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A damning indictment of the UK's dismissal of their obligations to its own children as well as its vulnerable disabled.  Whilst children in the UK are plunged into poverty and near starvation, the UK government pretends to be 'saving the 3rd world' from starvation and injustice.  The ultimate and cruel hypocrisy of today's Britain as one of the world's richest economies, we join the USA in hiding the truth of what really is happening.  We too have soup kitchens, and church charities providing food for hungry families, 200 of them within 60 miles of where I live..  Save the world's children dismiss your own.  The UK gave £80m to Africa recently, that was to buy influence away from China.  Madness, and completely immoral.
In the 30’s and 40’s, we fought for children’s right to adequate nutrition in the UK. Our campaigning was a success: the Education Act of 1944 made it compulsory that all schools in the UK provide milk to children under the age of 18. We continue fight for children in the UK today by supporting some of the most vulnerable children and families. Right now, 1.6 million children live in severe poverty in the UK. Our programmes make sure children living in poverty get off to the best possible start in education, and we’re making sure they get the essentials they need - a hot meal, blankets, a warm bed.

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The Angles came here for a visit 1515 years ago and liked it so much they have stayed.
According to sources such as the History of Bede, after the invasion of Britannia, the Angles split up and founded the kingdoms of the Nord Angelnen (Northumbria), Ost Angelnen (East Anglia), and the Mittlere Angelnen (Mercia).  Confirmation is afforded by English and Danish traditions relating to two kings named Wermund and Offa of Angel, from whom the Mercian royal family claimed descent and whose exploits are connected with Angeln, Schleswig, and Rendsburg. Danish tradition has preserved record of two governors of Schleswig, father and son, in their service, Frowinus (Freawine) and Wigo (Wig), from whom the royal family of Wessex claimed descent. During the 5th century, the Anglii invaded Great Britain, after which time their name does not recur on the continent except in the title of Suevi Angili.
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Cheshire (or, archaically, the County of Chester).   The county town, and the location of the county council, is the city of Chester, although Cheshire's largest town in terms of size and population is Warrington. Other major towns include Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn, Macclesfield, Northwich, and Wilmslow  The county is bordered by Merseyside and Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east, Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south, Flintshire and Wrexham in Wales to the west.
The ceremonial county has an overall area of 2,343 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 993,200.The county is mostly rural with a number of small towns and villages that support an agricultural industry. It is historically famous for the production of Cheshire cheese, salt, bulk chemicals and the weaving of silk.Domesday Book was recorded as a larger county than it is today. It included two hundreds which later became part of Wales: Atiscross and Exestan The area in between the Mersey and Ribble (referred to in the Domesday Book as "Inter Ripam et Mersham") formed part of the returns for Cheshire.  Although some have taken this to mean that, at this time, south Lancashire was part of Cheshire,  more exhaustive research indicates that the boundary between Cheshire and what was to become Lancashire remained the river Mersey. With minor variations in spelling across sources, the complete list of hundreds of Cheshire at this time are: Atiscross, Bochelau, Chester, Dudestan, Exestan, Hamestan, Middlewich, Riseton, Roelau, Tunendune, Warmundestrou

CheshireIn 1182 the land north of the Mersey became administered as part of the new county of Lancashire, thus resolving any uncertainty about the county in which the land "Inter Ripam et Mersham" was. . Over the years the ten hundreds consolidated and changed names to leave just seven — Broxton, Bucklow, Eddisbury, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Northwich, and WirralThrough the Local Government Act 1972 which came into effect in 1974, some areas in the north west became part of the metropolitan counties of Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Stockport (previously a county borough), Hyde, Dukinfield and Stalybridge in the north-east became part of Greater Manchester. Much of the Wirral Peninsula in the north-west, including the county boroughs of Birkenhead and Wallasey, joined Merseyside. At the same time the Tintwistle Rural District was transferred to Derbyshire. The area of Lancashire south of the Merseyside/Greater Manchester area, including Widnes and the county borough of Warrington was added to the new non-metropolitan county of Cheshire .Halton and Warrington became unitary authorities independent of Cheshire County Council on 1 April 1998, but remain part of Cheshire for ceremonial purposes, as well as fire and policing .
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Altrincham Library, 20 Stamford New Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 1EJ
Tel 01619 125931
Woodside Ferry Terminal, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 6DU
Tel: 01516 476780   
web: www.wirral.gov.uk
Chester Town Hall , Northgate Street, Chester , Cheshire CH1 2HJ
Tel: 01244 402 111 Alternate Tel: 01244 402 385  Fax: 01244 400 420
Email: tis@chester.gov.uk Web: http://www.chester.gov.uk
Chester (Vicars Lane) Vicars Lane , Chester , Cheshire CH1 1QX
Tel: 01244 402 111 Alternate Tel: 01244 351 609 Fax: 01244 403 188
Email: tis@chester.gov.uk Web: http://www.chester.gov.uk
Congleton Town Hall , High Street , Congleton  Cheshire  CW12 1BN
Tel: 01260 271 095  Alternate Tel: 01260 285 257 Fax: 01260 298 243
Email: tourism@congleton.gov.uk Web: http://www.congletonasea.com
Ellesmere Port Unit 22b McArthur Glen Outlet Village , Kinsey Road , Ellesmere Port  Cheshire CH65 9JJ
Tel: 0151 356 7879 Fax: 0151 356 1005
Email: cheshireoaks.cc@visitor-centre.net
Knutsford Council Offices , Toft Road,  Knutsford , Cheshire  WA16 6TA
Tel: 01565 632 611 Alternate Tel: 01565 632 210 Fax: 01565 652 367
Email: ktic@macclesfield.gov.uk Web: http://www.macclesfield.gov.uk
Macclesfield Town Hall , Macclesfield , Cheshire SK10 1DX
Tel: 01625 504 114  Alternate Tel: 01625 504 115  Fax: 01625 504 116
Email: Informationcentre@macclesfield.gov.uk  Web: http://www.macclesfield.gov.uk
Nantwich & Crewe Market Street , Nantwich , Cheshire CW5 5DG
Tel: 01270 610 983 Fax: 01270 610 880
Email: touristi@crewe-nantwich.gov.uk
web : www.crewe-nantwich.gov.uk
Northwich 1 The Arcade , Northwich ,Cheshire CW9 5AS
Tel: 01606 353 534    Alternate Tel: 01606 353 500 Fax: 01606 353 516
Email: tourism@valeroyal.gov.uk
Runcorn Church Street , Runcorn , Cheshire WA7 1LX
Tel: 0151 907 8303  Fax: 0151 907 8388
Email: tourist.info@halton-borough.gov.uk
Staircase House 30 Market Place Stockport SK1 1ES
Tel. No. 0161 474 4444
Email. tourist.information@stockport.gov.uk
Warrington Warrington Bus Interchange , Warrington , Cheshire  WA1 1TF
Tel: 01925 428 585
Email: informationcentre@warrington.gov.uk Web: http://www.welcometowarrington.com/
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Tel: 01942 825677  Fax: 01942 825677
Email: infounit@wiganmbc.gov.uk
Wilmslow Rectory Fields , Wilmslow , Cheshire SK9 1BU
Tel: 01625 522 275  Alternate Tel: 01625 504 114  Fax: 01625 549 684
Email: i.hillaby@macclesfield.gov.uk
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Adlington Hall   
The Cheshire Manor Home of the Leghs since 1315. The Great Hall was built between 1450 and 1505, the Elizabethan “Black and White” in 1581 and the Georgian South Front in 1757. The Great Hall houses a ‘Father’ Bernard Smith organ played by Handel.Garden features include a maze, rose garden, penstemon garden and the Father Tiber Water Garden, and a wilderness with follies, including a Chinese Bridge, Temple for Diana, T’lng House and Shell Cottage.
Adlington Hall
Cheshire SK10 4LF

Phone: +44 (0)1625 820875  -  Fax: +44 (0)1625 828756

Alderley Edge

Dramatic red sandstone escarpment, with impressive views. Fine views across Cheshire towards the Peak District - Lovely walks through oak and beech woodlands - Copper mining heritage since prehistoric and Roman times - 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' for its unique geology

Alderley Edge

c/o Cheshire Countryside Office,
Nether Alderley, Macclesfield,
 Cheshire SK10 4UB


Tel : 01625 584412
Alexander’s Jazz Theatre   
Alexander’s Jazz Theatre is a leading North West venue for jazz, blues and rock artists. It is also the main venue for the annual Chester Jazz and Blues Festival. Saturdays bring a variety of alternative comedy to Chester for Alexander’s famed comedy nights. Alexander’s is all about ambience and the joy of being “close” to the performance. You can also combine an evenings music with an evening meal. Please enquire when booking your tickets.
Alexanders Jazz Theatre
2 Rufus Court,
Off Northgate Street,
Chester, Cheshire CH1 2JW
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Phone: +44 (0)1244 340005  -  Fax: +44 (0)1244 400414

Anderton Boat Lift   
he Anderton Boat Lift was the world’s first boat lift and is currently the only one within the UK. It was built in 1875 and is known as the “Cathedral of the Canals” due to its importance as one of the greatest monuments of the engineering marvels of the canal age. The lift has now been fully restored to working order. Visitors can see how the lift is controlled inside the exhibition area and take a boat trip through the lift.
Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane, Anderton,
 Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6FW 
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Phone: +44 (0)1606 786777  -  Fax: +44 (0)1606 872903

Arley Hall & Gardens   
garden to charm and delight, surrounded by lush parkland, the award winning gardens feature the magnificent double herbaceous border, the unique ilex columns, topiary and tree avenues, collections of shrub roses, rhododenrums, azaleas and herbaceous plants. Open from 31st March to 29th Sept, closed Mondays, 11am - 5pm. The hall, very much a family home, is open Tuesday’s and Sunday’s only from noon. There is a restaurant, gift shop, and picnic area and plant nursery. We have disabled facilities and dogs are welcome.
Arley Hall & Gardens
Arley, Northwich,
Cheshire CW9 6NA 

Phone: +44 (0)1565 777353  -  Fax: +44 (0)1565 777465


Altrincham was established as a market town in 1290, though most medieval communities were based around agriculture rather than trade. The historic market in Altrincham, established 800 years ago, continues today. The town continued to grow, but prosperity came with the completion of the Altrincham section of the Bridgewater Canal in 1776, and the completion of the railway in 1849, precipitating the arrival of industry to the town, as well as its growth as a commuter town. Broadheath developed as an industrial area due to its location near the canal and railway.Today, the town encompasses many smaller villages and the grounds of Dunham Massey Hall—formerly the home of the Earl of Stamford—a tourist attraction with three Grade I Listed Buildings and a deer park. Altrincham is also the home of Altrincham F.C. and Manchester Phoenix, an elite ice hockey club.

