Cheshire Things to Do

  • Views from the walls
    Views from the walls
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    Rows
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  • Former cloister of the monastery
    Former cloister of the monastery
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Cheshire Things to Do

  • Walls of Chester

    Chester Things to Do

    The city walls are not just the frame and fortifications for the city – they are one of their main attractions. The first city walls were built around 70AD and altered during the centuries according to the needs of their era. It was not until the civil war when they were put to an extensive test. For example, you can see the spot where the...

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  • Cathedral

    Chester Things to Do

    Chester is not among the big Cathedral cities of Britain and the “Crap Towns” series even compares it to “your average parish church”. Maybe that was the reason why I was surprised to find such a large and fine red brick Cathedral here in Chester. The building's history leads to the establishment of a Benedictine Abbey in 1093, but there have been...

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  • Eastgate Clock

    Chester Things to Do

    The city walls mostly follow the walls of a former Roman fortress and Eastgate makes no exception. There was a wooden gate building in the Roman times which was replaced by a stone gate in the 2nd century. This has been pulled down and rebuilt again several times until 1768 when the current structure was completed. Close to the gate, there are...

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  • Romans in Chester

    Chester Things to Do

    In 1929, the amphitheatre was rediscovered and due to neighbouring buildings and streets, it is still not fully uncovered. It was built in 86 AD, replacing a wooden structure from 75AD. Chester's amphitheatre is the largest of its kind discovered in Britain. Like the city walls and the Roman Gardens, this place is also accessible 24/7. Good...

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  • The Rows

    Chester Things to Do

    Unique to Chester are these half-timbered buildings with rows of shops in the ground and upper floor. The shops on the upper floors are accessible through steps. The buildings are mostly from the 16th century, but some date back to the 13th. In between, there are even some Victorian and modern ones which filled the gaps of once destroyed buildings...

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  • Riverside

    Chester Things to Do

    River Dee flows through Chester and runs parallel to the city walls on the southern side of the old town. This area as well as the part around the racecourse are good places for a riverside walk. While the area along The Groves (southeast to the old town) has all the tourist-related stuff like restaurants and boat rental companies, there are some...

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  • Chester Zoo

    Chester Things to Do

    Chester Zoo is a Zoo park/ Zoological garden centre which was originally opened in 1931. I have been to a few different Zoos in England and Chester Zoo is by far my favourite. It is home to many different species of animals Elephants, Tigers, Lions, Giraffes, Reptiles, Monkeys and the list goes on. One of my favourite places is the bat cave which...

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  • Chester racecourse

    Chester Things to Do

    Known as the Roodee,is the oldest racecourse still in use in England.Horse racing in Chester dates back to the sixtnteenth century.It is thought to be the smallest racecourse of significance in England at 1 mile and 1 furlong long. The 65 acre racecourse lies on the banks of the River Dee.The site was once a harbour during the Roman settlement of...

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  • Town Hall

    Chester Things to Do

    The beautiful Neogothic building was built on the site of the former guildhall and opened by the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, in 1869. Some say that it is inspired by the Ypres Clot Hall, some others by a French chateau – for me, it's just beautiful Victorian Gothic. There are three dials on the sides of the tower with the one facing...

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  • The Three Arches

    Chester Things to Do

    The Three Old Arches is purported to be the oldest surviving shop frontage in Britain. The three arches at Row level are some of the earliest structures to be seen in the famous Chester Rows and provide a vital clue to what Chester's medieval stone houses looked like from the street.

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  • Etherow Country Park

    Etherow Country Park is situated in the East of Cheshire in the borough of Compstall not far from Marple in Stockport.Established in 1968 the park has grown over the past decades and attracts over quarter of a million visitors a year.Covering an area of over 240 acres the park offers a variety of leisure pursuits such as Bird...

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  • Chester

    Chester is an English historic city that lies on the River Dee close to the border with Wales. Chester was founded as a castrum or Roman fort with the name Deva Victix in the year 79 by the Romans. After the Romans, Chester developed into a busy port trading with Dublin, unfortunately the river Dee silted up and trade declined leaving the city's...

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  • Walk the Sandstone Trail

    This popular, elevated 34 mile/55km long distance Trail hugs Cheshire's wooded sandstone ridge and runs roughly north to south across Cheshire and northern Shropshire. Along the way there are ever-changing panoramic views over the Cheshire Plain to the Welsh mountains and the Pennines. The route passes vast and ancient Delamere Forest, medieval...

