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Accommodation / Events / Maps / Gardens / Heritage / Attractions

Guided Tours / Shopping / Suggested Itineraries

2016/17 Edition

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Book your group visit

to Ness Gardens –

the perfect day out at

any time of year!

Explore one of Wirral’s best-kept

secrets, with 64 acres of stunning

gardens and views across the

Dee Estuary to Snowdonia.

OPEN

7 DAYS

A WEEK!

Group booking prices 2016/17

March-October:

21 visitors or more – £6.25pp.

20 visitors or less – £6.50pp.

November-February:

All sizes of party £4.50pp

The price for any size of party reduces to

£4pp if the booking includes a pre-booked

meal (see our menus online)

Opening times

March-October: 10am-5pm

November-February: 10am-4.30pm

Our details

Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road,

R

Ness, Cheshire, CH64 4AY

Tel 0151 795 6300

nessgdns@liverpool.ac.uk

Group benefits

FREE entry for the

group organiser

FREE guided tour

(which must be booked

in advance)

www.nessgardens.org.uk


Introduction

Welcome to Chester & Cheshire

Chester & Cheshire offers group organisers and

coach operators a fabulous choice of places to

stay and visit.

You can choose from the heritage attractions

of Chester or the magnificent stately homes

and glorious gardens of Cheshire.

Chester, with its unique two-tier Rows

galleries and the most complete City Walls

in Britain, is absolutely ideal for shopping and

sightseeing on foot or by coach, while

Cheshire, with its bustling market towns and

lush landscapes, is a constant delight.

The area is rich in group-friendly attractions

and hotels, who are all dedicated to looking

after your requirements.

Chester Zoo is an award-winning zoo which

is home to over 20,000 animals from across

the world and features their latest exhibit –

Islands, in which groups can embark on a

unique expedition to discover six south-east

Asian islands.

Arley Hall & Gardens is a privately-owned

estate and is an impressive example of a

country house built in the Elizabethan style.

The gardens, which are amongst the finest in

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Britain, are outstanding for their vitality,

variety and historical interest and are

particularly celebrated for the magnificent

double herbaceous border, which is thought

to be one of the first of its kind in England.

There are plenty of ways to explore Chester

& Cheshire too. You can step aboard a river

or canal trip, or take an open-top bus tour

around Chester.

Chester & Cheshire is also a perfect base to

discover the surrounding areas of

Manchester, Liverpool, Wirral and North

Wales – all just a short drive away and rich in

history and heritage with a fascinating mix of

culture and landscapes.

Groups are really important to us and we

look forward to welcoming you to Chester &

Cheshire soon.

For more help planning your visit, please

contact Laura Evans on 01244 405630 or

email groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk for

information or advice.

3 Welcome

4 Discover Chester &

Cheshire

6 Useful Contacts

7 Events

8 Suggested Itineraries

11 Maps/Guided Tours

12-13 Cheshire Gardens

14-15 Favourite Days Out

16-31 What to Do and

Where to Stay

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Discover Chester & Cheshire

Discover Chester & Cheshire

Chester has been welcoming visitors since the Roman Empire built the

Fortress of Deva here 2000 years ago.

The ancient city is truly a breath-taking

experience. Your group will follow where

Roman Legionaries marched to war, Viking

raiders wreaked havoc, a civil war siege took

place and Norman invaders conquered

Anglo-Saxons. Each chapter of history is

etched into the very fabric of the city.

The magnificent Chester Cathedral, located

in the heart of the city centre, was founded

as a Benedictine abbey in 1092 and has a

rich and varied history.

Places to Visit and Things to

Do in Chester & Cheshire

Shopping

Chester has been a major retail centre since

the Middle Ages and sees national chains rub

shoulders with specialist shops. It has the

oldest shop front in England and the

inimitable Rows are over 700 years old and

give you a unique shopping experience. A visit

to Chester during November and December is

a must with the return of the Chester

Christmas Market, where shoppers can

wander around the 70 wooden chalets selling

quality local merchandise and refreshments.

Just outside Chester shoppers will find

discounts galore at McArthur Glen’s

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.

Conveniently located at junction 10, off the

M53, this is the UK’s largest designer outlet,

with over 145 stores selling designer brands

at up to 60% less.

Stately Homes & Gardens

Cheshire is home to magnificent stately

homes and a variety of glorious gardens. The

impressive double Herbaceous Border at

Arley Hall & Gardens is probably the first of

its kind in England, whilst the Hall is an

impressive example of a country house built

in the Elizabethan style.

Tatton Park is a Georgian estate sitting

within 1,000 acres of parkland and includes

mansion, garden, farm, old hall, shops and

“Gardener’s Cottage Tearoom” offering

visitors delicious home-made refreshments.

It is host to the RHS Flower Show each July,

which is a must-visit event for all keen

gardeners and garden enthusiasts.

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is a

fascinating combination of historical,

archaeological and natural beauty. There is a

large Georgian walled garden, woodland

walks, pear orchard, and is home to the

National Collection of Tree Quince. Visitors

can also explore the medieval ruins and

discover 900 years of history in the brand

new museum which opened in August 2016.

Ness Botanic Gardens has stunning views

across the River Dee to North Wales. These

award-winning botanic gardens contain

superb collections for genuine all year round

interest. Onsite there is a well-stocked gift

shop plant sales area where people can buy

interesting plants as well as some grown in

the garden plus a super Garden Kitchen Café

that can cater for group visits. The gardens

run regular events throughout the year.

Information on all of Cheshire’s Gardens of

Distinction can be found on pages 12-13.

Iconic Attractions

The area is rich in iconic attractions. Chester

Zoo is an award-winning Zoo and is the most

visited paid-attraction, outside of London in

the UK. Here groups can discover over 20,000

wonderful animals and 500 different species

including some of the most endangered and

exotic in the world.

Islands, is the largest zoo development ever

seen in the UK. It recreates the amazing

tropical environments of six South East Asian

islands, and makes them yours to explore.

