Boasting more than its fair share of TV features, from modern phenomena such as Peaky Blinders, to family entertainment such as The Secret Life of The Zoo, Cheshire West and Chester is home to an excellent array of ‘film tourism’ destinations. Our highlights are bundled into this 1-day itinerary, but, unlike on the TV, not from the comfort of your own home.

Arley Hall 

Despite also featuring in Hollyoaks and Evermore, has recently grown in fame following its inclusion in Peaky Blinders as the home of Tommy Shelby in Series 3, and the location of Tommy and Luca’s gun battle. However, there is more to Arley Hall than initially meets the eye. The attractive stately home, embellished with oak panelling, stunning fireplaces, and stained-glass mastery is complemented by an Herbaceous Border and eight acres of gardens. Onsite too, The Gardener’s Kitchen offers a variety of culinary delights, all made using homegrown ingredients where possible.

Your next destination featured in Great Canal Journeys, and is the Lion Salt Works, a science-based attraction recapping the history of salt production throughout Cheshire. In fact, Lion Salt Works’ site was the country’s last operating open-pan salt making site. The museum also boasts a butterfly garden, which is the ideal setting to relax in after a long day. Nearby this historic attraction is Anderton Boat Lift, an engineering masterpiece designed by Edwin Clark in 1875.

Peckforton Castle is an enchanting hotel nestled in the Cheshire countryside. The property featured in both Homefires, a WWII inspired drama, and The Worst Witch. Whilst you are unlikely to experience any drama here now (the 36,000 acres of greenery surrounding the castle are much too relaxing), the indulgent Afternoon Tea at the 1851 restaurant may well feel magical! Particularly when enjoyed with a refreshing tipple, or glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne.

It is now time to leave the magic behind and take a walk (well, 30-minute drive) to the wild side, or, as us Cheshire folk prefer to call it, Chester Zoo. Chester Zoo boasts over 35,000 animals, featured in the top 10 UK attractions, and is the star of the world-famous show ‘The Secret Life of the Zoo’. Aside from an abundance of animals, the numerous food and drink establishments onsite will certainly help you to refuel.

*Bonus: Why not extend your stay in Cheshire West and Chester with a stay in the county’s only 5* hotel, the prestigious Chester Grosvenor? Perhaps most renowned for his judging role on the Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood was the former Head Baker at this iconic hotel and, as part of the four-part series ‘A Baker’s Life’ in 2017, returned to the Cheshire gem which gave him his “big break”. Hollywood may no longer be there, but the culinary delights on offer remain nothing short of perfection under the watchful eye of Head Chef Simon Radley, the hotel’s own Michelin Star Chef.

So, there you have it – a day (and night) packed full of TV-inspired activities around Cheshire West. Remember to share images of your experiences with us using the tags #EscapeTheEveryday and #Cheshire!

*Please adhere to official government guidance when planning for, and undertaking, our itineraries.

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