CHESHIRE

 
 

 
Beeston CastleBeestonCastle
If you’re planning a family day out in Cheshire, then a visit to Beeston Castle in Tarporley fits the bill perfectly. This 'Castle of the Rock' is famous for its spectacular views, which take in no less than eight counties on a clear day. From its lookout point at the top of a mighty crag, you can see from the Pennines all the way to the Welsh mountains. But that’s not the only reason why Beeston Castle is one of the best-loved visitor attractions in Cheshire. There are beautiful woodlands to explore around the castle, with wildlife trails for the children to follow, and even the chance to find the lost treasure of Richard II.

Blackmere Shopping ExperienceNorthwichCraft Centre
Over 30 Craft Shops set in and around an Edwardian Stable Block, tropical Garden Centre, Aquatic & Falconry Centre, children’s playbarn, craft activities, restaurant, coffee shop.

Bollin Valley WayWilmslowWalk
40 km walking route, Macclesfield (Pennine foothills) to Partington (Manchester Ship Canal) linking fields, woodlands, towns, villages, canal heritage, modern airport and tourist sites.

Chester Castle: Agricola Tower and Castle WallsChesterChapel
The original gateway to Chester Castle, this 12th century tower contains a chapel with exceptionally fine wall-paintings dated about 1220 but rediscovered in the 1980s.

Chester Roman AmphitheatreChesterRoman Remains
The largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain, used for entertainment and military training by the 20th Legion, based at the fortress of 'Deva' (Chester). Excavations by English Heritage and Chester City Council in 2004-5 revealed two successive stone-built amphitheatres with wooden seating. The first included access to the upper tiers of seats via stairs on the rear wall, as at Pompeii, and had a small shrine next to its north entrance. The second provided seat access via vaulted stairways. The two buildings differed from each other and from all other British amphitheatres, underlining the importance of Roman Chester.

Dunham MasseyAltrinchamHouse & Garden
Set in a magnificent 121-hectare (300-acre), deer park this Georgian house tells the story of the owners and the servants who lived here. Discover the salacious scandals of the 7th Earl of Stamford, who married Catherine Cocks, a former bare-back circus rider, and the 2nd Earl of Warrington, who was so enamoured with his wife that he wrote a book anonymously on the desirability of divorce! Uncover these and other fascinating stories when you explore this treasure-packed house, then take a stroll in one of the North¿s great gardens, including Britain's largest Winter Garden.

Hare HillOver Alderley, MacclesfieldGarden
This tranquil woodland garden, especially spectacular in early summer, includes more than 70 varieties of rhododendrons, plus azaleas, hollies and hostas. At its heart is a delightful walled area with a pergola and wire sculptures. The surrounding parkland has an attractive permitted path to nearby Alderley Edge.

Little Moreton HallCongletonHouse & Garden
Gaze at the drunkenly reeling South Range, cross the moat and marvel at the cobbled courtyard before you enter a Hall full of surprises. The skill of the craftsmen fascinates as you climb the stairs to the Long Gallery – imagine life here in Tudor times. The various delights of this unique property include some remarkable wall-paintings and a pretty Knot Garden. Colourful tales of both the Moreton family and this iconic building are revealed to you by our tour guides.

Lyme ParkDisleyHouse & Garden
On the edge of the Peak District, nestling within sweeping moorland, Lyme Park is a magnificent estate. Its wild remoteness and powerful beauty contrast with one of the most famous country-house images in England – the backdrop to where Darcy meets Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. Discover a colourful family history – from rescuing the Black Prince, sailing into exile with the Duke of Windsor, to the writing of the hit series Upstairs Downstairs. Enjoy hearing visitors play the piano as you discover impressive tapestries, clocks and beautifully furnished rooms, or escape to the park and feel miles from anywhere.

Macclesfield Riverside ParkMacclesfieldCountry Park
Riverside Country Park: woodlands, ponds, butterfly area, meadows (grazing Longhorn Cattle). Small Visitor Centre, toilets, accessible cubicle (RADAR key). Much of site wheelchair accessible. Events.

Nether Alderley MillNether Alderley, MacclesfieldMill
This charming rustic mill is one of only four virtually complete corn mills in Cheshire. Only open for booked groups.

Quarry Bank Mill Styal, WimslowMill & Industrial Heritage
Quarry Bank overflows with the atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution. A visit to the cotton mill, powered by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel, will certainly stimulate your senses. The clatter of machinery and hiss of steam engines is astonishing. Take a guided tour of the Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the mill. Visit the stunning garden – the Greg family's picturesque valley retreat adjoining the mill. Stroll to Styal village, built by the Greg family to house the mill workers and still a thriving community, or walk through woods along the River Bollin.

