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24 Hours in Cheshire

24 Hours in Cheshire

At Visit Chester & Cheshire we’ve been eagerly awaiting the time to welcome you back safely. Now that restrictions are lifting, Cheshire’s renowned attractions, shops, accommodation providers and restaurants are looking forward to welcoming you too. Whether you’re taking a family staycation, reconnecting with friends and loved ones, exploring the glorious Cheshire countryside, or simply just because, there’s a lot waiting for you in Cheshire. You may be in need of some inspiration, so we thought we’d put together this guide to 24 hours in Cheshire; although with everything on offer, you may want to stay a little (or a lot!) longer than that.

Somewhere to stay

You’ll need somewhere to call home away from home and luckily for you Cheshire is boasts some of the best and most unique places to stay around. We’ve got countryside manors for the regal retreat including Crewe Hall, De Vere Cranage Estate, Mottram Hall and Rookery Hall, just to name a few. For a luxurious resort stay there’s The Mere Golf Resort & Spa and Carden Park. Or there’s some gorgeous countryside boutique offerings from the likes of The Pheasant Inn, The Bear’s Paw, The Bridge and The Vicarage. Or you can get into the wilderness, luxury style, with Forest Holidays Delamere and The Hollies Forest Lodges. The list goes on and there are so many more hotels, self-catering providers and camping and caravanning sites, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay in Cheshire.

With your lodgings secured, you’ll want to maximise your time in Cheshire. Whatever your style of staycation, there’s a lot to do. From family friendly fun and fascinating heritage to adventurous attractions and glorious gardens, Cheshire’s attractions will inspire all sorts of new memories.

24 Hours of Family Fun

There’s good reason to be excited about the family friendly attractions in Cheshire. New for 2021 we have BeWILDerwood – the huge outdoor adventure park for all the family to enjoy together. There are super slippery slides, extra-long zip wires, massive, muddled mazes, huge rope bridges, magical treehouses, den building and lots, lots more, making it all the more enticing to leave your technology behind and get out into the wild woods. Gulliver’s World Resort have also been eagerly awaiting your return and promise a fun-filled family day out. Families can enjoy a whole host of rides, shows and activities in the main park as well as slippery slides and water features at Splash Zone – perfect for the young and the young at heart! For those after some adventure, Cheshire’s serene countryside is home to a lot of adventure. Get up amongst the Delamere canopy on thrilling high wires and zip lines at Go Ape - it’s certainly a different way to take in the stunning views! Why not take a trip to Blakemere where you can experience a plethora of outdoor fun courtesy of Cheshire Outdoors. You can enjoy everything from archery and air rifles to falconry and off-road Segways; there’s even human table football!

24 Hours (and hundreds of years) of History and Heritage

If you’re visiting Cheshire, the history and heritage of our county is not to be missed! Cheshire is truly historic and throughout then county you can find the stories of how Cheshire has shaped the nation’s past. There’s the Lion Salt Works in Northwich, where at this multi-award-winning gem you can delve into an interactive history of one of Cheshire’s most historic industries: salt! And just a stone’s throw away is the “Cathedral of the Canals”, aka Anderton Boat Lift. This monument to Britain’s waterways and engineering is fully functional and a fascinating visit. And if the fancy takes you, you can visit the National Waterways Museum. With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in Victorian buildings, the museum is a great day out whatever the weather. Macclesfield, or Silk Town, is home to the Silk Museum. This testament to the richly woven history of Macclesfield is full of artefacts relating to the dominance of the silk industry as well as Egyptian relics! And just a stone’s throw away is the spectacular sight of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. This UNESCO world heritage site is not to be missed with fascinating exhibitions and collections surrounding the wonders of the universe and Jodrell’s role in the history of space exploration. Or why not embark on a truly historic cruise aboard The Daniel Adamson? This unique 1903 Steam Ship, listed as 15th on the Register of National Historic Ships, boasts stunning Art Deco saloons which have been restored to exactly as they would have been in 1936. What’s more, there are even Gin Cruises throughout the summer so you can take in the gorgeous scenery with your favourite tipple!

24 Hours in Gorgeous Gardens and Stately Homes

A trip to Cheshire wouldn’t be complete without exploring some of the finest greenery around. With the summer months approaching, we can get out and explore Cheshire’s glorious gardens and the grounds that house them. Tatton Park is home to award-winning gardens alongside vast acres of parkland and the historic mansion. Tatton also plays host to a range of unmissable events and activities which this year include the RHS Flower Show, the Foodies Festival, a family trail with Percy the Park Keeper as well as The Luna Drive in Cinema. Quarry Bank, as well as being one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites, boats magnificent gardens on the banks of the River Bollin. The restored glass house and kitchen garden also give an insight into the lives of the past mill owners. Nestled on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme’s 1,400-acre estate (including the infamous Mr Darcy’s house) with its medieval herd of red deer is a paradise for bird-watchers and wildlife spotters, and hosts regular guided walks and running events. Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral Peninsula offer over 64 acres of superbly diverse plant life and are a great day out at any time of year. So if you’re in need of some inspiration for your own garden, why not visit some of Cheshire’s glorious gardens?

