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Blue Planet Aquarium

 Blue Planet Aquarium is home to over 100 living displays including Europes largest collection of sharks. The centre runs a number of experiences including ' Diving with sharks ‘.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is one the top attractions in the UK and must be one the top zoos in the world. The zoo has over 8000 animals and 400 different species. The zoo continually strives to improve and has a record of constant progress and innovation over many years.

If you are looking for things to in Chester the zoo is a fantastic place for families to visit and enjoy. The zoo has added numerous features to improve the experience of visitors and the lives of the animals living there. Visitors can enjoy mono-rail rides, high viewing platforms, new enclosures such as the bat house where bats fly freely with the visitors, hands-on animal petting areas, demonstrations and talks. Chester zoo has just opened a new area called islands. Even if you have been before there is lots of new features to see.

The Crocky Trail

 The Crocky Trail is an outdoor adventure trail one mile in length with loads of activities along the way, such as mazes, swings, slides, bridges, tunnels, etc.

Gullivers World - Warrington

Aimed mainly for younger children although there are some rides for older teenagers I didn't notice any real white knuckle rides.

Runcorn Ski & Snowboard Centre

 Runcorn Ski & Snowboard Centre is located in 800 acres of parkland at Palace Fields, Runcorn and offers Ski and snowboard lessons for adults and children.

Oulton Park Race Circuit

Oulton Park Race Circuit has a full schedule of events throughout the year. The track holds several races, is used for testing and also is a place where you can get behind the wheel and experience driving various racing cars and other vehicles.

Jodrell Bank

 Jodrell Bank is an iconic building that can be seen from miles around. Home to the Lovell Telescope. The site has a discovery centre and a planetarium and is ideal for those with an enquiring mind.

Parks & Gardens in Cheshire

Delemere Forest is Cheshire's largest area of woodland. The forest is a great place to go walking, cycling or riding and has a number of colour coded routes. For those who enjoy climbing, there is a Go Ape centre that finishes with the traditional zip wire.

Tatton Park is one of the UK's most complete historic estates. It is home to a Tudor Old Hall, Neo-Classical Mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, a rare-breed farm and 1,000 acres of deer park.

Lyme Park is a 1,300 acre estate with many fantastic walks and stunning views. Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once home to the Legh family. When you visit the house you can enjoy seeing the lavish interiors, try out the piano, read a book in the library, or take the children to dress up on the stage. Photography is restricted in certain parts of the house.

Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate

At Quarry Bank Mill you can get a flavour of life during the industrial revolution. The mill is powered by a working waterwheel. You can get a guided tour of the Apprentice house which housed the pauper children who worked in the mill. You will also have the opportunity to visit the beautiful gardens and stroll through Styal village.

Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton boat lift moves boats 50 feet between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. The concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight seal-able doors, carry boats up and down using a counter-balance system.

National Waterways Museum

Located by the Mersey and Manchester ship canal near Cheshire Oaks. The museum shows how the waterways helped drive the Industrial revolution. There is the opportunity to go inside a number of canal boats to see the various uses. There is also a short canal trip from here.

Hack Green Bunker

Hacker Green Bunker is a former secret nuclear bunker. The bunker is open to the public most of the year. It has a substantial collection of military and Cold War memorabilia, including one of the largest collections of decommissioned nuclear weapons in the world. It also houses Ballistic Missile Early Warning System equipment originally from RAF High Wycombe. The museum includes information about the function of the bunker during the Cold War. There is a simulator designed to simulate conditions in the bunker during a nuclear attack. Visitors can watch the BBC film The War Game, produced to inform the public of what would be likely to happen in a nuclear attack on Britain. Younger visitors to the museum can navigate the rooms in a game to find the "Cold War Spy Mice"

Peckforton Castle

Peckforton Castle is a great place to grab a weekend break. I was lucky to be treated to a nice break staying in the Castle turret with great views over the Cheshire countryside. The only drawback is the stone spiral staircase that seems to go on for ever and the porter who guides you to your room must have been a sprinter in the Olympics!

The castle has a number of birds of prey and they have displays were you can chat with the handlers. The castle is also the base to have a 4 x 4 Landrover discovery adventure in the grounds around the castle.


Chester is a great place to visit. The city lies on the banks of the River Dee very close to the border with Wales.The city was originally founded by the romans and many relics still exist today. The centre is filled with numerous black and white medieval building and many other Victorian restorations further enhance this.

City walls by the Canal

Chester Rows - shopping on two levels

Eastgate Clock

Chester is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain. The city walls run for approximately 2 miles with only one small break. It is possible to walk along a footpath that runs along the top of the walls. The wall runs alongside the canal, River Dee, Chester Cathedral and the Eastgate clock (above).

Chester Ghost walk

Chester Heritage tour

Chester sightseeing tours

Chester boat trips

Restaurant cruises

Chester has many different types of sightseeing trips: walking, by boat, bus or coach, canal cruises, river boats, heritage vehicles. There is plenty to see in Chester and this is a great way to start your visit.

Chester Racecourse

Chester races take place between May and September.

The seasonal highlight are

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet - Ellesmere Port

Cheshire Oaks is a shoppers paradise. It is a large, pedestrianised, village-style site for designer and high-street fashion brand discounts. There is a great range of designer labels that are often discounted by up to 60%. It is the UK’s largest outlet centre with over 145 stores and was the first of it’s type in Europe. There is a leisure park, the Coliseum, located adjacent to the centre, which provides both further shopping and also has a bowling alley, Vue Cinema and Destiny & Elite night clubs.  There are several restaurants and cafes across the two sites.

Things to do Cheshire

Go Ape

Go Ape at Delemere Forest is a tree top obstacle course with bridges, tunnels, trapezes. Training is given by qualified instructors and everyone has safety harness attachments. The course finishes with a brilliant zip-wire decent.

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