Vibrant, timeless and fun, Blackpool has remained one of the UK’s favourite seaside destinations thanks to its iconic tower, sandy beaches and old-fashioned trams. From here we explore the Lake District with its natural beauty and stunning scenery, including a cruise of lovely Lake Windermere. We also visit a traditional market and enjoy a nostalgic journey on a heritage railway, taking us back to a bygone era.
We’ll stay at one of two hotels in Blackpool:
The Melville Hotel is situated opposite Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre and beach. The hotel offers a lounge bar, restaurant and en-suite rooms with flat-screen TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. (JG2 rating)
Situated on Blackpool’s North Promenade, the Bedford Hotel features two bars, a restaurant, guest lounge and games room plus an indoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi (small charge applies for leisure facilities). All the en-suite rooms offer a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. (JG2 rating)
Kendal, Bowness-on-Windermere & Lake Windermere Cruise (full day)
We make our way to the Lake District, stopping first at the town of Kendal, the southern gateway to the Lakes and home of the famous Kendal mint cake. We then head to Bowness-on-Windermere, a charming enclave on the eastern shores of Lake Windermere.
From here we explore the beauty of Lake Windermere on a scenic cruise. We enjoy magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and many wooded islands as we cruise England’s largest lake. We disembark back in Bowness-on-Windermere where we enjoy free time in this bustling town with its craft and gift shops, lakeside cafés and tea rooms.
Bury Market & East Lancashire Railway (full day)
The town of Bury is renowned for its fantastic 500-year-old market. One of Britain’s finest traditional markets, it boasts over 350 stalls offering a wide range of products – perfect for shoppers and bargain hunters.
After a morning browsing for bargains at the busy market, we board our train on the heritage East Lancashire Railway for a relaxing journey to Rawtenstall through the scenic Irwell Valley with its beautiful rural panoramas and picture postcard villages, passing over viaducts and through tunnels.
Southport & Lytham St Annes – £12pp (full day)
On our optional excursion we head first to the traditional Victorian seaside town of Southport. Known as England’s Classic Resort, it is home to the country’s second longest and oldest pier, and has miles of golden sand and beautiful parks and gardens perfect for a relaxing stroll.
We continue on to the charming seaside resort of Lytham St Annes, nestled on a picturesque stretch of coastline. Take a stroll along the seafront or explore some of the sights such as the Grade II listed windmill and beautifully-restored Victorian pier.
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