Group trip planner
A guide for organising
a group outing on the
Mid Cheshire Line
Travelling by train on the Mid Cheshire Line –
information for schools and groups
Thinking about organising a trip out? Wondering where to go and how to get there? Fancy taking
your group on the train but not sure how to go about it? If so then read our frequently asked
questions and trip planner guide below.
Frequently asked questions
1. We’re thinking of travelling by train – there will be eight of us – can we get a discount?
Group travel discounts apply to groups of 10 or more - however smaller groups may benefit
from other Northern Rail tickets such as DUO tickets or Rail Ranger and Rover tickets.
2. There are 10 or more in our group – can we claim the group travel discount?
Yes if you meet certain criteria.
3. What are the criteria for obtaining group travel discount?
The discount is subject to availability and may not be available if other groups are already
booked on to the train.
Groups of up to 35 in total can normally be accommodated.
Tickets must be booked through the Group Travel service on 0845 1243345 as local ticket
offices cannot give group discount if you turn up to buy tickets from them.
Travel must be undertaken outside peak times so after 9.30am and not between 4pm and 6pm.
Group travel can be booked well in advance of your planned trip but the Group Travel
Service requires at least seven days notice of your intention to travel in order to process your
request and send out tickets.
4. What is the discount for groups?
Subject to availability and eligibility, the discount is normally 26% off standard adult and child
fares. For groups of 10 or more booked through the Group Travel Service 16 and 17 year olds
qualify for child fares.
5. Our group wants to travel at the weekend – does the same criteria apply as during the week?
Yes, but there are no peak travel time restrictions at weekends.
6. One of our group is in a wheelchair – do we need to tell you?
Yes, please tell us when you book if your group has any special needs so we can make the
7. We are a group of 10 or more travelling at short notice – can we claim a group travel
No – the group travel discount can only be claimed through the Group Travel Service who
require seven days notice.
Groups can travel on Northern services at short notice but won’t receive a group travel
8. We are a group of 10 or more travelling at peak times – can we claim a group travel discount?
No – discounts are only available through the Group Travel Service who will book you on to an
off-peak service to avoid over-crowding.
Mid Cheshire attractions by train
From Chester station
The Grosvenor Museum has Chester's biggest collection of local and international history
including Roman tombstones and the world of Charles Kingsley, the famous naturalist of
Victorian Chester. The Museum also has some of the finest collections in the North West –
enjoy the paintings, sculpture and furniture in the Art Gallery.
Visit 20 Castle Street, a town house which shows home life from the 17th century to the
1920s; including a Victorian kitchen, a Georgian drawing room, a nursery and even a fully
fitted Edwardian bathroom!
All groups must be pre-booked and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Weekdays between 10.30am and 2.30pm can be busy with school groups.
01244 402033 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chester Cathedral has a rich and fascinating heritage. It is a living
community of prayer and worship, a centre of excellence in Church
Music, and plays a key role for the Christian community across Chester,
the Wirral and Cheshire.
The Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, with a history spanning
almost two thousand years. According to legend, a prehistoric Druid
temple existed on this site, which was succeeded by a Roman temple
dedicated to Apollo. When Christianity became the state religion of
Rome in the fourth century AD, the pagan temple may have become a
Groups are requested to book in advance and avoid service times.
Please telephone Cathedral Visits on 01244 500958.
Educational groups are welcome at the Cathedral but must book ahead. The Cathedral
offers a variety of tours which cover areas of the National Curriculum and locally agreed RE
syllabi. A variety of craft workshops are also on offer. These can be tailor made and
adapted for different ages and abilities.
01244 500957 email@example.com
From Mouldsworth station
Mouldsworth Motor Museum
Enjoy “a century plus of motoring history and memorabilia” at Mouldsworth Motor Museum
situated on Smithy Lane, Mouldsworth, CH3 8AR just a mile from the station.
Groups and schools are welcome but need to book in advance.
From Delamere station
Delamere Forest Park
The Mid Cheshire Line runs through the forest and the station is just a ten minute stroll from the
visitor centre. Catch the train to Delamere station to enjoy miles of free walks through the forest
and beyond, go orienteering or hire a bike and tackle the challenging bike trails.
You can also get up high and appreciate the forest from the tree line by “Going Ape”
goape.co.uk. There are refreshments at Linmere Visitor Centre or in the Delamere station café on
At Delamere Forest, there is a wide range of ranger-led interactive educational programmes and
activities for schools and other groups including cubs, brownies and birthday parties. To find out
more about the range of activities on offer, bookings and costs please contact Helena Perry.
01606 884936 firstname.lastname@example.org
From Knutsford station
Tatton Park Mansion is just over a mile walk through Tatton
Park estate from the station. Visit the Neo-Classical
Mansion, explore 50 acres of Gardens, Tudor Old Hall, the
Tatton Park working Farm and 1000 acres of parkland.
