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Manchester Museum
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Owned by the University of Manchester and housed in a striking, neo-Gothic building, the Manchester Museum has a vast collection that spans natural history, anthropology, and archaeology. Collection highlights include everything from a fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex (nicknamed "Stan") to ancient Egyptian artifacts.
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Manchester Art Gallery
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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Mersey Ferries

Taking a ferry across the Mersey has been a Liverpool tradition since Gerry and the Pacemakers sang the smash hit ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ in 1964. In fact, boats have been crossing the river at this point for more than 800 years.

Departing from the Pier Head, next to the famous Liver Building on the riverfront, the company’s ferries sail across the water to Birkenhead and Seacombe on the Wirral Peninsula. The fleet’s three boats are called Snowdrop, Royal Daffodil and Royal Iris of the Mersey. Mersey Ferry services include cross-river commuter transport, 50-minute river explorer cruises, and trips along the Manchester Ship Canal to Salford Quays in Manchester. There are also special cruises throughout the year, including bird-watching sailings. Along with Gerry and the Pacemakers, many other artists have recorded ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’, one of Liverpool’s most popular anthems, including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Burton Cummings, Pat Metheny and Sir Paul McCartney.

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People's History Museum
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Take a step back through the more recent history of Manchester’s organized labor movement and social history from the 18th century and on. Here, visitors can learn about the people who made the city what it is today and the people’s fight for democracy.
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Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall

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Hadrian’s Wall was built in the 2nd century AD during the reign of the emperor for whom it was named. At the time it marked the northernmost limit of the Roman Empire.

The stone fortifications, stretching between present-day Newcastle and Carlisle, represent the greatest monument of Roman Britain and are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The longest preserved stretches of wall are between the towns of Chollerford and Walton, while along its route you will find the remains of numerous forts as well as a temple dedicated to the goddess Mithras at Carrawburgh.

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Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls

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Immortalized on-screen in Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and famously inspiring artists and poets like Ruskin, Turner and Wordsworth, the Aysgarth Falls have long been renowned as a local beauty spot. The three-tiered falls are undeniably photogenic, with thousands of gallons of water cascading down a series of natural limestone steps and framed by a canopy of trees.

The scenic falls lie on the River Ure at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and make a popular destination for hikers, with a number of trails running through the surrounding woodlands and a walking route following the length of the falls. The falls are most impressive during the wetter months, when the water levels are highest, and strategically placed viewing decks offer expansive views over the landscape.

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Old Sarum

Old Sarum

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Old Trafford

Old Trafford

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Welcome to the home of the prestigious Manchester United Football Club! Arguably England’s favorite, the 75,000 seat “Old Tafford” stadium has hosted FA Cup semi-finals, 1966 World Cup matches, Euro 96 matches and 2003 Champions League Final matches, as well as rugby league's annual Super League Grand Final and the final of two Rugby League World Cups. It also hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics football matches, including women's international football for the first time in its history.

The ‘Theater of Dreams’, as nicknamed by English football star player Bobby Charlton, is the second-largest football stadium in the United Kingdom after Wembley Stadium and the ninth-largest in Europe. Aside from sporting uses, the stadium is regularly used for private functions and has hosted several concerts, like Bon Jovi, Genesis and Bruce Springsteen.

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River Dee

River Dee

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Famous Blacksmiths Shop

Famous Blacksmiths Shop

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SEA LIFE® Manchester

SEA LIFE® Manchester

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Spend an educational day exploring the underwater world without getting too wet: participate in a feeding demo, attend a talk, or stroke a starfish. At SEA LIFE® Manchester, 30 display tanks, including an immersive ocean tunnel, house more than 5,000 sea creatures—everything from jellyfish to sea turtles, spider crabs to sharks.
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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, Manchester

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, Manchester

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One of only two in the United Kingdom, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester promises an exciting family-friendly day out. Let your imagination run riot at LEGO® workshops, ride Kingdom Quest, check out the 4D cinema, and marvel over miniatures. Then, stop by the play area before buying bricks of your own in the LEGO shop.
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