24 Hours of Indulgence and Pampering

Or perhaps you’re looking for a little change of pace; a complete escape from the stresses and strains of the everyday? Cheshire is home to some of the finest spas in the country so you can sit back relax and enjoy some pampering. Renowned country estate Carden Park offers peace and tranquillity amongst the 1000-acre estate with a range of indulgent treatments and sublime facilities. You can even unwind in the extensive Spa Garden after your treatments and perhaps even sip some champagne while you relax. Nestled just outside Knutsford you’ll find The Mere where, alongside a luxurious hotel and golf course, you can indulge in a whole host of pampering treatments in their award-winning spa. You can unwind and while away the hours in the leisure facilities and relaxation terraces – pure serenity! Towards Chester you can find Spa by Kasia at The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa where the tranquillity of the Far East meets modern aromatherapy. Why not take a stroll through the Asian Sensory Garden after a luxurious treatment? And in the heart of Chester there’s The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor. Within the confines of this luxury boutique spa you can choose from a menu of rituals and treatments, all designed to balance mind, body and spirit – and with your body and spirit pampered, you may want to explore Chester a little further with our guide to 24 hours in Chester.

24 Hours of Retail Therapy

Perhaps your 24 hours in Cheshire can be filled with a spot (or a whole lot!) of shopping. Need to sort that Spring/Summer wardrobe? Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is the largest designer outlet in the UK and is home to over 145 boutiques, cafés and restaurants. What’s more, there’s a whole host of great activities nearby including The Blue Planet Aquarium. Or if you’re looking for some unique finds, Cheshire’s high streets are filled with local character and a lot of independent charm. Far from sleepy idylls, towns and villages like Knutsford, Tarporley, Warrington, Frodsham and Nantwich are home to vibrant shopping districts. And for shoppers looking for some one-of-a-kind finds Macclesfield’s Treacle Market is a must with a wide range of independent crafts, homewares, clothing, florals, soaps, teas and much, much more. Or there’s Reclaimed World, Cheshire’s reclamation, salvage and antiques emporium. You’re sure to get lost amongst the staggering collections of gorgeous and truly unique vintage and restored items. And just a stone’s throw away is The Hollies Farm Shop. A true Cheshire staple, at The Hollies you can find all the very best local produce alongside gifts, homewares, garden ware and a whole host of other goodies.

24 Hours of Unmissable Events

Or maybe your 24 hours in Cheshire can be spent at one of our unmissable events. After going so long without them, there’s a fantastic range of goings-on in Cheshire over the coming months that will make for some magical memories. Highlights announced for this year include CarFest North, DogFest, Deva Fest, Just So festival as well as fixtures in the Rugby League World Cup at the home of Warrington Wolves. So make sure to see what’s on for your 24 hours in Cheshire.

Filling your boots and finding your way

With everything on offer across Cheshire, you’re sure to work up an appetite and you could spend 24 hours exploring Cheshire’s vast range of renowned pubs, restaurants and bars! There’s everything from country pubs with modern twists like The Fishpool Inn, and social drinks and bites to eat in places like Blakemere Village Social, to quintessentially English afternoon tea done to perfection from the likes of Davenports of Cheshire. So whatever your style, tastes and budget, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink in Cheshire.

And when it comes to getting around Cheshire, even if you’re not travelling by car there are plenty of options. With many locations connected along the Mid-Cheshire Line and West Coast Main Line, rail travel is a great way to enjoy your time in Cheshire to the fullest. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, Cheshire is connected via a whole host of scenic cycle routes like the Cheshire Cycleway and walking trails like the Sandstone Trail and Gritstone Trail.

As you can see, there’s a lot to do in Cheshire, and maybe 24 hours just won’t cut it. So with this in mind, you might want to stay another day (or hopefully more!)

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  1. BeWILDerwood

    Whitchurch

    BeWILDerwood Cheshire is a huge outdoor adventure park for ALL the family to enjoy together. Make memories, use your imagination, be active and run WILD in the enchanted 70-acre woodland.

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    Twiggles treetop walkways at BeWILDerwood
    Mother and child playing at BeWILDerwood
    Toddler playing at BeWILDerwood
    Child playing on treetop tangles at BeWILDerwood
    Three women and toddler eating ice cream at BeWILDerwood
    Twiggles treetop walkways at BeWILDerwood
    Mother and child playing at BeWILDerwood
    Toddler playing at BeWILDerwood
    Child playing on treetop tangles at BeWILDerwood
    Three women and toddler eating ice cream at BeWILDerwood

    BeWILDerwood Cheshire is a huge outdoor adventure park for ALL the family to enjoy together. Make memories, use your imagination, be active and run WILD in the enchanted 70-acre woodland.

    The WILD woods are home to super slippery slides, extra-long zip wires, massive muddled mazes, huge rope bridges, magical treehouses, den building and lots, lots more. BeWILDerwood’s ethos is to leave technology behind, get outdoors and play together.

    BeWILDerwood is based on the magical book series written by author and creator Tom Blofeld. As you explore the woods you’ll spot hints of the curious characters and stories, from the huge wooden play structures high in the trees, to the Storytelling shows where you can watch the stories of BeWILDerwood come to life!

    The adventure park is ideal for families with children aged between 2-12 years, plus grownups play too! So it doesn’t matter how teeny or tall you are, everyone can run WILD! There are also special areas for teeny explorers too including Toddlewood on the Hill, Tiptoe Valley and mini zip wires called Twiggle Whizzers!

     

    What’s at BeWILDerwood Cheshire?

    Slippery Slopes – super big slides

    Wobbly Wires – huge zip wires

    Mish Mash Maze and Sky Maze – two massive mazes to get lost in!

    The Broken Bridge – Are you brave enough?