Islands is based on real places and includes

the Lazy River Boat Trip – giving you a

different view of each individual island.

Industrial Heritage

Industrial heritage offers great opportunities

for visits, including the Lion Salt Works, near

Northwich, which re-opened its doors to the

public at the beginning of June 2015

following a major restoration. It is a

fascinating journey through the life of the

country's last open-pan salt making site. Why

not combine a visit to nearby Anderton Boat

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Getting Here

Lift, the world’s first, was built in 1875 to lift

cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver

to the Trent & Mersey Canal. The lift was fully

restored in 2002 and today visitors to the site

can enjoy a boat-trip through the lift and

along the River Weaver Navigation.

Meanwhile, at Weaver Hall Museum and

Workhouse in Northwich, stories are told

about local industry, market towns, transport,

archaeology, and the building’s former history.

The National Waterways Museum, with its

dramatic location on the banks of the Mersey

and the Manchester Ship Canal in Cheshire, is

home to extensive in-door displays, boat trips

and historic buildings. The museum offers a

great day out where time slows down and

history comes to life.

Just 10 minutes’ drive away is Port Sunlight

Village with a museum, gift shop, tearoom,

tours, trails & holiday cottages. Port Sunlight

Village Trust manages this impressive

destination built in 1888 by William Hesketh

Lever, creator of Sunlight Soap.

More information about Cheshire’s

attractions can be found on page 14 - 15

Exploring Chester & Cheshire

There are plenty of ways to explore Chester &

Cheshire. ChesterBoat offer relaxing daily

cruises along the River Dee and The Mill Hotel

Chester, L’eau-t-Cuisine Restaurant Cruiser sails

along the canal and offers a choice of lunch,

In 2017, Chester will unveil it’s new

£37m cultural centre - Storyhouse.

Located in the restored and

converted Grade II-listed Odeon

Building, it will include a new

library, cinema and theatre,

presenting the best of the country’s

touring companies during the

principal touring season.

www.storyhouse.com

dinner or Roman High Tea cruises. For a more

unique experience, Roman Tours offer daily

private walking tours with a Roman Soldier.

Alternatively, blue and green badge tour

guides are available to provide a private tour

just for your group. These can either be taken

on foot or the guide can board your coach.

Stay in Style

In Chester & Cheshire you’ll also find a super

selection of group hotels.

Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen in

Chester offers 4 star excellence. It is

conveniently located opposite Chester

Railway Station and within easy walking

distance of Chester City Centre. As well as

overnight accommodation, groups can

partake in a gourmet experience and dine in

one of the hotel’s restaurants and banqueting

suites.

Meanwhile The Mill Hotel, Spa and

Restaurant is situated directly on the

Shropshire Union Canal and can offer groups

five grades of accommodation depending on

your requirements. The hotel also has a

restaurant and Real Ale Bar, as well as a

Restaurant Cruiser offering lunch, dinner and

high-tea.

Located in the North West of

England, Cheshire is easily

accessible by road, rail and air.

The M6 motorway runs directly

through the county, linking the

north and south. Chester is

accessible from London by rail in

just over 2 hours, whilst overseas

travellers can board direct flights

to Manchester and Liverpool,

both within a short journey from

Cheshire.

There is a new direct train

service operating to and from

Manchester Airport from

Chester.

Virgin Trains offer hourly direct

rail services to and from London

Euston. They offer great rates for

group travel.

For more information go to

www.virgintrains.com/

grouptravel

At a Glance...

Page

Anderton Boat Lift.........................................24

Arley Hall & Gardens ...........................18 - 19

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet ..............23

ChesterBoat......................................................28

Chester Cathedral..........................................29

Chester Zoo .............................................16 - 17

Lion Salt Works................................................26

National Waterways Museum .................25

Ness Botanic Gardens.............Inside Front

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens .......22

Port Sunlight Village

Trust & Museum .............................................27

Roman Tours ...................................................28

Tatton Park.....................................Inside Back

Weaver Hall.......................................................27

Hallmark Hotel Chester,

The Queen ........................................................21

Mill Hotel & Spa ..............................................20

Jones Holidays................................................28

Virgin Trains...............................Outside Back

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Discover Chester & Cheshire

Here to Help

Groups are extremely important to us.

Our experienced team are here to help with

every aspect of your group visit, from

providing suggested themed itineraries to

developing bespoke itineraries which meet

your clients’ exact requirements. Our

dedicated Groups Booking Line can help

take the stress out of booking your

accommodation and meal-stops, and copies

of the FREE Chester Mini Guide can be

provided for your guests on your arrival in

Cheshire (these can either be delivered to

your Chester Hotel or picked up from the

Town Hall Visitor Information Centre in

Chester).

For more information and for a list of

Frequently Asked Questions to help plan

your visit go to

www.visitchester.com/groups.

We want every member of every group to

thoroughly enjoy their time in Chester &

Cheshire. In order to help us achieve that we

work closely with our partners listed

throughout this publication to ensure your

group gets the most out of their visit.

No matter what the season, no matter what

the weather, the age range or special

interests of your group may be, we aim to

make sure that Chester & Cheshire really are

the perfect destination for your clients.

We look forward to welcoming you to

Chester & Cheshire.

Familiarisation Visits

Throughout the year, we run a programme

of Familiarisation Visits to showcase our area

to group organisers. If you would like to

register your interest in attending these

visits, or require any further information or

advice on Chester & Cheshire then please

contact Laura Evans on 01244 405630,

email groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk or

visit www.visitchester.com/groups

Travel Trade Enewsletters

We want to keep in touch with all our clients

and provide them with updates about

developments across Chester & Cheshire so

we produce a quarterly enewsletter

providing the latest news on what’s

happening in our area.

To sign up to receive our travel trade

enewsletter, simply send an email with your

company’s details to

groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk

Meet & Greet

Our Roman Soldier, Town Crier and Civil War

Cavalier are all available to meet your tour

group on arrival in the city or further afield

at any time and give your clients an

unforgettable welcome.

