Welcome to the Douglas Valley Hotel, Parbold
The Leeds Liverpool Canal near Parbold
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Bed and Breakfast from £39
Famous World Heritage Sites

The Windmill Animal Farm - Only 15 Minutes Away


Windmill Animal Farm was first opened to the public in 1992 and offers visitors the chance to experience the every day running of an actual working farm while still having the chance to watch, feed, touch and play with animals.

As well as these beautiful and unusual animals to see, the farm has three marvelous children's play areas. The indoor play barn, one of the largest in the North West, the new outdoor play area by the main farm complex and the second new outdoor play area by Lake View, which can be reached by our beautiful miniature train that crosses the farm.

Pedal tractors can be ridden around the farm by the children, who are most welcome to step into the "Children's Pet Area" to feed and play with the animals.

Visit the Windmill Animal Farm for more information.

Countryside Walks, Including Fairy Glenn - Only 5 Minutes Away


Parbold is situated in the beautiful Douglas Valley, and there are a great deal of superb footpaths and countryside walks for you to explore, Fairy Glenn being one of the most notable...

Fairy Glen, is of the country parks managed by West Lancashire District Council and is a noted local beauty spot. Aptly named, it is a delightful, densely wooded clough, but in spring, before the leaves have had chance to fully form, the banks burst with the colour of bluebells, wild garlic and red campion.

A lively stream babbles at its heart and, at one point, tumbles over a small but nonetheless impressive waterfall. In the damper corners, the rocky crevices provide anchors for a variety of ferns adding their own shade of delicate green to the backdrop.

Its steep sides have precluded its past use for anything other than some minor quarrying and a wonderful diversity of plants and trees has developed. As a consequence, it has been designated a Biological Heritage Site and gives some idea of the ancient woodland cover that once more widely covered the area. After dropping through the glen, the walk continues beside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal before returning around the flanks of Parbold Hill.

Eccles Farm Needlecraft Centre - Only 10 Minutes Away


Eccles Farm Needlecraft Centre is a craft centre located in Ormskirk. For information please phone Eccles Farm Needlecraft Centre on 01257 463113 or visit them at Eccles Lane, Bispham.

Romance Restaurant Boat - Only 10 Minutes Away


Romance Restaurant Boat is based at The Waters Edge, Mill Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan WN6 9DA (Junction 27 on the M6) Romance is Different - Memorable - Exclusive - Quality Venue - Interesting 1st Choice for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Meetings. Couples and small groups are advised to join one of our Sunday Lunch Cruises.

Visit the Wigan Boats Canal Cruises for more information.

Martin Mere Wildfowl Trust - Only 15 Minutes Away


Martin Mere Wetland Centre is home to over 100 species of rare and endangered ducks, geese, swans and flamingos. Inquisitive Hawaiian Geese will nibble grain from the hand whilst you tour the world's wetlands through the carefully planned pathways.

Visit the Martin Mere website for more information.

The Royal Albert Dock - Liverpool - Only 40 Minutes Away


The Albert Dock offers a unique blend of culture, cuisine and shopping. There are a number of attractions to suit all, at one of the UK's leading tourist attractions and the Dock has the very best in culture on offer in the Northwest.

The Albert Dock Tate Liverpool is the region's major centre for contemporary art and the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum are the largest museums of their kind in Europe.

Visit the Albert Dock website for more information.

Camelot Theme Park - Only 15 Minutes Away


Camelot. A land of great knights and amazing days. A theme park where you can see the magical sorcery of a wizard one minute and knights battling it out in spectacular jousting tournaments the next. A land of fun days out, twisting, turning thrill a minute rides, of breathtaking shows and exciting entertainment.

Visit the Camelot website for more information.

Cedar Farm - Only 15 Minutes Away


Cedar Farm Galleries was set up almost 20 years ago in redundant farm buildings to promote and sell British Crafts in a rural location. It was an immediate success and over the past years Cedar Farm has developed organically and grown into a well loved and respected part of the countryside.

Visit the Cedar Farm website for more information.

Wigan Pier - Only 25 Minutes Away


Wigan Pier is the name given today to the area around the canal at the bottom of the Wigan flight of locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The original "pier" at Wigan was a coal loading staithe, probably a wooden jetty, where wagons from a nearby colliery were unloaded into barges. The name was brought to popular attention by George Formby Senior in the Music Halls of the early twentieth century. It was given more serous acclaim with the publication in 1937 of George Orwell's book "The Road to Wigan Pier".

Visit Wigan Pier's website for more information.

Southport - Only 35 Minutes away


There's never been a better time to visit Southport, with 2008 seeing The Open Golf Championship return to Royal Birkdale in Southport, nearby Liverpool celebrating its year as European Capital of Culture and the opening of many new attractions.

Visit the Southport website for more information