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  • Arley Country Fair

    Horses, crafts, rare breed farm animals and food fresh from the farm! Arley County Fair is a great way to spend May bank holiday weekend! Dog shows, Knights in shining rmour joursting, falconry.. come early and you'll have a full day of fun for the whole family!

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  • Capesthorne Hall and Gardens

    Capesthorne Hall at Siddington in East Cheshire, some five miles west of Macclesfield is another lovely Jacobean House and formal gardens that can be visited. Along with the formal gardens are a woodland walk - stunning with bluebells when we visited in early May and a lake with a bridge at one end for some picturesque walks.Tickets are available...

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  • Arley Hall and Gardens

    A Jacobean House and beautiful gardens are waiting to be explored not far from Great Budworth. Colourful at all times of the year but springtime the bluebells are in their prime.

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  • Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope

    For over 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy.Since the summer of 1957 it has been quietly probing the depths of space, a symbol of our wish to understand the universe in which we live. Even now, it remains one of...

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  • Salt Museum

    Cheshire has been a centre of the salt industry for some 2,000 years and today it is the only place in Britain where salt is produced on a large scale. The Salt Museum, housed in the old Northwich Workhouse, tells the story of this unique industrial heritage. Videos, models, old photographs, paintings and traditional working tools will help you...

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  • Anderton Boat Lift

    The Lift is a working engineering marvel of the waterways created in 1875. Take a 30 minute trip on the Edwin Clarke glass top boat as the magnificent and impressive lift towers above you. The boat trip can be preceeded or followed by a canal trip depending upon the shedule.Built in 1875, the boat lift was in use for over 100 years until it was...

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  • Stockley Farm

    Stocklley Farm is just a short distance from Arley Hall - joint entrance tickets can be obtained. A tractor ride from Arley takes you there to this working farm but with family activiteies in mind - lamb feeding, bird of prey displays, viewing the farm animnals and their babies. I really liked the owls.

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  • Daresbury

    Daresbury is a village in Cheshire, not far from Warrington, and is famous for the birthplace of Englands best known childrens author, Lewis Carroll. His father was the curate of the church here. Inside the church is a beautiful memorial stained glass window complete with scenes from Alice in Wonderland - perhaps the most famous children's book....

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  • Great Budworth

    Great Budworth a quaint, typical "cheshire life" magazine village, situated some 3 kilometres north of Northwich. Lovely old cottages, a village church and stocks. A popular setting for TV locations - it was used for Hinge and Bracket "Dear Ladies" programe back in the 80's. Rural locations such as these have become popular homes for footballers...

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  • Jodrell Bank Arboretum

    As well as the amazing telescope and cosmology exhibits you can enjoy the outdoor nature here. There is an arboretum around the science park, some 35 acres with 2000 species of trees and shrubs and National Collections.There are a variety of self guided trails within the arboretum and maps and trail guides can be purchased in the shop.The arboretum...

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  • Lyme Park - Rose Garden

    Adjacent to the Orangery at Lyme Park, is a fine Edwardian Rose Garden. There are also Jekyll-style herbaceous borders and a ravine garden on the estate.

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  • Lyme Park - The Views From The Cage

    From the cage, you get marvellous views over the Lyme Estate, the nearby Peak District, and the urban sprawl of Stockport / Manchester. You can also see the planes coming in to land at Manchester Airport in the distance.

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  • Lyme Park - The Cage

    On the ridge above the hall, is an Elizabethan hunting tower known as 'Lyme Cage' remodelled by Leoni. The park was always a huge estate full of deer and used widely for hunting purpouses.Lyme used to be famous for the execeptionally large mastiffs bred on the estate and on Lord Newton's shield of arms two mastiffs act as supporters. The breed died...

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  • Lyme Park - Orangery

    The orangery, designed by Lewis Wyatt, has a formal Victorian facade. originally used to grow exotic fruits for the table, it is now used as a conservatory and contians all sorts of exotic plants and a fountian.

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  • Lyme Park - Reflection Lake

    In front of the great house, is a lake where you can see the hall reflected (excuse scaffolding)It was that the famous scene in 'Pride & Prejudice' (1995) where Darcy emerges from a lake was filmed.

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  • Lyme Park - Tudor Facade

    On one side Lyme Park has its original Tudor Facade. To the right you can see where the Italianate structure was grafted on (photo 3)The is an old clock on the front (not working) nad you can see the mechanism from inside the house.