Souvenirs

The Town Hall Visitor Information Centre in

Chester should be your first port of call for

maps, publications and souvenirs. The outlet

stocks a huge range of gifts that will provide

a lasting memento of your clients’ visit to

the city.

Contact for all of these services:

Laura Evans

Tel: 01244 405600

E: groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk

www.visitchester.com/groups

Useful contacts

Chester Visitor Information Centre:

0845 647 7868

welcome@chestervic.co.uk

Nantwich Tourist Information Centre:

01270 628633

tourist.information@nantwichtown

council.gov.uk

Congleton Tourist Information Centre:

01260 271095

congletontic@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Macclesfield Tourist Information Centre:

01625 378123

macclesfieldtic@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Warrington Tourist Information Centre:

01925 444400

information@warrington.gov.uk

Groups Information Line:

01244 405600

groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk

Guided Tours

Liverpool Destination Services

0151 601 5333

email@liverpooldestinationservices.com

liverpooldestinationservices.com

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A Year in Cheshire...

Cheshire is not just a naturally stunning place to visit and explore, it’s also brimming

with a host of exciting events and fun-filled festivals to entertain and amuse

throughout the year. Here are some highlight events which take place every year, for

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Easter

Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival

Chester Racecourse, Chester

Hours of family fun over Easter where everyone

gets a real foodie buzz.

www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk

May - September

Chester Races

Chester Racecourse, Chester

With racing on the site dating back to 1539, Chester

has the oldest racecourse in Britain.

www.chester-races.co.uk

June

Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas

The most dynamic motorsport event, including air

displays and powerboat action, all set within the

stunning grounds of the castle.

www.cpop.co.uk

Bolesworth International

Bolesworth Castle, Chester

Four days of world-class equestrian sport and fun

family attractions and activities.

www.bolesworthinternational.com

Cheshire County Show

Tabley, Knutsford

Large equestrian section, farm livestock classes,

dog shows, flowers, a superb food hall, cheese,

crafts, shoppers mews and country pursuits.

www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk

MBNA Chester Music Festival

Chester Town Hall

World-class artists including Ensemble Deva, a

collective of hugely talented musicians perform a

series of concerts in the beautiful surroundings of

Chester Town Hall.

storyhouse.com

Arley Garden Festival

Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich

The annual festival features Floral, Creative Crafts

and Countryside marquees.

www.arleyhallandgardens.com

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Grosvenor Park, Chester

The finest open air theatre experience outside

London.

www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk

June - August

Chester Town Crier

Public proclamations The High Cross, Chester

12 noon Tues-Sat (10.30am on race days)

www.chestertowncriers.com

July

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Tatton Park, Knutsford

A truly unique day out for all garden lovers.

www.rhs.org.uk

Nantwich Show/International Cheese Show

Dorfold Hall, Nantwich

The historic town of Nantwich sees the return of

its fantastic farming extravaganza.

www.nantwichshow.co.uk

www.internationalcheeseawards.co.uk

September

Nantwich Food & Drink Festival

Nantwich Town Centre

The annual family friendly festival celebrates all

that is wonderful about local produce.

www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk

November - December

Christmas in Chester

Chester City Centre. Join us at this magical time

and visit over 70 chalets selling food, drink, crafts

and more.

www.christmasinchester.com

December

Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo, Chester

Journey through the magical gardens and try out

your lantern making skills.

www.chesterzoo.org/christmas

Winter Watch Parades

Chester City Centre.

Re-enactments of traditional celebrations dating

from the Middle Ages, orchestrated by the Lord of

Misrule!

www.midsummerwatch.co.uk

Christmas at Tatton

Tatton Park, Knutsford

Enjoy another fabulous season of events across

the park.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

Christmas Floral Extravaganza

Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich

Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of fresh flowers

in breathtaking floral decorations around the

historic Hall.

www.arleyhallandgardens.com

Feast of Saturnalia Parade

Chester City Centre

A torch-lit procession led by Roman Legionaries.

www.christmasinchester.com

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Suggested Itineraries

Whether you are planning to visit for a few hours or to stay for longer,

Chester & Cheshire has something to offer every group.

With such a variety of attractions

and events, below are just a small

selection of suggested themed

itineraries to help you make the

most of your visit. More detailed

itineraries can be found at

www.visitchester.com/groups

Alternatively, if you would like help

with planning your own tailormade

itinerary, then please

contact us at

groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk

History & Heritage –

Chester City Centre

Chester is one of Britain’s great heritage

cities, just waiting to be discovered!

• Take a private guided tour of Chester,

where you will discover Chester’s

fascinating history. Tread in the footsteps

of Roman Legionaries and visit the largest

Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, walk the

Roman Walls, step inside Chester

Cathedral and see the Eastgate Clock,

one of the most photographed

timepieces in the world, built to celebrate

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

• Chester has been a bustling shopping

centre for centuries. Visit Chester’s

unique two-tiered shopping galleries The

Rows, which were built over 700 years

ago. Today The Rows are still home to a

variety of shops and sees specialist

designer boutiques rub shoulders with

high street fashion.

• Take a leisurely Boat Ride on the River

Dee. Half-hour up to 2 ½ hour daily

cruises available.

• ‘O Yay! O Yay!’ Town Crier

proclamations take place in Chester at

the High Cross at 12pm on Tuesday –

Saturday between June and August (May

bank holidays also).

Suggested Visit to Chester – Full Day +

Stately Homes & Gardens

From magnificent stately homes to

quintessentially English gardens, Cheshire’s

splendid array of historic houses and

gardens offer visitors the chance to journey

back in time and experience what it would

have been like to actually live and work in

one of these stunning properties.

• Tatton Park, Mansion & Gardens –

Half to Full Day

• Arley Hall & Gardens – Half to Full Day

• Ness Botanic Gardens – Half to Full Day

• Chester Zoo Gardens –

Full Day, (2 hours Gardens only)

• Port Sunlight Village Trust & Museum

Full Day

• Norton Priory Museum & Gardens –

Half to Full Day

Family Fun

Cheshire can be fun at every age, so if your

group is young in age or just young at heart,

they can experience one of the many

activities on offer.

