Cheshire Attractions

Cheshire offers visitors a choice of local attractions in the county, visitors can choose from a range of interesting and charming places to discover. The county includes a number of historic houses, museums, parks, gardens, a number of historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. Cheshire’s location in north west England means the tranquil English countryside and the great outdoors are all within reach located close to local towns and villages with a range of things to see and do in the county.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Cheshire, these include:

A medieval building worth visiting is Chester Cathedral that was originally built as an abbey church for a Benedictine monastery. The abbey church then became Chester Cathedral. Inside visitors can still see signs of the earlier monastic settlement, there are some architectural features such as the 13th century Chapter House, containing a cupboard of intricate medieval ironwork. This site has been a place of worship for over 1,000 years and stands as a living and vibrant symbol of Christianity in the North West. The cathedral is a very popular place to visit and attracts many visitors each year.

Tatton Park is a neo-classical mansion boasting superb gardens, Tudor Old Hall and Home Farm, it is set in 1,000 acres of parkland that includes lakes and a children's play area. There are speciality shops and special events throughout the year including RHS Show and open air concerts with fireworks. The park has tree lined avenues with herds of fallow and red deer. The mansion is among the finest homes you could wish to see and has lavish state rooms, fine collections and furniture it is truly a grand sight.

The gardens at Tatton Park have grown over the years and due to the vast scale they now show a collection of styles. The farm has many animals includes horses, chickens and pigs, it is particularly popular with children who can enjoy seeing the animals up close. The state is vast in scale and houses many attractions and things to see and do for visitors making it a great place for a day out.

Little Moreton Hall is thought of by many as among the finest half-timbered manors in England. The house is set around three sides of a cobbled courtyard and ringed around by a moat. The half-timbering is the main feature and is wonderfully ornate. Little Moreton Hall was built between 1450 and 1580 by the Moreton family, it is a Grade I listed building. The house has no corridors in it with each room leading directly into the next with the floors are connected by spiral staircases. There is a lack of interior furnishings that help facilitate visitors seeing the plasterwork and wall paintings, including those in the long gallery. There is a knot garden that stands outside the house. The house is among the best known of Cheshire many tourist hot spots and is now managed by the National Trust.

Beeston Castle is among the best known castles in the county and stands on sheer rocky crags which fall sharply away from the castle wall. The castle has among the best and most stunning views of the countryside you can find in the UK. It has a very long history thought to go back some 4,000 years to when it was a Bronze Age hill fort.

The massive castle was built from 1226 and became a royal stronghold; it fell only centuries later during the English Civil War. The exhibition, 'The Castle of the Rock', shows visitors the history of this strategic site from prehistoric times, to the Middle Ages to the Civil War. It is illustrated well with finds from Beeston. There is a gift shop for souvenirs and a free Children's Activity Sheet available to keep them occupied.

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate are located in Wilmslow, Cheshire. It is among the UK's greatest industrial heritage sites and includes a complete working cotton mill. It comprises of four distinct elements, all of which once belonged to the Greg family who founded the Mill and subsequently gave the land to the National Trust. The Georgian water-powered cotton mill still spins and weaves cotton to be sold in the shop.

Visitors should allow some time to visit the Mill, where they can see hands-on displays and living history demonstrations of the development of the textile industry, ranging from hand spinning to factory weaving. Visitors can see the most powerful working waterwheel in Europe and among the earliest steam-powered beam engines. In the Apprentice House, visitors can see and hear how poor children were boarded whilst they were indentured to the Mill. The colony village of Styal, used to house many of the workers provides a view of school, allotments and chapels.

The Museum and Art Gallery is located in Warrington and offers material on the natural world including some hands-on activities in the Earth’s History Gallery and Warrington's very own dinosaur. Warrington Museum has local and social history galleries featuring displays on the industries that have helped shape Warrington through history. The Art Galleries contain work by internationally renowned artists, these are displayed around the building. The museum and art gallery makes a particularly interesting place to visit for arts fans.

Chester Zoo is a great day out for the whole family. There are some of the world's most interesting and amazing animals here, these include mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. In addition there are over 100 acres of gardens too. Chester Zoo is involved in the care and conservation of animals and endangered species from across the world.

The zoo is a long established attraction and has provided a great experience to several generations of visitors. There are in excess of 7,000 animals and over 400 species including endangered ones. The zoo is located just outside of Chester, there is plenty to keep children amused such as the designated kids play area and activities and games that they can take part in. There are regular events such as evening tours and dinner or a barbeque.

Gulliver’s World Warrington is a family theme park located a few miles from the town of Warrington in Cheshire. There are over 30 rides in the park including the joker, dodgems, tractor ride, jeep safari, pirate ship and many more. There are around 60 attractions that include the jungle play area, maze of cards, cowboy climb, ghost house and much more. There are also a number of shows to see including the puppet show and the hard luck bear jamboree. There are a number of eateries and restaurants serving both cold and hot foods and drinks. A trip to the theme park offers a fun filled, action packed day out for the whole family.

It is recommended that prior to visiting Cheshire; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Cheshire is a county that has plenty to offer visitors with a mix of charming towns and market villages including a number of picturesque locations in the Cheshire countryside to enjoy in addition to the attractions in the urban centres. The city of Chester with its range of city attractions along with a number of charming market towns and villages ensuring visitors can enjoy both the urban and rural when visiting the county.

The county includes a large number of historic attractions, museums, historic houses, parks, gardens and cathedrals with family attractions such as the Gullivers World Theme Park. Cheshire’s attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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