. You'll love some good Yorkshire pudding, tart tatin and ice cream. In this place you can order a good beer, ale or gin. Most visitors say that the staff here is nice.
Today, the day will be devoted to most visits to the Abbeys. Also you will visit the rock with an incredible view.
The first mention of the royal castle of Knaresborough refers to 1129-30 years. In the 13th century, King John improved the castle, in which he began to make frequent visits, using it as a residence during a hunt in Knaresborough Forest. Later, from 1307 and 1312, the castle was rebuilt again by decree of King Edward I. In 1644, during the civil war, Knaresborough Castle was taken by parliamentary troops, and largely destroyed in 1648. Nowadays, the ruins of Knaresborough Castle are open to the public, and the area is used as a public leisure area that is open throughout the summer. The territory is also rented for mass events. The “Courthouse” museum is located in the oldest part of the castle, here you can learn about the royal inhabitants of Knaresborough castle, get acquainted with life in a medieval fortress. You can also try on the medieval chainmail of the times of the civil war and learn about the food and education of people in the Middle Ages.
If you like British and vegetarian cuisine, be sure to check out here. Here you should try the amazing tofu burger, tofu and chickpea salad. Many visitors to Goji Vegetarian Cafe are advised to order a tasty lemon pie, butterscotch pudding and chocolate cake. Order here a good chocolate frappe, tea or hot chocolate.
Fountains Abbey is the largest and best preserved ruins of a Cistercian abbey in England. Built in 1132, the Fountains Abbey was destroyed in 1539 by order of King Henry VIII during the secularization of church lands. The peak of prosperity of the Founta abbey fell on the first half of the 13th century, thanks to generous donations, the main cathedral was enlarged in size, and a monastery hospital was also added. However, by the end of the same century, the abbey was faced with financial problems, which intensified by the beginning of the XIV century, when the Scottish army invaded the northern territories of England. After the plague of 1349, the abbey finally fell into disrepair. The abbey itself, like the surrounding Royal Stadley Park, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. The picturesque surroundings of Fountains Abbey attract many tourists, moreover, various historical films and TV series were filmed here, including the filming of the famous children's book “The Mysterious Garden”.
The abbey was founded in 1154 on the lands granted to Augustins by Lady Alice de Rumili in memory of his drowned son. But by order of Henry VIII, everything except the local parish church was destroyed. Therefore, to date, only this functioning church of St. Mary has been preserved. Explore the ruins of Priorat and discover a landscape full of history and legends, stroll along the promenade, forest and heath paths or just relax on the river bank with a picnic.
Ilkley Quarry is the site of the famous Cow and Calf, a large rock formation consisting of an outcrop and boulder, also known as the Hangingstone Cliffs. The stones are made of fine-grained sand, a variety of sandstone, and are so named because one is big and the smaller one is sitting next to it, like a cow and a calf. According to legend, the Calf was separated from the cow when the giant Rombald was fleeing from the enemy, and stomped on the rock when he jumped across the valley. They say the enemy was his evil wife. She threw stones held in her skirt to form the local rock The Skirtful of Stones.
If you like British dishes, check out this place. Have a wonderful evening here and order amazing ox meat, flat iron steak and black cod. Many visitors come here to order good ice cream, pecan pie and pudding. At Ox Club, be sure to try a good homemade wine, beer or ale. According to customer reviews, the service is amazing.
Just imagine living in a real castle and you will have the opportunity to visit one where the Earl family still lives. Just a part of the castle is open to the public as a museum.
The palace was built in 1759-1771, for the family of Baron Harwood, who grew rich in the West Indies. The architects of the building are John Carr and Robert Adam, most of the furniture was made by the famous Thomas Chipendale. In the middle of the 18th century, the first Baron Harwood, Evin Lassels, ordered the construction of a house. He belongs to this family today: the 8th Lord Harwood, David Lassels, lives here with his family. Earl opened the house to the public, organizes excursions and lessons on drawing plants. Therefore, today the value of Harwood House is not limited to just a monument of the past. A few years ago, Harwood House organized an exhibition on the history of slavery and conducted a study on this topic with the University of New York, which complemented the historical overview.