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Top Choice Church in Liverpool

Liverpool Cathedral

Britain's largest church, this magnificent neo-Gothic building is also the world's largest Anglican cathedral. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (creator of the red telephone box) and is a stunning bit of a…
Top Choice Football in Liverpool

Liverpool Football Club

A dominant footballing force for most of the 1970s and 1980s, Liverpool FC remains one of the world's most famous and best-supported clubs, despite not winning a league championship since 1991. Its current crop of s…
Top Choice Architecture in Chester

Rows

Besides the City Walls, Chester's other great draw is the Rows, a series of two-level galleried arcades along the four streets that fan out in each direction from the Central Cross. The architecture is a handsome mi…
Top Choice Horse Racing in Liverpool

Grand National

The world's most famous steeplechase – and one of England's most cherished events – takes place on the first Saturday in April and is run across 4.5 miles and over the most difficult fences in world racing. Its prot…
Top Choice British in Liverpool

Restaurant Fraiche

Five tables, one solitary chef and a gleaming Michelin star: Marc Wilkinson's tiny restaurant in Oxton on the Wirral is worth the effort precisely because he goes to great lengths to provide one of the best culinary…
Top Choice Landmark in Chester

City Walls

A good way to get a sense of Chester's unique character is to walk the 2-mile circuit along the walls that surround the historic centre. Originally built by the Romans around AD 70, the walls were altered substantia…
Top Choice Museum in Liverpool

International Slavery Museum

Museums are, by their very nature, like a still of the past, but the extraordinary International Slavery Museum resonates very much in the present. It reveals slavery's unimaginable horrors – including Liverpool's o…
Top Choice Museum in Manchester

Museum of Science & Industry

Manchester's rich industrial legacy is explored in this excellent museum set within the enormous grounds of the old Liverpool St station, the oldest rail terminus in the world. The large collection of steam engines,…
Top Choice Museum in Manchester

People's History Museum

The story of Britain's 200-year march to democracy is told in all its pain and pathos at this superb museum, housed in a refurbished Edwardian pumping station. You clock in on the 1st floor (literally: punch your ca…
Top Choice Amusement Park in Blackpool

Blackpool Tower

Built in 1894, this 154m-high tower is Blackpool's most recognisable landmark. Watch a 4D film on the town's history in the Blackpool Tower Eye before taking the elevator up to the observation deck, which has splend…