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 Cheshire WA14 1EJ
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Beeston Castle   
Standing majestically on sheer, rocky crags, Beeston Castle has perhaps the most stunning views from any castle in England. Its history stretches back over 4,000 years, to when it was a Bronze Age hill fort. The huge castle was built from 1226 and soon became a royal stronghold, only falling centuries later during the English Civil War. Inspired by what he had heard when knights returned from the Holy Land in the early thirteenth Century, Earl Ranulf of Chester had set about building himself this virtually impregnable castle.
Beeston Castle
Beeston, Cheshire CW6 9TX 

Phone: +44 (0)1829 260464

Blakemere Craft Centre   
Over 30 shops, set around charming Edwardian stables. Huge selection of unusual items from soft furnishings to ladies fashions and handmade chocolates to fine art and prints. Numerous craft shops – watch craftsmen at work. Our new Tropical Garden Centre offers an extensive range of cold hardy tropical plants with expert and friendly advice. Plus Aquatic and Falconry Centre with bird of prey flying displays and fantastic aviaries. Also craft activities, Children’s Playbarn and outdoor adventure play park for children upto 10 years. Excellent restaurant and coffee shop. Now open 7 days a week 10am - 5pm.
Blakemere Craft Centre
Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich,
Cheshire CW8 2EB 
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Phone:  01606 883261  -  Fax:  01606 301496

Blue Planet Aquarium   
At Blue Planet Aquarium, the largest aquarium anywhere in the UK, you’re guaranteed to see more types of shark than anywhere else in Britain. And they are BIG! We’ve got more than 10 different species from around the world including our famous sand tiger sharks! At the heart of your ultimate underwater adventure is Aquatunnel, one of the longest in the world at 70m long with a moving walkway and everywhere you look, you’ll find a shark looming overhead. You can also swim with sharks - see web site for details!
Blue Planet Aquarium
Longlooms Road, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 9LF  
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Phone: 0151 357 8804 
Fax: 0151 356 7288

The Boat Museum   
At the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port we bring Britain's canal history to life.  Explore the former canal port and experience life aboard our collection of canal and river boats.Discover the stories of the people who worked on our canals and rivers through interactive displays, film and audio recordings.And step back in time at the dock workers’ cottages and see how people lived from the 1840s to the 1950s.Designed by Thomas Telford under the direction of William Jessop, this was a working canal port until the 1950s. The scheme of locks, docks and warehouses together with the pump and engine room which provided the power for boats and cranes, blacksmiths forge and stables vividly recreate what life was like at the turn of the century.
Boat Museum

South Pier Rd, Ellesmere Port, L65 4FW  


Tel: 0151 355 5017
Bollin Valley Partnership   
The Bollin rises in the Pennines and flows through Macclesfield, Wilmslow, and Bowden and eventually into Manchester ship canal, about 30 miles from its source. The Bollin Valley Partnership manages over 100 miles of waymarked footpaths; several picnic sites, a Country Park and Aviation-viewing Park. It works with landowners and individuals to improve the local countryside – for wildlife and people – and the rangers run an annual activity programme.
Bollin Valley Partnership
County Offices, Chapel Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 1PU  
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Phone: +44 (0)1625 534791  -  Fax: +44 (0)1625 534790

Bramall Hall

Bramall Hall is a superb example of a 'Cheshire Black and White' timber framed manor house, with origins dating back to Medieval England. The property is lovingly cared for and presents the visitor with a marvellous historic record spanning six centures. Journeying through the house will give you a glimpse into Bramall Hall's fascinating history - beautiful Tudor rooms with spectacular plaster ceilings, a wonderful 16th century embroidered table carpet and wall paintings, plus many fine examples of architecture, furniture and paintings from different periods. The house is set in 70 acres of beautiful parkland which has been landscaped in the style of Capability Brown. The park features two lakes, woodland walks, gardens and a toddlers play area.Open :  Winter Sat-Sun 1200-1600 Easter-September Mon-Sat 1300-1700 Sun 1100-1700 October-January Tues-Sat 1300-1600

Bramall Hall

Woodbank Hall, Woodbank Park, Offerton, Stockport, SK7 3NX, Greater Manchester

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Tel :  0161 474 4458

The Brindley Theatre and Arts Centre, Runcorn

 Welcome to The Brindley, Halton's purpose built Theatre and Arts Centre situated in Runcorn, Cheshire.

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The Brindley
High Street Runcorn


Tel : 0151 424 2061

Ticket info and bookings Tel : 0151 907 8360


Bunbury is a pleasant village with many old cottages and narrow winding lanes. The village life in Bunbury, focuses around its pubs, shops and the magnificent 13th-century St Boniface Church, located in the upper village. The church has a monument to Sir George Beeston who, at the age of 89, commanded the Dreadnought in the battle against the Spanish Armada.Bunbury is also the home to Bunbury Watermill, a restored 19th-century watermill and working museum.The village is an ideal starting point to discover Cheshire’s canals, the Middlewich branch, the Llangollen Canal and the Shropshire Union Canal.A mile to the north you negotiate the two wide-beamed staircase locks, well known in canal cruising circles. The Shropshire Union Canal continuing south passes through quaint towns and villages, beautiful tree-lined cuttings and embankments. As part of the Four Counties Ring this is a wonderful way to see Cheshire and its surrounds from a different view.


Capersthorne Hall
Capesthorne Hall is where the Bromley-Davenports and their ancestors have lived since Domesday times. It contains a variety of treasures including fine paintings, furniture, marbles and Greek vases. It lies in gardens and parkland extending over 100 acres.
Capesthorne Hall
Siddington, Macclesfield,
Cheshire SK11 9JY
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Tel: 01625 861221 & 861779
Castle Park Arts Centre   
Castle Park Arts Centre is housed in converted stables with an outstanding clock tower. The clock was supplied to Joseph Stubs in 1853 and still keeps accurate time. The entrance gates to the courtyard are in remembrance of the Wright sisters of Castle Park. The Arts Centre is run by volunteers as a charitable trust and holds many exhibitions and displays throughout the year as well as providing meeting space for local clubs and societies. Local services and handmade goods can also be found within the courtyard.
Castle Park Arts Centre
Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire 
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Phone: +44 (0)1928 735832

Castle Park Gardens   
The proposal for Castle Park Gardens was made by The Round Table in 1986. The land adjacent to the Arts Centre had become derelict and was transformed into the gardens and park that exist today. The overriding consideration was to provide easy access and so hard surfaced paths were included. The park has an extensive range of trees and flowers. As well as the gardens, Castle Park has a large children’s play area with everything from climbing frames to swings and slides and tennis and bowling facilities.
Castle Park Gardens
Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire

Catalyst focuses on chemistry and its history. There is a glass lift fo the observatory overlooking the Mersey and Spike Island waterside park, and a 100+ hands-on exhibits. Melt a crystal, take your temperature on our huge thermometer or use touch screen computers! Four galleries include Scientrific with huge bubble machine and EcoQuest with bridge building. Café, shop and special events during school holidays.
Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 0DF 

E-mail Catalyst 


Phone: +44 (0)151 420 1121  -  Fax: +44 (0)151 495 2030

Chadkirk Chapel

Admire this beautifully restored 14th Centruy Chapel which is set in the heart of Chadkirk Country Estate. Relax and cherish the peace and tranquillity inside the chapel. Learn about the history of this fantastic chapel and its association through legend with the 7th century missionary Saint Chad, or just relax and enjoy the refreshments and then take a walk through delightful woodland and along the scenic Peak Forest Canal to Etherow Park

Chadkirk Chapel  

Vale Road Romiley
Stockport SK6 3LD


Tel : 0161 474 4460

Fax : 0161 474 4449

Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service

The Service collects and preserves historical records relating to both the ancient and modern county of Cheshire, the diocese and the city of Chester. It makes the records available for study free of charge by members of the public. It also provides a records management service for Cheshire County Council and houses the Local Studies Library. In addition, the service is responsible for delivering the archives and local studies service for Warrington and Halton boroughs and includes the management of the manuscript collection housed at Warrington Library.

Chester Archives Reading Room

Duke Street



Tel : 01244 602574

Fax : 01244 603812

Cheshire Military Museum   
Visit the Cheshire Military Museum to discover 300 years of history following a £500,000 refurbishment in 2001. The museum houses fascinating displays and collections relating to the Cheshire Regiment, the Cheshire Yeomanry, The 3rd Carabiners, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and Eaton Hall Officer Cadet school. There is something for all the family including hands-on exhibits and a first world war trench. The museum is open every day 10am to 5pm. Last admission 4.30pm.
Cheshire Military Museum
The Castle, Chester,
Cheshire CH1 2DN


Phone: +44 (0)1244 327617  -  Fax: +44 (0)1244 401700

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cheshire Oaks is a shop-a-holics heaven, with 140 shops offering discounts of up to 50%. And there's more than just shopping! Our younger visitors will love our safety-approved outdoor play area, while the whole family can enjoy food from around the world in our themed foodcourt.
Cheshire Oaks designer Outlet
Kinsey Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 9JJ

Tel: 0151 348 5600


Chester is the county town of Cheshire, and the lovely agricultural land of the county surrounds the city which is situated on the north bank of the River Dee. One of the oldest and most complete walled cities, Chester is one of the jewels in Britain's crown.Chester has been written about by many people, perhaps Samuel Johnson summed it up most succinctly when he wrote to Boswell in 1779, "Chester pleases my fancy more than any town I ever saw". Many people feel the same today, for what you find is a city full of history, with truly stunning architecture. A city with excellent shops and restaurants, lively and vibrant, where locals and tourists alike delight in Chester's rich heritage. You will find historical legacies from almost every period in Chester; the Romans occupied the town in 79 AD and built their fortress (Castra Devana), named 'Deva' after the River Dee. Parts of the original Roman walls still remain and are now a pleasant walkway, with elevated views of the city.

 In the dark ages, the Vikings landed in their long-ships and invaded Chester, but in the 10th century the Norsemen were vanquished by the daughter of Alfred the Great, Aeth elflaeda, who for protection extended and strengthened the old Roman walls around the city. During the Anglo-Saxon period, Chester produced coins from its own mint, some still survive and are on display in the Grosvenor Museum. The pink stone church of St John the Baptist, built by the Saxon king Ethelred in 689, was rebuilt in Norman times, and although partly ruined is still an impressive example of Norman architecture.

When Chester eventually became a Norman stronghold, William the Conqueror founded Chester Castle and created the title 'Earl of Chester' for his nephew Hugh the Wolf. 'Earl of Chester' is a title still given to the eldest son of the reigning monarch.  In the Middle Ages Chester was the most prosperous port in the north of England, with trading routes to Ireland, Scotland and parts of the continent. Parts of the old quay is still visible at Roodee Racecourse, which now occupies the old harbour site. The 'Rows', originally built in medieval times, are unique to Chester. Four streets meet at the Cross, where the town crier welcomes visitors to the city. The Rows of magnificent old black and white half-timbered, galleried buildings, raised above street level are reached by flights of stone steps. Today they house shops, restaurants, little museums and the occasional pub.


