North West

Plan your day out in the North West! Find hundreds of places to visit - museums, art galleries, historic attractions, castles and stately homes in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, the Isle of Man, Lancashire and Merseyside.

A photo of people carrying out archaeological excavations in a large green park as part of a community dig in Blacon

Archaeologists work with public health team at Chester site mentioned in Domesday Book

Archaeologists and residents of Blacon, a suburb of Chester, have begun examining one of the area’s oldest sites in a health-friendly community project.

A black and white photo of men standing in a mine at the UK's largest salt mine in Winsford, Cheshire

The vault beneath the UK's largest salt mine where thousands of earth cores from prehistoric London are stored

35 million years of London's geology is preserved 150 metres underground in a Cheshire salt mine. Take a look inside.

A photo of a small silver knight's head against a green vintage bus at Greater Manchester Transport Museum

"It may be on sale on eBay": Museum appeals to Manchester public to help find stolen "knight in shining armour"

A museum is appealing to the public to help track down "heartless" thieves who stole a precious four-inch high silver bust of a knight’s head from a locked cabinet.

A photo of a large close-up tiger at Manchester Museum

Object of the Week: Maude, the pride of Manchester and the first museum tigon for 100 years

Maude was the most famous animal in Manchester's Belle Vue Zoo during the 1940s, seen by visitors from all over the country. When she died in 1949, her skin was given to the Manchester Museum.

Mummified animals of Manchester Museum, from the exhibition Gift for the Gods, with help from the University of Manchester and the Ancient Egyptian Bio Bank Project.

Ancient Egyptians slaughtered animals on "industrial scale", according to new exhibition

The Manchester Museum will explore the industry of slaughter surrounding votive offerings of mummified animals in a new exhibition, Gift for the Gods.

A photo of a motorway road called Freckleton Street in Blackburn

Archaeologists to scientifically examine pre-1914 burials in Blackburn graveyard used until 1947

Archaeologists plan to scientifically examine any bodies dating to more than a century ago if they are found during exhumations in a Blackburn graveyard used between 1821 and 1947.

a photo of a woman holding a small crystal stone

Student archaeologist finds Roman cut crystal as final Roman Maryport dig comes to a close

The closing week of the final excavation by the Maryport Roman Temples Project team has seen a Roman carved crystal and other discoveries add to our knowledge of life along Hadrian's Wall.

A photo of the brown fountain pen used by General Douglas MacArthur to end World War II

Object of the Week: The pen used by General Douglas MacArthur to signal the end of World War Two

US General Douglas MacArthur used this pen to sign a formal surrender ceremony that, following Japan's surrender, effectively brought an end to World War II.

A photo of a glowing Manga character at Tate Liverpool, from Pierre Huyghe’s One Million Kingdoms – part of the new collection display, DLA Piper Series: Constellations

Curator's Choice: Dystopian Manga in Pierre Huyghe's One Million Kingdoms at Tate Liverpool

Mike Pinnington, the gallery's Content Editor, on how being "a sucker" for Japanese Anime and Manga films led him to love a work in the new DLA Piper Series: Constellations exhibition.

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