Manchester & the Lake District Microgap


Manchester & the Lake District Microgap

2 Days

A microgap is all about experiences. It’s about living and breathing a place. With the Lake District just north of the vibrant city of Manchester, there’s no better place to embark on a short break that allows visitors to soak up the city buzz, and blow out the cobwebs all in one trip.

Getting Around

For short trips, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. Alternatively, to travel by coach, visit National Express to review timetables and book tickets.

Day 1

Things to do in Manchester

Manchester United Stadium Tour

Think of Manchester and many people think of football. Whether a supporter of the “reds”, or the “blues” a stadium tour is a great way to see behind the scene of the “beautiful game”. Packed full of player memorabilia, and hands on exhibits, Old Trafford Museum and Stadium tour gives visitors the chance to see the changing rooms, walk down the players’ tunnel and get a behind-the-scenes peek at this club – an impressive sight for football fanatics and armchair supporters alike. And no visit to the “theatre of dreams” is complete without a selfie in the manager’s chair!

Old Trafford, Manchester

John Ryland’s Library

A visit to a library seems an unlikely suggestion for a city visit. But think again. With an exterior which gives not a hint of what lies within, the stunning gothic architecture, magnificent staircase and vaulted ceilings could be straight out of Harry Potter film. If ever there were an example of “don’t judge a book by its cover” then this is it.


Discover Manchester – Daily Guided Walking Tour

Starting at the Manchester Central Library, this walking tour is a great way to discover the city – uncovering its fascinating culture, history and architecture. Led by a skilled guide who knows and loves this iconic city, visitors can get a real sense of “learning from a local”, while they discover sights including Manchester Cathedral and the Royal Exchange.

The town hall in the city of Manchester

Mackie Mayor

We think that food tastes even better when the surroundings are as eye-catching as what’s on the plate. And nowhere is that more true than at Mackie Mayor. Once a former meat market, the 1856 Grade II listed building on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter offers fast food – but with more style than you can possibly imagine.  Selections range from fish and chips, to pizza, to fine wine, and artisan coffee – eaten on shared wooden tables, and all sheltered under one huge glass roof. It’s the perfect pit stop for a coffee, a glass of wine, or dinner. Or all of the above!

Day 2

Things to do in The Lake District

Honister Slate Mine

Winding through the steep country lanes of Borrowdale, it’s hard to imagine that this remote location is home to one of England’s finest mines – and now one of our greatest outdoor experiences. Thrill seekers can test their nerves on the Via Ferrata – a rock face climbing experience – and those who prefer gentler pursuits can take a tour of the mine, with guides whose passion for the mine brightens even the dampest of Lake District days. Visitors can even take their own piece of slate home with them – just as long as they can carry it!

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Alpacaly Ever After...

Looking for something totally different that you didn’t even know existed? We’re pretty sure that Alpacly Ever After have got just the thing! So, wellies on, and best foot forward for an Alpaca Guided Tour in the stunning grounds of Lingholm Estate. The tour offers the chance to meet the herd, take them for a paddle, take part in feeding time .. it’s a walk with a difference, along the shore of Derwent Water. Native to South America, but experienced in England. We don’t think you can beat that for unique experiences!


Lakes Distillery Tour

Named “one of the best distilleries in the world” by Time Out New York, the Lakes Distillery  – nestled in the heart of Cumbria – offers award-winning tours and tastings. Once a Victorian cattle farm, this working distillery gives the the chance to learn from the masters in their craft, and since presents always mean more if you “try before you buy” – it’s a great chance to stock up on gifts for friends and family back home, to give them a taste of the Lake District.

fields near the Lakes Distillery in the Lake Distict



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