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Town Hall , Northgate Street,
Chester , Cheshire CH1 2HJ

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Tel: 01244 402 111 Alternate Tel: 01244 402 385  Fax: 01244 400 420
Chester Amphitheatre   
No one knew that Chester had an amphitheatre until 1929 when a large curved wall was discovered while a boiler room was being built underneath Dee House. Parts of the western entrance, outer and arena walls and the arena itself were then unearthed. Angry protests at plans to build a road straight across the site were successful and the road now curves around the amphitheatre. Excavation work is ongoing at the site, which housed another Roman building before the amphitheatre was built in the first century AD.
Chester Amphitheatre
Vicars Lane, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2HS 
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Phone: +44 (0)1244 402260

Chester Boats
Enjoy a relaxing 30 minute cruise, journeying up river beneath the suspension bridge, Grosvenor Park and the Earls Eye, following the long sweep of the 'meadows'. Delightful views are seen of beautiful and interesting riverside properties and gardens. Enjoy commentary and a drink from the bar as you cruise along the river.
Chester Boats
All cruises depart from the Boating Station
Souters Lane,
The Groves,
tel: 01244 325394
01244 325396
Chester Cathedral   
Chester Cathedral is the most complete medieval monastic building still standing in the UK. It was founded as a Benedictine Monastery in 1092 and was rededicated as the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1542, following the dissolution of the monasteries. The Cathedral boasts splendid stained glass windows and brilliant sculptures and fabrics. The Bell Tower was introduced to the grounds under Dean Addleshaw in 1975. The present building contains material from every century since the tenth as the Cathedral grew out of three previous churches.
Chester Cathedral
12 Abbey Square, Chester,
 Cheshire CH1 2HU 
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Phone: +44 (0)1244 324756  -  Fax: +44 (0)1244 341110
Chester City Football Club
Chester Football Club were founded in 1885 as an amalgamation of Chester Rovers and Old King's Scholars and initially played their home games at Faulkner Street in the Hoole area of the city. For the first five years of their existence they only played friendlies until joining the Combination League in 1890. On June 1st 1931 Chester were elected to the Football League.
Chester City F C
The Stadium, Bumper's Lane,
 off Sealand Road, Chester

Tel: 01244 371376
Chester History and Heritage
The history of the city and it's architecture
. Chester History & Heritage is the first place to contact when you want to discover your Chester ancestors or find out about the history of Chester City and District.
Chester Heritage Centre

St Michael's Church,

Bridge Street Row, Chester, CH1 2HJ

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Tel:01244 321616
Chester Library   
Chester Library features elaborately moulded terracotta and red bricks. Its original home in St. John Street was demolished and this building was converted with the original façade retained. Philip Lockwood had built it in 1913 from a design for coachbuilders and the motor showroom of the Westminster Coach and Motor Car Works. It then housed an arts centre, which has sadly never been replaced. The library, town hall and Cathedral are within seconds of one another and make up one of the most stunning areas of the city.
Chester Library
Northgate Street, Chester,
 Cheshire CH1 1HU

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Tel: 01244 312935
Fax: 01244 315534

Chester Quasar

 Play the ultimate sci-fi Action adventure game for all ages. If you like "Star Wars" you'll love the laser zapping, adrenaline charged excitement as you battle for victory in the sci-fi battle zone of the future. This is no video game this is for real!Open daily 11am to 10pm
Chester Quasar

4 Volunteer Street
(Behind Pepper Street. NCP)

Tel: 01244 400500
Chester Races
Chester Race Company is a dynamic and rapidly expanding organisation. The company’s vision is that it becomes synonymous in people’s psyche as a first option in deciding what to do in their “leisure” time. The extensive “what’s on” list is grown season on season with racing as its core product offering. The Racecourse now also offers: polo, horse show, concerts, fine dining, theatre box office, the circus etc. In the medium term we continue to work towards guaranteeing that all events that take place at Chester & Bangor-on-Dee Racecourses are all organized to the same exacting standards and provide visitors to the event of their choice with a 1st class “experience
Chester Races

The Racecourse is situated in the heart of Chester supported by an extensive road and rail network.
The M53, M56, M6 and A483 are all in close proximity to Chester providing excellent links from Liverpool, Manchester, North Wales and the south of England. The Racecourse is signed from all the major routes into Chester on racedays.
For general enquiries, Email Chester Races,   or fax the racecourse on 01244 304648.

tel: 01244 304600
Chester Rows   
The Rows form a second level of shops above those on street level and are the only known examples in the world although no one is sure why they were built in this way. Some original 13th century buildings have survived such as the Three Old Arches in Bridge Street but many are Victorian copies. The steps up to the second level are often steep but easier access to part of the rows on Bridge Street is via the Grosvenor Shopping Centre.
Chester Rows
Bridge Street,
Watergate Street,
Eastgate Street,
 Northgate Street,
Chester CH1

Chester Tours
The best way to discover Chester's 2000 years of history. 10.15 every day from the Chester Visitor Centre or 10.30 from the Tourist Information Centre Town Hall.Tours include:

Ghosthunter Trail

Roman Soldiers Patrol

Secret Chester Tour

Christmas Tour

Ale Trail

Tudor Lady walk

Quiz tours

Literary Chester

Curious Chester, Myths and Legends

Come and join the Chester Ghost Tour

For further information, please call
Heather Brennan,
 Group ToursOrganiser  or 
 Email Chester Tours
or book on-line @

tel: 01244 402445
Chester Town Hall   
 Chester Town Hall was completed in 1869 having taken five years to build. It is in the Gothic style of the late 13th century and was built by William Henry Lynn to replace the 17th century Exchange, which burnt down in 1862. Inspiration for the design came from the medieval Cloth Hall in Ypres, Belgium, the most impressive commercial building of medieval northern Europe. The town hall is one of the most important buildings in the heart of Chester and the thriving area around the town hall reflects this.
Chester Town Hall
Northgate Street, Chester, 
Cheshire CH1 2HJ

St.Peters Chester
St Peters Church stands at the centre of Chester behind the high cross. It is at the junction of the four main roads. Eastgate Street, Watergate Street, Northgate Street and Bridge Street. St Peter's was founded in A.D. 907 and is Chester's oldest church. It once had a large spire, the exterior has been restored several times. The church is unusual because of its square form. It is constructed out of local sandstone and stands on top of the Roman headquarters building. In A.D. 907 the church of St Peter and Paul was moved here by Ethelfleda from the site of St Werburgh's. In 1086 the church is referred to 'Templum Sancti Petri' in the Domesday Book. Today the church contains a cafe and several points of interest including galleries made in the time of Charles I, Parts of a Fresco, Old Monuments. And a Quiet Room.

St Peters Church Chester
St.Peters Church,
 The Cross
Chester Cheshire

Tel: 01244 313920
Chester Treasure Hunt
No prior knowledge of Chester is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.The hunt starts at the Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2EF. From Chester or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away. Our Chester treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.
Chester Treasure Hunt

Local stockists of single hunts

Bookland  & Co. Ltd &

Chester History & Heritage Centre,St Michael's Church,
Bridge Street Row, Chester, CH1 2HJ

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Tel:01244 321616
Chester Visitor Centre
Tourist information, plus a video & of reconstruction of the Chester Rows to illustrate Chester's history.  
Chester Visitor Centre

Vicars Lane,
 Chester CH1 1QX 

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Tel: 01244 319019
Chester Walls   
Chester is the only British city that retains the full circuit of its defensive walls. The complete route is around two miles in length and gives amazing views of the city and a unique insight into Chester’s Roman history.
Chester Walls

Chester Zoo   
Chester is the UK’s largest zoo - and you’ll need a full day to enjoy it. Here 5,000 animals live in spacious, near-natural surroundings, set in 80 acres of award-winning gardens. Chester is regarded as one of Europe’s top zoos. Many rare and endangered creatures breed freely in large, open, near-natural enclosures. Chester is proud to be playing a part in a worldwide conservation programme
Chester Zoo
Chester, Cheshire CH2 1LH 
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Phone: 01244 380280  -  Fax: 01244 371273
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Extensive ornamental gardens dominated by romantic Gothic Castle, built in 1801 of local sandstone. Beautiful Temple Water Garden, Rose Garden and many mixed borders.The gardens at Cholmondeley Castle were originally laid out when the 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley built the castle between 1801 and 1804. Located off the A49 Whitchurch to Tarporley road, the gardens have been extensively replanted since the 1960's under the direction of Lady Cholmondeley.The gardens and grounds feature many beautiful specimen trees, herbaceous borders, shrubberies, ponds and lakes with the highlight being the beautiful Temple Garden. Careful planting has ensured it is a garden for all seasons to enjoy throughout the year, with a wealth of plants, shrubs and bulbs. The grounds also contain a nature reserve and a rare breeds animal centre complete with children's corner. Visitor facilities include a tearoom, picnic area, gift and plant shop and a farm shop located just outside the main Castle entrance. Please note that the Castle is not open to the public.

Cholmondeley Castle

Email:- Email Cholmondeley

Tel: 01829 720383

Congleton is an ancient market charter town. It is also known as 'Bear Town' from an incident during Elizabethan times when bear baiting was a fashionable sport. Congleton is thought to have origins in Neolithic Times. The Chambered tomb, known as the Bridestones was probably built by Stone Age people. In the 18th Century Congleton was transformed by the introduction of silk manufacture. Nowadays light industry and engineering provide the major employment for the town. Congleton has retained its medieval street plan and the Market Cross which once stood in the High Street, is now in the town’s park next to the River Dane.Nearby is Little Moreton Hall, the most outstanding timber-framed, moated house in Britain, and Rode Hall with its extensive gardens. Congleton also has a newly-designed museum, telling the history of the town.

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Tourist Offices
Town Hall , High Street ,
Cheshire  CW12 1BN
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Tel: 01260 271 095  Alternate Tel: 01260 285 257 Fax: 01260 298 243

Congleton Museum

A local histiory museum for Congleton and the surrounding area, with an education room and archive . room. Displays featuring four main areas of the town's history: prehistoric times, including a log boat found at Astbury; the English Civil War, featuring John Bradshaw, who signed the death warrant of Charles I; the heyday of the textile industry; the Second World War

 Congleton Museum

Market Square
CW12 1BT

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  Tel : 01260 276360

Crewe did not come to prominence until the late 1830s, when the Grand Junction Railway (GJR) company chose it as the site for its locomotive works (known in the surrounding area simply as Crewe Works) and Crewe railway station.  The town of Winsford, situated seven miles north of Crewe, rejected an earlier original building plan. Subsequently local landowners from neighbouring Nantwich (located four miles away) prevented the second choice plan to locate the building in their town.

