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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Our guide to the best attractions locally, there really is something for everybody!

Chester

Chester

Visit Chester! Its bewitching beauty and unique atmosphere make Chester one of Britain's most popular places for an unforgettable short break

The ancient city is a truly breathtaking experience. Each chapter of Chester’s history is etched into the very fabric of the city. Well, you are walking where Roman Legionaires marched to war, Viking raiders wreaked havoc and Norman invaders conquered Anglo Saxons.

Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old Cathedral with Europe’s finest example of medieval carvings – and of course the one and only 700 year old Rows galleries where shopping is a double delight.

You’ll find stores galore offering the hottest fashion in Chester all set against a background of unique treasures of antiquity and a vibrant cafe culture where outdoor dining and people watching go hand in hand.

Cheshire Oaks

Cheshire Oaks

Shop 'til you drop

Cheshire Oaks is the UK’s largest Designer Outlet with a quarter-million square feet of retail space, comprising more than 140 boutiques, restaurants and cafes. The Designer Outlet has a wide range of stores, offering something to suit every taste. Highlights range from athletic labels, like Nike and Adidas, and high-street favourites, like Marks & Spencer and Next, to a selection of iconic fashion brands, including Burberry, Polo, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss.

Oulton Park

Oulton Park

Vroom Vroom

Built into the natural contours of the Cheshire countryside, Oulton Park’s combination of stunning scenery and spectacular racing make it one of the most picturesque and best-loved circuits for spectators and competitors alike.

Over more than 60 years it has gathered a reputation as the country’s toughest test for both car and driver.

The venue remains as popular as ever with fans thanks to the superb views of the circuit from the extensive spectator banking. Crowds of up to 35,000 regularly visit the circuit for the annual round of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship. The Cheshire venue also hosts two rounds of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and the ever-popular British F3/GT event.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

There’s over 20,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens to explore

A visit to Cheshire isn’t complete without a trip to the UK’s number one zoo. Chester Zoo is home to over 20,000 endangered and unusual animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens. With over 500 different animal species in our 125 acres, you’re sure to have great day out full of adventure discovering and learning more about the incredible animals and plants.

Why not make a meal of your visit and stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants, cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo – there is even a pub! From classic family friendly dishes, to tasty street food and authentic South East Asian inspired dishes.

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Go Ape!

Go Ape!

Go Ape at Delamere Forest has activities for adventurers of all ages

Young children over 1m tall will have the best day out tackling Treetop Adventure.

For children above 1.2m and over 6 years old, why not try Treetop Adventure Plus which offers more thrills and challenging crossings.

Treetop Challenge is for older children, teens and adult adventurers, but this is a high one – 12 metres up and the stunning views are worth it.

Prefer to stick to the forest floor? No worries! There are numerous walking trails to enjoy the forest and their all-terrain Forest Segway experience is one you’ll never forget!

Delamere Forest Activities & Days Out | Go Ape

 

Blue Planet Aquarium

Blue Planet Aquarium

Blue Planet Aquarium is a marine and freshwater aquarium located by the Cheshire Oaks retail and leisure complex in Ellesmere Port.

Blue Planet Aquarium is a marine and freshwater aquarium located by the Cheshire Oaks retail and leisure complex in Ellesmere Port. View Europe’s largest collection of sharks through their captivating 71-metre underwater tunnel – you can even swim with them! That’s right, they offer shark-dive experiences for swimmers of various levels and ages. (Find more information on their shark-dives here.)

They’re also home to over 100 living displays and thousands of marine creatures from around the world, so you’re bound to find something fun for the whole family!

blueplanetaquarium.com

ABBEY WOOD & GARDENS

ABBEY WOOD & GARDENS

The perfect outdoor space in Cheshire

If you are looking for days out in Cheshire, then Abbeywood Gardens has lots to offer including acre upon acre of woodland. 6 acres of informal and formal gardens, all different and distinctive in their own right, plus you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere in their Garden Café which serves fine foods for your enjoyment.

Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre

Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre

Learn all about the Shire horse, from its history carrying knights in armour to the important stud work today, ensuring the future of this magnificent breed. 

Set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre has lots to see and do to make your visit interesting and enjoyable. You can learn all about the Shire horse, from its history carrying knights in armour to the important stud work today, ensuring the future of this magnificent breed.

01829 760 506

cotebrookshirehorses.co.uk

 

Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest

A shady oasis in the midst of the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain

5 minutes drive down the road, you’ll find easy-going trails for all abilities, a hike to admire the view across to Liverpool’s famous skyline, orienteering courses for all abilities or a bit of peace and quiet to watch the wildlife by the lake.

If you would rather get a bird’s eye view of the forest, treat your group to an outdoor adventure at Go Ape! If heights aren’t your thing, they also have Segway and mountain bike hire available. Delamere has something for everyone!

Blakemere Village

Blakemere Village

Blakemere Village is a family-run attraction, home to a unique collective of independent shops and activities.

Blakemere Village is a family-run attraction, home to a unique collective of independent shops and activities, including Segway and award-winning Birds of Prey experiences, a craft workshop, children’s trails, plus food and drink outlets, all set in the heart of Cheshire. The village is free to enter and offers free parking.

Blakemere Village hosts the popular annual Gin & FizzFest as well as the Magical Woodland outdoor experience with dazzling lighting and supreme sound in the depths of Cheshire woodland.

Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank

Discover a new world

Humans have always looked up at the skies and marvelled at the sun, moon, planets and stars, in an attempt to understand our own sense of place, and purpose, here on earth. For over 75 years, Jodrell Bank has been at the forefront of that quest for understanding and at the heart of ground breaking discoveries and world-leading research.

Jodrell Bank’s inspirational story includes revolutionary scientific discoveries, amazing feats of engineering, the dawn of the Space Age and the creation of the Grade I listed Lovell Telescope, an icon for science and engineering. Today Jodrell Bank Observatory is owned and managed by the University of Manchester and is a world-leading science research institute, with scientists working at the cutting edge of modern astrophysics.

The Ice Cream Farm

The Ice Cream Farm

Visit the worlds largest Ice Cream parlour!

The new attractions offer a whole new flavour of activity. The ice cream parlour is the shining beacon at the epicentre of this exciting new development, with the fun open plan design, jaw-dropping serving counter and plush seating areas. The famous blue building that housed the previous parlour has been transformed into a 180-seater food and drink area, providing a bright and contemporary environment, as well as an exciting new menu.

From ‘Honeycomb Canyon’, a sensational sand and water play area that allows children of all ages and abilities to play, engage and explore whatever the British weather brings, to ‘Daisy’s Garden’, ‘Strawberry Falls’ and ‘Silvercone’ to name but a few. The Ice Cream Farm offers a fun day out for all the family.