• Anderton Boat Lift Santa Cruises -

Up to Half Day

• Chester Zoo – Full Day

• ChesterBoat – From ½ hour to 2 ½ hour

cruises available daily on the River Dee

• Roman Tours – guided tour approx

1 ½ hours

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Shopping

For those seeking a little “retail therapy”

Cheshire has many shops, stores and

designer boutiques to suit both your style

and pocket:

• Chester City Centre – Full Day +

• Chester Christmas Market – Over 70

chalets selling local and regional gifts,

crafts and produce - 2 hours

• Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet – over

145 stores selling designer labels at up to

60% off the retail price – Full Day

Industrial Heritage

Cheshire is famous for it’s industrial heritage

and here groups can enjoy visits to a whole

host of outstanding heritage attractions:

• National Waterways Museum –

Half to Full Day

• Anderton Boat Lift – Half Day

• Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse –

2-3 Hours

• Lion Salt Works – Half Day

• Port Sunlight Village Trust & Museum –

Full Day

Taste Cheshire

• Chester Food & Drink Festival, Easter

• Foodies Festival , July

• Cheshire Show, June

• Nantwich International Cheese Show,

July

• Nantwich Food & Drink Festival,

September

Events

Cheshire is brimming with exciting annual

events:

• Chester Races –

Half Day

(afternoon or evening evening racing)

• RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – Full Day

• Arley Garden Festival – Full Day

• Bolesworth International – Full Day

• Cholmondeley Pageant of Power –

Full Day +

More events can be found on page 7.

Film & TV

Cheshire has been the backdrop for

many film and TV productions, many you

will have recognised and many you may

not have realised were actually filmed

here. Below are just a small selection of

venues where filming has taken place.

• Tatton Park – Peaky Blinders, Taste of

Britain, Great British Railway Journeys,

The Mill, Coronation Street and many

press adverts

• Arley Hall – Coronation Street,

Evermoor (Disney Production),

Peaky Blinders

• Chester Zoo – “Our Zoo”

(2014 BBC Production), Secret Life of

the Zoo

• National Waterways Museum –

Peaky Blinders

• Port Sunlight – Peaky Blinders,

Antiques Roadshow, Great British

Railway Journeys

More information about productions

which have been filmed in Cheshire can

be found at

www.visitcheshire.com/things-todo/film-and-tv-locations.

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Coach Parking

All coach parking in Chester is now

centralised at the Little Roodee Coach/Car

Park located next to the Grosvenor Bridge,

Chester Castle and the River Dee. There are

fully accessible toilets on site.

It’s a short walk from here to the city centre

but there are convenient drop-off points

located across Chester.

It is open daily all year round apart from

when the Fun Fair takes place there in the

first part of May – during this period coaches

can park free at the Wrexham Road Park and

Ride site on the A483.

Chester to Birmingham – 76 miles

Chester to Liverpool – 20 miles

Chester to Manchester – 40 miles

Chester to York – 110 miles

Chester to Edinburgh – 242 miles

Chester to London – 198 miles

Chester to Llandudno – 47 miles

Chester to Lake District – 107 miles

Virgin Trains offer great rates for group travel. Hourly direct rail services operate to and

from London Euston meaning the city is just a little over two hours from the heart of

the capital. There are also direct links to other UK cities including Liverpool, Manchester

and Birmingham. For more information go to www.virgintrains.com/grouptravel

*All distances are calculated using google maps.

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Guided

Tours for

Groups

Chester & Cheshire offer a comprehensive

range of guided tours to suit your clients’

requirements. All tours are undertaken by

professionally qualified guides.

For more information on the tours available

and to book please contact:

LIVERPOOL DESTINATION SERVICES

E: email@liverpooldestinationservices.com

T: 0151 601 5333

W: liverpooldestinationservices.com

For those groups who are looking for

something fresh, interesting, factual and fun,

award-winning Roman Tours provide guides

dressed in authentic Roman Solider uniforms.

Contact:

ROMAN TOuRS

E: info@romantoursuk.com

T: 01978 761264

W: romantoursuk.com

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The Gardens at Abbeywood are set within a picturesque 45 Acre Estate.

The Herbaceous Main Garden and the Pool, Chapel and Pergola

Gardens, bursting with sensational colour.

Open: All Year (except Christmas & New Year). Sun - Thurs.

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T: 01948 662880 W: combermereabbey.co.uk

Explore 10 acres of restored Walled Gardens, Woodland and Pleasure

Gardens, a rare chance to enter the gates of this privately-owned

historic estate and explore its horticultural splendour.

Open: Gardens open to public on select dates from April -

September. Group and Individual Tours of the House and Gardens

are available. See website for full details.

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Mill Lane, Adlington, Macclesfield SAT NAV: SK10 4LF

T: 01625 827595 W: adlingtonhall.com

One of the finest examples in existence of a Rococo style garden.

With features dating from the 1600s onwards, the follies,

pathways and maze are a joy to behold.

Open: April - September. See website for full details.

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Altrincham, Cheshire SAT NAV: WA14 4SJ

T: 0161 941 1025/0161 942 3989

W: nationaltrust.org.uk/dunhammassey

A Garden for all seasons. Take the meandering paths past swathes of

colourful bulbs, lush borders, a sweeping lawn, a garden full of roses

and one of the largest winter gardens in Britain.

Open: All year round. See website for full details.

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Northwich SAT NAV: CW9 6NA

T: 01565 777353 W: arleyhallandgardens.com

The Gardens are amongst the finest in Britain with the stunning

Herbaceous Border probably the first of its kind in England.

Open: March - October. See website for full details.

