Cheshire

Cheshire in the north west of England is a largely rural county with a number of pretty villages. Enjoy the countryside or explore the history of the county including many stately home, Tudor buildings and the historic Roman fortress town of Chester.

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Cheshire Overview

Welcome to Cheshire

Cheshire is bordered by Merseyside, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh county of Clwyd to the west. Some Greater Manchester locals still refer to being in Cheshire.

Cheshire has a population of just over 1,000,000 people. The county town is the Roman cathedral city of Chester with other significant towns at Warrington, Crewe, Congleton and Ellesmere Port.
The stunning landscape of Cheshire is mainly rural and dotted with villages. The county contains numerous stately homes, castles and places to explore – the city of Chester is a particular attraction for visitors.


History

Cheshire has a long and rich history – Iron Age hill forts were superseded by the Roman settlement and creation of the fortress of Chester. Medieval castles are plentiful and the region has been involved in English / Welsh conflict through the years. There are numerous black and white half timbered buildings throughout the county. The county has a history of salt mining at Middlewich and Northwich dating back to Roman times that continues to this day.
Tourism is an important part of the county’s economy, drawing in larger number of visitors each year to enjoy the region.


Places to Visit in Cheshire

Cheshire is packed with a number of days out including a walk on the wild side at Chester Zoo where you can see over 7000 animals and take in the award winning gardens, to cool down visit Manley Mere enjoy the water or go underground and explore the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker to see the secret lives of service personnel. Other attractions include Tatton Hall manor house and parkland, the Blue Planet Aquarium where you can dive with sharks, Grosvenor Miniature Railway and Cheshire Ice Cream Farm.

Chester attracts thousands of visitors a year, keen to explore the Roman fortress city, with its red sandstone city walls, Roman amphitheatre and many Tudor buildings. Relax in the city atmosphere or tour the retailers in the Rows shopping district. There are numerous attractions to see including the medieval Chester cathedral, Eastgate and Eastgate Clock at one of the city entrances, the Grosvenor Museum or may be take a cruise on the River Dee and see the city from a different perspective.

Cheshire has a number of stately homes open to the public. The origins of Lyme Park date to Tudor times though it is now a mainly Italian style palace in a spectacular setting – tour the state rooms and explore the 17 acres of Victorian gardens. The larger estate includes a deer park and parkland. Little Moreton Hall is possibly the most famous black and white half timbered house in the country where you can discover the amazing carvings, tour the house and explore the moat. Capesthorne Hall is a large Jacobean style house, accompanied by a chapel and over 100 acres of gardens and park containing lakes and an arboretum. Other houses in the county include Bramall Hall, Arley Hall, Adlington Hall, Dunham Massey on the banks of the Bridgewater canal, Dorfold Hall, Peover Hall and Gawsworth Hall – there is plenty to see!

Cheshire’s border position has spawned a series of castles for visitors to enjoy. Beeston Castle ruins stand on red sandstone cliffs rising 500 feet high and rewarding visitors with fantastic views. Legend has it there is hidden treasure at the castle site. Chester Castle itself is largely gone, destroyed by fire – the only surviving building is the Agricola Tower. Elsewhere you can explore more of Cheshire’s 20 castles including Cholmondeley Hall, Peckforton Castle and Mow Cop.

The countryside of Cheshire lays between the Peak District and the hills of North Wales and gives rise to some beautiful scenery. Shining Tor is Cheshire’s highest point and on clear days you can see to Snowdonia in Wales.

Cheshire’s famous names include DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans, musician Gary Barlow, TV presenter Paul Hollywood, Harry Styles of One Direction fame and James Bond star Daniel Craig.
Cheshire has a large range of annual events including Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival, Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, Goosefest and Just So Festival at Rode Hall.

The county is world famous for its cheese; Cheshire Cheese is Britain’s oldest named cheese. Other specialities from the county include Cheshire Pork Pye, layered apple and pork topped with crust, two versions of Chester Pudding – one suet, one merengue and Chester Buns.


Getting There

The M6, M62, M53 and M56 are the motorway arteries to the county, the M6 crossing the Manchester Ship Canal via the famous Thelwall Viaduct.

The West Coast Mainline provides rail links to the county, with many trains calling at Crewe and Warrington on the way to or from Scotland. There are also good rail links from Manchester.



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