Visit Peel Tower
The iconic Peel Tower on Halcombe Hill in Ramsbottom is a tribute to Sire Robert Peel, who was twice Prime Minister and founded the universally applauded metropolitan police. The climb is worth the effort and those visiting should also take the opportunity to enjoy the quaint village of Ramsbottom.
Take afternoon tea at the Red House Farm
With twists and turns and paths and blocks made from over 500,000 maize plants, the Red House Farm is home to a fun maze that sits in the village of Dunham Massey. Throughout the summer months visitors can also enjoy afternoon tea, the popular barrel train and straw-mountain.
Visit a house that Charlotte Bronte stayed in
A 20-mile drive from Manchester, the just-reopened Gawthorpe Hall is supposedly where Charlotte Bronte’s pseudonym, ‘Currer Bell’, was created. Her second visit, in 1855, was less positive: insisting on walking the gorgeous grounds, she caught a fatal chill. Visitors love to wander the grounds and soak in the literary charm
Discover the mysteries of Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill, which rises up above the Lancashire countryside, is an hour north of Manchester. It is said to be so haunted, many locals refuse to walk on the hill after dark. The trials of the Pendle Witches, which took place in 1612, are the most famous witch trials in English history, where ten people were hanged for crimes including murder by witchcraft. This chilling tour combines the area’s terrifying history with its beautiful landscape and views.
Experience medieval life at Ruthin Castle
To experience raucous medieval life, join a night of feasting and revelry where everything – from the menu to the waiting staff – is in period style. At Ruthin Castle in north Wales – around an hour’s drive west of Manchester – the medieval feasts are modelled on the legendary banquets held by the Earl of Warwick (son of Henry VIII) in the 16th century.
See the stars at Jodrell Bank
A fantastic day out for families, Jodrell Bank is one of the greatest observatories in the world and home to the Lovell Telescope – the biggest on the planet when it was constructed in 1955, and still the third largest today. The Discovery Centre offers lots of hands-on activities in two exhibition pavilions, including the chance to experiment with sound-waves and interactive exhibits to find out how the Lowell Telescope works.