What Is There To Do In The North West For Families?

There are plenty of great things to do in the North West, especially for families. The North West spans over 5 counties, they include Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

With the area we’re covering, you can be assured we have great things for your family to do. As we’re a Housing Association company, our homes cover areas throughout the UK, and the North West is heavily involved in that. It is safe to say we know the area very well. 

In this Accent Housing blog, we are going to showcase the top 5 places to visit in the North West, and the top things to do…

What's on In The North West for families?


One of the best days out in the North West is to Cheshire. The county is known for its beautiful vistas, green spaces and charming towns and villages. The county has numerous museums, a zoo, 20 gardens and lots of independent shops. 

For families visiting it is a great location all year round but our recommendation would be to visit during the summer months or when the sun comes out (I know that’s not a lot) to get the most out of the beautiful gardens. 

The best things to do in Cheshire:

  1. Walk around Tatton Park in Knutsford and search for deer.
  2. Visit Lyme Park (the filming location of Pride and Prejudice) 
  3. Visit Gulliver’s World Resort for a child-friendly attraction
  4. Chester Zoo – Everybody loves a day out at the zoo


Lancashire has plenty to offer families when visiting. If you love adventure and wildlife then Blackpool is a very popular destination. From Blackpool zoo to the sea life centre to the beach and finally, the pleasure beach (Theme Park) - you may need more than one day!

If you’re looking for a more scenic and greenery space in Lancashire, you can take your little ones to the forest of Bowland and the surrounding areas. The natural beauty on weather permitting day is unbeatable, to top it off you can even visit wild boars.

Cheeky Monkeys - Bring out the animal in every child with a trip to this MASSIVE jungle-themed adventure play facility. If you’re chasing one of the more adventurous days out in North West England, then this is certainly the one to go for.


A family day out in Cumbria certainly won’t disappoint each member of your family. It is a space that is perfect when you’re craving your next adventure. With 180 miles of coastline and the home to the famous Lake District, you have a variety of options. 

Surprising to many, because the majority only ever visit the county of Cumbria to visit the Peak District, there is much more to do beyond the lakes.

The best things to do in Cumbria

  1. Day trip to Arnside and Silverdale – One of England’s areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB)
  2. Visit the Eden Valley – another AONB
  3. Boat trip around the lake of Windermere


Manchester is the biggest city in North West England, and it’s well-known for its rich industrial heritage. At a glance, you can appreciate the industrial buildings in the city.

If you’d like to inspire your children to get sporty take them to the National Football Museum. It’s a world-class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled. If you have younger kids, it has an early years area for children 0-5 with soft play, dressing up, sensory play, puzzles and arts and crafts. Older children can play interactive skills challenge games.


Similar to Manchester, Merseyside is home to the city of Liverpool and the surrounding areas. Well known for its long line of football with super teams like Liverpool FC and Everton FC, both of which have stadium tours available. 

If you look beyond the city you have a variety of coastal areas and days out for the family. One activity that has stayed beyond the years is Southport Treasure Trail. As you follow the trail, you solve sneaky clues embedded into existing buildings and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure at the X-marks spot. It all starts at the town end of Southport’s pier and goes all through the traditional seaside town.

Affordable Homes To Rent In The North West

Accent Housing has a variety of affordable homes in the North West, including family homes, one bedroom flats and sheltered accommodation for the over 55s, to search the homes we currently have available visit our homes for rent page.

To apply to live in one of our homes, you will need to register first. There are two main ways you can register with Accent Housing, you can apply through our easy-to-use online application system Let’s Move or via B-With-Us – your local choice-based lettings scheme.

I hope we have answered your question, ‘What Is There To Do In The North West For Families?’ If you would like more information about finding a family home to rent in the North West, then please get in touch.


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