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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cheshire Attractions

Whatever makes a great day out for you, you’ll find it in Cheshire. The beauty of the county – aside from its aesthetic appeal – is that there is so much packed into a small space… so whichever of the area’s towns or villages you choose to stay in, you won’t be far from the key attractions.

World of discovery

The attractions in Cheshire certainly offer the chance to expand your mind – but few more so than Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, where you can walk around the base of the telescope and learn about the secrets of the universe; or even just explore its 35 acres of gardens with perfect playground and picnic areas. 

Alternatively you can learn more about the area’s traditions in attractions such as: Quarry Bank Mill, which is one of the best preserved textile mills of the industrial revolution; or at Tatton Park, where you can explore Tatton’s gardens, which are almost a collection of gardens within a garden.

Museums aren’t hard to find either. Perhaps the highlight among them is the National Waterways Museum, with its delightful waterside setting and collection of historic boats and fascinating displays. Other museums across Cheshire include: the Grosvenor Museum, which offers a picture of Roman Chester; the Silk Museum: Paradise Mill, which gives you an idea of working conditions during the 1930s; Norton Priory Museum and Gardens in Runcorn; Congleton Museum, which delves into local history; and the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre that manages to make science appealing and fun for all the family.

County of contrasts

Cheshire is certainly a county of contrasts because it offers a wealth of historic and religious attractions; alongside some brilliant family fun venues.

For those with an eye for culture, head to the magnificent Chester Cathedral; or the stunning views of Beeston Castle. Arley Hall and Gardens has been home to the same family for 250 years; while Cholmondeley Castle has extensive ornamental gardens dominated by a romantic Gothic Castle.

Compare this then to the family fun available – at places like the Go Ape High Wire Forest Adventure in Delamere Forest; the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre; or the Blue Planet Aquarium with over 50 exhibits from around the world. However, perhaps the highlights are Chester Zoo (pictured) with 110 acres and more than 7,000 animals to explore; and Gulliver’s World theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions to keep children occupied all day long.

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