11 towns, villages and cities near Liverpool ideal for a weekend away - with restaurant recommendations

These beautiful locations are easy to travel to from Liverpool and are home to fantastic restaurants.

While there isn't too long until winter is over, the cold and wet February weather has us dreaming about our next holidays abroad, in the beautiful sunshine.

But, if a summer holiday overseas isn't on the cards for you this year, there are plenty of places within a drivable distance from Liverpool, which offer a lovely escape for a long weekend - without the stress of hopping on a plane.

From beautiful, bustling market towns, to peaceful countryside retreats, here are 11 places near Liverpool, ideal for a weekend away, including some of the North West's 'happiest' towns.