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Warrington Road, Glazebury, Warrington, Cheshire

SAT NAV: WA3 5NT

T: 01942 266300 W: bents.co.uk

Bents has evolved into a great day out with a passion for the garden,

exceptional quality plants and expert advice. The adjacent Weeping

Ash Garden completes any visit.

Open: All year (call to confirm opening times prior to your visit).

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T: 01782 517999 W: nationaltrust.org.uk/biddulphgrange

This amazing Victorian garden was created using tunnels, narrow

paths and high hedges to house a collection of plants from around

the world.

Open: All year round (except Christmas).

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Lodge Lane, Dutton SAT NAV: WA4 4HP

T: 01928 713718 W: bluebellcottage.co.uk

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A two acre cottage garden packed with colour and wildlife in a

tranquil canal-side setting.

Open: April – September.

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City Road, Chester, CH1 3AH

T: 01244 305000

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Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield SAT NAV: SK11 9JY

T: 01625 861221 W: capesthorne.com

Dating from 1719, the majestic Capesthorne Hall with its stunning

Jacobean style architecture is set in 100 acres of picturesque parkland,

exquisite gardens and lakes.

Open: Public opening April - October. Can be hired for Weddings

and Corporate Events. Caravan park open from March – October.

See website for full details.

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Warrington, Cheshire SAT NAV: WA4 3DS

T: 01925 213638 W: www.ghwalledgarden.org.uk

Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden was built in the 1830s by Thomas

Parr. It comprises of a kitchen garden, pleasure ground and eight

beautiful glasshouses. Pre-booked group tours of the gardens

available. Open: All year round. See website for full details.

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Malpas SAT NAV: SY14 8ET

T: 01829 720383 W: cholmondeleycastle.com

Romantic, beautiful and wild. Dominated by the castle, the gardens

boast superb collections of Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Magnolias.

A great garden for garden lovers, there are also lakeside walks and

much more. Open: March-October. See website for full details.

Swettenham Village SAT NAV: CW12 2LF

T: 01477 537698 W: tattongardensociety.org.uk

Named after its creator Sir Bernard Lovell, this 28 acre arboretum

boasts over 2500 trees and shrubs, 800 species, 2 National

Collections, a lake and beautiful views across the Dane Valley.

Open: All year round.

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T: 01630 647237 W: dorothyclivegarden.co.uk

Intimate and informal; explore a 12 acre, quintessentially English,

hillside garden which boasts a winter garden, rhododendron filled

quarry with waterfall, edible woodland, rose walk, stunning views of

the surrounding countryside and more.

Open: Daily from 1st April to 30th September. Weekends only

from October to March. See website for details.

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Neston Road, Ness, Cheshire SAT NAV: CH64 4AY

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T: 0151 795 6300 W: nessgardens.org.uk

Explore one of the Wirral’s best kept secrets, with 64 acres of

stunning gardens and views across the Dee Estuary to

Snowdonia. Featuring outstanding collections of rhododendron,

azaleas, Himalayan and Chinese plants. Open: All year round.

Open seven days a week. See website for full details.

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Manchester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire SAT NAV: WA16 OSX

T: 01565 755455 W: fryer-roses.co.uk

Tudor Road, Runcorn SAT NAV: WA7 1BD

T: 01928 569895 W: nortonpriory.org

Tan 98130

Fryer's Roses is a leading and highly regarded garden centre and

restaurant. With over 200 varieties of Fryer's bred roses to choose from,

including award winning varieties of roses, this makes Fryer's Roses an

ideal day out for all the family. Open: All year round.

"The Rose of Distinction"

named for Cheshire's Gardens

of Distinction'

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Georgian walled garden with restored rose walk, fruit and herb

garden. Surrounded by woodland walks and pear orchard. Home

to National Collection of Tree Quince.

Open: All year round.

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23 King George’s Drive, Port Sunlight SAT NAV: CH62 5DX

T: 0151 6446466 W: portsunlightvillage.com

Port Sunlight Museum introduces you to the historic village of Port

Sunlight. Built in 1888 by philanthropist William Hesketh Lever, this Grade

II Listed conservation village offers planned landscapes incorporating

3500 roses, 2000 trees, 54000 yearly bedding plants and 13000 planted

spring bulbs! Open: All year round. See website for full details.

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Styal Road, Wilmslow SAT NAV: SK9 4LA

T: 01625 527468 W: nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank

Picturesque gardens with meandering paths, terraces, riverside

walks and views set against the backdrop of a Georgian Mill.

Open: February – October.

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Scholar Green SAT NAV: ST7 3QP

T: 01270 873237 W: rodehall.co.uk

An early 18th c. country house set in a Repton landscape. Enjoy

Bluebells, Rhododendrons and a two acre walled kitchen garden.

Snowdrop walks throughout February.

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Knutsford SAT NAV: WA16 6SG

T: 01625 374400 W: tattonpark.org.uk

Explore this glorious 50 acre garden developed over 200 years and

including a magnificent Japanese garden. A visit to Tatton includes

1,000 acres of parkland, mansion, farm, shops and restaurants.

Open: All year round.

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T: 01625 584 412 W: nationaltrust.org.uk/hare-hill

A tranquil woodland garden, surrounded by parkland, with a

delightful walled garden at its heart. Stunning rhododendrons,

summer flowering and beautiful white herbaceous border in the

walled garden. Open: March-October.

Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire SAT NAV: ST4 8JG

T: 01782 646646 W: trentham.co.uk

This stunning contemporary revival of a historic garden has made

Trentham Gardens amongst the very best in the UK. Explore our

Capability Brown landscape with its new celebratory plantings.

Open: All year round.

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Disley, Stockport SAT NAV: SK12 2NR

T: 01663 762023 W: nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme

Beautiful 17 acre garden with reflection lake, formal beds, rose

garden and orangery. Set in a deer park with spectacular mansion.

Open: March – October. See website for full details.

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With all our top attractions less than 45 minutes away and welcoming

groups, you will be sure to find your favourite days out in Cheshire!