    Toddlewood on the Hill, Tiptoe Valley and Twiggle Whizzers – for teeny explorers

    The Big Hat – to get crafty – included in ticket price!

    Storytelling Stage – stories are on 4 times per day, every hour from 12pm - included in ticket price!

    Den Building – create and build together

    Munch Bar and Cosy Cabin – for yummy food!

    Bizarre Bazaar – continue the story at home with our glorious BeWLDerwood goodies

    Plus lots, LOTS more!

     

    When do the woods open?

    Make sure you check the wibbly website for seasonal opening dates. The woodland opens 10am – 5pm and is a full day out.

    See seasonal opening: https://cheshire.bewilderwood.co.uk/plan-your-day/opening-times-prices/

     

    Where can I get yummy food?

    Tasty food and snacks can be bought at The Munch Bar or Cosy Cabin. All food is locally sourced and there are plenty of options to help explorers fuel their day of adventure! BeWILDerwood cater for a range of dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.

    There are also plenty of picnic benches if you wish to bring your own food.

     

    Where is BeWILDerwood Cheshire?

    The woodland adventure park is located on the A49, just 5 miles from Whitchurch, just next to Cholmondeley Castle. Enter the postcode SY13 4JF into your sat nav.

     

    How much is it?

    Admission prices are based on height as there are some things in the park that require longer arms and legs (like the extra-long zip wires). Under 92cm are free; 92–105cm £17.50; over 105cm £19.50; over 65’s £12.50 (2021 prices). Activities, crafts, Storytelling Shows, and car parking are included in the ticket price so there are no pesky hidden costs once you enter through the wonky gates.

     

    How do I book my adventure?

    Visitors can simply turn up and run WILD. Purchase tickets on arrival, or plan your adventure in advance and book online. Find out more about the wonderful wonky world of BeWILDerwood: https://cheshire.bewilderwood.co.uk/

     

    How do I contact the team at BeWILDerwood Cheshire?

    You can contact the Twiggle Team at BeWILDerwood Cheshire by emailing yoohoocheshire@bewilderwood.co.uk or calling 01829 830730.

    Contact Details:

    BeWILDerwood Cheshire, Bickley Moss, Whitchurch, Cheshire, SY13 4JF

    Tel:

    01829 830730

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  2. Gulliver's World Resort

    Warrington

    Gulliver’s Theme Parks are designed especially for families. Enjoy rides, shows and attractions that are perfect for children aged 2-13.

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    Togo Tower at Gulliver's World Resort
    Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Family Fun at Gulliver's World Resort
    Roller Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Fun for all the family at Gulliver's World Resort
    Togo Tower at Gulliver's World Resort
    Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Family Fun at Gulliver's World Resort
    Roller Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Fun for all the family at Gulliver's World Resort

    Gulliver’s Theme Parks are designed especially for families. Enjoy rides, shows and attractions that are perfect for children aged 2-13.

    Book your theme park tickets for Gulliver's World at least two days in advance and save even more. Make your visit extra special this year with a short break, choose from a range of stay and play options available at The Gulliver’s Hotel and Wilderness Wharf. Discover luxury glamping tents, themed hotel suites, western lodges, fairy dens and much more.

    You can expect FREE parking every time you visit. Book a session at Splash Zone to experience a great day out no matter the weather.

    Visit the official Gulliver's website for opening times, special events and amazing offers.

    Gulliver's World is taking part in the Visit Britain National Lottery Campaign. Claim your voucher code and book tickets here.

    Contact Details:

    Off Shackleton Close, Old Hall, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 9YZ

    Tel:

    01925 444888

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  3. Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Resort

    Warrington

    Discover one of the most exciting indoor attractions in Cheshire! Splash Zone is a world of non-stop water fun. Ideal for children across all ages, experience a truly action-packed two hour session.

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    Slides at Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Girls enjoying Roller Zone at Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Slides at Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Girls enjoying Roller Zone at Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Resort

    The ultimate indoor attraction, enjoy Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Warrington throughout the year!  Experience a world of super slides and water features. At Splash Zone there is no deep water so little ones can enjoy the attraction just as much as older kids. Adults can sit back and relax at our café or bring their costumes and join in.

    We have activities designed especially for toddlers with our Splash Tots sessions. With a reduced water pressure and special games, these days are incredibly popular and not to be missed. Visit our website for session times and dates. Splash Wipeout is now running on Friday afternoons. Celebrate the end of the school week with a splashtastic battle.

    Roller Zone is an additional activity within Splash Zone and available to children aged 4 and over. Take part in a thrilling roller skating session. Visit Gulliver's website for prices and details. 

     Don’t forget, at Gulliver’s we never charge you for parking. You can easily combine your trip to Gulliver’s Splash Zone with a visit to the main theme park.  

    Contact Details:

    Off Shackleton Close, Old Hall, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 9YZ

    Tel:

    01925 444888

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  4. Go Ape Delamere

    Northwich

    Award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family. Set within beautiful forests, families and friends of all ages can unleash their inner Ape on Treetop Adventure and Treetop Challenge or explore the forest floor on epic all-terrain Segways.

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    Get your adrenaline pumping at Go Ape! Delamere
    Swing amongst the trees at Go Ape! Delamere
    Go Ape! Delamere - Go Ape! is the UK's number 1 forest adventure
    Explore Delamere on Segway with Go Ape! Delamere
    Get your adrenaline pumping at Go Ape! Delamere
    Swing amongst the trees at Go Ape! Delamere
    Go Ape! Delamere - Go Ape! is the UK's number 1 forest adventure
    Explore Delamere on Segway with Go Ape! Delamere

    Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure.

