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North West
If you're on holiday in the North West to enjoy the majesty of the Lake District, YHA has you covered with more than 20 hostels to choose from in and around the national park. We also offer great accommodation in the North West's towns and cities, including Manchester, Liverpool and Carlisle. The North West has some of the most spectacular countryside in all the UK, with one of its most celebrated national parks - the Lake District - occupying a sizeable portion. Family breaks in the Lake District can involve anything from walking and cycling to sailing, kayaking and climbing: its verdant forests, open waters and craggy peaks really offer something for everybody. Some of England's largest and most historic cities are also found in the North West. Liverpool and Manchester, two major hubs of culture, industry and innovation, make fantastic city breaks for families with their wealth of museums, attractions and shopping centres.
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<p><strong>Five free things to do in the North West</strong></p> <p><strong>Skiddaw<br /> </strong>The fourth-highest mountain in England isn't too challenging to ascend, making it a great adventure for families. It's worth it for the stunning views over the Lake District countryside alone, and there's a variety of routes to the top to suit walkers of all ages and abilities.</p> <p><strong>World Museum Liverpool<br /> </strong>Make learning fun with a visit to this incredible free museum, packed with dinosaur casts, Egyptian mummies, meteorites from Mars and much more. Kids can take a trip through space at the Planetarium or get close to creepy-crawlies at the insect house.</p> <p><strong>Museum of Science and Industry<br /> </strong>Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry is one of the city's greatest attractions, housed in the remains of the world's oldest passenger railway station. Exhibits include a walk-through Victorian sewer, a recreation of a historic textile mill and a special look at the history of air, road and rail travel.</p> <p><strong>Carlisle Cathedral<br /> </strong>See the amazing stained glass windows and impressive barrel roof at this pint-sized cathedral, which has stood on the border with Scotland for nearly 900 years. Artefacts from the cathedral's history are displayed in the basement, and you can see some fascinating 15th-century artworks on the choir stalls.</p> <p><strong>Worden Park<br /> </strong>Located on the outskirts of Leyland, Lancashire, this Green Flag-winning park is a fantastic place for all the family to relax in. As well as a hedge maze and arts and crafts centre, there's a large area of woodland and numerous floral displays to discover.</p>

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