Manchester Day Trips 

Last updated Jun 17, 2023

Fancy an escape for the day from the hustle and bustle of Manchester city? Our aparthotel in St. Peter’s Square is ideally located for embarking on spontaneous day trips. Whether you’re looking for a dose of art and history, outdoor activities or to see iconic landmarks, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top picks for day trips near Manchester City Centre.

The Peak District - Bakewell

The Peak district is known for its incredible natural beauty, historic sites and outdoor activities. Notably, The Peak District is the UK's first national park, and spans several counties. Marvel at Chatsworth House, a stately home near Bakewell, a picturesque town that birthed the infamous Bakewell Pudding in the 19th century. Chatsworth House itself has more than 25 rooms and is renowned for its Baroque architecture and impressive art collection. A true must for any history aficionado.

Address: Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
Opening Hours: Every Day 10:30am-4:30pm
Phone Number: +44 1246 565300

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It’s also worth mentioning Crich Tramway Village, a museum that showcases the history of trams and offers rides on vintage vehicles. After, you can pop into the Red Lion Pub at the museum for a pint or hot drink.

Address: Nr Matlock, DE4 5DP
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-4:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-5:30pm
Phone Number: +44 1773 854321

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Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy the many cycling and walking trails in the Peak District. Cycle along the old railway line of the Monsal Trail, take the challenging Edale hike up Mam tour, follow the Pennine way or explore Hathersage and Staneage Edge for magnificent views. Whether you go to the Peak District for history, Bakewell Pudding or outdoor trails, this is a breathtaking day trip.


Only an hour away by train, Chester is a great city for history and animal lovers alike. Chester was originally founded as a Roman fortress but over time became a typical English Tudor style town. Be sure to explore the Roman city walls and take in the beauty of the Chester Cathedral. For the history aficionados who want to delve deeper into Chester’s history, walking tours are a great idea.

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If you want to switch it up from historic sightseeing, why not head over to Chester Zoo? one of the best zoos in the world. Housing over 37,000 animals across over 128 acres, there is something for any animal lover. Explore the Southeast Asian islands exhibits, the Spirit of Jaguar habitat and the Elephants of the Asian Forest exhibit. As well as furry friends, the zoo has beautifully landscaped gardens, educational programs and interactive experiences.

Address: Upon-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1EU
Opening Hours: Every Day 10am-5:30pm
Phone Number: +44 1244 380280

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Lake District

The Lake District is like paradise on earth with its tranquil setting and stunning landscapes. Enjoy the stunning lakeside walks or take a boat trip on Windermere or Ullswater. There’s also an abundance of water sports you can do from kayaking to paddle boarding.

Don't miss the chance to explore historic sites like Castlerigg Stone Circle, which offers a unique glimpse into ancient history with breathtaking views of Helvellyn and High Seat. This is one of the oldest British stone circles, dating back to 3000BC during the Neolithic period. This circle not only stands as a testament for spiritual life in early human societies but also offers a tranquil setting in the Lake District.

For literary aficionados, a visit to the Lake District would not be complete without visiting the homes of two of England’s most beloved writers; Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Step into the whimsical world of Beatrix Potter at Hill Top, her 17th century farmhouse which remains the same as how she left it. With many of her personal belongings and furniture remaining, along with inspiration of many of her beloved characters such as Peter Rabbit.

Address: Near Sawrey, Ambleside, LA22 0LF
Opening Hours: Every Day 10am-5pm
Phone Number: +44 15394 36269

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Nearby, immerse yourself in the world of renowned poet, William Wordsworth. Dove cottage in Grasmere is where William Wordsworth wrote his poetry and is also where his sister Dorothy kept her fascinating Grasmere Journal. This is a truly unique experience for any literature lover as little moments have been taken from Wordsworth's poems, journals and letters to tell the story of their life here.

Address: Town End, Grassmere, Ambleside LA22 9PP
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Phone Number: +44 15394 35544

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To top off your Lake District trip, make sure to visit Brockhole on Windermere. This is the perfect place to visit on a day trip as they offer a wide range of activities to cater to all interests and ages. Why not try your hand at archery, wander through the historical gardens or pay a visit to the shop. All before refueling with a coffee break in the cozy café, while enjoying the stunning views of Windermere.

Address: Windermere, LA23 1FF
Opening Hours: Every Day 10am-4pm
Phone Number: +44 15394 46601


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