    Award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family. Set within beautiful forests, families and friends of all ages can unleash their inner Ape on Treetop Adventure and Treetop Challenge or explore the forest floor on epic all-terrain Segways. It's a day out like no other.

    Treetop Adventure. Uncover an adventure in the tree-tops for junior Tarzans. Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids!

    Treetop Challenge. The classic and original. You will be briefed for safety before you fly down zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan Swing and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery

    Forest Segways. Get off the beaten track and Go Ape Forest Segway – a epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist.

    Can I Go Ape?

    Treetop Adventure

    Minimum Age - All ages

    Minimum Height - Over 1m (3ft 3") tall

     

    Treetop Challenge

    Minimum Age - 10 years

    Minimum Height - 1.4m (4ft 7")

    Maximum Weight - 20.5 stone (130kg)

     

    Forest Segway

    Minimum Age - All ages

    Minimum Weight- 7 stone (45kg)

    Maximum Weight - 19.5 stone (125kg)

     

    Corporate Events

    As well as being great for family and friends, Go Ape is also a brilliant way to escape the office. Have you ever wanted to watch your boss jump off a high platform? Well now you can with one of the Go Ape Corporate Team Building Days.

    Get in touch with the Go Ape Corporate Events Team to get your tribe in the trees. Like all the best things in life, Go Ape is even better shared. You can rely on the friendly team to guarantee you a day out you’ll never forget.

     

    Contact Details:

    Delamere Forest, Linmere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JD

    Tel:

    0845 838 0638

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  5. Cheshire Outdoors

    Sandiway, Northwich

    Cheshire Outdoors brings together a huge range of outdoor activities to pack a fun filled day from segways to lase clay, falconry to archery.

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    Enjoy a range of outdoor activities at Cheshire Outdoors
    Air Rifle Shooting at Cheshire Outdoors
    Archery at Cheshire Outdoors
    Cheshire Outdoors a great place for team building and corporate away days
    Low ropes at Cheshire Outdoors
    Enjoy a range of outdoor activities at Cheshire Outdoors
    Air Rifle Shooting at Cheshire Outdoors
    Archery at Cheshire Outdoors
    Cheshire Outdoors a great place for team building and corporate away days
    Low ropes at Cheshire Outdoors

    Cheshire Outdoors specialise in team building and new experiences. If you spend a day there you will enjoy an experience you will never forget. 

    Cheshire Outdoors brings together a huge range of outdoor activities to pack a fun filled day from segways to laser clay, falconry to archery.

    Combining the resources of Cheshire Bushcraft, Cheshire Segway and Cheshire Falconry businesses who are all passionate about the outdoors, there is something for everyone!

    Contact Details:

    At Cheshire Falconry, Blakemere Village, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2EB

    Tel:

    01606 882223

    Website

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  6. Blakemere Village

    Northwich

    **Cheshire Woodland Weddings - Wedding Venue of the Year Winner 2019** Situated in the heart of Cheshire just outside Chester, Blakemere Village is home to a unique collective of boutique shops built around a stunning Edwardian stable block, an ideal Day Out destination for all ages.

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    So many things to do and see at Blakemere Village including Falconry
    Segway fun at Blakemere Village
    Free adventure play park at Blakemere Village
    Browse Homewares and furniture at Blakemere Village
    So many things to do and see at Blakemere Village including Falconry
    Segway fun at Blakemere Village
    Free adventure play park at Blakemere Village
    Browse Homewares and furniture at Blakemere Village

    Situated in the heart of Cheshire just outside Chester, Blakemere Village is home to a unique collective of boutique shops built around a stunning Edwardian stable block, an ideal Day Out destination for all ages. Today, you can explore over 30+ independent shops offering giftware, antiques and fashion as well as a traditional tearoom as well as The Village Restaurant and Coffee Bar. Take a stroll through the nearby woodlands, enjoy the free outdoor adventure playpark or choose many daily activities including segway or the awe-inspiring Birds of Prey experiences. Open 7 days a week from 10am until 5pm, free to enter and free to park. For more information on what's on daily and up and coming events, please see the website www.visitblakemere.co.uk

    This year, Blakemere Village celebrates 25 years of family entertainment and independent shopping with a series of commemorative events alongside the opening of a new vintage-inspired store, Farrow House.

    Blakemere Village offers both group organiser and coach driver incentives and can also tailor a bespoke package to individual needs including activities and group rates. For more information on events and daily activities visit www.blakemerevillage.com. For Group tour operator bookings call 01606 883261 or email info@visitblakemere.co.uk.

     

    Contact Details:

    Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2EB

    Tel:

    01606 883261

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  7. Lion Salt Works

    Northwich

    Cheshire’s salt – the precious mineral on which this county sits – has been prized since Roman times.

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    It’s a story brilliantly told at the Lion Salt Works, one of the last open-pan sites in the world, an intriguing warren of stove, boiler and pan houses renovated to reveal how salt was extracted from the underground brine lakes and transformed into a coveted commodity. Immerse yourself in the high-tech wizardry of Salt Pan 3, which recreates the steamy and dangerous conditions where bare-chested men toiled over great vats of the boiling brine. Stand at the bar in the old Red Lion pub, where the workers were once served refreshing pints of beer with a replenishing pinch of salt. Spot the worker’s boots encrusted with salt crystals and the sardine tins that, curiously, wages were paid in. Then step out on the towpath of the Trent & Mersey Canal, where salt was once hauled to Liverpool’s docks, the gateway to the world.