PORT SUNLIGHT VILLAGE TRUST

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Museum & Garden Village

23 King George’s Drive, Wirral CH62 5DX

T: 0151 644 6466 W: portsunlightvillage.com

Port Sunlight Museum celebrates their 10th Anniversary with a

special exhibition, Port Sunlight in Focus, 1896 - 1916, showcasing

the work of three local photographers capturing life in the early

years! This interactive museum also offers walks, tours and trails

plus tearoom and 4 * holiday cottages.

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South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW

T: 0151 355 5017 W: canalrivertrust. org.uk/national-waterways-museum

With its delightful setting, flotillas of historic boats and displays

housed in fine Victorian buildings, the Museum is a great day out

whatever the weather.

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Neston Road, Ness CH64 4AY. T: 0151 795 6300 W: nessgardens.org.uk

Covering 64 acres of beautiful garden and overlooking the Dee

Estuary, take a relaxing stroll around the garden and indulge yourself

in The Garden Kitchen Cafe, gift shop and garden store.

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Mersey Road, Widnes WA8 0DF

T: 0151 420 1121 W: catalyst.org.uk

Science has never been so much fun!

Home to three hands-on galleries,

over 50 interactive exhibits, a scenic

glass lift as well as Saturday science

clubs, holiday activities and weekend

workshops for all the family!

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Tudor Rd, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1BD

T: 01928 569 895

W: www.nortonpriory.org

Enjoy woodland walks and the

beautiful walled garden all year

round. From the 1st August 2016

you can explore the medieval ruins

and discover 900 years of history

in the brand new museum.

Exciting events all year round.

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T: 01925 444 888 W

With over 80 rides

shows to see each

World theme park

day out. Enjoy Ner

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Puddington Lane, Burton CH64 5SF

T: 0151 353 8478 W: rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands

Explore this vibrant nature reserve on the edge of the Dee Estuary,

complete with superb facilities and home to all kinds of wildlife just

waiting to be discovered.

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Kinsey Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 9JJ

T: 0151 348 5600 W: cheshireoaksdesigneroutlet.com

Located just off J10 of the M53 and 10 minutes from historic Chester,

Cheshire Oaks is the UK's largest Designer Outlet with over 145 stores,

restaurants and cafes.

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Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire CH65 9LF T: 0151 357 8804 W: blueplanetaquarium.com

Get up close to Awesome Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real

scuba divers in our daily feed shows in the Aquatheatre. With one of the

best collections of sharks, fish, frogs, spiders and otters – Blue Planet

Aquarium is the must-see day out for all the family.

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Upton by Chester, Chester CH2 1EU

T: 01244 380 280 W: chesterzoo.org

Every day is an adventure! Discover over 20,000 wonderful animals

and 500 different species, including some of the most endangered

and exotic in the world.

Grosvenor MUSEUM

27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD

T: 01244 972 197 W: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Fascinating displays explore the history of Chester, its art and silver

heritage, and its natural history. Find out about life during the

Roman military occupation and visit the Period House, with rooms

from the 17th century to the 1920s.

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Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester CH1 1SD

T: 01244 325 394 W: chesterboat.co.uk

Enjoy a cruise on the tranquil River Dee. Informative city cruises,

relaxing two hour cruises through rural Cheshire and exciting,

themed evening cruises. Sailing every day from April to October.

A perfect family experience awaits aboard our fleet.

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Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD

T: 01978 761 264 W: romantoursuk.com

Presenting and illuminating the life of a Roman soldier

in Britain, through informative, educational and

interactive experiences for all ages including daily city

tours at 12 & 3pm from the Chester Visitor Information

Centre.

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Mill Lane, Stretton (near Farndon) SY14 7JA

T: 01606 271 640 W: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

See one of the country’s best preserved demonstration

water powered corn mills in action, listen to stories, have

a go at milling grain, work miniature models, wander

around the displays or just relax and enjoy the beautiful

countryside setting. (Open April – September)

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Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Che

T: 0800 133 7000 W: theicecr

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Open 7 days a week, 10am-5.30

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Chapel Lane, Beeston, Nr.

T: 01829 260 464 W: engl

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& Gardens

Northwich CW9 6NA T: 01565 777 353

W: arleyhallandgardens.com

Visit Arley, a place of enormous

character. The Gardens are

celebrated for the magnificent

double herbaceous border. The

Hall is a Victorian country house

built in the Elizabethan style.

Families will enjoy the Adventure

Play Zone and garden trail.

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Flittogate Lane, Tabley, nr Knutsford

WA16 0HJ T: 01565 650 200

W: www.royalcheshireshow.org

North West England’s premier

summertime agricultural show

takes place on June 21st and 22nd.

The show is a celebration of life in

the stunning Cheshire countryside,

its flavours, farming and the

people who make it a great county

to live and work.

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Knutsford WA16 6QN T: 01625 374 400 W: tattonpark.org.uk

In 2016, Tatton Park is celebrating the centenary of Roald Dahl, the

world’s number one storyteller. Magical events based on his bestloved

characters are set to make long-lasting memories at Tatton Park

as his gloriumptious stories are brought to life with fun trails, family

activities, squiffling surprises and treats for everyone.

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Discovery Centre

Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL Sat nav: SK11 9DW

T: 01477 571 766 W: jodrellbank.net

Explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about the

workings of the giant Lovell Telescope! The Discovery Centre is a great

day out for the whole family.

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54 High St, Tarporley CW6 0AG

T: 01829 733 736

W: firestationchocolateshop.co.uk

Fine chocolates including a range made by us,

traditional confectionery and local ice cream are

available from this shop, so often featured on television

and radio, in the delightful village of Tarporley.

French Lane, Hack Green, nr Nantwich CW5 8AL

T: 01270 629 219 W: hackgreen.co.uk

Discover the secret world of underground nuclear

government. Declassified in 1993, the 35,000 sq ft

bunker contains authentic equipment in original

settings to fire the imagination.