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  • Lyme Park

    Lyme Park is a magnificent stately home, near Stockport, not far from Manchester. It is essentially a Tudor home which was transformed into an Italianate palace in the 18th century. Not much of the Tudor exterior remains, but inside there are still a lot of Tudor features, such as the lavish ceilings nad the long gallery.Unfortunately, when we...

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  • Little Moreton Hall - Moat

    The hall was and still is a moated manor house. In the rectangular well preserved moat, the gentle rippling of the waters reflects and enhances the distorted shape of the timberwork adding to the overall magic of the scene. The ducks and fish are oblivious of the tourists' fascination as they swim in the moat that encloses both building and...

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  • Little Moreton Hall - Interior

    The hall still contains most of its Tudor interior features, including may massive oak details and fine windows and floors.

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  • Little Moreton Hall - Inscription

    Above one of the windows of the hall is a nice inscription, left by a Tudor carpenter (click on for more detail) In these days the English language was very much written as it was spoken. An early trade advert maybe?

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  • Little Moreton Hall - Knot Garden

    Little Moreton Hall still has a finely restored Knot garden. Again the design is little altered over the centuries, and you can wander around and also get a good view of the rear of the house.

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  • Little Moreton Hall

    Little Moreton Hall is one of the best preserved Tudor timber framed buildings in England. It has been little altered in the last 500 years. It has however become very warped over time and there is hardly a straight line to ne seen anywhere on the building. It still has its long gallery, with some important paintings.National Trust...

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  • Jodrell Bank Obsevatory

    Right in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, some 20 miles south of Manchester is this huge telescope. Its part of the University of Manchester instruments. The Lovell Telescope, with an altazimuth-mounted parabolic dish 250 ft (76 m) in diameter, is one of the world’s largest fully steerable radio antennas. University research programs include...

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  • Blue Planet Aqauarium

    Not too far from the boat museum is another - the Blue Planet Aquarium, the UK's largest aquarium attraction, with two floors of interactive displays, one of Europe's largest collections of sharks and an underwater walkway tunnel. So if its raining this is a great idea for an hour or two. Again more pics and info I absolutely loved the seahorses -...

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  • Cheshire Cat

    Ok who's knows the expression, "Grining like a Cheshire Cat". Well you may think this originated from Daresbury but in fact it is believed to have originated at Grappenhall another cheshire village some 3 miles away. The original cheshire cat is purported to be a carving of the said grinning cat on the church tower - well its not too visible - you...

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  • Boat Museum Ellesmere Port

    This unique award winning canal museum has the world's largest floating collection of inland waterways craft. The site covers over 7 acres of the historic canal port and dock buildings. Its a great trip out for half a day and easily combined with great shopping at the nearby outlet village - so something for everyone. More pics and info here

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  • Beeston

    Just 20 minutes from the lovely walled town of Chester is the rural community of Beeston. There are ruins of an old castle with sweeping views across the Cheshire plains and the opportunity of seeing rural life in action. A dairy ice-cream farm and a candle workshop factory are two popular attractions set admist the south Cheshire rural...

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  • Anderton Boat Lift

    The Anderton Boat Lift, not far from Northwich in Cheshire, was built in 1875. It was the first of its kind in the world to aid navigation between canals of differing heights - the Trent and Mersey Canal with the River Weaver which have a height difference of 50 feet. It uses two counterbalanced tanks of water. One goes up while the other goes...

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  • Anderton Mini Maze

    Two tonne weights, originally part of the 1908 Anderton Lift make up this fun mini-maze - so even the kids are catered for here.Each weight is over two tonnes - a total of over 500 tonnes in the maze - excluding me! Thats over 50 double decker buses

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  • The Anderton Boat Lift and Nature Park

    The Anderton Boat Lift is a marvel. It's been totally restored and is a working boat lift. The exhibits are interesting, and it is fun (really) to take a ride on it. The guide is wonderful and the experience made me want to take a river cruise down the Mersey. There is an adjoining Nature Park that has all kinds of gentle trails and is very well...

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  • St Oswalds Church

    If you happen to take a peek at my Restaurant tip on my Cheshire page you will notice The Bells Of Peover.Well after your drink why not go over to St Oswalds which is directly opposite The pub.it is a spectacular and important timber church with a stone W tower, said to be of 1582 (see Pevsner) but probably earlier. The aisled nave (13th-14thc.) is...

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