Best Daytrips from Manchester

Many guests on our food tours ask us about the best daytrips from Manchester. We’re very lucky with our central location and good transport links. Here’s 3 suggestions for daytrips from Manchester.

The Roman City of Chester

Chester, a city brimming with history dating back to Roman times ia about an hours drive from Manchester.
Start with a visit to the ancient city walls, which are the most complete Roman and medieval city walls in Britain. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the walls, offering fantastic views of the city and the River Dee.
The Chester Roman Amphitheatre is the largest of its kind in Britain. You can easily envision gladiatorial contests and Roman entertainment taking place here. (word of warning, you might get caught up in one of the many school trips that we all did as kids here)
Nearby, visit the Chester Cathedral, a stunning example of medieval architecture with beautiful gardens and a tranquil cloister.
After lunch, take a relaxing stroll along the River Dee. You might even opt for a scenic boat cruise to see more of Chester’s picturesque riverside. Then, explore Grosvenor Park, a beautifully landscaped Victorian park perfect for a leisurely walk or a quiet moment amidst nature.
If your visit coincides with a race evening in the summer, end your day at Chester Racecourse, the oldest racecourse still in operation in the world.

The Scenic Beauty of the Peak District

The Peak District National Park, known for its stunning landscapes and outdoor activities, is just a short journey from Manchester.
Enjoy a leisurly hike to one of the area’s iconic viewpoints, such as Mam Tor or Kinder Scout. These trails offer breathtaking views of rolling hills, rugged moorlands, and picturesque valleys.

After a morning of hiking, head to the charming market town of Bakewell, famous for its Bakewell Pudding. Wander through its quaint streets, visit the local shops, and enjoy a hearty lunch at one of the traditional pubs or cafes. Don’t forget to sample the town’s namesake dessert!

Chatsworth House
Spend your afternoon exploring Chatsworth House, one of England’s most magnificent stately homes. Tour the opulent interiors, admire the extensive art collection, and wander through the beautiful gardens and parkland. Chatsworth’s grandeur and history make it a highlight of any trip to the Peak District

The Vibrant City of Liverpool

A 40 minute journey is all you need to explore another North West city in Liverpool.

Albert Dock and Maritime Heritage
The historic Albert Dock, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum to learn about the city’s maritime history, including its role in the transatlantic slave trade and the story of the Titanic.

The Beatles Story
Next, dive into Liverpool’s musical heritage at The Beatles Story museum. This engaging exhibit takes you on a journey through the lives and careers of the Fab Four.

Liverpool Cathedrals
In the afternoon, visit Liverpool Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Britain. Its impressive Gothic architecture and stunning views from the tower are not to be missed. .You can read more about Liverpool’s two cathedrals in our Liverpool Bites blog here;

Food Tour
Join one of our small group food tours of Liverpool. Led by a local guide you’ll be shown some of the city’s best independent food traders. We don’t cncentrate on the tourist areas. Instead we focus on places locals love. Full of history, and cool stories about the city. You can book your places here;

Manchester’s central location makes it an excellent starting point for day trips that showcase the best of Northern England. From the historical charm of Chester to the natural beauty of the Peak District and the vibrant culture of Liverpool, each destination offers a unique and memorable experience. And all within an hours drive from the city centre.

A scenic view of the Peak District