Apsley Street, Stockport, Manchester SK1 1JJ

T: 0161 612 4100 W: robinsonsvisitorscentre.co.uk

The Robinsons family have been brewing beer at the Unicorn brewery

in the heart of Stockport for more than 175 years. Pop in to Robinsons

Visit England accredited Visitors Centre and discover the story for

yourself. Robinsons – Bringing Brewing to Life since 1838!

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WEAVER HALL MUSEUM

& Workhouse

162 London Road, Northwich CW9 8AB

T: 01606 271 640 W: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Find out what life was like in this former Victorian workhouse, explore

local history and archaeology from the area and visit our fabulous

Industrial Voices gallery, with its stories of the people of Northwich.

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Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES

T: 01606 271 640 W: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

The Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site,

the last site of its type in the country. Discover how the salt works

operated and the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire’s people, economy

and landscape.

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Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW

T: 01606 786 777 W: canalrivertrust.org.uk/anderton

Enjoy one of the marvels of our canals. Take a river cruise, boat ride

through the lift or simply relax with free entry into our coffee shop,

gift shop and grounds.

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Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2EB

T: 01606 883 261 W: visitblakemere.co.uk

Enjoy a unique day out shopping along with great activities every day

from pottery painting to segways and crazy golf to play barn fun. Stroll

down memory lane in our antiques centres or meet friends in The

Village Restaurant where you can enjoy a meal, snack or afternoon tea

as well as our popular roast carvery every Sunday.

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CHESHIRE SEGWAY

Blakemere Village, Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2EB

Cheshire Falconry - T: 01606 882 223 W: cheshirefalconry.com

Cheshire Segway - T: 01606 888 090 W: cheshiresegway.co.uk

Take up the gauntlet, fly owls, hawks and eagles in the heart of

Cheshire. Experience a Segway 1 hour woodland glide through

our woodland.

Delamere Forest, Linmere, Northwich CW8 2JD

T: 0845 094 9647 W: goape.co.uk/delamere

Live Life Adventurously at Delamere Forest with three fantastic Go

Ape Adventures: Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Go Ape Tree Top

Junior and Go Ape Forest Segway – fun for everyone.

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Group Visits

It is an ideal all year round attraction for group visits

and booking in advance will save 30% for parties of

more than 15 paying visitors. In addition there is a free

place for every 15 booked. Meal vouchers and picnic

Islands

More information:

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Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6NA

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Magnificent Hall

Award-winning Gardens

Gift Shop

The Gardener’s Kitchen

(our new café)

500 years of heritage

Garden Festival 24th & 25th June 2017

Group rates & garden tours available

Parking FREE

Group Organiser and Driver FREE

Meal Voucher for Driver FREE

Contact margaretrj@arleyhallandgardens.com

www.arleyhallandgardens.com/group-visits

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“Chester’s Complete Hotel & Leisure Venue”

Situated on the Shropshire Union Canal,

just 5 minutes walk away from Chester

City Centre.

• 132 bedrooms, in six grades of

accommodation.

• All rates include Full English/

Continental Buffet Breakfast

• Free WiFi/cabled Internet throughout

the Hotel.

• Canaletto Restaurant

• L’eau-t Cuisine Restaurant Cruiser

• Rialto Wine & Dine

• Conference Facilities

• Gym, Aerobics Studio, 60ft Swimming

Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna & Steam Room

• Hair & Beauty Spa

A fantastic new dining area serving

a range of bar meals, sandwiches

and a fantastic selection of drinks

from the cocktail & prosecco bar

and adjacent Real Ale Bar serving

up to 30 different Real Ales weekly.

RESTAURANT CRUISER

ROMAN HIGH TEA CRUISES

1 hour afternoon cruise with tea/coffee,

sandwiches and cakes. Reaching parts of

Chester that other transport does not

have the privilege to reach, with narrative

DVD and a Roman Soldier guide. £10 per

child, £12 per adult.

LUNCH & DINNER CRUISES

2 1/2 hour Lunch or Dinner Cruise

travelling through 2 locks 4 Courses

and coffee. Lunch from £19.50 Dinner

from £25.

CANALETTO RESTAURANT

LUNCH

3 Course Lunch and Coffee from £14pp

AFTERNOON TEA sandwiches, cakes,

scones, teas & Coffee £13pp

DINNER

2 course Dinner from £17, Dine &

Dance every Friday and Saturday

Evening from £25

FREE COACH PARKING ON

REQUEST

ROMAN BREAKS

A Fantastic 2 night Roman inspired

weekend package break including:

• 2 Nights Bed & Breakfast

• Roman High Tea Cruise

• A Roman Feast Dinner with live

cabaret and Dancing

• Tickets to Chester Cathedral or

Dewa Roman Experience

• Award winning Roman Sausage

and Mash Lunch

• A Roman Walking

Tour

• Dine & Dance: 3

course Meal & Coffee

£175.00 Per Adult

£100.00 Per Child

under 14 years

“TOP OF THE MILL” SUITE

A perfect venue for meetings,

conferences, training courses, gala

dinners and private functions,

offering space for up to 100

conference delegates or private dining

for 80.

The Dual aspect and large south facing

windows maximise the use of natural

light throughout the day and in the

evening as the sun goes down mood

lighting comes into play providing

coloured light to accentuate most

party themes.

3 course Lunch from £18.00pp

3 course Dinner from £25.00pp

Wedding Breakfast £45.00pp

Package

Milton Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 3NF

TELEPHONE: 01244 350035 FAX: 01244 345635

www.millhotel.com email: reservations@millhotel.com

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FASHION LOVERS CAN ENJOY THE PERFECT

DAY OUT AT CHESHIRE OAKS.

Just 15 minutes from picturesque Chester, visitors will

find designer brands for up to 60% less all year round.

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is the region’s must-visit

fashion destination, offering over 145 designer brands

plus cafés, restaurants and tax free shopping.

