Top things to do

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 Football in Liverpool

Liverpool Football Club

Doff o' the cap to Evertonians and Beatle-maniacs, but no single institution represents the Mersey spirit and strong sense of identity more powerfully than Liverpool FC, which dominated British football in the '70s …
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 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 Modern British in Forest of Bowland

Northcote Hotel

One of the finest restaurants in northern England, Northcote's Michelin-starred menu is the unpretentious, delicious creation of chef Nigel Haworth and sommelier Craig Bancroft. Duck, lamb, beef and chicken are give…
Top Choice Modern British in Manchester

Manchester House

This much-praised restaurant atop a nondescript '60s-era tower serves molecular cuisine, but with a Manchester twist. Chef Aiden Byrne offers a simplified version of Blumenthal and Adriá, but without sacrificing any…
Top Choice Pub in Liverpool

Philharmonic

This extraordinary bar, designed by the shipwrights who built the Lusitania, is one of the most beautiful bars in all of England. The interior is resplendent with etched and stained glass, wrought iron, mosaics and …
Top Choice Modern British in Chester

Simon Radley at the Grosvenor

Simon Radley's formal restaurant (you're instructed to arrive 30 minutes early for drinks and canapés) has served near-perfect Modern British cuisine since 1990, when it was first awarded the Michelin star that it h…
Top Choice Modern British in Forest of Bowland

Inn at Whitewell

Head chef Jamie Cadman specialises in exquisitely prepared and presented traditional English game dishes like whole roast Goosnargh cornfed poussin. The views from the restaurant are stunning.