A great day out – top Cheshire attractions06/07/22
A stay a Woodland Park Lodges allows you to explore the surrounding area and find out what our neighbouring counties have to offer. Just across Shropshire’s northern border, Cheshire has loads of brilliant attractions that will suit all tastes and ages.
The City of Chester has a magnificent cathedral, Roman Walls and amphitheatre, and loads of interesting places to visit. An ideal way to see Chester itself is to go on the hop-on hop-off tours of the city, on a red, opened-topped double decker bus.
Here’s some ideas for a great day out in Cheshire:
One of the most famous tourist attractions in the UK, Chester Zoo has been the subject of a Channel 4 TV series (The Secret Life of the Zoo) and numerous documentaries. It first opened its doors in 1931 and is run by the North of England Zoological Society. It’s one of the largest UK zoos, and the site covers 130 acres. There’s loads to do there, from the many outdoor animal enclosures, like Spirit of the Jaguar and Islands, to specific indoor attractions, such as the Tropical Realm, the Butterfly Journey and the walkthrough Fruit Bat Forest.
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Cheshire Oaks at Ellesmere Port is the largest outlet shopping centre in the UK. It’s a shopper’s paradise of brand names and excellent food, with a mixture of 140 stores and 18 restaurants dotted around the circular site. The covered walkway makes it a good day out even when it’s raining. There’s also an outdoor events area Under the Oak. Nearby there’s also the leisure park, the Coliseum, that has a Vue cinema, a bowling alley, adventure golf, a variety of restaurants, more shops and an M&S. It’s easy to find off Junction 10 of the M53.
Blue Planet Aquarium
Also near Cheshire Oaks is the Blue Planet Aquarium, which was opened by the Queen in 1998. It offers an undersea journey through various water worlds, with tanks, pools and submerged tunnels offering a fascinating glimpse of life in our oceans. Themed areas include Tropical Rivers, Lakes and Ponds, Where Land Meets the Sea, and Seas and Oceans.
As you drive through Cheshire, through the hear of the countryside near Nantwich, you may notice a rather strange sign: SECRET BUNKER. If it’s secret, why is it signposted? For over 60 years this vast underground complex at Hack Green remained a closely-guarded secret. The underground bunker would have been used as the centre of regional government in Cheshire, if nuclear war ever broke out. As a visitor, you enter the complex through massive protective blast doors and are then transported back to the Cold War, which has been rebuilt at a cost of over £32 million. Another good all-weather attraction.
Jodrell Bank Observatory
Certainly the largest and most visible of Cheshire’s attractions is the radio telescopes at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The main dish, the Lovell Telescope, can be seen far and wide across the Cheshire Plain. It was the world’s largest steerable telescope when it was built in 1957. There is a wealth of information at the site, including their newest building, the First Light Pavilion. This stunning attraction includes a state-of-the-art exhibition on the history of Jodrell Bank and the Space Dome, an immersive auditorium.
Also worth a look while in the area is Tatton Park, which is well known as a venue for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Flower Show. It’s a country house and parkland owned by the National Trust and has extensive walks through the grounds – which is perfect for picnics too!
Book your stay with us to explore this amazing county.