    Contact Details:

    Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6ES

    Tel:

    01606 275066

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  8. Anderton Boat Lift

    Northwich

    The grounds and takeaway are now open - Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
    Keep an eye on the website and social media for updates on the visitor centre reopening and boat trips restarting in the summer. 

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    Anderton Boat Lift - A fun day out for the family
    Stunning views of Anderton Boat Lift and the canal side
    All aboard for a trip up Anderton Boat Lift
    Grab lunch or a drink and a snack at the onsite cafe at Anderton Boat Lift
    Anderton Boat Lift - An extraordinary feat of engineering
    Anderton Boat Lift - A fun day out for the family
    Stunning views of Anderton Boat Lift and the canal side
    All aboard for a trip up Anderton Boat Lift
    Grab lunch or a drink and a snack at the onsite cafe at Anderton Boat Lift
    Anderton Boat Lift - An extraordinary feat of engineering

    The grounds and takeaway are now open - Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

    Keep an eye on the website and social media for updates on the visitor centre reopening and boat trips restarting in the summer. 

    Marvel at the miraculous feat of Victorian engineering they call the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’. No wonder it won Visit England’s 2018 Large Visitor Attraction Of The Year - Take a 30-minute boat ride up or down the lift to get the inside track on its workings. If you’ve got a head for heights, try Walking The Lift; venture out along the aqueduct to see the former control room and machine deck, then climb to the very top of this impressive structure for wonderful panoramic views. Little ones will love the new Let’s Play outdoor area, complete with a mock-up of Anderton’s bridge, control house and mooring area, and, inside the Visitor Centre, a lift-themed craft area where young imaginations can fly. Check out, too, the fascinating exhibition about this unique spectacle.

     

    Contact Details:

    Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW

    Tel:

    01606 786777

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  9. National Waterways Museum

    Ellesmere Port

    Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.

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    National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
    Family fun at National Waterways Museum
    Stunning canal boats at National Waterways Museum
    National Waterways Museum run a varied programme of events throughout the year
    National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
    Family fun at National Waterways Museum
    Stunning canal boats at National Waterways Museum
    National Waterways Museum run a varied programme of events throughout the year

    Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings, the museum is a great day out whatever the weather. Visitors can take a boat trip through an industrial landscape, visit the museum blacksmith and explore traditional narrow boats and homes through the ages, complete with cottage gardens. There are family activities every school holiday and events from the Easter Boat Gathering to Santa Cruises. As well as the waterside café visitors will find lovely places for picnics throughout the site.

    National Waterways Museum is taking part in the Visit Britain National Lottery Campaign. Claim your voucher code and book your tickets here.

    Contact Details:

    South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW

    Tel:

    0151 355 5017

    Website

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  10. The Silk Museum

    Macclesfield

    From cocoon to loom, find out how this old market town shot to global manufacturing fame at the Silk Museum and neighbouring Paradise Mill.

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    Macclesfield once hummed with the sound of silk looms, music to the ears of the mill owners that prospered here in the 19th century. 

    Admire Europe’s largest-known collection of Jacquard silk handlooms and learn the secrets of these unique textile machines on a tour with an expert – their workings are thought to have been the crucible for computer programming. Pore over the remarkable collection of more than 1,000 pattern books, see stunning costumes made of the finest silk, and study an outstanding collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, including Tutankhamun’s ring, gathered by the daughter of one of the town’s leading families.

    Macclesfield is still a place where fabric-making flourishes – at the Makers’ Place get expert insights from today’s craftspeople and pick up a truly special souvenir.

    Contact Details:

    The Old Art School, Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ

    Tel:

    01625 612045

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  11. Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

    Macclesfield

    Enjoy a range of fun-filled activities for all of the family, discover more about Jodrell Bank’s fascinating history.

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    Learn about Astrophysics at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
    The Planet Pavilion Cafe at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
    Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
    Fun for all ages at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
    Learn about Astrophysics at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
    The Planet Pavilion Cafe at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
    Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
    Fun for all ages at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

    A key player in the space race, the observatory has made a unique contribution, including capturing the moment when the Eagle lander, carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, touched down on the surface of the Moon in 1969. Enjoy a range of fun-filled activities for all of the family, discover more about Jodrell Bank’s fascinating history in a telescope talk, dive into the solar system and learn all about space in an Orrery demonstration, explore the Jodrell Bank Arboretum and go on an adventure to the children’s playground discovering a range of outdoor exhibits along the way. No visit is complete without a trip to the Jodrell Bank gift shop and The Planet Cafe. There’s plenty here to entertain budding astronauts, large and small!

    Contact Details:

    Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL

    Tel:

    01477 571766

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  12. The Danny

    The Daniel Adamson Historic 1903 Steam Ship – affectionately nicknamed The Danny has a unique story to tell!

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    The Daniel Adamson Historic 1903 Steam Ship - Nicknamed The Danny
    Come and experience a trip on The Danny
    Travel, Float, Celebrate and Learn about a by-gone steam age on The Danny
    The Danny is berthed at many locations across the North West including Anderton Boat Lift, Acton Bridge and Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.
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    The Daniel Adamson Historic 1903 Steam Ship - Nicknamed The Danny
    Come and experience a trip on The Danny
    Travel, Float, Celebrate and Learn about a by-gone steam age on The Danny
    The Danny is berthed at many locations across the North West including Anderton Boat Lift, Acton Bridge and Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.
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    The Daniel Adamson Historic 1903 Steam Ship – affectionately nicknamed The Danny has a unique story to tell!

