9 of the Best Budget-Friendly Summer Trips in the North West

18th August 2017

Whether it's a weekend adventure or return trip in a day, the North West of England is only a train ride away.

Whether it's a weekend adventure or return trip in a day, the North West of England is only a train ride away. Helping you to explore what this region has to offer, we've put together an itinerary of budget friendly activities. With a third off rail fares with a Railcard you can capture each moment for less this summer!

 

Plan your trip now and find out how much you can save using our Journey Planner.

 

Sea Life Centre - Manchester

Enjoy a day under the sea as you and your family embark on a magical journey from the coast to the ocean's depths. You can also get up close to the best of Sea Life Centre Manchester's residents as you walk through the amazing ocean tunnel. Find out more here.

 

Travel: Off-Peak Journey from Liverpool Lime Street - Manchester Piccadilly with a Family and Friends Railcard - £6.20

Usually: £9.60

Saving: £3.40

Extra savings: get 2FOR1 entry for top attractions in Britain when you travel by train, including Sea Life Centre Manchester.

 

The World of Beatrix Potter - Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

Hop, skip and jump into this vibrant family attraction which brings all 23 enchanting Beatrix Potter stories together in a magical recreation of the Lake District countryside. Keep your eyes peeled for iconic characters, including Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy-winkle. Find out more here.

 

Travel: Off-Peak Journey from Leeds - Windermere with a Two Together Railcard - £55.80

Usually: £84.60

Saving: £28.80

 

Tate - Liverpool

The home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the north, Tate is located in one of Albert Dock's former warehouses. Browse all four floors or get involved in an array of tours, talks, workshops and activities which are influenced by the current exhibitions. Find out more here.

 

Travel: Off-Peak Journey from York - Liverpool with a Family and Friends Railcard - £80.40

Usually: £141.90

Saving: £61.50

Extra savings: get 2FOR1 entry for top attractions in Britain when you travel by train, including Tate Liverpool.

 

BBC Tour - Salford, Greater Manchester

Walk in the footsteps of your favourite BBC personalities and characters at the BBC's Media City home. Take a peek behind the scenes at how programmes such as Blue Peter, A Question of Sport, Mastermind, BBC Breakfast and CBBC come together. Find out more here.

 

Travel: Off-Peak Journey from Birmingham - Salford Crescent Station with a Two Together Railcard - £29.60

Usually: £44.80

Saving: £15.20

 

Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre - Liverpool

Take a trip underground and explore a unique labyrinth of tunnels created by eccentric philanthropist, Joseph Williamson. Learn more about this 19th century site under Liverpool's Edge Hill area and the workers who created this extraordinary maze. Find out more here.

 

Travel: Off-Peak Journey from Chester - Liverpool Lime Street with a Family and Friends Railcard - £12.00

Usually: £21.20

Saving: £9.20

Extra savings: get 2FOR1 entry for top attractions in Britain when you travel by train, including Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre.

 

Cycling and Mountain Biking - Penrith, Cumbria

Get out into the great outdoors and peddle through some of the most stunning scenery the North West has to offer. Simply hire two wheels when you arrive and take off on a challenging off-road mountain biking route, or gentle country lanes. Find out more and plan your route here.

 

Travel: Off-Peak Journey from London - Penrith with a Two Together Railcard - £135.00

Usually: £204.60

Saving: £69.60

 

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre - Macclesfield, Cheshire

Enjoy a day that's guaranteed to be out of this world at Jodrell Bank, discovering more about the wonders of the universe and workings of the iconic, giant Lovell Telescope. The planet, space and star pavilions are bound to amaze the whole family. Find out more here.

 

Travel: Off-Peak Journey from Huddersfield - Macclesfield with a Family and Friends Railcard - £35.00

Usually: £61.80

Saving: £26.80

 

The Blackpool Tower Eye - Blackpool

Take in views of the North West, including the Lake District and across to the Isle of Man, while breathing in sea air from 380 feet up. Test your nerves as you walk over the glass viewing platform, with views directly down to the famous Blackpool Promenade. Find out more here.

 

Travel: Off-Peak Journey from Preston - Blackpool with a Two Together Railcard - £9.50

Usually: £14.40

Saving: £4.90

 

 

Delta Force Paintball - Manchester

Mission possible. Challenge your friends to a themed paintball battle, where you will be armed to look the part, donning the latest paintball equipment to protect you from head to toe. It's time to pick sides and put your skills to the test! Find out more here.

 

Travel: Off-Peak Journey from Warrington - Patricroft with a Family and Friends Railcard - £13.30

Usually: £23.40

Saving: £10.10

Extra savings: get 2FOR1 entry for top attractions in Britain when you travel by train, including Delta Force Paintball.

 

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