All posts filed under: North West England

Heritage Centre © Shropshire Tourism
Heritage Centre © Shropshire Tourism

Oswestry on the Welsh and English border is an old market town with a turbulent history. The home of Queen Gwinevere, the town is full of folklore and legend.

An ancient market town, Oswestry stands by an Iron Age Hill Fort named Caer Ogyrfan. According to legend, this was the name of King Arthur’s father in law. Gwinevere may have been born here. Of the 25 hill forts on the Welsh borders, this is the largest and is very impressive. The fort shows that […]

Derby © Visitderby.co.uk
Derby © Visitderby.co.uk

Derby has been in the middle of it all for thousands of years, boasting Bronze Age artefacts, to Neronian forts, and Georgian arts, there’s plenty for visitors to see and do.

The centre of the City of Derby is an eclectic blend of old and new. The mix includes the Cathedral, Georgian buildings in Friargate and cobbled streets, next to C20th urban townscape. The once splendid Friar Gate Bridge dates from 1878. Local iron foundry Andrew Handyman & Co. designed the bridge for the Great Northern […]

Morris Dancers at Apple Day © www.golakes.co.uk.
Morris Dancers at Apple Day © www.golakes.co.uk.

Penrith in the Lake District is right in the middle of it all! It’s a market town with cobbled lanes, and surrounded by Bronze Age monuments.

In the heart of Cumbria, Penrith is the social and commercial centre of the Eden District. It is the perfect base from which visitors can explore the Eden Valley and the Lake District National Park. The cobbled lanes in the town centre have independent shops and a range of eateries which range from cafes to […]

One of our editors at Liverpool Docks
Liverpool Docks

Liverpool, once the gateway to the New World, today a feast of culture and vitality

Liverpool and its delightful mix of galleries, museums, city-centre shopping and waterfront vistas is a popular destination for visitors. In the past, millions both left and arrived here; beginning of a new life either in the New World or here in England. Museums and Galleries in Liverpool In 1873, the businessman Andrew Walker presented the […]

Zefferellis cinema Ambleside High Street © Dave Willis and www.golakes.co.uk.
Zefferellis cinema Ambleside High Street © Dave Willis and www.golakes.co.uk.

Visit Bridge House at Stock Beck in Ambleside; a most curious relic

Ambleside has rich history and heritage. Every year, visitors flood into Ambleside to photograph, paint, sketch and just to enjoy seeing Bridge House for themselves. A C17thbuilding, the house has had many uses over its long lifetime and is one of the smallest in Britain. The house was built by the Braithwaite family who needed […]

Blackpool Prom showing the Tower

The 2017 Blackpool Bucket and Spade List

Blackpool Prom and Tower ©Sean Convoy and VisitBlackpool Looking to create some unforgettable summer memories?  Then why not head to Blackpool and you can see for yourself why this is the UK’s favourite beach resort. Not only does it have sand and sea, more shows, attractions and entertainment than you can shake a stick at, […]

Couple eating fish and chips in Keswick Town Centre.
Keswick © www.golakes.co.uk.

Keswick in the Lake District home of the Lake Poets

Keswick was a settlement in prehistoric times. In the C13th Edward I granted a licence for a Market here which continues today. In the Tudor era Keswick was a mining area, but since the C18th it has been a popular destination for visitors Buildings in Keswick The town has a Moot Hall (or court house) […]

Churchtown Shopping Centre
Churchtown Southport © Visit Southport

Southport a beautiful seaside town in Merseyside

Churchtown Southport.  © Visit Southport Southport is one of the UK’s favourite seaside destinations. It has 22 miles of sandy beaches, wonderful parks, and a shopping and cultural centre. Throughout the year there are events and festivals adding to the vibrant cultural scene. Southport Market The market is in the centre, on King Street, close […]

A view across the roof tops of kendal with the castle in the background © www.golakes.co.uk
Kendal town with the Castle behind © Ben Barden/ www.golakes.co.u

Kendal a green and beautiful town!

Kendal was already a settlement when the Romans arrived. The local people, the Brigantes, provided goods and services for the newcomers. The Romans built a fort at Watercrook which is just south of the present settlement in a bend of the River Kent. They remained for about 400 years. At the time of the Norman […]