When the GJR opened its station in fields near Crewe Hall in 1837, the population of Crewe (c. 1831), the nearest Cheshire village, was just 70.A new town grew up, in the parishes of Monks Coppenhall and Church Coppenhall, alongside the increasingly busy station, with the population expanding to reach 40,000 by 1871. GJR chief engineer Joseph Locke helped lay out the town.[

The town has a large park, Queen's Park (laid out by engineer Francis Webb), the land for which was donated by the London and North (successor to the GJR). (Rumour has it that they did this to prevent the Great Western Railway from building a railway line through it but there is no evidence for this.The railway provided an endowment towards the building and upkeep of Christ Church. Until 1897 its vicar, non-conformist ministers and schoolteachers received concessionary passes, the school having been established in 1842. The company provided a doctor's surgery with a scheme of health insurance.

A gasworks was built and the works water supply was adapted to provide drinking water and a public baths. The railway also opened a cheese market in 1854 and set up a printing works. Nevertheless, the dominance of the railway industry was such that times of recession were keenly felt market in 1854 and a clothing factory for John Compton who provided the company uniforms, while of McCorquodale of Liverpool set up a printing works  Nevertheless, the dominance of the railway industry was such that times of recession were keenly felt.

In the early 1830s Crewe was only a small hamlet with only a wayside station beside a turnpike road. However, in 1837 the village became the junction of three lines, the Manchester & Birmingham, the Great Junction and the Chester & Crew
In 1840 the Great Junction company purchased the Chester & Crewe Railway and large areas of land in Crewe. The company then moved its locomotive and carriage works from Edge Hill, Liverpool to the town. For the next hundred and fifty years, an average of one locomotive a week was produced in Crewe. By 1843 the company had built 200 houses for its workers. ther railway companies built lines to Crewe: the North Staffordshire (1848), Great Western (1863) and the Midland (1867). The original station was constructed in 1849 but was rebuilt eighteen years later with widened platforms and bays to accommodate the extra railway lines
Crewe War Memorial in the site where it was relocated in 2006 after a local political crisis. It is one of only two war memorials in Britain which features Britannia.
Crewe Station

Tourist Offices

Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council,
Municipal Buildings,
Earle Street,
Crewe, Cheshire,
CW1 2BJ.

Telephone 01270 537777
Crewe Alexander F.C.
1877 - A Football Club is formed in Crewe, as a separate organisation from the successful Crewe Cricket Club. They take the name 'Alexandra' after Princess Alexandra. 1884 - Crewe Alexandra play their first ever match in the FA Cup. 1892 - Crewe became one of the founder members of the Second Division.

Crewe Alexander FC
The Alexandra Stadium Gresty Road
Crewe CW2 6EB

tel:01270 252610.
The Cross   
The Cross stands at the heart of Chester where Bridge, Northgate, Watergate and Eastgate Streets meet, and is an obvious meeting point. It was carved from local sandstone in the 15th century and was badly vandalised during the English Civil War in the 17th century. The Town Crier greets visitors here and religious preachers use the area to express their beliefs. If you are wondering where the actual cross is, study the ball that sits atop the monument! This part of the city also boasts the best view of the rows..
The Cross
Watergate Street, Chester,
Cheshire CH1 2HS

Dagfields Craft and Antique Centre   
With five giant emporiums stretching for over 40,000 square feet, Dagfields Craft and Antique Centre, just outside Nantwich, has it all in one location. Plenty of on site parking is provided free and with 200 dealers catering in everything from bric-a-brac to fine art, you won’t go home empty handed. An animal village for the children, twenty five craft workshops and a tea rooms and restaurant selling delicious homemade food, guarantee something for everyone and a great family day out.
Dagfields Craft & Antique Centre
Walgherton, Nantwich,
Cheshire CW5 7LG
Dagfields Craft and Antique Centre Web site
Phone: +44 (0)1270 841336
Delamere Forest Park   
Delamere Forest Park is an enjoyable area for walkers, cyclists, children and the disabled alike. It has six waymarked paths starting at just 0.75 miles and waymarked cycle routes of four and seven miles. Blakemere Moss, a restoration project of an area of wetland, is an excellent habitat for a huge variety of wildlife and is particularly popular with ornithologists. The forest is home to many species of butterfly, woodpecker and dragonfly amongst many others. It also features a visitor centre, shop, tearoom, railway, three picnic sites and five car parks.
Delamere Forest Park
Delamere, Northwich,
Cheshire CW8 2JD
Phone: +44 (0)1606 889792

Dewa Roman Experience

Deva is the Roman fortress built almost 2000 years ago which now lies buried beneath the hustle and bustle of modern day Chester. Now you too can visit the Roman fortress of Deva - pronounced 'Dewa' in Roman times. Touch the past yourself in our 'hands-on' studio. This area has activities for everyone, which range from trying on a replica suit of Roman armour, to handling Roman pottery and animal bones.

Dewa Roman Experience
Pierpoint Ln, off Bridge St,
Chester CH1 1NL 

Tel: 01244 343407
Dorfold Hall   
Dorfold Hall is a Jacobean country house built in 1616 for Ralph Wilbraham. It is the family home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Roundell. It has beautiful plaster ceilings and oak panelling, as well as attractive woodland gardens and summer herbaceous borders. We are located 1 mile west of Nantwich, on the A534 Nantwich-Wrexham road. Guided tours are available.
Dorfold Hall
 Cheshire CW5 8LD
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Phone: +44 (0)1270 625245  -  Fax: +44 (0)1270 628723

Drumcroon Gallery

The Drumcroon policy is to give all young people, irrespective of age, their teachers and the Borough's communities access to the range, breadth and variety of the visual arts. Exhibitions by contemporary makers are organised to provide challenging opportunities which widen horizons and embrace change. To give further insight and understanding, the centre provides its visitors with opportunities to engage in related practical activities. Each exhibition is placed into a contextual framework by demonstrating process and excellence through resident artists and through the use of secondary source material which has the potential to range across time, place and culture.

Drumcroon Gallery

2 Parsons Walk
Wigan WN1 1RS

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Tel :

01942 321840

Fax : 01942 233303

Dunham Massey   
Dunham Massey is an early Geogian National Trust property with an Edwardian interior, situated in superb grounds with its own deer park, tree-lined avenues and ponds. The mansion is a few miles from Altrincham and contains exceptional collections of 18th-century walnut furniture, paintings and Huguenot silver. Within the estate there is also a Tudor mill, originally used for grinding corn but refitted as a sawmill c.1860 and now restored to working order. Guided tours of both the house and parklands may be enjoyed most days.
Dunham Massey
Cheshire WA14 4SJ 
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Phone: +44 (0)161 941 1025  -  Fax: +44 (0)161 929 7508
East Gate Clock   
The East Gate was considered the main entrance to the Roman Fortress of Chester and was therefore the most elaborate. It bears similarities to the Kings Gate at Caernarvon Castle, suggesting that it was built in the early 14th century. From the late 18th century bridges to expand the Walls promenade replaced the four main medieval gates. The City Arms are carved on the keystone facing Foregate Street and the Grosvenor Arms on the keystone facing Eastgate Street. The clock was added to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
East Gate Clock
Eastgate Street,
Chester, Cheshire

Ellesmere Port
Ellesmere Port is one of the largest oil refining centres in Britain and has other major industries including vehicle manufacture. It is here that the Shropshire Union Canal system joins the Manchester Ship Canal. The Boat Museum reflects the importance of the canals for trade. Ellesmere Port is also the home of Cheshire Oaks designer outlet village, and the Coliseum retail and leisure park. The M53 and M56 motorways pass close to the town centre.
Ellesmere Port
Tourist Offices
Unit 22b McArthur Glen Outlet Village ,
Kinsey Road , Ellesmere Port 
Cheshire CH65 9JJ
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Tel: 0151 356 7879 Fax: 0151 356 1005
Frodsham Hill   
The first known settlers of Frodsham were Anglo-Saxons. The name possibly derives from “ham”, a small village and “Frod”, the leader of this group of Saxons. It may also come from “the Ham on the Ford” over the local river Weaver. Frodsham is mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086 commissioned by William the Conqueror. The war memorial that stands at the top of the hill is visible from almost everywhere in the town and many residents still fondly remember the helter-skelter that was demolished in 1977.
Frodsham Hill

Garden of Remembrance
The Garden of Remembrance was built to commemorate the residents of Altrincham who served in the armed forces during the First World War. It was later extended to honour those who served in Second. It is situated opposite St. Margaret's Church, and serves as a gentile place for reflection and a meeting place for memorial services. The memorial cross at the centre od the gardens was designed by George Faulkner Armitage, who presided as Mayor of Altrincham during the First World War.
Altringham Gardens of Rememberence
Dunham Road,

Gawksworth Hall
Birthplace of Mary Fitton, who some believe to be the 'Dark Lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets. Gawsworth
Gawsworth Hall
SK11 9RN 
tel: 01260 223456
Grosvenor Museum   
Making history fun at this award-winning museum, discover Chester from Roman Fortress of Deva to the present day. View the city through the eyes of artists, admire the craft of local silversmiths, explore Cheshire’s wildlife, and see the town house where time stands still. With interactive, computerised collections, keeper-guided video tours of galleries, platform lifts to changing levels on ground floor, lively temporary exhibitions and gift-packed museum shop, a museum with something for everyone.
Grosvenor Museum
27 Grosvenor Street,
Cheshire CH1 2DD
tel:  01244 402008  -  Fax:  01244 347587
Grosvenor Park   
Richard, Second Marquis of Westminster, gave these 16 acres of land to the City. Landscape designer Mr Edward Kemp, architect of Crystal Palace was paid to lie out the park and many of the original features still remain since opening in 1867. The typically Victorian park boasts a park lodge, a black and white timbered building with statues representing William the Conqueror and the Norman Earls of Chester. Bedding displays are planted twice yearly and the Lime trees lining the main avenues are kept in pyramidal form, fashionable in Victorian times.
Grosvenor Park
Grosvenor Park, Union Street,
Chester, Cheshire CH1 1QQ
Gullivers World
From the moment you arrive at Gulliver’s you enter another world where your imagination can roam free. Gulliver’s Warrington is nestled within a beautiful park setting, where much of the fantasy is created by wonderful towering trees, and a beautiful lake forms the centrepiece of the park. Let us take you away from your daily worries and concerns into a world of wonder and fantasy, where anything is possible and your imagination is inspired. From the tumbling and juggling fun of Circus World, mosey on down to High Noon in Western World, walk with dinosaurs in the prehistoric Lost World, feel your knees tremble in Count’s Castle and shiver your timbers in Smugglers Wharf. Be courageous and bold in Adventure World and splash around in Water World. All the family can let their imaginations run wild and discover a world of fun together at Gulliver’s Warrington.
Gullivers Theme Park
Old Hall, Warrington,
Cheshire WA5 9YZ
Getting to Gulliver's World is easy, if you are on the M62, simply exit at Junctions 8 or 9 and follow the signs to our door. If you are approaching us on the M6, exit at Junction 21A on to the M62 towards Liverpool and then off the M62 at Junction 9.
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Tel: 0871 360 2535
Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway   
Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway was built in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the Duke Of Westminster’s railway at nearby Eaton Hall. The 7 ¼“ gauge railway runs on a ¼ mile track through the trees and around the ornamental lake. The railway also has two level crossings, a station building which acts as a rain shelter and an engine shed to house the steam and diesel trains. The railway is enjoyed by both children and adults alike and has survived many financial difficulties over its lifetime.
Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
Grosvenor Park, Union Street,
Chester, Cheshire CH1 1QQ
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Phone: +44 (0)1939 233232
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker   
A unique and exciting day out for all the family discovering history that you can see, hear and feel. Entering through the massive blast doors, you’ll be transported underground into the chilling world of Cheshire’s secret nuclear war HQ costing over £32 million. Explore the spooky headquarters. Children have bundles of fun following The Secret Spy Mouse Trail. We have disabled and mother and baby facilities.
Hack Green
PO Box 127, Nantwich,
Cheshire CW5 8AQ 
E-mail Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker  

