Beeston Castle

Beeston CastleDestroyed by Parliamentarian forces after the Civil War, the castle's ruins stand dramatically on top of an isolated red-sandstone outcrop. Remains of the inner ward and gatehouse can still be seen and the deep dry-moat hewn out of the solid rock below. The site affords sweeping views across the Cheshire Plain and beyond. Displays and exhibits in the castle museum tell of the fortress's long and chequered past.

Opening times: Feb~Nov, daily, 10am to 4/5pm (closed Xmas & NY) Admission Charge
Location: Chapel Lane, Beeston, Cheshire, CW6 9TX - Tel: 01829 260464 - Website
Facilities: parking (charged), picnic area, refreshments, shop
Image Credit: Jeff Buck (CC2)

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Sandstone Gothic Castle built in 1801 set in landscaped gardens and a 500-acre deer park, with pleasant woodland walks and a rare breeds animal farm. The castle (not open to the public) is the private residence of the Marquess of Cholmondeley. Also on the estate is a 13th-c chapel (rebuilt in the 18th-c) containing 17th-c box pews, traditional family pews and a fine altar screen. Regular events held throughout the season.

Opening times: Apr to Sep, Wed-Thu, Sun & BHs 11-5 Admission Charge
Location: Cholmondeley, SY14 8AH - Tel: 01829 720383 - Website
Facilities: Parking, refreshments, shop

Nether Alderley Mill

Restored Elizabethan corn mill, built of red-sandstone, with a large sweeping stone-tiled roof. The original mill machinery survives in full working order, driven by water from a 16th-c reservoir. It has two stepped water wheels, where water falling from the upper wheel, drives the lower wheel.

Run by the National Trust. Visits by guided tour only.

Opening times: vary, see website for details Admission Charge
Location: Congleton Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, SK10 4TW - Tel: 01625 527468 - Website
Facilities: Disabled parking, no toilet facilities

Norton Priory Museum

Ruins of medieval priory set in peaceful woodland gardens. The on-site museum tells the rich life story of the priory, discovered during extensive archaeological excavations.

Opening times: Apr-Oct, daily 10-5; Nov-Mar, daily 12-4 (garden closed)(closed Xmas & NY). Admission Charge
Location: Tudor Rd, Manor Park, Runcorn, WA7 1SX - Tel: 01928 569895 - Website
Facilities: parking, gift shop

Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate

Preserved 18th-c cotton mill. Powered by both water and steam. Traditional spinning and weaving techniques demonstrated with hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. Picturesque valley setting by the River Bollin, with lovely woodland walks.

Opening times: Styal, SK9 4LA - Tel: 01625 527468 Admission Charge
Location: Mar-Oct, daily 11-5; Nov-Feb, Wed-Sun 11-4 - Website
Facilities: Parking, restaurant, shop

Other Places to Visit in Cheshire

Alderley Edge | Catalyst Science Centre | Hack Green Nuclear Bunker | Jodrell Bank | Weaver Hall | Adlington Hall | Arley Hall | Capesthorne Hall | Gawsworth Hall | Hare Hill | Little Moreton Hall | Lyme Park | Ness Gardens | Tatton Park | Tabley House

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