    Experience a moving visitor attraction – Travel, Float, Celebrate and Learn about a by-gone steam age as well as  hear an intriguing secret about the boat’s unique luxury liner Art-Deco interior and where it came from.

    The Danny is berthed at locations along The River Weaver including Anderton Boat Lift, Acton Bridge and Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge. Cruises are available for groups and individuals.

    Find out more and make advance bookings online at www.thedanny.co.uk

     

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  13. Tatton Park

    Knutsford

    Tatton Park’s ancient Parkland is just waiting to be explored.


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    Daffodils in the Parkland at Tatton Park
    Blossoming trees in the parkland at Tatton Park
    Landscape of Deer
    Mansion from the Italian Gardens at Tatton Park
    Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park
    Daffodils in the Parkland at Tatton Park
    Blossoming trees in the parkland at Tatton Park
    Landscape of Deer
    Mansion from the Italian Gardens at Tatton Park
    Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park

    **#1 National Trust Garden in the UK 2020**

    Tatton Park’s ancient Parkland is just waiting to be explored.

    This beautiful corner of Cheshire has been home to deer herds since 1290 and they wander as freely as visitors throughout the year. The 50-acre Garden is one of the most picturesque and varied in England, with ever-changing seasonal views across the world-renowned Japanese Garden, Walled Kitchen Gardens and Arboretum, plus the historic glasshouses, maze and topiary.

    The 18th century Mansion displays treasured collections of the well-travelled Egerton family including a recently-discovered portrait by renaissance artist Francesco Salviati. The amazingly-complete Servants’ Quarters provide a fascinating insight into life ‘downstairs’ for 18th century servants in a grand house.

    And a family favourite is the working rare breed Farm, where you can step back in time as its ‘field to fork’ story brings to life bygone farm characters, rare breed animals and seasonal demonstrations. Don’t forget to say hello to the pigs, sheep, donkeys, chickens, horses and goats! Tatton Park hosts a huge programme of events throughout the year.

    Visit www.tattonpark.org.uk for details

    Contact Details:

    Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

    Tel:

    01625 374400

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  14. Quarry Bank (NT)

    Styal

    Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived. Here you can discover the story of mill workers, mill owners and how the Industrial Revolution changed our world forever.

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    The opposing Mill at Quarry Bank (NT)
    Glasshouse looking through cut flowers at Quarry Bank (NT)
    Stunning gardens at Quarry Bank (NT)
    Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites
    The opposing Mill at Quarry Bank (NT)
    Glasshouse looking through cut flowers at Quarry Bank (NT)
    Stunning gardens at Quarry Bank (NT)
    Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites

    Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived. Here you can discover the story of mill workers, mill owners and how the Industrial Revolution changed our world forever.

    On your visit, you can explore the domestic life of the mill-owning Greg family in their home, Quarry Bank House. Or wander through the stunning picturesque gardens that rise up the banks of the river valley for stunning views and spectacular changes through the seasons. In the restored glasshouse and kitchen garden, you can see the array of exotic fruits and vegetables that were grown for the wealthy Gregs' table.

    For an alternative view of life in the Industrial Revolution, take a guided tour of the Apprentice House to step into the lives of the pauper children who worked 10 hours a day in the mill. Or stroll to Styal village to see how many of the other workers lived. In the village hub, a permanent exhibition explores the living conditions of the workers compared to life in the centre of Manchester. A tour of a two-up-two-down worker's cottage offers an insight into more than 150 years of history and invites you to compare your life to those of the workers.

    On the estate there are acres of woodland to explore. Follow the meandering path of the river Bollin as you look out for an array of wildlife and beautiful views.

    Situated in the historic site of the original Weaving Shed, the mill café now offers you a place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal after exploring all that Quarry Bank has to offer. Alternatively you can head to the garden café to enjoy the surroundings with a light lunch or a slice of cake, or treat yourself to an ice cream from Stables Ice Cream Parlour.

    In the mill and garden shops, you’ll find a range of gifts, homeware and garden products. For a unique souvenir, make sure you pick up a Quarry Bank glass cloth, which has been woven on heritage looms in the mill.

     

    Contact Details:

    Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4LA

    Tel:

    01625 445896

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  15. Lyme (NT)

    Disley, Stockport

    Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park. Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once a great sporting estate and home of the Legh family for over 500 years.

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    © National Trust Images - Lyme Gardens
    © National Trust Images - Lyme in Autumn
    The stunning historic house at Lyme
    Tulips in bloom at Lyme
    © National Trust Images - Lyme Gardens
    © National Trust Images - Lyme in Autumn
    The stunning historic house at Lyme
    Tulips in bloom at Lyme

    Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once a great sporting estate and home of the Legh family for over 500 years. The house is renowned for its elegant interiors and beautiful gardens, against a backdrop of sweeping moorland with extensive views across Manchester and the Cheshire Plain. In 2020, it hosts an exhibition uncovering the history of the Lyme Missal, the most important printed book in the National Trust’s collection. The 1,400 acre estate with its medieval herd of red deer is a paradise for bird-watchers and wildlife spotters, and hosts regular guided walks and running events. For a more tranquil stroll, explore the Edwardian rose garden, ravine garden or orangery next to the reflecting lake where a certain Mr Darcy met Miss Bennett in the BBC production of 'Pride and Prejudice'.