Sandbach CrossesSandbachStone Cross
The two massive Saxon stone crosses, elaborately carved with animals and Biblical scenes including the Nativity of Christ and the Crucifixion, dominate the cobbled market square of Sandbach. Probably dating from the 9th century, and originally painted as well as carved, they are among the finest surviving examples of Anglo-Saxon high crosses.

Tabley CollectionKnutsfordArt Gallery
Paintings by Turner, Lely, Dobson, Lawrence, Martin, de Laszlo, Cotes, Reynolds, Ward, Fuseli, Northcote and others. Furniture by Chippendale, Gillow and Bullock. Architect John Carr.

Tatton ParkKnutsfordHouse and Park
This is one of the most complete historic estates open to visitors. The early 19th-century Wyatt house sits amid a landscaped deer park and is opulently decorated, providing a fine setting for the Egerton family's collections of pictures, books, china, glass, silver and specially commissioned Gillows furniture. The theme of Victorian grandeur extends into the garden, with its Fernery, Orangery, Rose Garden, Tower Garden, Pinetum, Walled Garden with its glasshouses, Italian and Japanese gardens. Other features include a 1930s working rare breeds farm, a children's play area, speciality shops and 400-hectare (1,000-acre) deer park.


 
Adlington HallMacclesfield
Alderley EdgeAlderley Edge, Nr Macclesfield
Alexander's Jazz TheatreChester
Amazing Maize MazeAppleton Thorn
Anderton Boat LiftNorthwich
Arley Hall & GardensNr Nantwich
Astbury Mere Country ParkAstbury, Nr Congleton
Blakemere Craft CentreNorthwich
Blue Planet AquariumEllesmere Port
Boat MuseumEllesmere Port
Bridgemere Garden WorldNr Nantwich
Brookside Miniature RailwayPoynton
Capesthone HallMacclesfield
Cheshire Ice Cream Farm and Tea RoomsTattenhall
Cheshire Military MuseumChester
Cheshire Myths & Legends ToursCongleton
Cheshire Waterlife Aquatics and Falconry CentreSandiway
Cheshire WorkshopsBurwardsley, Nr Chester
Chester CathedralChester
Chester Heritage CentreChester
Chester RacecourseChester
Chester Tourist Information CentreChester
Chester Visitor CentreChester
Chester ZooChester
Cholmondeley Castle GardensMalpas
City SightseeingChester
Congleton ParkCongleton
Congleton Tourist Information CentreCongleton
Cotebrook Shire Horse CentreTarporley
Cuckooland Clock MuseumKnutsford
Dagfields Crafts & Antiques CentreNr Nantwich
Dearnford Hall Trout FisheryWhitchurch
Delamere ForestDelamere
Dewa Roman ExperienceChester
Dorfold HallNantwich
Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum of Primitive MethodismCrewe
Fris Pottery,TheNantwich
Gawsworth HallMacclesfield
Grosvenor MuseumChester
Hack Green Secret Nuclear BunkerNantwich
Heritage CentreMacclesfield
High Legh Garden Centre LimitedKnutsford
Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre & ArboretumNr Macclesfield
Joe Crow's PlaystacksSandiway
King Charles TowerChester
Knutsford Heritage CentreKnutsford
Knutsford Tourist Information CentreKnutsford
Lakemore Country ParkHaslington, Crewe
Linmere Visitor CentreNorthwich
Lion Salt Works TrustMarston, Northwich
Macclesfield Museums TrustMacclesfield
Macclesfield Silk MuseumsMacclesfield
Macclesfield Tourist Information CentreMacclesfield
Marbury Country ParkNorthwich
Mouldsworth Motor MuseumMouldsworth
Nantwich MuseumNantwich
Nantwich Tourist Information CentreNantwich
Natural AdventuresAppleton, Warrington
Ness Botanic GardensNeston
Northgate Arena Leisure CentreChester
On the AirChester
Oulton Park Race CircuitLittle Budworth
Palms Tropical Oasis, TheNantwich
Paradise Mill and Silk MuseumMacclesfield
Peckforton CastlePecforton, Nr Tarporley
Peover Hall & GardensKnutsford
Potters BarnSandbach
Queens Park & Boating LakeCrewe
Railway Age, TheCrewe
Rivacre Valley Local Nature ReserveEllesmere Port
Rode HallCongleton
Salt MuseumNorthwich
SnugburysNantwich
Stapeley Water GardensNantwich
Stockley Farm PartnersArley, Northwich
Stretton WatermillStretton, nr Broxton
Styal EstateStyal, Wimslow
Teggs Nose Country ParkMacclesfield
Water TowerChester
Weaver GalleryNorthwich
Weaver Vale Garden CentreWinnington
Welltrough Dried FlowersMacclesfield
West Park Museum and Art GalleryMacclesfield
White CottageLittle Bollington, Altricham

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