These are the top 18 things to do in the North West according to Lonely Planet 2019

The north west of England has an infinite amount of incredible things to experience, sights to see and things to do, and knowing where to start can be intimidating.

You need to add these things to your must visit list
You need to add these things to your must visit list

If you’re gearing up to tackle the best that the UK has to offer, travel guide Lonely Planet has ranked the 500 “unmissable experiences and hidden gems” across the UK for the ultimate UK travel guide, and this is the best of the best in the north west.

The national museum of democracy, learn about its past, present and future in Britain. With opportunities to learn, be inspired by and get involved with ideas worth fighting for, this museum is a must visit
With a tour available, you can get inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney and see the unique places where they grew up and the Beatles were born
A beacon of celebration in the heart of the city, the Gay Village is a must visit for those heading to Manchester. With loads of different events and entertainment going on every night of the week, there will be something for you

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    Found inside the Merseyside Maritime Museum, this museum is the only one of its kind as it explores the various aspects of historical and contemporary slavery
    With stunning Victorian Gothic architecture, "library" may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Commissioned by Enriqueta Rylands in her late husband's memory, this world class collection is a must see
    Founded in 1896, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the top 20 most visited amusement parks in the world and is host to rides such as the big dipper, blue flyer and the big one - perfect for families and thrill seekers alike
    With original 13th century buildings, including the Three Old Arches in Bridge, The Rows are unique to Chester and its presence is a mystery, with no-one being quite sure why they were built in this way


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    With its history stretching back to 1839, the Royal Albert Dock is found on Liverpool's amazing incredible World Heritage Site waterfront, it features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the country
    A hidden gem with picturesque villages, countrysides to soothe your soul and friendly inhabitants, Ribble Valley is the perfect destination for getting back to nature
    The TT races is the ultimate must see event for motorsports fans across the globe - every May and June, the Isle of Man because a motorcycle lovers dream as the best of the best gather to take part in the "Mountain Course"
    Get to know one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Jean-Luc Godard at HOME, Manchester's centre for contemporary theatre, music, art, films and more


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    A traditional pub with unique character, it's known as "the most ornate pub in England" and is also simply referred to as "The Phil". With a range of real ales and amazing pub food, what's not to love?
    Open every Tuesday and Thursday, Lonely Planet described it as "one of the city's best kept secrets" in 2009. Learn about Manchester's hidden past, it's eerie underworld and find out what life was like for the officers
    One of the fastest growing areas in Liverpool, the Baltic Triangle offers up the chance to experience the best examples of Liverpool's creative industry, with food, drink, music, shopping and more
    A living illustration of a farming and crofting community in the 19th and early 20th century, you'll get the chance to see plough horses, loghtan sheep, shorthorn cows, pigs and even manx cats


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    One of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England, Beenston will allow you to see the amazing views from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. Boasting a 4,000 year history, there's loads to explore at Beeston
    A feat of Victorian engineering, this is the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world. Also known as The Lady Isabella, watch the wheel turn and climb to the top to be treated with panoramic views of Glen Mooar Valley
    This charity is committed to using visual and performing arts to bring theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy and the visual arts to life