    There's plenty of room for little ones to let off steam, whilst the Timber Yard Cafe offers hot and cold snacks, soups, and a range of cakes.

    Visit the Ale Cellar for a selection of hot meals made with local produce or book into the Salting Room for a luxury afternoon tea. 

     

    Contact Details:

    National Trust, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NX

    Tel:

    01663 762023

    Website

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  16. Ness Botanic Gardens

    Neston

    Ness is located on the Wirral, with fantastic views across the River Dee to North Wales. They were originally created by Arthur Kilpin Bulley. He was passionate about plants, especially new plants being introduced to European gardens from China, Tibet and Nepal.  

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    Summer at Ness Botanic Gardens
    Ness Botanic Gardens originally created by Arthur Kilpin Bulley.
    Ness Botanic Gardens - Outstanding award-winning botanic gardens
    Stunning gardens to explore at Ness Botanic Gardens
    Ness Botanic Gardens contains the finest collection of rhododendron and azaleas in the north west.
    Summer at Ness Botanic Gardens
    Ness Botanic Gardens originally created by Arthur Kilpin Bulley.
    Ness Botanic Gardens - Outstanding award-winning botanic gardens
    Stunning gardens to explore at Ness Botanic Gardens
    Ness Botanic Gardens contains the finest collection of rhododendron and azaleas in the north west.

    Ness is located on the Wirral, with fantastic views across the River Dee to North Wales. They were originally created by Arthur Kilpin Bulley. He was passionate about plants, especially new plants being introduced to European gardens from China, Tibet and Nepal.  

    Bulley outgrew his original garden by persuading diplomats and other travellers to send him back seeds of interesting plants.  In 1898, he bought the land that makes up Ness, to build a new family home and larger garden.

    He went on to sponsor many plant hunting expeditions and established Bees Nursery, so he could share these new introductions with gardeners across the country.  Bees became a household name through its cheap packets of seeds, sold for decades at Woolworth's. After his death in 1942, Bulley's daughter Lois presented Ness to the University of Liverpool with an endowment of £75,000. 

    Since then, original areas like the Rock Garden have been reinvigorated and new areas such as the Water Gardens and Mediterranean Banks developed by our talented team of staff and volunteers. The gardens are also used by the University for research from plant science through to archaeology. This compliments our education programme for schools and adults using the incredible plants and landscape of the gardens. 

    Today, Ness Botanic Gardens offers something to visitors of all ages, regardless of which season they visit in. They run an events programme packed with family activities from star gazing to trails and crafts. The gardens are also a popular venue for weddings.

    Our garden calendar begins with snowdrop displays in February and continues into spring with camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. From early summer, the Victorian style vegetable garden – the Potager and 100 metres of herbaceous borders burst into life. Then there are the 4 hectares of wild flower meadows to enjoy that form the centre piece of the WilderNess project which brings wildlife to your doorstep with over 600 species of birds, mammals, bees, butterflies and other insects.  Autumn brings fabulous shows of berries and colour from the garden’s varied collections of trees including a National Collection of Sorbus (rowans and whitebeams), and beautiful bark and foliage of birches and maples.

    We look forward to seeing you soon, or to quote Arthur Kilpin Bulley; "Welcome friend and welcome stranger, welcome one and welcome all".

    Enjoy a delicious range of hot food, sandwiches, homemade cakes and coffees at The Garden Kitchen Cafe. 

     

    Contact Details:

    Neston Road, Ness, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 4AY

    Tel:

    0151 795 6300

    Website

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  17. The Spa at Carden

    Nr Chester

    Drawing inspiration from the tranquil 1,000 acre Carden Park estate, there is a carefully curated range of treatments on offer, using natural botanicals to improve your well-being, in the abundant spa facilities.

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    The Garden at the Spa at Carden
    Indoor Vitality Pool, at the Spa at Carden
    Heated Pods at the Spa at Carden
    The Firepit at the Spa at Carden
    Deep Relaxation at the Spa at Carden
    The Garden at the Spa at Carden
    Indoor Vitality Pool, at the Spa at Carden
    Heated Pods at the Spa at Carden
    The Firepit at the Spa at Carden
    Deep Relaxation at the Spa at Carden

    Drawing inspiration from the tranquil 1,000 acre Carden Park estate, there is a carefully curated range of treatments on offer, using natural botanicals to improve your well-being, in the abundant spa facilities.

    After your treatment, stimulate your senses in the beautiful and extensive Spa Garden, unwind in one of the themed relaxation rooms, sip Champagne in the beauty bar or enjoy a light meal with stunning views at the spa restaurant, Elements.

    Everyone should have the opportunity to feel good; for an hour; a day or an entire weekend. More than a spa, this is a destination for well-being.

    Contact Details:

    Carden Park, Broxton Road, Nr Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9DQ

    Tel:

    01829 731000

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  18. The Mere Spa

    Knutsford

    Unwind with a massage, or relax by our stunning pool and take that much needed 'me' time that you deserve...

