Chester was the site of Deva, a Roman legionary fortress, and remains
include the largest stone-built military Roman amphitheatre to have been discovered in
Britain. The town has a medieval centre and the most complete city walls in England,
extending for 3 km / 2 miles. Other features include the cathedral, dating from the 11th
century, and the `Rows´, half-timbered shops with continuous galleried footwalks at first
-floor level, dating from the medieval and Victorian periods. Chester Zoo is the largest
in area in the country, spreading over 324 ha / 80 acres.
Many Cheshire towns were market centres serving large rural areas in which there were
comparatively few villages. Sandbach has two Saxon crosses and many
villages have handsome churches, almost all built in the local red sandstone. From the
Norman Conquest to the Tudor period Cheshire was a county palatine (an area under an
overlord that did not send representatives to Parliament).
Moreton Hall; discovery of Lindow Man, the first `bogman´ to be found in
mainland Britain, dating from around 500 BC; Museum of the Chemical Industry on Spike
Island; Quarry Bank Mill at Styal is a cotton-industry museum
Prosperous port founded by Vikings, who called it Birken Haven. Remains of 12th Century
Priory. Imposing Williamson Art Gallery.
Nice village whose Church has a grinning Cheshire cat on its tower!
Ruined 11th century castle, attractive Castle Inn, and Chesshyre Library with many rare
volumes, plus glorious views over to Wales and Lancashire.
Comfortable residential and seaside resort with a 4-mile promenade and famous Royal
Liverpool Golf Club links. Once, it was a mere hamlet from which people set off for
Olde-worlde atmosphere still around with good hotels and guest houses.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book. Once the leading silk-manufacturing town in England with a
legacy of 18th- and early 19th-centruy mills.
Famed for its brine baths with medicinal qualifies. The leather trade flourished here and
its streets were said to be paved with scraps of leather. There is a splendid 14th-century
church, and also many houses from the Tudor and Georgian periods.
Its bridge over the Mersey was blown up in 1745 to prevent a rebel army marching from
Scotland into the centre of the kingdom. Grew rich on silk, cotton, textiles and
engineering. Captured by Prince Rupert in the Civil War.
Adlington Hall, Macclesfield.
Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich.
Capesthorne Hall, Siddington.
Tatton Park, Knutsford. A Regency mansion set in magnificent landscaped grounds.
Beeston Castle, Tarporley.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Malpas.
Chester Roman Amphitheatre, Vicars Lane, Chester.
Dorfold Hall, Nantwhich.