Antony Gormley's statues at Crosby Beach caused a stir among the locals when they were installed but quickly became a major attraction. You can see why. Gormley's haunting figures stare out towards the Wirral, Wales and beyond on this glorious stretch of sand north of Liverpool, sometimes partly submerged with the tide. But even when the waves are crashing against the shoreline, you can still see the figures poking out from the water. Wonderful.
As literally every Mancunian is happy to tell you for hours, if not days on end, Manchester is a great place. It has loads of things to do, great places to eat and a huge range of hotels if you're staying over.
But just because you never want to leave Manchester, doesn’t mean you can’t pop out for a bit, and with some of the best road and rail links in the country, Manchester is a terrific place for getting out into the countryside and other surrounds without the need of a car. Surrounded by interesting places to visit, from picturesque towns to bracing beaches, here are nine day trips that are all within an hour or so of the city.