Group rates are available to pre- booked groups of 12
people or more and represent a 20% saving off the normal
For Group Bookings: 01625 374416 or Tatton@cheshireeast.gov.uk
Tatton has an extensive educational programme for schools and colleges, including Living History
sessions, Hands-On History Days that give children an experience of everyday life from the Anglo-
Saxon period to World War II. Site Study Tours which cover all stages from Foundation to A-level
and Environmental Days which are science and geography-based educational programmes
‘Playing Up’ offers imaginative activities in English and English Literature within a heritage
environment. To book or discuss a visit contact the Education Bookings line on 01625 374428
01625 374400 email@example.com
Knutsford Heritage Centre and Tapestry
The Heritage Centre welcomes group visits and can provide a range of
activities, catering for groups up to 45. Group visits can be made available
during the day or evening and can include various activities including a talk
about the Tapestry and guided tours around Knutsford.
01565 650 506 www.knutsfordheritage.co.uk
From Altrincham station
Silver Blades Altrincham caters for all disciplines; general skating for newcomers, figure skating,
ice hockey, and speed skating for the experienced. There is hot food in the café area and a
warm cafe bar to relax in. The rink is home to the Manchester Phoenix Hockey team.
08700 882929 firstname.lastname@example.org
From Hale station
Dunham Massey is set in a magnificent deer park and
gardens. This Georgian house tells the story of the owners
and the servants who lived here. In winter visit the
beautiful Winter Garden especially planted to highlight
the best of winter plants and shrubs.
The property is approximately two and a half miles from
either Hale or Altrincham stations and can be reached
by interesting routes of varying lengths, for more
information visit midcheshirerail.org.uk/station/hale/
Group visits - average length three hours, introductory talks, guided tours and out of hours tours
(additional charge) can be arranged. Please pre-book all group visits direct with Dunham
Massey. Group bookings are not accepted at weekends or during school holidays.
0161 941 1025 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
From Stockport station
There is a free shuttle bus operating around the town that stops at the railway station and can
help you access Stockport attractions.
Hat Works is the UK’s only museum dedicated solely to the hatting industry,
hats and headwear. The museum focuses on the development of the
industry from its humble beginnings to the mass production of the early 19th
century. There is a recreated factory floor with an extensive collection of
working machinery and a reconstructed hatter’s cottage. There is also a
café and gift shop.
Groups are welcome (there is a small charge for each person) - tours are
led by expert demonstrators who will share their knowledge and give an
insight into the processes involved in producing a hat. Learn about the
cottage industry and enjoy demonstrations with original working Victorian-style machinery.
Tours can be customised. There is also a large hat gallery with a collection of over 400 hats from
around the world, including celebrity hats and a top hat reputed to be the tallest in the world.
0161 355 7770 www.hatworks.org.uk
Staircase House shows life through the centuries from 1460 to
WWII and is an opportunity to learn how people used to live and
how society and attitudes have changed over time. There is
also a gift shop and café.
The house is set in the heart of Stockport’s historic market place
and boasts an intriguing array of rooms linked by corridors and
narrow passages. The bedroom boasts a seventeenth century
four poster bed, there’s a two hundred year old table in the
eighteenth century dining room, an authentic busy kitchen, and some historic lighting in the
Group visits are possible both inside and outside regular opening hours. There are audio tours or
guided tours, with refreshments if required.
Schools and educational groups are welcome. Children can experience the unique
atmosphere of the historic house and engage with the past in the sessions available for various
Key Stage subjects. For more information contact the Formal Learning Team on 0161 474 4449
to discuss content and availability.
0161 218 1460 www.staircasehouse.org.uk
Stockport Air Raid Shelters
The Air Raid Shelters allow visitors to step back in time and experience life
in the shelters in World War 2. There is a network of tunnels nearly a mile
long that gave shelter for 6500 people, see the bunk beds, the warden’s
post and the 16 seater toilets!
Groups are welcome and can be guided or self guided (prices vary) –
visit the website or contact the Shelters directly. Educational visits can be
organised by contacting the Heritage Education Service on
0161 474 4449.
0161 474 1940 email@example.com
From Manchester Piccadilly
The Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum is home to one of the largest and most
important collections of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the United
Kingdom. The collection includes objects from prehistoric Egypt
(c. 10,000 BC) to the Byzantine era, up to around AD 600.
Groups are welcome but need to book in advance – contact the front
desk on 0161 275 2648.
The museum also offers sessions on topics related to the National
Curriculum for young people.
With over 4 million objects in its collection, reflecting all life on earth.
Speak to the Learning team on 0161 275 2630.
Every Tues & Thurs, 12 noon - 1pm Zoology students from The University of
Manchester offer free tours of the Vivarium to share their knowledge of
the animals and highlight the conservation and education work that the Museum and University
0161 275 2634 www.museum.manchester.ac.uk
Manchester Art Gallery
The collection is made up of fine art and decorative art. The gallery is probably most famous for its
Pre-Raphaelite paintings but all periods are covered, from ancient
pottery to contemporary art.
Groups are welcome and don’t need to book ahead. Group talks
can be arranged, however these need to be booked and there is a
The schools and colleges team offer a programme of activities and
learning opportunities from early years to further education colleges.
For more information please contact: 0161 235 8842
0161 235 8888 www.manchestergalleries.org
More details on Mid Cheshire Line attractions and train times can be found at
midcheshirerail.org.uk and northernrail.org
This leaflet has been produced by the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership
in association with Northern Rail.
The information in this leaflet is correct at the time of going to print in March 2012.