Manchester is one of Britain’s most dynamic cities; known by many people around the world. From football to music—and the city’s rich history and culture— this city located in the north-west of the UK welcomes over 1.3 million visitors from overseas.

Once you are in Manchester and you’ve explored the city centre,, you may want to venture out and sample some of the idyllic British countryside. Good news:you can get there quickly by train. If you’re travelling from abroad, use Omio to find out how about travelling around the UK by train.

There are many day-trip destinations close by to Manchester which can be reached by train:


Blackpool is arguably the quintessential British seaside town. Since the Victorian times, people have been coming here to get a blast of sea and sand and—if they’re lucky— catch some rays or to explore the nightlife.. Blackpool has everything from donkey rides to the amusement park Blackpool Pleasure Beach which is home to the famous roller coaster, The Big One.  It is also the home of ballroom dancing and featured on Strictly Come Dancing—the nation’s favourite TV show—every year.


Chester is a historic English city packed with history and culture. The city’s walls were originally built by the Romans but were fortified and made into a complete circuit of the city in the 12th century. Many of the buildings are in the Tudor style, and you can visit the Roman Coliseum if you want more history.

As well as history, you can visit many of the excellent traditional English pubs or discover why the city is famed for its shopping.

The Pennines

To appreciate the British countryside, a trek out to The Pennines is well worth your time. Here you’ll discover rolling hills, grassy meadows where sheep pass their time grazing on the land. Over the years pubs and restaurants have sprung up here, and nearly all of them are high quality. If you want to feel like you’re a character in a classic English novel exploring the countryside, this is for you.

Jodrell Bank & Tatton Park

The Jodrell Bank is home to the largest radio telescope in the world. The Lovell Telescope points towards the stars and is over 90m high. You can visit Jodrell Bank visitor centre and discover the stars using the telescope.

Close-by is Tatton Parkwhich features a neo-classical stately home, working farms, award-winning gardens, and a deer park. It is a beautiful place, and you can combine a visit to Tatten Park  and Jodrell Bank in aday.


Another great British city—known throughout the world for football—is Liverpool.  The birthplace of The Beatles, the city has plenty of attractions that take you on the water by boat and through the city. The shopping experience is excellent featuring both local and globally-known brands. The museums are superb, which bring this city alive by exploring its complex history.

Whether you are a Liverpudlian or a Mancunian (born and bred), or a visitors from overseas, trains are the ideal transport method way to get around the UK.  With regular train routes covering the north-west and mobile tickets available with Omio,make sure you get out and about and enjoy everything the North West has to offer—without waiting in the queues at the ticket kiosk.


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