Cheshire in North West England is a county full of exciting things to do. From scenic walks and historical sites, to charming cities and world-class attractions, here are the best Easter activities in Cheshire.
Chester is an ancient walled city on the River Dee and was founded as a Roman fort in 79 AD. As one of the country’s greatest heritage cities, there’s a lot to see and do here. Walk the two miles of the walls and admire the picturesque old buildings. To bag a bargain, head to Chester Rows, a series of half-timbered buildings dating back to Medieval times, now used as shopping arcades. Visit the Cathedral and climb to the top of the central tower for the best views across one city, two countries and five counties.
A trip to Chester Zoo is a must-do this Easter. It’s the UK’s most visited zoo and is home to over 35,000 animals and 125 acres of gardens. There are numerous animal exhibits, from the far rainforests of Southeast Asia to the savannahs of Africa. Visit the Realm of the Red Ape to see the endangered orangutan, or head into the darkness of the Fruit Bat Forest. The zoo is also home to the UK’s largest tropical house and is filled with over 30 species of free flying birds and the reptile collection. Chester Zoo is known for its conservation efforts and has initiatives around the world, so keep an eye out for the ways you can get involved in saving endangered species. Read about the best time to visit here.
If you’re looking to get out into nature, there’s no better place to go than Delamere Forest, Cheshire’s largest area of woodland. It’s reachable via its own station and there are a lot of things you can do here. There are three easy walking trails suitable for all abilities, as well as two cycling trails. You can also try out Nordic walking or hire a Segway or bike. For something a little more adventurous, challenge yourself at the Go Ape outdoor adventure. If you want to try orienteering, Delamere has an orienteering course which is suitable for the whole family.
Lion Salt Works
A visit to Lion Salt Works is one of the most interesting things to do in Cheshire this Easter. This is a historic open pan salt making site in Marston which closed in 1986 and has been transformed into a museum. Learn how the salt works operated and the influence it had on the local people, economy and landscape. Find out how salt was extracted from the ground and step into Salt Pan 3 which recreates the conditions that men worked in when boiling huge vats of brine. Take a look at the men’s boots covered with salt crystals and the sardine cans that wages were paid in.
Tatton Park is one of the country’s most complete historical estates. Step inside the Neo-classical mansion and discover the lavish rooms. There are 50 acres of gorgeous gardens to explore, which includes a stunning 19th century fernery and Japanese garden. Kids will enjoy visiting the 1930s working farm and meeting the pigs, goats and donkeys. During Easter, Tatton Park runs events such as the Magical Easter Adventures which include trails, games and magic shows.