North West England Self-Drive

England
Loading...

Inclusions

5 day self drive itinerary departing Manchester.
5 days car hire (intermediate size manual vehicle, all inclusive), pick up Manchester Airport and drop off at Carlisle downtown.

York.

1 night accommodation at the 3-star Best Western York Pavillion Hotel in a Double Room.

Lancaster.

1 night accommodation at the 3-star Holiday Inn Lancaster Hotel in a Standard Room.

Windermere.

1 night accommodation at the 3-star Windermere Manor in a Double Room.

Carlisle.

1 night accommodation at the 3-star Hallmark Hotel Carlisle in in a Double Room.

The accommodation

England's north west is full of beautiful countryside, cultural heritage and a wealth of historic monuments. Why not experience it all in one trip? Britain is extremely easy to travel by car, with relatively short journey times between regions meaning you can explore a huge amount within just a few days. This self-driving tour will take you through the heart of England's north west region, beginning in the vibrant city of Manchester, through the spectacular landscapes of Yorkshire, the Lake District, Lancashire, and culminating in the historic city of Carlisle.

Day 1 Before you set off, why not take the time to explore Manchester? If you're a sport fan, Manchester is home to two of the world's most famous football teams; Manchester United and Manchester City. Book a stadium tour or head to the National Football Museum and learn the history of the world game. If football isn't you thing, there are plenty of cultural hotspots such as the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Imperial War Museum North and Home, a purpose built centre for international contemporary film, art and theatre. From there you can drive 90 minutes through beautiful Yorkshire countryside, stopping at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, home to an impressive collection of outdoor sculptures spread across 500 acres. From there drive to the ancient Roman, walled city of York. York has more attractions per square mile than any other UK city, leaving you spoilt for choice. Why not visit Clifford's Tower, the National Railway Museum or York Castle Museum.

Day 2 From York head drive lovely Harrogate, taking in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. You can stop at the the 14th century Ripley Castle, or pop into the famous Bettys Tea Rooms for a cup of tea and a baked sultana scone. From here cross over into the county of Lancashire towards the heritage city of Lancaster. Explore the 1000 year old Lancaster Castle, the city's secret alleyways, historic pubs and Georgian architecture, before a spot of shopping in one of the numerous quirky boutiques.

Day 3 From Lancaster drive 45 minutes to the picturesque Lake District, stopping in the ancient village of Cartmel. Not only is it famous for the 12th century Cartmel Priory, but also for the delectable English sweet treat, sticky toffee pudding. Next you can head into the heart of the Lake District National Park, the wonderful town of Windermere. Take in the gorgeous lakes and incredible scenery from the water onboard one of Windermere Lake Cruises steamers. Children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter was on the the Lakes' most famous residents and people of all ages can enjoy the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

Day 4 The next day why not explore the lovely market town of Keswick? Catch the beautiful views of lake Ullswater, Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite onboard one of the Ullswater Steamers. Or, if you are looking for more of an adrenaline rush, check out Honiester, an innovative adventure attraction allowing you to climb the original miners route, some 1200 feet above the valley floor. From Keswick, drive 45 minutes to Carlisle, also known as 'the border city' for its location just 15 minutes from the Scottish border. Carlisle is a vibrant city with legendary history dating back to the Romans, who settled here to serve the forts of Hadrian's Wall. Finally no trip to Carlisle would be complete without a visit to the medieval fortress Carlisle Castle, giving you a glimpse into medieval life and the castle's turbulent past.

  • The following product terms and conditions apply in addition to our Booking Terms and Conditions (available on our website) and terms and conditions of the relevant travel service provider.
  • Prices quoted valid for sale until 26 February 2020 for travel during the period specified (if applicable) unless otherwise stated or sold out prior.
  • All prices are per person (unless otherwise stated), subject to availability and may be withdrawn or varied without notice. Accommodation (if included) is based on twin share unless otherwise stated.
  • Advertised price includes bonus nights and/or stated saving (if applicable).
  • Additional supplier conditions and travel restrictions may apply. Please enquire for further details.
  • Airfare (including internal flights) is not included unless otherwise stated and, if included, is economy class unless otherwise stated.
  • Components of the total price including local payments, "resort fees", "national park fees", "trip kitties" and food funds (if applicable) may be payable direct to the supplier on arrival or to your travel consultant prior to your departure. Where applicable, these payments are included in the total price quoted.
  • Gratuities are not included unless otherwise stated.
  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at the time of publication.
  • Additional levies, government charges & other applicable fees, including additional taxes, surcharges and visa fees specific to your departure date or flight routing, may apply and are beyond our control.
  • Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.
  • Prices shown are for payments made by cash in store or by BPAY.
  • Payments made in store by credit card will incur a surcharge (see Booking Terms and Conditions for further details).
  • Prices quoted are based on cheapest available at time of advertising and may be higher depending on date of purchase and date of travel. Please enquire for further details..

Tell us about your travel plans

Why choose Flight Centre?


Not only do we have an incredible, worldwide team with decades of experience and a genuine passion for travel, we also have the widest choice of travel options covering tours, cruises, holiday packages and more. Flight Centre gives you free holiday planning and personalised service, Interest Free* Holiday Finance so you can book now, pay later, and 24/7 worldwide customer care on 133 133.