Phone: +44 (0)1270 629219  -  Fax: +44 (0)1270 629218
Hare Hill
Charming wooded and walled garden. Woodland grounds with a delightful walled garden at their heart - Spectacular rhododendron and azalea displays - Holly collection of national repute - Attractive walks in surrounding parkland, with links to nearby Alderley Edge
Hare Hill

Over Alderely, Macclesfield,
Cheshire, SK10 4QB


Tel: 01625 828981
Hat Works   
“Hat Works” is the UK’s premier museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear. Located in a former Victorian hat factory, Hat Works has 3 floors of informative fun including guided tours of working millinery machinery, to reconstructed hatters cottage, office and shop plus a giant gallery of hats, family fun area, shop and café. A great day out for all the family.
Wellington Mill,
Wellington Road South,
Stockport, Cheshire SK3 0EU
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Phone: +44 (0)845 833 0975  -  Fax: +44 (0)161 480 8735
Helsby Hill   
Helsby Hill stands 120 metres above sea level looking out over the marshes and the Mersey. On a clear day the Liverpool skyline is visible with the outlines of the Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals standing out. Hjallr-by, “the village on the edge” was settled by the Vikings in the tenth century AD. There are various routes up the hill ranging from a steep drive almost all the way to the top and a climb straight up the cliff face that is not for the faint hearted!
Helsby Hill

Helsby Quarry   
Formerly known as Mountskill Quarry, sandstone was extracted here from the early 1800s until the 1920s. The quarry had its own rail link which took the stone to Ince Pier and onto the barges bound for Liverpool. The rock wall and tunnel were formed during the Triassic period from river deposits and sand dunes. Rowan, silver birch and willow trees recolonised the woodland floor when the working life of the quarry ended. Tits, finches, hedgehogs, woodpeckers, dragonflies and bats can all be seen in the area.
Helsby Quarry
Alvanley Road,
Helsby, Cheshire

Jodrell Bank   
Walk alongside the world famous Lovell telescope on our observational pathway, and you’ll find the answers to who, what, why, how and when? Take a journey to Mars, or see the solar system in our 3-D theatre. Explore how trees help sustain the earth’s environment in our Tree Planet exhibition within the award-winning Environmental Discovery Centre. See the changing seasons in the 35 acre arboretum, with national collections of Malus and Sorbus. Ideal place to start your tour of the Cheshire countryside, either by foot or cycle.
Jodrell Bank
Lower Withington,
 Near Macclesfield,
 Cheshire SK11 9DL

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Phone: +44 (0)1477 571339

Knutsford is said to derive its name from the Danish King Canute who supposedly 'forded' the River Lily in 1016.  The name Cunetesford appears in the Domesday Book (1086) and many names of Danish origin are found in Knutsford.  The town’s first charter was granted in 1292 and its central position in Cheshire led to it becoming known as the 'Capital' of mid CheshireElizabeth Gaskell, the famous novelist spent most of her life and was married in Knutsford. Her novel 'Cranford' is set in Victorian Knutsford and the house where she grew up is situated on what is now Gaskell Avenue.Annual May Day celebrations and decorative ‘sanding’ of the pavements are unique to the town. Knutsford Heritage Centre provides a source of information on Knutsford's history and serves to keep its heritage alive.Knutsford receives an influx of visitors in July for the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. Tatton Park which spans 2,000 acres, with 1,000 acres of deer park and 50 acres of gardens is also the venue for other spectacular events such as the Halle Fireworks and Light Spectacular. Delightful town with many buildings of architectural and historic interest. A popular market and shopping centre for the surrounding countryside, Knutsford has a pretty and interesting main shopping street, King Street. The town has one of the oldest May Day celebrations in England.

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Tourist Offices
Council Offices ,
 Toft Road,  Knutsford ,
Cheshire  WA16 6TA
Email Knutsford

Tel: 01565 632 611 Alternate Tel: 01565 632 210 Fax: 01565 652 367

Knutsford Heritage Centre

Knutsford Heritage Centre opened in 1989, built on the site of a 17thC.timber framed building of which the present building is a reconstruction. The site later became a smithy. Excavated, rebuilt and opened by Macclesfield Groundwork Trust, the Centre was built utilising some of the original materials and is thus a valuable historical site in its own right, as well as a necessary asset to a historical town such as Knutsford. The Heritage Centre provides a source of information on Knutsford's history and serves to keep its heritage alive. It is also a focus of activity and interest, accessible to all and available to different organisations and aims.

Knutsford Heritage Centre

90a King Street
WA16 6ED


Tel : 01565 650 506
Lady Heyes Craft and Antique Restoration Centre   
The craft and antique centre was established at Lady Heyes in 1999 on the former site of a farm and watering hole. The treasures on offer include wood turning, painted furniture, hand made cabinets, textiles, lace making, stained glass, crystals, candles, greetings cards and many more! Many local artists display their work here amongst the many different units that range from Gregorian to Jacobean goods. Tearooms and hand made chocolates are also on offer and there is plenty of parking. The site also has excellent views over Cheshire to Jodrell Bank and beyond.
Lady Hayes Craft & Antique Restoration Centre
Kingsley Road, Frodsham,
Cheshire WA6 6SU
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Phone: +44 (0)1928 787919

Lady Lever Art Gallery

The jewel in the crown of the garden village of Port Sunlight, housing the magnificent personal collection of the first Lord Leverhulme. It was built by the soap magnate and philanthropist in 1922 as the centre piece of his workers' residential village.The gallery includes Pre-Raphaelites, paintings by Turner and Constable, 18th century furniture alongside ceramics, Wedgwood, sculpture, tapestries, Chinese art, Greek and Roman antiquities, Masonic and Napoleonic memorabilia.

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lower Road
Port Sunlight Village
CH62 5EQ


Tel : 0151 478 4136
Little Moreton Hall
Little Moreton is regarded as the finest example of a timber-framed moated manor house in the country. 
Little Moreton Hall
Scholar Green
CW12 4SD 
Tel: 01260 272018

Lion Salt Works

In 1986 the Lion Salt Works closed after the collapse of the West African salt market. It was purchased by Vale Royal Borough Council to prevent its demolition. A charitable trust has been established and a project is now underway to restore the site as a working industrial museum, demonstrating the production of salt by the ancient method of open pan evaporation.

Lion salt Mines

Ollershaw Lane
Marston Northwich
CW9 6ES Cheshire

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Tel : 01606 41823

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Lomber Hey Farm
Farm/Butcher shop. Rare breeds & impressive outdoor murals
Lomber Hey produce sausages, bacon, puddings and meat and have a farm shop and internet sales as well as coming to Stafford Farmers' Market.
Lomber Farm Produce
Andrew Lane
High Lane Village


Tel: 0161 427 2532
Lyceum Theatre

Crewe's Lyceum Theatre, built in 1911 is steeped in history.  During 1994 this Grade II listed building was substantially refurbished and today provides a wonderful venue, accessible to all, for that extra special evening Alternatively, you may choose to enjoy one of the many afternoon performances, followed by either a tasty snack or a three course meal within the relaxing restaurant...

Once you enter into the auditorium the original Edwardian splendour remains.  The beautiful carvings, intimate seating within the Boxes, the Upper Gallery, Circle, Stalls and atmospheric lighting all contribute towards the enjoyment of your evening.

Lyceum Theatre
Heath Street, Crewe  

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Lyme Park
Great estate with lavishly decorated house and fine gardens.  A Tudor house transformed into a huge Italianate palace in the 18th century - Tranquil Victorian garden, with roses, reflection lake and sunken parterre - Vast medieval deer park, moorland and woodland estate to explore - Famous scene in Pride & Prejudice (1995) where Darcy emerges from a lake was filmed here - Adventure playground and lots of children's events throughout the year
Lyme Park

Disley, Stockport,

Cheshire SK12 2NX


Tel : 01663 762023

Macclesfield became the centre of Britain's silk industry during the Industrial Revolution. There are many attractive Georgian mills, houses, inns, churches and chapels. Cobbled streets and quaint old buildings stand side-by-side with modern shops and three markets.The town is the western gateway to the Peak District, with many beautiful walks on its doorstep and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Nearby Teggs Nose and Macclesfield Forest offer a break from the town.Macclesfield Silk Museum charts the history of Macclesfield’s silk history. Here you can explore the wonders of a working silk mill as it was in the 1930s, discover how they made silk buttons in the 1600s and try your hand at weaving, designing and printing.

Tourist Offices
Town Hall ,
Macclesfield ,
Cheshire SK10 1DX
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Tel: 01625 504 114  Alternate Tel: 01625 504 115  Fax: 01625 504 116
Macclesfield Riverside Park
Between Macclesfield and Prestbury, 70 acres of the River Bollin flood plain and valley sides, forming a linear country park. This in turn, forms a link in the footpath route along the whole valley. Woodland, wetland, ponds and a wild flower meadow complement the grassland, which is managed with the help of a breeding herd of Longhorn cattle, a registered rare breed. The park has a car park, a visitor centre, toilets and picnic sites.Bring the whole family to explore and enjoy this pretty county park with woodland, wetland ponds and a wildflower meadow.   Take the A538 out of Macclesfield in order to visit the park. Admission is free.
Macclesfield Riverside Park
Beechwood Mews,
 Macclesfield SK10 2SL
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Macclesfield Silk Museums   
Silk from cocoon to loom, visit Macclesfield’s two award-winning silk museums where we have weavers in residence. The story is told through audio-visual programme with exhibitions, models and silk textiles and fashions. We have guided tours at Paradise Mill where we have 26 hand jacquard silk looms that have been restored. We have a unique silk gift shop, friendly coffee shop and provide special offers for group parties visiting the museums.
Macclesfield Silk Museums
The Heritage Centre,
Roe Street,
Macclesfield SK11 6UT
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Phone: +44 (0)1625 613210  -  Fax: +44 (0)1625 617880

Mill Restaurant Boat

Canal Cruise Adventure - With a 4 course meal. Reaching the parts of Chester other transport cannot reach. 70ft Restaurant Boat, licensed and centrally heated. Prices include 4-Course meal. Relax in the Waterside Mill Traditional Bar with the finest selection of Traditional Ales in Chester.

