If you fancy venturing further north, a visit to former UK city of culture, Liverpool, will provide all manner of activities to keep the whole family busy.
A five-minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street Station, is Aloft Liverpool.
This great dame of a building was a former insurance building, which stands proudly alongside the city’s famous architectural landmarks beautifully.
The hotel has managed to retain all the old world charm you get with such magnificence, sweeping staircases, highly decorative stair wells last seen in royal palaces, while ushering in a new era.
Repurposing an older building always allows for more spacious bedrooms.
The twin room I occupied easily had room enough for an entire family to stay.
Historic doesn’t have to mean stuffy.
At Aloft, the present day has been welcomed with a commitment to hospitality assurance.
Restaurant and bar, NYL, will take you right through from breakfast to dinner and late-night cocktails.
I swung by for lunch and dined on doorstep sandwiches and sweet potato fries.
The staff couldn’t have been friendlier and were even on hand to assist with transport enquiries and knowledge that can’t be found in a guide book.
The hotel is very close to the shopping district, live music venues – including the famous Cavern Club, which started the Beatles career, and countless eateries.
Travel from London to Liverpool with Avanti West Coast.
Tickets from www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Picture: Aloft Liverpool, (Inset) Pictures: Aloft Liverpool
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