Group trip planner - The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership

Group trip planner - The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership

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

necessary arrangements.

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

Grosvenor Museum

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


Chester Cathedral

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

Christian church.

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

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.

01928 731781

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” There are refreshments at Linmere Visitor Centre or in the Delamere station café on

the platform.

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

From Knutsford station

Tatton Park

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

admission rates.

For Group Bookings: 01625 374416 or

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

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

From Altrincham station

Ice Rink

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

From Hale station

Dunham Massey

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

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

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

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

Staircase House

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

tallow room.

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

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

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


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


More details on Mid Cheshire Line attractions and train times can be found at and

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.

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