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    The moment you drive through the archway onto The Mere's grounds, you will feel transported to a lush haven of relaxation, secluded from the noise and stress of everyday life. Situated in acres of Cheshire parkland outside of Manchester, The Mere's Health Club and Spa which has a prestigious 5 bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide, offers everything you need to unwind, from a world-class workout area which offers over 50 classes a week and stunning pool & thermal zone, to a wide selection of premier spa treatments including purifying facials & skincare rituals, deeply relaxing massages and body treatments with luxury products.  After your treatment why not take the time to stroll around the hotel grounds, enjoy a round of golf on our stunning Championship golf course or simply enjoy the tranquility of our relaxation areas and the true escapism to be found at The Mere.

    Contact Details:

    The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Chester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6LJ

    Tel:

    01565 830 155

    Website

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  19. Spa by Kasia

    Pulford, Chester

    Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside is a haven of peace and tranquillity, a place to escape, leave the world behind and indulge your senses.

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    Spa by Kasia Asian Sensory Garden
    Spa by Kasia
    Spa by Kasia
    Spa by Kasia
    Spa by Kasia
    Spa by Kasia Asian Sensory Garden
    Spa by Kasia
    Spa by Kasia
    Spa by Kasia
    Spa by Kasia

    Imagine a luxurious health, beauty and wellbeing oasis nestled in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, where true indulgence and serenity awaits… Welcome to Spa by Kasia.

    The tranquillity of the Far East meets modern aromatherapy in this opulent Cheshire spa, home to a range of treatment rooms and unique relaxation areas. Drift away in the Penchan Snooze Room, enjoy time for two in the VIP Couple’s Suite or take a mindful moment in the Waterfall Lounge. You can harness the calming effect of the outdoors in the unique Asian Sensory Garden, featuring an Asian tea house, a picturesque waterfall, calming water features and a koi- filled pond amongst winding paths and stepping stones for a truly enchanting escape from it all. Indulge in something truly unique with the starlit Arabian Rasul or experience the Traditional Hamman suite, where ancient holistic rituals have been perfected. There is no better place to step back from your stresses and succumb to your senses than this decadent spa, which is appointed with top-class leisure facilities including a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, and gymnasium.

    The highly-trained Spa therapists are experts in bespoke therapies, intuitively tailoring every treatment to their guests’ wishes. The diverse treatment range features world-class product houses. For classic therapies harnessing the best of nature’s apothecary, indulge in their Elemis range. For an insight into the transformative power of cosmeceuticals, they offer pioneering Medik8 face and body treatments. Plus, their medi-spa offerings allow guests an introduction to non-surgical cosmetic enhancements in an expert yet relaxing environment.

    Spa by Kasia is the perfect hideaway for a special celebration, a relaxing day-time treat or an indulgent overnight spa break. The spa offers an irresistible selection of indulgent day and overnight spa escapes, which can be tailor-made to suit your desires.

     

     

    Contact Details:

    The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Wrexham Road, Pulford, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 9DG

    Tel:

    01244 572199

    Website

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  20. The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor

    Chester

    The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor invites you to experience a luxurious and tranquil haven in the heart of the historic city of Chester.

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    Treatment rooms at The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor
    A range of treatments available at The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor
    The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor the perfect place for a spa break or spa day treat
    Treatment rooms at The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor
    A range of treatments available at The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor
    The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor the perfect place for a spa break or spa day treat

    Soothe your mind. Pamper your body. Lift your spirit.

    The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor invites you to experience a luxurious and tranquil haven in the heart of the historic city of Chester.

    Immerse yourself in the serenity of our boutique sanctuary in which every detail has been designed to evoke a state of relaxation, vitality and total wellbeing.

    A menu of rituals and treatments is designed to balance mind, body and spirit. Delivered by the skilful hands of our experienced therapists using the finest lotions and potions from our chosen product house, ELEMIS, your unique spa experience will exceed all your expectations.

    Contact Details:

    Eastgate, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LT

    Tel:

    01244 895687

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Go Ape Delamere (53.22961,-2.67854)Cheshire Outdoors (53.22793,-2.60225)4.58
Cheshire Outdoors (53.22793,-2.60225)Blakemere Village (53.22794,-2.60534)0.19
Blakemere Village (53.22794,-2.60534)Lion Salt Works (53.2752,-2.49549)8.11
Lion Salt Works (53.2752,-2.49549)Anderton Boat Lift (53.2745,-2.52763)1.93
Anderton Boat Lift (53.2745,-2.52763)National Waterways Museum (53.28931,-2.89271)21.92
National Waterways Museum (53.28931,-2.89271)The Silk Museum (53.25754,-2.12736)45.97
The Silk Museum (53.25754,-2.12736)Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (53.23385,-2.30407)10.86
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The Danny (53.40063,-2.99277)Tatton Park (53.33615,-2.38866)36.69
Tatton Park (53.33615,-2.38866)Quarry Bank (NT) (53.34415,-2.24985)8.34
Quarry Bank (NT) (53.34415,-2.24985)Lyme (NT) (53.33817,-2.05509)11.67
Lyme (NT) (53.33817,-2.05509)Ness Botanic Gardens (53.27336,-3.04267)59.49
Ness Botanic Gardens (53.27336,-3.04267)The Spa at Carden (53.07298,-2.80758)24.55
The Spa at Carden (53.07298,-2.80758)The Mere Spa (53.33215,-2.40548)35.45
The Mere Spa (53.33215,-2.40548)Spa by Kasia (53.12964,-2.92822)37.35
Spa by Kasia (53.12964,-2.92822)The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor (53.19056,-2.88911)6.54
The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor (53.19056,-2.88911)Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet (53.26362,-2.88124)7.34
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Estimated Journey Time16.77 hours

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