Mill Restaurant Boat


Tel: + (44) 01244 350035
Millennium Festival Trail   
The Chester Millennium Festival Trail is a route through the city centre that passes 40 of the most important buildings in terms of architectural development. It was laid down in 2000 and local people selected all the buildings. More than the obvious Roman architecture, the walk takes in a wide range of styles and demonstrate Chester’s important architectural heritage. Surprises along the way include the Odeon cinema, which is a great example of the art deco style. The tour is self guided with footpath markings.
Millenium Festival Trail
Chester, Cheshire

Mouldsworth Motor Museum
Over 60 cars, motorcycles and bicycles, plus automobile memorabilia.
We are signposted off the A56 and A54  
a century plus of motoring history and memorabilia,
housed in a famous 1930's Art Deco building and situated 6 miles east of Chester,
Mouldsworth Motor Museum
Smithy Lane,
Cheshire CH3 8AR


Municipal Buildings

The Municipal Buildings are the offices of Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council. The building, which  opened on 19th July 1905, was designed by the noted Edwardian Architect Henry T Hare (1861-1921).
Crewe first developed into a community when the railways were built in the 1830's and it was selected as the key junction for the lines serving the North West and North Wales. So great were the links between Crewe and the railways, that the Railway Company took responsibility for constructing the Town Hall and several other Council buildings.
At the end of the 19th century the former Crewe Borough Council was probably the only Council in the country that did not have its own Town Hall.  It decided to erect its own headquarters, which is still known as the "Municipal Buildings" and not the Town Hall, and in May 1902 the Borough Surveyor was instructed by the Council to advertise a competition on a national basis for architects to submit plans, specifications and estimates for the new building with a first prize of £50.
The winning design of more than 40 submitted was from Henry T Hare. He always left his personal trademark, an etching of a hare, on all his buildings. This sign can be seen on the windows to the main staircase of the Municipal Buildings. The building now enjoys the status of a Grade II Listed Building. 
Municipal Buildings Tourist Offices
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council,
Municipal Buildings,
Earle Street,
Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BJ.

Telephone 01270 537777

The picturesque and historic market town of Nantwich is set deep in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. For many years its fashionable shops, pubs, restaurants and places of particular historical interest have maintained its fine reputation.
The place name means Renowned Works - during the early Middle Ages Nantwich was the prime centre of England's salt industry. It is now one of Cheshire's most picturesque market towns, rich in black and white buildings. The 14th-century parish church at the town centre, with a cruciform and vaulted interior, is one of the three great salt churches and probably the most beautiful parish church in Cheshire.The Churches Mansion is just one of the many fine examples of Tudor architecture to be found in a town that dates back hundreds of years.

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Market Street , Nantwich ,
 Cheshire CW5 5DG
Monday  9am - 5pm, Tuesday  9am - 5pm
Wednesday  9am - 5pm, Thursday  9am - 7pm
Friday  9am - 5pm, Saturday  9am - 4pm

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Tel: 01270 610 983 Fax: 01270 610 880

Nantwich Museum

The fascinating history of one of Cheshire's most attractive and historic towns is brought to life by Nantwich Museum. Located in Pillory Street, at the heart of the town, the museum has main galleries telling the story of Nantwich through the ages - Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich's Great Fire, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich (1644) and the more recent shoe and clothing industries. Beyond the galleries lie two extensions. The first with its cheese-making exhibition and useful Joseph Heler meeting room, is dedicated to demonstrating how the county's famous cheese has traditionally been made and sold around the floral market town of Nantwich. Next is the magnificent, prize-winning Millennium Gallery which provides the perfect home for a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions. With new facilities available to local community groups, Nantwich Museum is a vibrant hub of local interest. Enter through the door of Nantwich's former Victorian Jubilee library and discover our exciting museum for yourself.

Nantwich Museum  

Pillory Street

Mon-Sat 1030-1630 (April - Sept)
Tues-Sat 1030 - 1630 (Oct - Mar)

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Tel : 01270 627104
Ness Botanic Gardens   
Set on the banks of the River Dee, with breathtaking views across to North Wales. Ness Botanic Gardens boast international repute with seasonal flowers, shrubs and trees in particular Rhododendron and Azaleas, all at their very best. Facilities include a new visitor centre with Four Seasons restaurant, giftshop and plant sales, outdoor junior play area, trails and calender of special events including outdoor theatre.
Ness Botanic Gardens
Ness, Neston,
Cheshire CH64 4AY 

Phone: +44 (0)151 353 0123
Nether Alderley Mill
15th-century mill beside a tranquil mill pool. Original Victorian water wheel is a unique tandem design. Mammoth 200 ton stone roof supported by a fine timber frame
Nether Alderley Mill

Congleton Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4TW


Telephone: 01625 527468

Northwich in the heart of mid-Cheshire was in Roman times a military station, then became famous for salt mining during the 17th and 18th Centuries, and boasts the country's only salt museum. Today there are many other important industries and the town is a centre for shoppers from the surrounding area, with a modern shopping centre and a number of black and white buildings.The unique recently restored Anderton Boat Lift on the northern outskirts of town.

Tourist Offices
1 The Arcade , Northwich ,
Cheshire CW9 5AS  
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Tel: 01606 353 534    Alternate Tel: 01606 353 500 Fax: 01606 353 516
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens   
Ever wanted to experience 800 years of magical history amongst 38 acres of tranquil and beautiful gardens? Norton Priory in North Cheshire offers all of this and more! There are friendly free guides for pre-booked groups, an excellent new menu in our Refectory café and special events throughout the year. Free parking. Take junction 11 off the M56 and follow the signs.
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SX 
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Phone: +44 (0)1928 569895
On The Air Ltd.' is Britain's biggest specialist vintage technology centre. Director Steve Harris is a lifelong enthusiast with a background in broadcasting, who has a commitment to providing a professional, friendly service to other enthusiasts.
Situated in Hawarden, close to Chester (U.K.), 'On The Air' has been supplying vintage radios, televisions, gramophones and telephones for over ten years. Customers range from private collectors to museums, exhibitions and film and television companies including the BBC and Granada LWT. Collectors world-wide have turned to 'On The Air' as their first source of European vintage technology, and many more have purchased items locally from dealers who receive regular shipments of quality pieces.
On The Air

The Highway, Hawarden,

 (nr Chester) CH5 3DN

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Phone/Fax (44)(0)1244 530300

Oulton Park Race Circuit   
320 acres of glorious Cheshire countryside proving spectacular car and bike racing from April to October including British Superbikes, British Touring Cars, Formula 3 and Family Fun Days. Free parking, restaurant, bar facilities. Experience the thrill for yourself with our racing, rally and early drive activities. Corporate and conference facilities, plus race day hospitality. Situated 2 miles off the A49 near Tarporley. Adults from £10, children go free for many events.
Oulton Park Race Circuit
Little Budworth,
Tarporley, CW6 9BW 
Tel : +44 01829 760301
Fax: +44 01829 760378

The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill

At this mill knowledgeable guides demonstrate the intricate processes of weaving. The mill contains 26 restored jacquard handlooms. Exhibitions and room sets illustrate life in Paradise Mill in the 1930s.
Paradise Mill

Paradise Mill
Park Lane
Macclesfield SK11 6TJ
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Tel: (01625) 618228 Fax: (01625) 617880

The story starts in 1840 when John Tollemache bought 26,000 acres of land which included the villages of Peckforton and Beeston. The Tollemache family ancestral home was, and still is in Helmingham, Suffolk where Elizabeth 1 is said to have stayed in 1578. John Tollemach’s dream was to build on the top of the Peckforton Hills a fortified home in the style of a medieval castle and to this end work commenced in 1842 but the magnitude of the project meant it was not completed until 1851. Such a unique and magnificent project has since been rewarded by English Heritage giving it the status of a Grade 1 Listed Building. The forest planted soon after the completion of the castle has since been awarded the status of S.S.S.I (Site of Special Scientific Importance). The Architect was Anthony Salvin, who was also responsible for various other castles around the country in the late 19th century. The design follows the Norman style of architecture which prevailed in the time of Edward 1. It should be emphasised that Peckforton castle is not ‘pseudo’ or ‘mock’ but is a real castle built on the 15th century model and capable of being just as effective as a fortress of that time.

Peckforton Castle
Peckforton Castle Hotel
Stone House Lane, Peckforton, Tarporley
Cheshire, CW6 9TN
Tel: 01829 260 930
Penny Farthing Museum
The Penny Farthing was invented in 1871 by James Starley. This charming 'museum' is in reality a tearoom with the world's largest collection of Penny Farthings suspended from the ceiling. The adjoining Courtyard Coffee House is themed with Penny Farthing decorations. The courtyard is decked out with a selection of classic road signs humorously pointing the way to Lands End and John o'Groats, as well as a sign declaring free tea for all customers with Penny Farthings.

