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 a pot and a set of Viking coins and artefacts found in 1950s Chester

Hoard of Viking silver found at castle in 1950 to go on public display at Chester bank

In November 1950, workmen digging near Chester Castle found a small Chester-type pot containing hundreds of Viking coins. Archaeologists are now putting them on display for 11 days.

A photo of a glowing sign reading Palac as part of Matthew Darbyshire's An Exhibition For Modern Living at Manchester Art Gallery

Artist's Statement: Matthew Darbyshire on Tate, shopping malls, smoking shelters and student halls

As An Exhibition For Modern Living, surveying ten years of his career, opens at Manchester Art Gallery, the artist tells us about some of the works in the show.

a photo of a silhouetted figure standing before a roaring fire. Bill Viola Fire Woman

Hit the North! The best art exhibitions to see in the North of England during 2015

What are the best exhibitions to see in the North of England between now and Christmas? From Sheffield to Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool - check them out here.

A photo of a pile of colourful cheeses in Pat Flynn's Half-Life of a Miracle exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery

Curator's Choice: Kate Jesson on photographer Pat Flynn's Half-Life of a Miracle at Manchester Art Gallery

The Curator of Contemporary Art on the new exhibition by the Wizard of Oz-referencing photographer in Manchester.

A photo of a smiling Flying Officer P C Ramachandran, of the Indian Air Force, in the cockpit of a Spitfire,1942

Migrants of War: IWM North reveals the changing faces of Britain during World War Two

Using photographs and oral histories, Imperial War Museum North reveals how the national and ethnic diversity of the British population changed during the Second World War.

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.

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