Cheshire is packed full of heritage and culture, and you can be sure you create a memorable time in Cheshire. From searching for the lost treasure of Richard II to experiencing the thrills of Go Ape in the Delamere Forest. Cheshire provides a weekend packed with history and fun. We discuss some of the fun things to do in Cheshire while visiting on a long weekend to help you create your own agenda.
Start off your long weekend with a trip to the most visited zoo in the UK, Chester Zoo, this zoo is a conservation and education charity. The team and staff at the zoo are dedicated to finding ways of preventing extinction housing over 21,000 animals across 125 acres of garden, fun for all the family to enjoy.
You can be sure to visit an array of animals throughout the zoo from Andean bears to Cheetahs to Komodo Dragons and Humboldt Penguins. They also have a new Asiatic lion habitat to help make your experience better than ever and see how the lions live.
Or why not take a wander to the zoo’s garden as it is certainly something to marvel at. You take a stroll through these award-winning gardens and discover all the plants that not only look beautiful to gaze at but play a major part in helping local wildlife.
The zoo is open 10 am till 4 pm daily, and you can enjoy animal talks throughout the day from the staff to learn more about the animals living in Chester Zoo, the talks range from 10 minutes to an hour with interactive drop-in activities.
If you find yourself getting peckish or want to take home a souvenir, there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop around the zoo, helping to make your trip to the zoo extra special. You can also plan your day on the Zoo’s website with a customisable planner, making sure you have enough time to visit all the animals.
Take a trip down to Tatton Park, an 18th Century Mansion, historic working farm and adventure playground, perfect for a day out. This historic estate contains a mansion, a medieval manor house, Tatton Hall, Tatton Old Hall, Park Gardens, a farm and deer park of 2,000 acres.
The farm lies just north of the mansion and has regularly been maintained so that it looks just as it did in the 1930s when electricity replaces steam to operate farm machinery. You can explore the impressive 18th-century mill, meet the farmworkers and watch demonstrations of traditional farming.
The park hosts over 100 events across the year so be sure to check out the Tatton Park website and see what events are on while you’re visiting, You can visit the maze and spectacular gardens throughout the park including the Japanese Garden which can only be viewed from its perimeter. However, if you want to take a closer look, you can take the guided tour held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in High season.
There is something to do for all the family; whether you like taking a walk in the park or simply just experiencing the heritage of Cheshire, you are sure to find it at Tatton Park.
Gulliver’s World Theme Park
Gulliver’s World is a theme park in Cheshire with over 80 rides, attractions and shows to see every day. The park is perfect for a family day out with rides for kids ages 2-13 and parking at the park is free. It consists of themed areas around the park including the Safari Kingdom, Lilliput Land and Gully Town. You can see the roaring dinosaurs in the Lost World or ride the thrilling rides of the Smugglers Wharf and make your perfect day out.
If you want to take a break from all the rides or prefer something warmer, you can visit the indoor heated water adventure, perfect all year round no matter the weather. Or why not get your skates on and visit the roller zone, fun for all the family.
If skating doesn’t give you the thrill your seeking, you can put your blast arena skills to the test with the black arena, see if you can triumph above everyone else.
Cheshire’s country town of Chester is filled with much history and heritage. Chester Cathedral is free to enter, founded in 1092, and has a rich and varied history. The Cathedral prides itself on having different means to everyone who visits from being a place of worship to an archaeological treasure.
The Chester Roman Castrum layout of the Cathedral is where you can walk along the city walls, which look the same as they did 2,000 years ago. After visiting inside and around the Cathedral you can pop into the café for some food or visit the gift shop and get yourself some souvenirs.
Venture further down to Chester rows and see more of the wonderous medieval covered walkways throughout Chester.
Continue your historical adventure of Cheshire with a visit to Beeston Castle, this is a former royal castle perched on a rocky sandstone crag 350ft above the Cheshire plain. This provides spectacular views from the Pennies all the way to the Welsh mountains providing the perfect picture opportunity to create your own lasting memories.
The castle was first built in the 1220s by the 6th earl of Chester Ranulf de Blondeville and is now owned by English Heritage. Parts of the castle such as the gatehouse of the inner bailey and the walls of the outer bailey are recorded as grade 1 list buildings.
If you climb to the top of the castle you will find the famous spiralling well, thought to be the hiding place of Richard II's lost treasure. Although this is the deepest castle well in England, this has not stopped the search to find the treasure despite the many failed attempts since 1399 to find it.
The castle also has a 40-acre woodland park, where you can revel in the beautiful surrounding landscape, a paradise for nature lovers. The area is home to a variety of wildlife, and you can be sure to come across some rabbits, buzzards and even peregrine falcons on your adventures through the woodlands.
There is plenty to do at Beeston Castle from travelling through time into the bronze age to exploring the ‘Castle of the Rock’ exhibition. You can be sure to learn all about the rich history Cheshire has to offer. Finish off your perfect visit to the castle by visiting the outdoor seating of the Sandstone Café, serving hot and cold drinks and snacks, the perfect area to recharge your batteries.
Delamere Forest is a large woodland in Cheshire near the village of Delamere and covers 972 hectares of land. The name Delamere means ‘forest of lakes’ and is the only remains of the great Forests of Mara and Mondrem which covered over 60 miles. This makes Delamere the largest forest in the county, if you walk through the forest you will see a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees, making this the ideal place to go for a walk. You can visit the rare ‘quaking bog’ and Blakemere Moss, a flooded wetland that was formed during the Ice Age.
The forest is dog-friendly, so you can bring your dog on your hike or walk through the forest. There are many trails throughout, from easy-going to harder trails, there's something for all abilities. If you want to go for a hike, many of the trails will take you to some spectacular views where you can find peace amongst the wildlife.
Within this beautiful forest is Go Ape, a thrilling adventure where you can take on the Treetop challenge or Treetop adventure. If you prefer something a little closer to the ground, you can ride the all-terrain Segway’s on the off-road trails. There’s something for everyone to ensure you have a memorable weekend in Cheshire.
Cheshire has everything you need to create a memorable long weekend away. From visiting the historical wonders of the Beeston Castle to the adventures of Gulliver's theme park, our guide is sure to help when creating your agenda to a long weekend in Cheshire. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay this weekend, Village hotels Chester St. David’s, Warrington and Wirral are all located within Cheshire and have everything you need in one location.