Within One Hour from Manchester
THE BEATLES STORY
Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4AA
Tel: (0151) 7091963
Relive the sights and sounds of the 1960s. A magical tour for all the family.
Opening times: daily 10.00-18.00 (17.00 closing Nov-March). Closed Dec 25-26.
Admission: £6.45; child/OAP/unwaged/student £4.75; family £16.
BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH
525 Promenade, Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 1EZ
Tel: (01253) 341033
More than 145 attractions, including the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in the world.
Opening times: daily to Nov 8.
Admission: packages from £9.
BLUE PLANET AQUARIUM
Longlooms Road, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire L65 9LF
Tel: (0930) 100 300
Opened in July last year at a cost of £14m. Five themed areas with two floors of interactive exhibits.
Opening times: all year daily 10.00-18.00 except Dec 25.
Admission: £7.50 child£5; family £28.
Bramhall Park, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire SK7 3NX
Tel: (0161) 485 3708
Discount card: free adult or child with a full-paying adult. Not valid for special events Tudor house set in 70 acres of parkland.
House contains 16th-century wall paintings, Victorian kitchens and servants' quarters.
Opening times: Jan-Easter, weekends and New Year's Day 13.00-16.00. Good Fri-Sep 30 Mon-Sat 13.00-17.00. Sun and bank hols
11.00-17.00. Oct 1-Dec 1 Tue-Sat 13.00-16.00, Sun 11.00-16.00. Closed Dec 25-26.
Admission: £3.50, child £2.
BROOKSIDE MINIATURE RAILWAY
Brookside Garden Centre, Macclesfield Road, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1BY
Tel: (01625) 872919
Discount card: two for one Extensive 7¼ in-gauge railway. Steam and diesel locomotives, authentic GWR station
Opening times: April-Sep Wed, Sat and Sun; July-Aug daily 11.30-16.30; Sat, Sun all year.
Admission: £1 ride.
CAMELOT THEME PARK AND RARE BREEDS FARM
Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 5LP
Tel: (01257) 453044/452100
Discount card: one child free with two full-paying adults. Daily jousting tournaments, indoor entertainment centre and
Opening times: 10.00-17.30 March 27-Nov 7.
Admission: £7.99; OAF £6.50.
CATALYST: THE MUSEUM OF THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 ODF
Tel: (0151) 420 1121
Discount card: one child free with a full-paying adult More than 100 interactive exhibits showing the impact of chemicals on everyday life.
Open times: all year Tue-Fri and bank hols 10.00-17.00; Sat and Sun 11.00-17.00. Closed Dec 24-26 and Jan 1.
Admission: £4.65; child £3.40; concession £3.95; family £13.95.
Upton, Chester, Cheshire CH2 1LH
Tel: (01244) 380280
One of Europe's finest zoological gardens with 5,000 animals in 110 acres of enclosures and gardens.
Opening times: summer 10.00-17.30 daily; winter 10.00-15.30.
Admission: £9.50; child £7.00; OAP £7.50; family £34.
HISTORIC WARSHIPS: HMS PLYMOUTH AND HMS ONYX AND U534
East Float, Dock Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside L41 1DJ
Tel: (0151) 6501573
Discount card: one child free with full-paying adult Explore two naval vessels that served in the Falklands conflict and a German U-boat.
Opening times: summer daily 10.00-17.00; winter 10.00-16.00.
Admission: £5; child £3; OAP £4; family £14.
Anfield Road, Liverpool, Merseyside L4 0TH
Tel: (0151) 260 6677
Discount card: two for one Interactive museum at one of Britain's top football clubs. Also stadium tours around Anfield
Opening times: 10.00-17.00; match days 10.00-1hr before kick-off.
Admission: visitor centre £5; child/OAP £13; family £13; with tour £8; child/OAP £5; family £20.
Disley, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 2NX
Tel: (01663) 762 023
600 years old mansion with formal garden and ancient deer park.
Opening times: Park: Apr-Oct 8am-8.30pm;Nov to Mar 8am-6pm House, Garden, Shops: Apr-Oct (Fri-Tue) 11am-5pm
Admission: park £3.30; house £3; garden £3; house&garden £4; family £10.
LOUIS TUSSAUD'S WAXWORKS
87/89 Central Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 5AA
Discount card: one child free with two full-paying adults (excludes anatomy exhibition) Displays of wax models and tableaux.
Chamber of horrors, anatomy exhibition (adults only/optional charge).
Opening times: summer 10.00-20.00 daily; during Blackpool Illuminations 10.00-22.00; winter: 10.00-17.00.
Admission: £3.50; child £1.80; OAP £2.80; family (four) £10.
MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM
Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4AQ
Tel: (0151) 478 4499
Award-winning museum in 19th-century docklands, includes a cooperage and warehouse.
Opening times: 10.00-17.00. Closed Dec 23-26 and Jan 1.
Admission: £3; child free; concessions £1.50; family £8.
QUARRY BANK MILL
Tel: (01625) 527 468
Museum of the cotton textile industry with demonstrations of spinning and weaving. Includes millworker's world exhibit, magnificent giant
water wheel and fully restored apprentice house.
Opening times: Apr to Sept daily 11am-6pm, Oct to Mar daily (except Mon) 11am-5pm.
STAPELEY WATER GARDENS
London Road, Stapeley, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 7LH
Tel: (01270) 623868
Discount card: one child free to Palms Tropical Oasis with one full-paying adult Display gardens and pools; national collection of water
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9.00-18.00, Sat and bank hols 10.00-18.00, Sun 11.00-17.00 (earlier closing in winter). Closed Dec 15.
Admission: Palms Tropical Oasis £3.50; child £1.80; OAP £2.75.
Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0HB
Tel: (01565) 750151
Discount card: one child free with one full-paying adult Grade I 18th-century mansion designed by John Carr.
Opening times: April-Oct Thur, Fri-Sun and bank hols 14.00-17.00.
Admission: £4; child £1.50.
TATE GALLERY LIVERPOOL
Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 488
Tel: (0151) 709 3223/709 0507
Reopened in May last year after a £7m refurbishment, showing the best 20th-century art.
Opening times: all year Tue-Sun and bank hols 10.00-18.00. Closed Dec 24-26 and Jan 1.
Admission: free; charges for special exhibitions.
Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
Tel: (01625) 534400
Neo-classical mansion, Tudor old hall, 1930s working farm and 60 acres of gardens.
Opening times: April-Oct, park daily, attractions Tue-Sun. Nov-March, park and gardens Tue-Sun only.
Admission: mansion and garden £3; child £2; family £8.
THE WORLD 0F CORONATION STREET
Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire PY41BB
Tel: (01253) 795774
High-tech effects bring the television soap to life.
Opening times: daily 10.00.
Admission: £5.99 child £2.99; concession £3.99. £
Trafford Park, Manchester
Tel: +44 (0)161 749 1717
Opening times: Mon - Fri 10am to 9pm, Sat 9am to 7pm, Sun 12 noon to 6pm. (shopping times)