From Norton Priory head to Runcorn and on to Widnes on the Mersey Estuary. Explore Warrington before passing through Appleton to Arley Hall. Enjoy the magnificent Tatton Hall and then head to Disley in the Goyt Valley. Take in Macclesfield before setting off to scale Shining Tor.
Explore a beautiful 2.5 acre Georgian walled garden and the National Collection of Quince, alongside the historic Norton Priory ruins – where you can see a large number of artefacts and exhibits including the 12th century undercroft building.
Take in the ruins of Halton Castle or explore the Runcorn Hill Nature Reserve or visit the spectacular Silver Jubilee Bridge connecting Runcorn and Widnes.
On the other side of The Silver Jubilee Bridge in Widnes you can take in the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre or visit Spike Island, an award winning parkland with a canal and industrial heritage on the banks of the Mersey Estuary.
Enjoy the displays and exhibits at the Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. Elsewhere children will love the theme park at Gulliver’s World. Close by a trip to Sankey Park reveals sculpture works, wildlife and paths to explore. Walton Hall & Gardens has a children’s zoo, parkland and formal gardens.
Pass through the village of Appleton, stopping to take in the site of Grappenhall Hays House and Walled Garden. Whilst the house has been demolished you can still see the old ha-ha and neo-classical lodges.
Arley is home to the stunning Arley Hall & Gardens – an impressive hall dating to the 15th century where you can explore the house rooms and galleries – don’t miss the masterpiece of the main staircase. Outside you can explore the gardens, chapel and sculptures.
Take some time to explore the magnificent Tatton Park, a stunning neo classical stately home. Over 50 acres of landscaped gardens, a 1,000 acre deer park, a working farm, haunted hall and range of shops ensure there is something for everyone.
Set in the Goyt Valley on the edge of the Peak District National Park, the picturesque village of Disley has some stunning scenery – take in the peaks and rolling moorland or may be head for nearby Lyme Park, of Pride & Prejudice fame, with its mansion house, gardens and deer park.
A gateway to both the Cheshire Plains and the Peak District, Macclesfield has a host of attractions for visitors. Take in Macclesfield Silk Museum and Jodrell Bank Observatory, or explore Macclesfield Forest for some peace and quiet.
On the border with Derbyshire, Shining Tor offers some stunning views across the Goyt Valley and surrounding countryside, including Kinder Scout and a chance to enjoy some fresh air in the Peak District.