EXTRA

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Group members will

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OUR BRANDS

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for Trip Boat & Coffee

Shop for groups of 12

or more. Plus free

coach driver admission

& refreshments

Cheshire’s

Award Winning Attraction

Cream Tea

£3.95pp*

Lunchtime Special

£6.95pp*

Bacon Rustic Roll

& a Regular

Hot Drink

£3.95*

*discounted group rate

Nestled in the heart of Cheshire, between the Weaver Navigation and the Trent &

Mersey Canal, the Anderton Boat Lift is an ideal attraction for groups, whether

on a day trip, short break or simply as an alternative to motorway services.

Board our fully accessible, glass covered trip boat where our live lift

commentary will take you into the heart of the lift and illuminate the engineering.

Meet and greet service available.

For opening times and prices please visit

canalrivertrust.org.uk/anderton-boat-lift

or telephone 01606 786777

Anderton.Lift

@AndertonLift

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Step inside the imposing

Northwich Union Workhouse

• Recreated Victorian schoolroom

• Workhouse master’s sitting room

• Guardians boardroom

• Industrial Voices gallery

• Original artefacts

• Explore local history and

archaeology

• Gift shop

• Coffee shop

Special rates for group bookings.

www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

London Road, Northwich

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will explore the life and work of three local photographers who contributed

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visitchester.com/groups

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Experience Chester

with a Roman soldier

A fascinating journey in the footsteps of Leg

XX.v.v (20th legion)

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An award winning experience for people

who like something fresh, interesting,

factual and fun.

Specialists in tailored group tours for all ages

available all year

Enquiries and bookings

www.romantoursuk.com

Tel 01978 761264 Mob: 07885 403485

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CHESTER

CHRISTMAS MARKET

christmasinchester.com

The ideal destination

for groups

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Come and spend

the day with us--

and experience an award winning destination

for the whole family

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Experience Christmas in Chester with great shopping, festive

parades, fantastic family events and wonderful Christmas

Market, which focuses on local and regional treats and gifts,

delicious food and drink and a Real Ale Bar.

MEET AND GREET OUR BIRDS OF PREY

HELP BUILD OUR LEGO CATHEDRAL

More information about the market, including coach parking

map, events and activities taking place in and around the city

during this time is available on the website

www.christmasinchester.com

For further details on bringing your group to Chester,

please contact Laura Evans on 01244 405630 or email

l.evans@marketingcheshire.co.uk

(*Pre-booking of your coach is not required during this

time, however if you are intending to visit the market

please do contact us and we can ensure you receive

all updates).

TAKE THE AWARD WINNING TOWER TOUR

There really is something for everyo

ne. Take a free tour of

the building with one of our expert guides, eat and drink in our

thirteenth century monk’s dining hall, enjoy our exhibitions

and catch a choral service sung by one of our cathedral choirs.

O pening times: January to March 9.00am – 5.

00pm

April to December 9.00am – 6.00pm

Contact us: General enquiries 01244 324756

Box office: 01244 500959

w ww.chestercathedral.com

BEAUTIFUL GIFTS TO INSPIRE YOU

2015 certificate of

excellence

Business s Awards - Winner

Large Visitor Attraction 2015

Winner

Best Northwest Tourism

and Leisure Project

Welcome to Chester

The Official Chester Visitor Information Centre is the ideal

starting point for your visit.

#bigchesterchristmas

Services include:

Maps, guides and Chester souvenirs • Gift Shop • Box Office for

Festivals & Shows • Tickets for attractions including City

Sightseeing Tours, Chester Boat, Chester Zoo, Chester Heritage

Tours, Busy Bus Tours of North Wales and Guided Walking Tours

Accommodation Bookings • National Express Ticket Agency

Town Hall Square, Chester, CH1 2HJ

Tel: 01244 405340

www.visitchester.com

*Dates subject to change

Open Daily: Summer: 9am-5.30pm, 10am-5pm (Sun & Bank Hols).

Winter: 9.30am - 4.30pm, 9am - 5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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Discover Chester & Cheshire

Make Cheshire your base!

Chester and Cheshire is the perfect base to discover the popular bordering

destinations of North Wales, Wirral, Liverpool and Manchester.

North Wales

Cross the border from Chester and groups

can discover North Wales, with its rich

history and heritage and its fascinating mix

of landscapes.

Located within an easy drive-time, popular

choices with groups include Llandudno, with

its Victorian promenade, pier and delightful

shops. The nearby walled towns of Conwy

and Caernarfon offer groups the chance to

step back in time and visit the magnificent

castles, which were built to protect from

enemy invasion. The streets here are

adorned with quaint cafés selling freshly

brewed coffee and home-made cakes.

www.gonorthwales.co.uk

Liverpool

With world-class music, breathtaking

architecture and groundbreaking art,

Liverpool will always be a European cultural

capital.

Few cities hold as many surprises as

Liverpool. Irreplaceable and irresistible, it’s

more than just a city – it’s a whole region of

unforgettable experiences waiting for your

group to discover.

Winner of The Coach Tourism Awards 2015

- Coach Friendly Destination of the Year,

Liverpool is a firm favourite with groups.

www.liverpooltraveltrade.com

Wirral

Close to Chester is the Wirral Peninsula.

With 50 miles of beautiful, rural walks,

breath-taking coastline, award-winning

accommodation and fantastic places to eat

and drink, it makes a great stop for groups

on their visit to the North West.

Located between the Dee and Mersey

Estuaries, Wirral offers stunning views over

the Welsh hills on one side and the

spectacular Liverpool skyline on the other;

wherever you choose to visit in the Wirral

you will never be too far from the water and

spectacular coastal scenery.

www.visitwirral.com

Manchester

Manchester is one of the most vibrant cities

in the UK, offering award-winning

attractions, exciting nightlife, superb

shopping and spectacular events. Served by

excellent air and rail links, Manchester is the

perfect gateway to the UK and Europe.

www.visitmanchester.com/traveltrade

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Yours

to explore...

Mansion Gardens Farm

Tudor Old Hall Parkland

Stableyard restaurants and shops

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN,

www.tattonpark.org.uk 01625 374416

Photo: Derry Moore

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