The North West of England incorporates the counties of Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Manchester and is colloquially known as the ‘northern powerhouse’ due to the importance of this region during the industrial revolution, a position it has retained on into the 20th and 21st century.
Known for its commercial centres, the North West is also home to beautiful countryside which has been shaped by the history and development of this region. Dramatic landscapes, ancient waterways and a stunning coastline envelope the busy urban conurbations so the North West offers all the advantages of remote and rural countryside with the amenities and facilities of large, historic cities.
Wedding couples will find rugged landscapes and rolling scenery with a choice of castles, stately homes, grand houses, halls, cosy manor houses and just about everything else with architecture from the past five or six centuries – there literally is something for everyone. Some venues offer a contemporary twist with a classic backdrop so it is well worth taking the time to explore each location carefully.
Picturesque villages and ancient market towns provide lovely rustic settings for weddings large and small. There are also plenty of unusual venues such as follies, railway stations, aircraft hangers and waterside settings beside the great network of canals that criss-cross this region, a footprint of the industrial significance of this area in times gone by and now home to some amazingly tranquil settings and stunning scenery.
If you are looking for a seaside setting, the coastline of the North West will not disappoint with a rugged and dramatic landscape, ideal for those romantic shots for an autumn or winter wedding with classic fishing villages and harbours and quintessential bucket and spade resorts, perfect for the hen and stag night as well as the wedding itself.
For a stylish city wedding, the North West has a whole host of vibrant urban settings whether you are looking for a grand, traditional venue or a contemporary, modernist setting. Liverpool, Manchester and Chester offer some of the best approved wedding venues in the country with that famous northern welcome never far away.
The North West is well connected by road and rail with access to the M1, the M6 and the A1(M). There are intercity train services from London and good rail links within the region and one international airport in Liverpool with several smaller regional airports for domestic flights.