North West England centres on the cities of Liverpool and Manchester, both celebrated for their contributions to football and popular music. Historic Chester, with its Roman remains and medieval buildings, is known for upmarket shops.
The region comprises the counties of Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Merseyside. It is a single constituency for the European Parliament, returning 8 MEPs.
Around 7 million people live in North West England. It is served by a network of motorways including the M6 and the M62. Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon airports between them cater for 27 million passengers a year. A major rail link, the West Coast Mainline, connects the cities of the North West to London and Glasgow.
Beyond the cities, lies the Lake District which attracts over 12 million visitors each year. Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, is among its attractions. Coastal resorts include Blackpool, with its iconic tower and pleasure beach.