Penny Farthing Museum
Rear Of 92 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6EQ 
Phone: +44 (0)1565 653 974
Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate
One of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, including complete working cotton mill, restored Apprentice House, mill workers' village and country estate set in the valley of the River Bollin. The most powerful working waterwheel in Europe - Practical demonstrations in the mill - Discover the effects of the Industrial Revolution on how we lived and worked -Woodland and riverside walks provide a tranquil contrast
Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate

Styal, Wilmslow,

Cheshire SK9 4LA


Tel : 01625 527468

The Railway Age
Miniature & standard railways, with steam & diesal locomotives.
Closed to the public until Easter 2008

Crewe Railway Age


Vernon Way, Crewe,

Cheshire, CW1 2DB

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Redhouse Farm
Redhouse Farm is not simply a farm, but a farm-based experience for the entire family. Their tea rooms offer an excellent variety of locally-produced rural delicacies. The farm shop offers an array of luxury items and specialist lines, from farmhouse sausage to liqueur yoghurts. The farm also operates a myriad of seasonal outdoor activities aimed at the entire family, the centrepiece of which is their Maize Maze. They painstakingly plough and sculpt a field every summer to create an epic and challenging maze.
Redhouse Farm
Dunham Massey, Altrincham,
Cheshire WA14 5RL 
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Phone: +44 (0)161 941 3480
Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve
Spring is a special time at Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve, when the woodlands are truly stunning. Carpets of bright yellow celandines and delicate white wood anemones are soon followed by bluebells, filling the air with their heady scent. Look out for the electric blue flash of the kingfisher hunting for eels along Rivacre Brook. Later in the year you can picnic in the colourful meadows, or if you're feeling energetic why not have a go at the orienteering course and really get to know the Reserve? There is a good network of paths around the Reserve and a busy programme of special events throughout the year. Call in at the Visitor Centre for details.
Rivacre Valley
 Rivacre Road, Ellesmere Port
E-mail: rivacre@cheshire.gov.uk

0151 357 1991
River Dee   
The River Dee runs through Chester and provides an excellent backdrop for picnics. Rowing boats, motor boats and pedalos can be hired by the hour to allow visitors to explore the river for themselves. Cruises are also offered on larger boats. The wildlife can get rather boisterous though so keep an eye on those sandwiches! The main walk alongside the river has plenty of seating areas and a bandstand for summer performances. Entrances to the Roman Gardens, the Walls and Grosvenor Park can be found along the riverside.
River Dee
The Groves, Chester,
Cheshire CH1 2HJ

Located within the M62 and M56 corridors,   Runcorn in the Borough of Halton, has superb communication links by road, rail, sea and air to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond. Runcorn  has European Objective II Status. Support is, therefore, available for companies seeking to either expand or locate in Halton. The Tourism service provides a personal booking service for local theatres, shows and events, including:  The Brindley in Runcorn - Cheshire Show - Creamfields event which takes place on Saturday 25th Agust 2007 (Bank holiday weekend) at the Daresbury Estate in Halton.
Tourist Offices
Church Street , Runcorn ,
 Cheshire WA7 1LX
Halton's Tourist Information centre is at the heart of Runcorn, located within the Halton Direct Link building on Church Street, Runcorn.

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Tel: 0151 907 8303  Fax: 0151 907 8388
Roman Gardens   
The Roman Gardens were created in the 1950s to display the finely carved building fragments from the Roman legionary fortress of Deva. The columns were from the exercise hall of the Roman bathhouse (thermae) and originally stood 6ft tall to support the stonework. A hypocaust can also be seen in the gardens, which shows the advanced under floor heating system. The bathhouse would have contained a games room (basilica), sauna (sudatoria) and bathing halls and was built in AD 75.
Roman gardens
Pepper Street,
Chester, Cheshire

Rufus Court

Reach us from Northgate Street or the City Walls; Enjoy our Wine Bar, Tea Shop or Mediterranean Restaurant; Visit our Jeweller, Pottery, Ethnic Craft Shop or Interior Furnisher.  Any one of our three book shops will give you hours of browsing, one has an Art Gallery and there is another Art Gallery opposite Alexander's Jazz Theatre, where you can drink coffee or wine inside or out.  For more relaxation, have a massage in our hairdressers or a sauna in the Spa Shop.

Rufus Court Chester
Off Northgate Street,
Tel: 01244 313400
St. John’s Church   
St. John’s Church was the site of the first Cathedral in Chester. The Eastern chapels and transepts were abandoned after the dissolution in 1102 and a new East wall was built which left the ruins of the old East end standing outside. This hugely reduced the size of the church meaning the parishioners had a much easier upkeep job. A coffin bearing the inscription “Dust to Dust” which was found by the Sexton in the 19th Century is set into the wall of the ruins.
St. Johns Church
Union Street, Chester,
 Cheshire CH1 1QQ

St. Margaret's Church
 Saint Margaret of England, to whom this church is dedicated, was a Cistercian nun born in Hungary. She had an English mother who was directly related to Saint Thomas of Canterbury. Her Feastday is the 3rd of February. The church itself is positioned opposite Altrincham's Garden of Remembrance - which commemorates the Altrincham locals who served in the armed forces during both World Wars. It is sitauted near the sleepy village of Dunham, a rich rural community.
St Margaret's Altringham
Dunham Road,
Cheshire WA14 4AQ 
Phone: +44 (0)161 928 1609
Salt Museum
Salt has been produced in Cheshire for over 2,000 years and is now the only place in Britain where it is still produced on a large scale. The salt museum takes visitors on a journey through Cheshire’s past, the River Weaver and the story of people who worked and lived alongside it and explores some of the 14,000 uses of salt. Local salt proprietors Thomas Ward and John Brunner established the original museum and there has now been a salt museum in Northwich for over 100 years.
The Salt Museum
162 London Road, Northwich,
Cheshire CW9 8AB
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Phone: +44 (0)1606 41331
The Sandstone Trail   
The Sandstone Trail follows the sandstone ridge from Frodsham to Whitchurch. The whole route is just over 30 miles long but can be walked as three separate sections. The trail is marked with finger posts and waymark discs and allows walkers to enjoy each town along the way. Starting at the new landmark in Frodsham the route passes Alvanley Cliff, through Delamere Park and then into Willington. The middle section gives excellent views of Peckforton and Beeston Castles. The final section links Bickerton Hill, Grindley Brook and ends in Whitchurch.
The Sandstone Trail
Main Street, Frodsham,
Cheshire WA6 7AF

Staircase House, Stockport

Staircase House is a beautifully restored townhouse situated in Stockport's historic market place. The house is famous for its rare cage newell staircase dating back to 1618. In the house you will journey through time from its humble beginnings as a medieval cruck framed building in 1460 to the splendour of the 17th century townhouse, and on to WWII. Along the way you will pass through period rooms in which fascinating stories surrounding the house unfold. The house is fully interactive and you are encouraged to touch the objects and furniture and try your hand at any activities on offer.

 Staircase House

30-31 Market Place
Stockport SK1 1ES

2pm - 5pm Mon - Sat,

1pm - 5pm Sun

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Tel : 0161 480 1460

Fax : 0161 474 0312


Stapeley Water Gardens   
Stapeley Water Gardens consists of a full service garden centre with display pools and water features, fish and pet departments. The Palms Tropical Oasis is a huge glasshouse where tropical birds, fish and wildlife are at home amongst the exotic flowering plants and cascading waters. There is also a restaurant, café and gift shop as well as our angling superstore. Visit our amazing animals such as baby blacktipped reef sharks and toco toucans.
Stapeley Water Gardens

London Road

Tel: 01270 623868
Stockley Farm
Stockley Farm is a modern working organic dairy farm. It comprises 700 acres on the Arley Estate in the glorious Cheshire countryside. Visitors can watch a herd of 150 British Friesians being milked in one of the most modern computerised milking parlours in the country. Open from the end of March until early October.
Stockley Farm
Arley, Northwich,
Cheshire CW9 6LZ
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Situated close to the M60 motorway and A6 Stockport lies approximately 7 miles to the south east of Manchester and is part of the Manchester Metropolitan County with the Peak District National Park within easy reach. Being located on the River Mersey the town’s past history shows that it not only had a cotton-spinning industry but was a market town as well. Also, the importance of the railway centre is still evident by the railway viaduct built to carry the main line between London, Birmingham and Manchester which can be seen towering proudly over the town.

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Staircase House
30 Market Place Stockport SK1 1ES
Tel. No. 0161 474 4444
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Stockport Art Gallery
Nestling on the corner of Greek Street and Wellington Road South, The Art Gallery and War Memorial forms an integral part of Stockport’s Heritage.The exciting exhibition and events programme explores how the arts can be used as a vehicle for social cohesion.
Stockport Art Gallery
Wellington Road
Stockport SK1 4JR

 Tel : 0161 474 4453
Fax : 0161 480 4960

Stockport County Football Club

They play in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football pyramid.  They are nicknamed The Hatters, although are usually referred to by supporters simply as County. Formed in 1883 as Heaton Norris Rovers F.C., shortly after they merged with a similarly named club, Heaton Norris F.C., and on 24 May 1890 changed their name to Stockport County F.C. to reflect Stockport becoming a County Borough . They joined the Football League in 1900, and have competed in it continuously since 1905. Stockport County moved into their present home at the start of the 1902-03 season

Stockport County Football Club
Edgeley Park
Hardcastle Road
Edgeley Stockport
Cheshire SK3 9DD

tel : 0161 286 8888
fax: 0161 286 8900
Stockport Library and Information Service
Stockport Central Library is made up of three different sections, the Lending Library situated on the ground floor and the Local Heritage Library and the Information Library situated on the first floor. There is also a public meeting room in the basement, which may be hired. The building is accessible by stairs and by a public lift.
Stockport Library
Central Library
Wellington Road South
Stockport SK1 3RS
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Tel :
0161 480 4949

Stockport Museum
Visit this fascinating museum, one of the first purpose built museums in the country. It is situated in the beautiful surroundings of Vernon Park, which has been renovated to its original Victorian splendour.
Stockport Museum
Vernon Park
Turncroft Lane
Offerton Stockport
SK1 4AR Cheshire


 Tel : 0161 474 4460
 Fax : 0161 474 4449
Stretton Watermill
A small working water mill set in beautiful countryside only ten miles from Chester. Visitors see the two waterwheels driving the ancient wooden mill machinery and turning the millstones. The Miller demonstrates the whole skilled operation to transform grain into flour. Exhibition, small shop and picnic area nearby. Sign posted from the A534 between Broxton and Farndon.
Stretton Watermill
Mill Lane
Near Farndon
SY14 7RS

Tel : 01606 41331
 Fax : 01606 350420
The Tabley House Collection
Tabley House is a gorgeous 18th Century Palladian house designed by John Carr of York. Originally intended to be the National Gallery of British Art by the 1st Lord de Tabley, it contains a splendid collection of paintings. These are now supplemented by a collection of furniture and memorabilia from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Famous guests of the past include JMW Turner, Henry Thompson and James Ward, whose works now adorn the walls. The collection, estate and house are now owned by the University of Manchester.
Tabley House
Cheshire WA16 0HB
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Phone: +44 (0)1565 653230  -  Fax: +44 (0)1565 750151

 is an attractive town in the heart of Cheshire and was noted in Henry VIII's reign for having a long well-paved High Street, now equally attractive with good Georgian buildings and gabled houses. The medieval church of St Helen is 15th and 19th Century, and the Done Recreation Room in the churchyard dates from 1636, with the nearby oak-framed Manor House of 1585. It is not known when the first identifiable settlement occurred at Tarporley however there are nearby ancient hillforts at Eddisbury Hill and Maiden Castle.Tarporley was on the route used by many traders travelling by coach between London and Chester, and those dealing in salt, mined in nearby Nantwich.The village developed along the High Street in the 18th and 19th Centuries with many hostelries to revive the weary traveller. The development of the Chester and Ellesmere Canal as part of the Shropshire Union canal system and the railway station at Beeston on the Chester and Crewe Railway line further increased the number of travellers.

