Things to Do In Cheshire This Summer

Things to Do In Cheshire This Summer
July 30 13:03 2016 Print This Article

Cheshire is a county which combines seclusion with accessibility. Whilst it’s mostly comprised of glorious, rolling English countryside, it’s just a short trip away from Liverpool, Manchester, and, via the M6, the rest of the country. For those in the North West, there are few better hunting grounds for entertainment and distraction over the summer months.

In this article, we’ll examine the area, and take stock of the multitude of amenities you’ll find there.

Carden Park

Carden Park near Chester is a sprawling estate, featuring a hotel, spa, swimming pool, golf course, and a quartet of excellent dining establishments. For those looking for a spa and golf break, or to build ties at a corporate function, there are few better venues in the county. While the hotel is slightly removed from the centre of Chester, it’s just a short trip away from there by car, making it a perfectly suitable base of operations for those looking to visit the multitude of attractions dotted around the surrounding countryside.2

Chester Zoo

Of course, no list of attractions in Cheshire would be complete without mention of the county’s famous zoo. Over the last year, the zoo has been incredibly active, moving a family of Sumatran tigers to a new and improved enclosure, and seeing the birth of a new tapir calf, which made its first public appearance in mid-July.

The Zoo’s ‘Islands’ exhibit displays an assortment of wildlife from the remote pacific islands, while the ‘dinosaurs’ exhibit provides something a little different, with animatronic dinosaurs covering the landscape, including Giganotosaurus and Brachiosaurus. With exhibits constantly being added to the Zoo, there’s always something new to excite you and your friends and family – so if you’ve already visited the zoo, it’s always worth making another trip – and if you haven’t, then your first visit is likely to be a memorable one.

Peak District

Cheshire is also notable for overlapping with the enormous Peak District national park – and overlapping quite significantly, as the Cheshire Peak District encompasses more than a hundred square miles of countryside. The area is one of stunning natural beauty, and so it’s especially attractive to hikers, cyclists, and those just looking to enjoy the sights.

Among the more notable attractions within the district is Lyme Park, an Edwardian manse which was once home to the Legh family. The 1,300-acre estate is home to wild deer, and so offers fantastic scope for countryside walks. You’ll also find a series of rose gardens near a lake where the BBC filmed their famous adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – and so it’s a must-visit for fans of Jane Austen (and indeed, Colin Firth).2

Historical Sites in Chester

The County town itself is also home to a plethora of points of interest. The most notable of these are the historical sites left by the Romans, for whom the city was a point of enormous strategic influence. The River Dee, at the time, was an important trade route, and so Chester’s position along it was invaluable. The city was used as a base of operations from which to push northward against the Picts – and had been intended to be used to send ships westward to conquer Ireland.

Consequently, the town is rich in Roman history – and you’ll find evidence of it all around. You’ll find an amphitheatre, only unearthed during the last century (and then only partially, as half of the ruin lies underneath the foundations of an Edwardian house). You’ll also find pieces of a Roman quay at the foot of the walls of the Roodee racecourse, which was built on the ruins of the old roman harbour.2

The town is also home to other importance pieces of historical architecture, including the enormous cathedral, which since its establishment in the 11th century has been gradually (and sometimes suddenly) added to over the years. The most spectacular architecture in the building came to be during the Gothic period – which the various towering arches and spires pay testament to.

Today, the cathedral is a grade-1 listed building, and still plays host to regular services. On top of that, you’ll also find a steady procession of events, including a Lego exhibition which runs until September, and an exploration of nearby ruins as part of the Archaeology festival which runs until the end of July.

With so much to see and do in Chester, visitors will be wondering how to cram it all in – and we’ve just scratched the surface of what’s available. Be sure to come visit this summer and experience what this part of the world has to offer!

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