Cheshire Attractions

Places to Visit and Days out in Cheshire

Attractions & Days Out: Alderley Edge | Catalyst Science Centre | Hack Green Nuclear Bunker | Jodrell Bank | Weaver Hall
Gardens & Historic Houses: Adlington Hall | Arley Hall | Capesthorne Hall | Gawsworth Hall | Hare Hill | Little Moreton Hall | Lyme Park | Ness Gardens | Tatton Park | Tabley House
Castles, Monuments & Heritage Sites: Beeston Castle | Cholmondeley Castle | Nether Alderley Mill | Norton Priory | Quarry Bank Mill

Attractions & Days Out

Alderley Edge

The Alderley Edge beauty spot (near to the villages of Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley) is a beautiful wooded pink-sandstone escarpment, providing panoramic views across Manchester and the Pennines beyond.

Opening times: dawn to dusk, car park 8pm to 5pm Free Access
Location: Macclesfield Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, SK10 4UB - Tel: 01625 584412 Website
Facilities: Parking at Alderley Edge (pay and display), gravel paths, children's trails, information panels, dogs on leads welcome

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

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Learn about the facinating world of chemistry, science and technology, with three large interactive galleries, containing hundreds of facinating hands-on exhibits. Enjoy panoramic views across Cheshire in the observatory, 100 feet (30m) above the River Mersey. National curriculum based education programme, suitable for both group and school visits.

Opening times: all year, Tue-Fri & BH Mon 10am to 5pm
weekends 11-5 (closed Xmas & NY) Admission Charge
Location: Mersey Road, Widnes, WAS ODF - Tel: 01514 201121 Website
Facilities: Parking, restaurant, shop


Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker

Declassified, secret defense site and cold war underground bunker. Visit the missile control room, communication centre, living quarters, NAAFI and decontamination facilities. Museum contains cold war exhibits and nuclear weapons displays.

Opening times: Summer: daily 10.30 to 5.30 (Winter: Wed to Sun, closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: French Lane, Hack Green, Nantwich, CW5 8AP - Tel: 01270 629219 Website
Facilities: parking, gift shop

Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre & Arboretum

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Home to the giant Lovell telescope, one of the largest radio telescopes in the world, used for surveying and exploring the universe. Educational discovery centre for visitors where you can explore the wonders of space and astronomy and learn about the uses of the radio telescopes on the site. Working models include a twenty-five-foot telescope that visitors can operate. Planetarium which presents images and explanations of the universe.

Outside is 35 acre arboretum planted by Sir Bernard Lovell, containing many fine specimens, including a rare collection of mountain ash trees.

Opening times: daily 10am to 5pm Admission Charge
Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL - Tel: 01477 571766. Website
Facilities: Parking, gift shop


Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse

Audio-visuals, models and displays tell the story of the local industry, transport and archaeology in Cheshire. Includes information on the long history of salt production in Cheshire.

Opening times: Tue-Fri 10am to 4/5pm, wknds from 2pm (Aug, Sat, Sun & BH 10-5) Admission Charge
Location: 162 London Rd, Northwich, CW9 8AB - Tel: 01606 271640 Website
Facilities: free parking, gift shop and coffee shop


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