Tarporley Parish Council
Chartwood House
20 Nantwich Road
Taporley, Cheshire
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Tatton Park
Tatton Park contains a neo-classical mansion in the historic town of Knutsford, designed by Samuel Wyatt in 1791. The house itself features furniture by Gillows of Lancaster and paintings by Canaletto and Anthony Dyck. It is set in 1000 acres of beautiful parkland renowned for its red and fallow deer. The two massive lakes, Tatton Mere and Melchet Mere, are home to a wide variety of ducks and geese. The 50 acres of garden are regarded as the country’s finest, and include a Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, Rose Garden and a maze
Tatton Park
Cheshire WA16 6QN
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Phone: +44 (0)1625 534400
Walton Hall & Gardens
An ideal place for a family day out, with extensive lawns, picnic areas, ornamental gardens, woodland trails, children's zoo, pitch and putt, crazy golf and bowls. Many paths are accessible to wheelchair users. The park offers a ranger service and a heritage centre provides visitors with information regarding natural history, the history of the Walton Estate and Greenall family and Lewis Carroll and his connections with Walton Hall. Walton Hall (not open to the public) itself is now available as a venue for civil ceremonies, private parties, seminars and conferences.
Walton Hall
Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton,
 Warrington, WA4 6SN
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Telephone: +44 01925 261957
Fax: +44 01925 861868
Warrington has Pre-historic and Roman origins. It was once the beer capital of Britain because so much beer was brewed here. Developed in the 18th and 19th Century as a commercial and industrial town. The Municipal Museum and Art Gallery contains local history.

Tourist Offices
Warrington Bus Interchange , Warrington , Cheshire  WA1 1TF
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Tel: 01925 428 585
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Fine art collections, comprising mainly of 19th century British watercolours and Victorian oils.
Warrington Museum
Bold Street,
Warrington, WA1 1JB

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Tel : +44 01925 442733
West Park Museum
West Park Museum's Collections comprise a wide range of fine and decorative art material and objects relating to local history. This includes the famous Giant Panda. The paintings date from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Local history displays include Law & Order and the life of Charles Roe, an 18th century Macclesfield entrepreneur.
Charles Tunnicliffe (1901-1979), one of the country’s leading wild life artists, was born in Langley near Macclesfield. The museum has an extensive collection which illustrates all aspects of his work – etchings of wood cuts for book illustrations, watercolours and oil paintings with many examples of local scenes as well as intricate bird portraiture. The museums collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities was acquired by Marianne Brocklehurst during visits to Egypt between 1873-74, 1882-83, and 1890-91.
West Park Museum

West Park
Prestbury Road
Macclesfield SK10 3BJ

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Wilmslow is a mainly residential town, but maintains an intimate village atmosphere and is set in the countryside close to Cheshire's boundary with Manchester. The town is popular as a home for commuters travelling to that city, and is a vibrant shopping area. Nearby Quarry Bank Mill, an authentic preserved 18th-century industrial community and Styal County Park offer secluded woodland surroundings. Lindow Common, where Lindow Man was discovered, is popular with naturalists.

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Rectory Fields , Wilmslow ,
Cheshire SK9 1BU

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Alder Root,
Alder Root Lane, Winwick, Warrington, WA2 8RZ

Alderley Edge,
Brook Lane, Alderley Edge, SK9 7RU

Aldersey Green,
Aldersey, Chester, CH3 9EH

Altrincham Municipal, Stockport Road, Timperley, Altrincham, WA15 7LP

Alvaston Hall,
Middlewich Road, Nantwich, CW5 6PD

Antrobus Golf Club,
Foggs Lane, Antrobus, Northwich, CW9 6JQ

Church Lane, Sale, M33 5QQ

Peel Lane, Astbury, Congleton, CW12 4RE

Kelvin Close, Birchwood, Warrington, WA3 7PB

Bramall Park,
20 Manor Road, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3LY

Ladythorn Road, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 2EY

Carden Park,
Chester, CH3 9DQ

Shiers Drive, Cheadle Road, Cheadle, SK8 1HW

Curzon Park, Chester, CH4 8AR

Biddulph Road, Congleton, CW12 3LZ

Fields Road, Haslington, Crewe, CW1 5TB

Worth Hall, Middlewood Road, Poynton, Stockport, SK12 1TS

Delamere Forest,
Station Road, Delamere, Northwich, CW8 2JE

Stanley Hall Lane, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2JX

Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield, SK16 5DB

Dunham Forest G&CC,
Oldfield Lane, Altrincham, WA14 4TY

Guy Lane, Waverton, Chester, CH3 7PH

Ellesmere Port,
Chester Road, Childer Thornton, South Wirral, CH66 1QF

Simons Lane, Frodsham,

Waterfall Farm, Styal Road, Heald Green, Cheadle, SK8 3TW

Rappax Road, Hale, WA15 0NU

Hazel Grove,
Buxton Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 6LU

Heaton Moor,
Mauldeth Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, SK4 3NX

Tower's Lane, Helsby, Frodsham, WA6 0JB

Budworth Road, Tabley, Knutsford, WA16 0HZ

Houldsworth Park, Houldsworth Street, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 6BN

Knights Grange,
Grange Lane, Winsford, CW7 2PT

Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, WA16 6HS

Kenyon Hall, Broseley Lane, Culcheth, Warrington, WA3 4BG

Whitbarrow Road, Lymm, WA13 9AN

The Hollins, Macclesfield, SK11 7EA

Malkins Bank,
Betchton Road, Malkins Bank, Sandbach,CW11 4XN

Barnsfold Road, Hawk Green, Marple, Stockport, SK6 7EL

Mellor & Townscliffe,
Tarden, Gibb Lane, Mellor, Stockport, SK6 5NA

Mere G&CC,
Chester Road, Mere, Knutsford, WA16 6LJ

Mersey Valley,
Warrington Road, Bold Heath, Widnes, WA8 3XL

Burleyhurst Lane, Mobberley, Knutsford, WA16 7JZ

Mollington Grange,
Townfield Lane, Mollington, Chester, CH1 6NJ

(De vere) Mottram Hall Hotel,
Wilmslow Road, Mottram St Andrew, Prestbury,
SK10 4QT

Plumley Moor Road, Lower Peover, WA16 9SE

Portal G&CC,
Cobblers Cross Lane, Tarporley, CW6 0DJ

Portal Premier,
Forest Road, Tarporley, CW6 0JA

Poulton Park,
Dig Lane, Cinnamon Brow, Warrington, WA2 0SH

Macclesfield Road, Prestbury, Macclesfield, SK10 4BJ

Pryors Hayes,
Willington Road, Oscroft, Tarvin, CH3 8NL

Queens Park,
Queens Park Drive, Crewe, CW2 7SB

Reaseheath College, Reaseheath, Nantwich, CW5 6DF

Reddish Vale,
Southcliffe Road, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 7EE

Hale Mount, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 8SW

Goosehouse Green, Romiley, Stockport, SK6 4LJ

Clifton Road, Runcorn, WA7 4SU

Sale Lodge, Golf Road, Sale, M33 2XU

Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 1FH

Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2DJ

Shrigley Hall Hotel & CC, Shrigley Park, Port Shrigley, Macclesfield, SK10 5SB

St Michaels Jubilee,
Dundalk Road, Widnes, WA8 8BS

Oakfield House, Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, SK15 3PY

Offerton Road, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5HL

Station Road, Styal, SK9 4JN

Sutton Hall,
Aston Lane, Sutton Weaver, Runcorn, WA7 3ED

The Golfschool,
Altrincham Driving Range, Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 7LP

The Tytherington Club, Macclesfield, SK10 2JP

Upton Lane, Chester, CH2 1EE

Vale Royal Abbey,
Whitegate, Northwich, CW8 2BA

Vicars Cross,
Tarvin Road, Great Barrow, Chester, CH3 7HN

Walton Hall,
Warrington Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, WA4 5LU

Hill Warren, Appleton, WA4 5HR

Werneth Low,
Werneth Low Road, Gee Cross, Hyde, SK14 3AF

Highfield Road, Widnes,

Great Warford, Mobberley, Knutsford, WA16 7AY

Knutsford Road, Holmes Chapel, CW4 8HT

Wychwood Park,
Weston, Cheshire,

Tennis & Raquet Clubs in Cheshire

Cheshire LTA
East Cheshire Winter League
North-East Cheshire League
South & Mid Cheshire League
Warrington & District LTA
Wirral League

Alderley Edge
Chester Junior Tennis Academy Handbridge
Croftside Wilmslow
Cuddington & Sandiway
David Lloyd Cheshire Oaks Ellesmere Port

Glan Aber Chester
Handforth Hall Wilmslow
Hartford Northwich
Heyes Lane Alderley Edge
High Legh
Hightown Crewe
Hoole Chester
Hooton Little Sutton
Malpas & District Sports Club

Old Hall Country Club Huntington, Chester | Total Tennis site
Prestbury Village
Wistaston Jubilee
Wrenbury & District

Lane Widnes

Brabyns Marple | Total Tennis site
Bramhall Lane | Total Tennis site
Bramhall Park
Bramhall Queensgate | Total Tennis site 
David Lloyd Cheadle | Total Tennis site
Hazel Grove | Total Tennis site
Ryecroft Park Cheadle Hulme | Total Tennis site
West Heaton Heaton Moor
Woodside High Lane

Ashton on Mersey Sale
Bowdon Bowling | Total Tennis site
Claremont Altrincham
Darley Old Trafford
riory Stalybridge

Hale Village
Heyes Grove Altrincham
Urmston CHBT&S

Culcheth Sports Club (The Daten)
David Lloyd Warrington Great Sankey
Grappenhall Village | Total Tennis site
Manor Road Lymm
Padgate Warrington
Stockton Heath Warrington
Warrington Sports Club

Bertram Meols | Total Tennis site
Hoylake | Total Tennis site
North Cheshire Wallasey | Total Tennis site
Oxton Cricket & Sports Club Birkenhead
Pinewood Heswall
Port Sunlight | Total Tennis site
Prenton Birkenhead
Thorndale Wallasey
Wallasey Manor
Wirral League

Famous Mercians From Cheshire
A S Hornby 
Adrian Boult 
Arthur Woodward
Bryan Clarke 
Charles Barkla 
Chris Evans
Cyril Scott
Daniel Craig 
David Beatty 
David Coleman 
David Dickinson
 Eaton Hodgkinson
 Fred Perry
Frederic Williams
George Rodger
Hall Caine
Henry Cotton
Hewlett Johnson 
James Chadwick
Joan Bakewell
 John Gerard 
John Gummer
John Ireland
John Mayall
Kerry Katona
Lady Emma Hamilton
Lewis Carroll
Margaret Burbidge|
May Sinclair

Michael Owen
 Paula Radcliffe
Richard Synge
Ronald Pickup
Russ Abbot
Tim Curry
Tim Hunt
Wendy Hiller
Wilfred Grenfell
William Bowman
Willian Swainson

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