Easy Trips from Manchester Without a Car

In the second of our four-part guide to discovering the best of Britain, we look at easy trips from Manchester to the surrounding area, including beautiful national parks and charismatic market towns.  Here are our top recommendations from the team at Manchester Academy of English:

1. Lake Windermere

Visit the beautiful village of Windermere and take a boat ride on the largest natural lake in England.  10.5 miles long and 1 mile wide, Lake Windermere is a stunning location that is popular with both British and foreign visitors alike.

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Approximate journey time: 2 hours 15 minutes by train (from Manchester Piccadilly)

 

2. The Peak District

The Peak District National Park is an easy train ride away from Manchester. The first ever national park in the UK, it covers 555 miles of breath-taking landscape full of rolling green hills and valleys.

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Approximate journey time: 1 hour by train (from Manchester Piccadilly to Edale)

 

3. The Market Town of Hebden Bridge

Located in Yorkshire in the Upper Calder Valley is the historic market town of Hebden Bridge. Close to the Pennine Way it is a great area for outdoor activities like walking and cycling.

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Meet Laura, part of the team at Manchester Academy of English – she recently filmed this video near Hebden Bridge:

Approximate journey time: 45 minutes by train (from Manchester Victoria)

 

4. Tatton Park

A beautiful historic estate including a neo-classical mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens and 1000 acres of deer park, Tatton Park is a great day trip from Manchester.

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Approximate journey time: 45 minutes by train and bus (from Manchester Piccadilly to Knutsford, Bus from Knutsford to Tatton Hall)

 

5. Lyme Park

A National Trust site just on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park country house takes you back to the Edwardian Era of Northern England.  It’s beautiful grounds also feature the lake where Mr Darcy met Miss Bennet in the BBC’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

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Approximate journey time: 30 minutes by train (from Manchester Piccadilly to Disley)

 


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