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Things to do in north west England

Planning to visit north west England? Read our two local families' recommendations for some great days out with the kids across the North West.
By Jenny Scott
Boots Feature
Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

A great day out

We asked two local families, Jon and Ellie Duff and their children Jacob, 12, Alicia, seven and Katie, four, and Linda Sawley who has taken several generations of nieces and nephews to tourist attractions in the area. Here are their recommendations for some great days out:

Imperial War Museum North, Greater Manchester

A sister museum of the London attraction, the Imperial War Museum North has a host of exhibitions, plus an award-winning 360 degree audio-visual experience, in which images of war are projected on to the gallery walls.

Ellie says: "There are lots of kids' activities at weekends and during the school holidays, including things like storytelling and crafts. You can experience the sights, sounds - and smells! - of life down a trench. It's hugely interactive, although it's also quite harrowing and thought-provoking."

Lake Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria

The largest natural lake in the England, Windermere - and neighbouring town Ambleside - have a host of family activities. Take a cruise across the lake or experience it from below at the Lakes Aquarium. 

Ellie says: "This is one of the busiest parts of the Lakes - so be warned! But it's also great for kids with lots of activities going on."

Beatrix Potter's Cottage, Lake District, Cumbria

If you love Beatrix Potter's classic children's stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, you'll be interested in visiting the cottage where she wrote many of her most famous works.

Ellie says: "Stately homes aren't really our thing... but Katie loved visiting the house of the lady who wrote Mrs Tiggy-Winkle!"

Clitheroe, Lancashire

Clitheroe is a market town on the banks of the River Ribble. Explore its Norman castle, set in landscaped grounds or climb nearby Pendle Hill - reputed home of the notorious Pendle witches

Ellie says: "Clitheroe is an old-fashioned English market town. We love going to The Emporium  - a coffee shop in a Methodist Chapel. Then we go for a walk around the castle grounds."

Chester, Cheshire

Like York, Chester has a wealth of history. You can visit the remains of its Roman amphitheatre or take a walk around its historic city walls.

Ellie says: "Chester's a beautiful city. There's all sorts to do. We like to take a walk by the river, where you can hire a boat, before wandering through the parks and the shops."

Chester Zoo

Close to Chester is its famous zoo, set in 110 acres of award-winning gardens. Here you'll find more than 7,000 animals, including more than 400 rare, exotic and endangered species.

Ellie says: "A great day out. As well as all the animals - which are beautiful - you can have a ramble through the gardens, then hop into Chester for your tea."

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