Cheshire Travel Guide

Nantwich High Street, Cheshire

Overview and Attractions

The Cheshire Travel Guide takes a look at local visitor attractions, entertainment, places of interest and contains useful tourist information for travellers. The area guide features travel information on local transport and travel, entertainment, events, facts & figures, maps and accommodation.

The county is located in north west England and has long been a favourite with visitors drawn by the wide range of visitor attractions and places of note. The county enjoys a splendid setting with the beautiful Cheshire countryside making for a thoroughly pleasant environment.

Visits usually centre on a trip to the famous Roman town of Chester, with its long history and elegance.

The county is characterised in the countryside by the 'black and white' buildings a reference to the many surviving half-timbered buildings which are located all over the countryside. Away from the better known areas, Cheshire has a lot of gems in the many small market villages all over the county each with its own character.

The county is packed with great stately homes, gardens and historical sites making it a history lovers dream.

The county is also a walker’s paradise with plenty of walks available in the wonderful Cheshire countryside, it presents a great way to see the county and take in the sites, sounds and atmosphere of all the places.

There are lots of quiet country lanes, rocky ridges and river valleys that provide an ideal environment to explore by foot. See Cheshire Walks for more information.

The south of Cheshire is a predominately flat and rural area that is developing fast as a tourist destination.

Two towns here give an interesting contrast in character with Crewe developing quickly as a result of the coming of the railways while neighbouring Nantwich has moved at a more relaxed pace and contains many traditional black & white properties dating back many centuries.

Crewe is located 25 miles east of Chester; the town has a rich railway history and a number of historic churches. Local attractions include the Crewe Heritage Centre, a railway museum showcasing the town’s history with the railways.

Crewe Hall is Jacobean mansion and Grade I listed building dating back to the 17th century, it is located close to the town, currently it is a hotel and restaurant.

Visitors can enjoy a stroll in Queen’s Park, a Victorian park that features a range of local wildlife. The town includes a number of bars, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, along with good transport links, it is a popular place from which to explore the local area.

The north of Cheshire includes Macclesfield, that was once famous for its silk industry, Macclesfield is located 40 miles from Chester, the town is famous for its silk industry, visitors can learn more about the textile history of the town at the Silk Museum and Heritage Centre.

Local attractions include the impressive 13th century Grade II listed St Michael’s Church noted for its gothic architecture, inside there are a number of tombs and memorials.

Alderley Edge in the 'stockbroker belt' region that is characterised by many well known people as residents and plenty of wealth on show, there is the attractive wooded hillside country of 'The Edge' and Wilmslow with its chic shops.

Wilmslow is an affluent town located 35 miles from Chester and is a firm favourite among fashionistas. There are a number of upmarket boutiques and designer stores along with a choice of cafes and restaurants.

There are a number of high profile residents attracted to the upmarket area known for its affluence and large properties. Local attractions include Quarry Bank Mill, located close by, it is a fine example of a well preserved textile mill dating back to the Industrial Revolution.

Nantwich is a market town located 20 miles from Chester, the medieval market town includes the largest number of historic buildings in Cheshire after the city of Chester. Located on the banks of the River Weaver, the town is well known for its historic timbered buildings located across the town particularly in the town centre.

Visitors can enjoy walking through the historic streets whilst taking in the atmosphere with a number of charming boutiques, arts and crafts stores and antique shops to view.

Local attractions include the 14th century St Mary’s Church located in Nantwich town centre, Nantwich Museum showcases local history through the ages with galleries covering Roman salt making, the great fire of Nantwich and the battle of Nantwich during the English civil war.

The Hack Green Nuclear Bunker is located a few miles from the town, now a museum where visitors can learn more about the secret bunker and its role in the cold war.

Warrington is a town and borough located just over 20 miles from Chester, on the banks of the River Mersey between Liverpool and Manchester. The town dates back to Roman times and expanded during the industrial revolution.

Local attractions include the Warrington Museum and Art Gallery located in the cultural quarter of Warrington, dating back to 1857 the museum is located inside a historic Grade II listed building and includes a number of temporary and permanent exhibitions and displays. Collections cover archaeology, natural history, local history and the arts.

Gulliver’s World in Warrington is a family theme park with rides, attractions and entertainment for the whole family. Parr Hall is a theatre where located in the cultural quarter where visitors can find a range of entertainment including theatre, dance, music and comedy.

The ancient City of Chester is often described as upmarket and elegant, take a closer look and it is easy to see why. Chester has great facilities for those that like retail therapy in its two-tiered shopping galleries.

You can indulge yourself and dine in a top class Michelin starred restaurants and enjoy a great gourmet experience. There is history galore here, it is scenic too with lovely gardens and the wonderful countryside of Cheshire in the background.

Chester has plenty of designer shops in its historic buildings, the city was originally established in Roman times. Saxon princess Ethelfleda ordered the building of Chester’s famous surrounding walls, these famous walls attract plenty of visitors and are the most famous tourist attraction in Chester.

In the town centre has examples of period architecture; the Rows are arcades raised above the walkways. Some buildings also feature black on white timber frames.

This upmarket city is awash with history and elegance, its location in the county of Cheshire ensures the city is surrounded by beautiful English countryside and country lanes perfect for a country drive.

For a relatively small county Cheshire has plenty of visitor attractions. The charming Roman town of Chester is inevitably the focus of many visits to Cheshire, there are however plenty of other places in the county worth visiting; tourists are spoilt for choice.

With historical attractions highlighting the great heritage of the area mixed with a beautiful countryside and landscapes and a variety of visitor attractions it is not difficult to see why the county is a favoured destination among tourists.

Cheshire is well connected transport wise with good road, rail and near by airports making it easy to visit this attractive county.

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