Places of Interest
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was founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago and much of the Roman influence remains; Chester’s walls are the most complete in Britain and the city is home to the country’s largest Roman amphitheatre. One of the many highlights of the city are the ‘Rows’, double decked Tudor style shops which are unique to Chester. The city is also home to a 1,000 year old cathedral, founded as a Benedictine monastery, Britain’s oldest racecourse and of course, Chester Zoo, renowned for its animal welfare and rare breeding programmes.
was founded by the Saxons and developed mostly by the Tudors, which is evident from the abundance of half timbered buildings and quirky street names, such as ‘Butcher Row’ and ‘Fish Street’. The River Severn forms an almost perfect loop around the town and endless boutiques and independent shops are tucked away in the ‘shuts’, medieval alleyways which criss-cross the town centre. Tucked behind the church on Dogpole is The Parade, once the Royal Shrewsbury Infirmary and where Charles Darwin’s father practised as a doctor. Through its ionic columned entrance, it houses 30 independent shops along its quaint Victorian corridors. The town is the venue for the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show, which is the oldest flower show in the world.
takes its name from its founder, St Collen, a 7th century saint. Attractions include Llangollen Motor Car and Motor Cycle Museum, which houses a nostalgic collection of cars and bikes dating from 1912 to 1975 and Llangollen Heritage Railway, which is the only standard gauge heritage railway in north Wales. The town is also home to the International Eisteddfod, the Welsh festival of literature, music and song.
sits at the confluence of the rivers Dane and Weaver and is renowned for its historic connections with salt and the chemical industry, much of which is documented in the Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse. An interesting feature of the town is the two swing bridges, Town and Hayhurst, spanning the river Weaver, both built in the late 19th century and the first electrically powered swing bridges in the UK. Just a few minutes walk from the town centre, the Northwich Woodlands and Marbury Country Park provide over 350 hectares of vibrant and accessible parkland.
known locally as ‘Beartown’, is a historic market town with plenty of attractions to offer, such as the iconic Little Moreton Hall, with its drunkenly reeling south front, Elizabethan long gallery, cobbled courtyard, Great Hall and stunning gardens, complete with maze. Take a stroll in Congleton Park, recently restored to its former Victorian splendour, browse the myriad of shops or relax in one of the town’s many bars and restaurants.
Cholmondley Castle Gardens
The beautiful romantic Gothic style castle overlooks 50 acres of stunning ornamental gardens and 670 acres of historic parkland. The garden is a delight at all times of year, from its huge drifts of spring daffodils to the blaze of autumn colour that sweeps through the garden in October.