Whether you are after a rural, outdoorsy escape or a history-filled city break, there are plenty of things to do in Cheshire.
The county has a scattering of picturesque little towns and villages to discover. What’s more, it’s home to one of England’s most attractive cities. There are numerous National Trust properties to visit, a labyrinth of stunning waterways to explore and it’s a gateway to the Peak District, with some amazing hikes on its doorstep.
So without further ado, here are 8 things to do in Cheshire:
Drenched in history, Chester is a delightful city to amble around. Like York, it is surrounded by an extensive Roman-built wall, which you can walk the length of and take in the many sights along the way.
Chester’s cathedral is a magnificent building and dates back 1000 years. The city is fairly unique for its ‘Rows’ and these two-levelled arcades remain in their original black and white half-timbered Tudor style.
Marvel at Little Moreton Hall
The wonderfully crooked Little Moreton Hall practically defies gravity. Cared for by the National Trust, it is located just a short drive southwest of Congleton. The iconic Tudor Manor House comes complete with a picturesque moat and manicured gardens, as well as a delightful cafe.
Explore the waterways
For something a little different, perhaps you could hire a boat to explore Cheshire. The county is home to the Cheshire Ring; a 97 mile stretch with 92 locks to negotiate along the way.
It takes around a week to complete. Moreover, you’ll get to enjoy a number of canal features along the way, such as, aqueducts, tunnels, historic town centres and the beautiful Cheshire countryside.
Check out my blog post, 10 Reasons to Have a Canal Boat Holiday for more inspiration.
Take a hike
One of my favourite things to do in Cheshire is hike. Skirting the edge of the Peak District, there are an abundance of beautiful and varied walks in the county.
These walks have taken me through quaint villages steeped in history, along ridges boasting panoramic views as far as the eye can see, across lush, rolling pastures, into eerie ravines and amongst dense forests.
Some of my favourites include the Cloud at Bosley, Beeston Castle and the Bickerton Hills. Read all about them and more here: 9 Stunning Cheshire Walks.
Grab a scoop at Snugburys
Snugburys is an award-winning ice cream shop located just outside of the town Nantwich. They sell upwards of 50 flavours of ice cream and sorbet, including vegan options (to my delight). They are also famous for showcasing enormous sculptures in their field, drawing thousands of visitors every year.
See the deer at Dunham Massey
Based in Altrincham, Dunham Massey is a National Trust Georgian house with an all-season garden and 192.7 acre deer park. Most importantly, some 31,000 trees have been planted in the pasture-woodland of Dunham Park since the early 18th century.
The park is the perfect place for a stroll and to spot wildlife. A herd of fallow deer have been present on the grounds for hundreds of years.
Discover Lyme Park
Lyme Park is a large estate managed by the National Trust. Surrounded by 1400 acres of gardens, moorland and deer park, the house is famous for its appearance in Pride and Prejudice.
As a county, Cheshire is mostly rural and home to a number of attractive little market towns and quaint villages. Visiting Cheshire is an adventure in itself. It’s the perfect place to explore if you are looking for a more peaceful and laid-back getaway.