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Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park lies within the northern English county from which it draws its name and is bounded by borders both ancient and modern: Hadrian's Wall lies to the south while the Scottish border forms the northern perimeter. The park offers some of the best untouched landscape in Britain, from the rolling Cheviot Hills to the sweeping heather-covered moorlands to the south.

The finest of traditional English hospitality awaits in villages like Harbottle and Holystone and the picturesque market town of Rothbury, where you’ll find welcoming tea houses and cozy pubs along with fascinating historic sites.

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Durham Castle

Durham Castle was built in 1072 by the order of William the Conqueror, who intended it as a statement of power over the local Saxons as well as a bulwark against Scotland to the north. Like Windsor Castle, it is an outstanding example of the “motte-and-bailey” style of fortress, whereby an imposing, almost circular stone structure sits on raised earth surrounded by fortifications.

Since the Norman era, the castle has been expanded and remodeled and now includes a soaring Great Hall, the Gothic Revival Bishop’s Rooms and the impressive Black Staircase, added during the 17th century Restoration.

Today Durham Castle remains a residence, though not for lords and knights, but rather for students of the city's university which owns the site.

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Blackpool Tower Circus
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At the base of Blackpool’s landmark tower, the Blackpool Tower Circus has provided spectacular entertainment since opening in 1894, making it Blackpool’s longest-running show. Book a ticket and the clowns, acrobats, and musicians will be sure to keep you amused with their antics and stunts.

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Crocky Trail

For a day of outdoor fun, head over to Crocky Trail adventure park. Tackle the rough-and-tumble trail itself—complete with rope bridges, stepping stones, sandpits, and swings—or stick to the playground rides before enjoying a picnic or snack from the on-site shop.

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Aintree Racecourse

Discover the home of the world-famous Grand National steeplechase on a trip to Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse. Dating back to 1829, the main site offers the opportunity to see traditional horse racing on scheduled race days, while its Equestrian Centre, Motor Racing Circuit, and Golf Centre provide alternatives for off-season visits.

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Mersey Ferries
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Running right through the heart of the city, the Mersey River is the lifeblood of Liverpool, and the city’s iconic ferries have sailed its shores for more than 800 years. Today, the Mersey Ferries remain a must-see attraction for visitors to Liverpool.

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Manchester Art Gallery
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One of Manchester’s premier museums, the Manchester Art Gallery was founded in the early 19th century and boasts a collection of more than 25,000 objects. It’s particularly renowned for its Victorian-era artworks (including multiple Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces) and places a strong focus on the decorative arts.

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