Are you looking for a nice, simple and easy day out in the Cheshire region? We’ve got you covered! Whether you’re seeking out some family fun and activities with the kids or after a chilled afternoon delving into Cheshire’s history and heritage… Perhaps you fancy getting out and about to take in the fresh air of Cheshire’s countryside? Whatever it is that you’re looking for, we have several suggestions for you!
Here are some of our top picks of ways to spend a simple day out in Cheshire, whether you’re staying over in our region, are a local, or are visiting just for the day.
Chester Cathedral is many things to many people… A vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence and a unique blend of medieval and modern history. We recommend a visit if you’re in the area, especially the Cathedral at Height tour which can be booked at the main entrance desk. It involves visiting the upper levels of the Cathedral and provides stunning views both the inside and outside of the venue. The visits are guided with very knowledgeable commentary about the history of the building and its surroundings. Plus, once you get to the top of the tower (which is 125-foot high!) there are far-reaching views of Chester and the Cheshire Plain. It’s well worth a visit!
Walton Hall and Gardens
Walton Hall and Gardens makes for a spectacular family day out. With magnificent grounds set to the backdrop of the grand hall itself, there is plenty to do for families, couples, friends and even individuals. The petting zoo is sure to be a hit with the whole family (and it’s free!). Then there’s also a high ropes course that you can tackle for a small charge as well as a playground and café. Definitely not one to be missed on a gorgeous day.
Tegg’s Nose Country Park
You don’t have to go far to enjoy exhilarating views over the Cheshire Plain and on a clear day, you can see Liverpool’s cathedrals and Welsh hills beyond when you head over to Tegg’s Nose Country Park. This walk allows you to experience Cheshire’s wild hill country where rock dominates the landscape of steeply sided valleys pitted with old quarries. One for those who enjoy a hike and for those with dogs who need to stretch their legs too. Why not get the family out on a Sunday walk after an overnight stay in Cheshire?
A Castle Visit
When people come to visit us at The Swan for a short break, they often want to explore the simple things that Cheshire has to offer. For many of our guests, one of the most attractive things about Tarporley is the number of stunning castles and buildings that are in the area. An ideal day trip for all ages, exploring ancient castles, marvelling at the grounds, and perhaps even enjoying a picnic nearby sounds like the perfect way to spend a day to us. Check out our previous blog post on this. What’s even better, is that all of these Cheshire castles mentioned in the blog are less than an hour from The Swan. So, if you’re an avid history enthusiast, you might even consider staying with us for a few nights and ticking several off your list?
Three Wrens Gin
One for the adults! Multi-gold medal-winning Cheshire distillery, open Mon-Sat 12-5pm for visitors with no booking required, offers amazing show-arounds and sample tastings of the sweet stuff. For a more in-depth experience, book a tour or distilling course on their website, these are held every Saturday. Three Wrens produce a range of artisan gins, using locally sourced Cheshire botanicals. They’re a local business we’re very proud of. You can also find their products stocked behind our bar.
The River Dee
The Dee rises in the Welsh hills, flows through Chester, and ends at the sea. If you’re looking for a beautifully picturesque walk (without the hills and tricky terrain) this is the place! Much of the activity centres around The Groves, where organised boat trips can be taken, and rowing boats and pedalos can be hired. There are a number of bars and eateries around this area also, including a magnificent ice cream shop for a light lunch. The Dee is also home to a number of famous old rowing clubs and there are many magnificent houses along its banks to marvel at. Don’t forget to cross over and visit the meadows with your pooch!
A shady oasis in the midst of the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain, Delamere is a place to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest. Accessible by its very own train station, you’ll find easy-going trails for all abilities, a hike to admire the view across to Liverpool’s famous skyline, orienteering courses for all abilities or a bit of peace and quiet to watch the wildlife by the lake. If you would rather get a bird’s eye view of the forest, treat yourself to an outdoor adventure at Go Ape! However, if heights aren’t your thing, they also have Segway hire available. There’s something for everyone and the forest is just 15 minutes from The Swan, so don’t forget to come and visit us for a bite to eat afterwards.
Making A Weekend Of It
If you’re wanting to stay overnight and make a weekend of your time in the Cheshire countryside, then you can stay overnight with us at The Swan. With so many activities for you to choose from locally to us, you could even extend your day trip and stay for the weekend, that way you can experience more of what Cheshire has to offer. Children are most welcome, as are your four-legged friends (check with our team for our dog-friendly rooms). Additional beds can be added to many of the rooms for a small additional charge, so they’re ideal for a full family trip. You can book a stay directly on our website to benefit from the best rates, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make any enquiries about your booking.