The best of Lymm: what to do on a rainy day

Is there anywhere more beautiful than England on a summer’s day?

Even when the sun doesn’t shine, Britain’s weather is never dull.

One thing we can expect the British weather to be is unpredictable. This unique climate of ours often catches us by surprise.

Fortunately, you are never far away from a good day out when you live in Lymm: whatever the weather.

Each of these days-out ideas could be turned into a city break (in sunshine or rain). Go by car or public transport and expect to be overwhelmed by heritage and intrigue in both of the North’s two great cities: Liverpool and Manchester.


Imagine life in Manchester in 1819.

You might have been fighting for better living conditions and found yourself in a revolution. At The People’s History Museum you’ll hear the story of the Peterloo Massacre – a time when Manchester had no MP. People were arrested, some lost their lives because they fought for a better life.

Eventually, reform came. But first, people would form secret societies and join trade unions. Others came up with the idea of setting up a friendly society.

The Rochdale Pioneers opened the first Co-operative Society in Greater Manchester with the philosophy: ‘Saving for a rainy day.’

Banners, posters, letters, minutes from meetings and curved, interactive galleries (like speakers’ corners) tell the story of democracy from centre stage: The Industrial Revolution in Manchester.

The innovators, scientists and leaders who built Manchester

Pick up stories of Manchester’s achievements at the Museum of Science and Industry in the Castlefields area of the city (nearest Metrolink stop, Deansgate).

Find out who discovered what in Manchester. Scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs in Manchester influenced the rest of the world through their ideas and inventions.


Trace the radical thinkers of Manchester’s industrial history in extensive archives at the recently restored Central Library at St Peter’s Square. Follow the cutting of the Manchester Ship Canal and learn how Thomas Walker (the contractor) looked after his workers’ well-being.

John Rylands became a multi-millionaire thanks to his success in the cotton weaving business. His philanthropy didn’t stop when he died. Enriqueta Rylands built a library for the people of Manchester. It opened with 7,000 books and she added collections until she died in 1908. But there is more to this library than books. What immediately strikes you is the gothic architecture. Catch your breath in the first floor Historic Reading Room where marble statues of Enriqueta and John stand proud above the world of learning we enjoy today.

From Lymm by public transport you’ll go by (Number 5) bus to Altrincham then Metrolink into the heart of Manchester. Alight at St Peter’s Square and admire old architecture side by side with the new. You’ll see the Edwardian grand hotel (now called the Midland, Manchester’s former railway hotel), the colonnaded central library, the cenotaph and peace garden. On nearby Albert Square, admire the Victorian Manchester Town Hall and monument to Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert.

Dine and drink among former banking halls and insurance vaults in majestic buildings which once financed ‘Cottonopolis’, origin of the city’s wealth.

Take the tram to Salford Quays to see the Imperial War Museum or tour the football stadiums at City or United. Sign up to a mailing list and join the audience at a favourite TV show. ITV, Channel 4 and BBC all broadcast here.

Visit Manchester or Liverpool in the sunshine and you risk missing out on many other city treasures which can be admired indoors.

The World Heritage City of Liverpool

Everyone aged 55 and over grew up in something of a music revolution in the 1960s: Beatlemania.

‘Love Me Do’ topped the charts in 1962. Next came ‘Please Please Me’. The Quarrymen started out as a skiffle band playing home-made guitars. They met at a village fete one summer and became The Beatles. Still in their teens, they were soon writing songs, performing live and recording.

The lives and times of The Beatles are told in The Beatles Story. Follow their lives from Yellow Submarine to their solo careers. Lead Patron of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Paul McCartney gives song writing mentoring sessions to groups of students. A world class university, LIPA is ‘one of the best performing arts schools in the world’.

Liverpool has a rich maritime history. Centred around the former Victorian warehouses of Albert Dock, this UNESCO Maritime Mercantile City is a massive complex of Grade I listed buildings. Dominating the water-front skyline are the Three Graces: the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool building. Iconic giant Liver birds perch on top of the Royal Liver Building which is still the head office of the Royal Liver Friendly Society (part of the Royal London group).

Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral are symbols of faith and architecture. They stand at either end of Hope Street where you’ll find the Unity Theatre, the Philharmonic Hall and the ornate Victorian pub, The Philharmonic Dining Rooms.

The Tate Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery and St George’s Hall – Liverpool’s treasures seem endless.

Leave the car at home. Take the (number 5) bus to Warrington and train to Lime Street Station for a memorable visit.

As you’d expect, both cities offer every type of cuisine, traditional and modern theatre and art and extensive shopping. Visit with friends and you’ll see each city differently, stopping to appreciate something new around every corner.

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