Anderton Boat Lift

Lift Lane, Anderton
Northwich CW9 6FW

The Anderton Boat Lift is an incredible edifice, perched on the banks of the River Weaver like some giant three-storey-high iron spider. It was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again. The Operations Centre offers interactive displays and educational facilities.

Beeston Castle & Woodland Park - English Heritage

Beeston Castle
Tarporley CW6 9TX

Climb to the top of the formidable Castle of the Rock with incredible views over eight counties, from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. Excavations indicate that a Bronze Age settlement and Iron Age hill fort occupied the site long before Beeston Castle was begun in 1225.

Chester Cathedral

12 Abbey Square
Chester CH1 2HU

Chester Cathedral's history spans almost two thousand years. According to legend, a prehistoric Druid temple existed on this site, succeeded by a Roman temple dedicated to Apollo.

Chester History & Heritage

St Michael's Church, Bridge Street Row
Chester CH1 1NW

Chester History & Heritage is a local & family history resource centre sited in the heart of Chester. We offer free internet access via the popular People's Network and operate a family history advice service provided by research group experts - again - free to all customers.

Chester Roman Amphitheatre

Vicars Lane, Newgate
Chester CH1 1QX.

The largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain, partially excavated. It was used for entertainment and military training by the 20th Legion, based at the fortress of Deva.

Dewa Roman Experience

Pierpoint Lane, Off Bridge Street
Chester CH1 1NL

The actual Dewa Roman fortress is now buried under modern day Chester, but it lives on through the Dewa Roman Experience. Most museums have exhibits that are available to the visitor, but here we have an approach that is completely different. On entering, you go into the Roman Galley where there are exhibits of Roman Chester, many of which are 'hands on' type, where you can handle items such as pottery, try on a suit of Roman armour, fire the catapult and design mosaics.

Dunham Massey - National Trust

Dunham Massey
Altrincham WA14 4SJ

Until November 2015 Dunham Massey Hall is open as the Stamford Military hospital. During the First World War, this Georgian house, set in a magnificent deer-park, was transformed into a military hospital, becoming a sanctuary from the trenches for 282 soldiers.

Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum

Museum of Primitive Methodism, Englesea Brook
Crewe CW2 5QW

A museum telling the story of a predominantly working-class religious denomination (Primitive Methodism) in a manner that raises questions about faith and identity in the contemporary world. Much of the museum is housed in a chapel dating to 1829.

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker

c/o P.O. Box 127
Nantwich CW5 8AQ

Discover the secret world of nuclear government For over 50 years this vast underground complex, remained secret, hidden on the outskirts of a sleepy Cheshire town. Declassified in 1993, the 35,000 sq ft underground bunker would have been the centre of Regional Government had nuclear war broken out. Built in the 1950s as part of a vast secret radar network codenamed 'ROTOR'.

King Charles Tower

City Walls
Chester CH1 2DD

Standing on the North-East corner of the city walls over looking the canal, is the tower called 'King Charles's Tower'. Called so because legend (incorrectly) has it on the 24th of September 1645. King Charles stood on the tower and watched his army defeated in the battle of Rowton Moor.

Knutsford Heritage Centre

90a King Street
Knutsford WA16 6ED

Knutsford Heritage Centre is housed in a reconstucted 17th timber-framed building which was originally the town's blacksmiths. It is set amongst secluded courtyard gardens behind the bustling streets of Knutsford. The centre is most famously home to the Knutsford Millennium Tapestry, a 40ft masterpiece which was created by over 3,000 members of the local community to celebrate Knutsford in the Millennium Year. The centre also houses a temporary exhibitions gallery with a range of displays throughout the year, a permanent display on the story of Knutsford and a well-stocked gift shop.

Lion Salt Works

Ollershaw Lane, Marston
Northwich CW9 6ES

In 1986 the Lion Salt Works closed after the collapse of the West African salt market. It was purchased by Vale Royal Borough Council to prevent its demolition. Salt-making in Cheshire dates back over 2,000 years, when the salt towns of Cheshire were first established by the Romans.

Little Moreton Hall - National Trust

Congleton CW12 4SD

Moated manor house - the icon of English Tudor domestic architecture. This is Britain's most famous and arguably finest timber-framed manor house.

Lyme Park, House & Garden - National Trust

Lyme Park, Disley
Stockport SK12 2NX

Great estate with lavishly decorated house and fine gardens. Originally a Tudor house, Lyme was transformed by the Venetian architect Leoni into an Italianate palace.

Nether Alderley Mill - National Trust

Congleton Road, Nether Alderley
Macclesfield SK10 4TW

15th-century mill beside a tranquil mill pool: * Original Victorian water wheel is a unique tandem design * Mammoth 200 ton stone roof supported by a fine timber frame * Restored to full working order, with regular flour-grinding demonstrations.

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

The Norton Priory Museum Trust, Tudor Road, Manor Park
Runcorn WA7 1SX

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is an award winning museum, excavated medieval ruins, the spectacular St Christopher statue, the lovely Walled Garden and the extensive woodland and sculpture trail.

Paradise Mill

Park Lane
Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

Paradise Mill, situated a short distance from the Silk Museum, was a working silk mill until 1981. Today, Paradise Mill is a living museum.

Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate - National Trust

Nr Wilmslow SK9 4LA

Quarry Bank Mill is a first generation water powered cotton mill built in 1784: see the waterwheel, steam engines and cotton machinery working daily. Guided tours of the Apprentice House show what life was like for the pauper children who worked in the Mill. Collections: Greg business and family papers dating from 1784 to 1959, Quarry Bank Mill archive, general social history and cotton industry collection.

Silk Museum

Heritage Centre
Macclesfield SK11 6UT

The Silk Museum within the Heritage Centre follows the story of silk from its origins in China, along the silk route to Britain and its establishment in Macclesfield. An award winning audio-visual presentation tells of the development of the industry in the town from the perspective of various people involved in the silk industry. The story of silk comes to an end as we consider how silk is used in fashion. Costume, textiles and accessories from both the 19th and 20th century help to show how silk is used for some of the most important occasions in both the social calendar and family life.

Stretton Watermill

Mill Lane, Stretton
Nr Farndon SY14 7HS

A small working water mill set in beautiful countryside only ten miles from Chester. Visitors see the two waterwheels driving the ancient wooden mill machinery and turning the millstones.

Tatton Park - National Trust

Tatton Park
Knutsford WA16 6SG

Magnificent estate with mansion, grand garden, deer park, farm and Tudor old hall. * Neo-Classical mansion, home to a grand array of antiques and furniture * Fine Victorian arboretum, including a fernery, orangery and Japanese garden.

Water Tower

City Walls
Chester CH1 2DD

The Water Tower stands at the north-west corner of the medieval walled city of Chester, and is now one of the best-preserved features of its defences.