Stroll through beautiful gardens, afternoon tea and a leisurely river cruise
Cheshire is known for its half-timbered and local sandstone buildings and its Industrial Heritage. Uncover centuries of history with visits to some of its country houses and to the city of Chester. Take a stroll through beautiful gardens and cruise along one of its rivers.
Destination Coach Holiday Highlights and Itinerary
Morning departure heading northwards towards Cheshire and our hotel set in 2.5 acres at the edge of Stetton village where we stay for 4 nights.
A truly striking walled city located in Cheshire on the river Dee, Chester is drenched in history, from Roman, Viking and Norman invaders, to the largest amphitheatre in Britain, and the oldest racecourse. The Rows Galleries are an unusual and beautiful shopping experience, housing many unique and independent shops, and a vibrant cafe culture. The city streets are so compact and well laid out that most of the historic attractions can be reached on foot.
Beautiful Tatton Park With Guided Tour
Tatton Park, managed by the National Trust, is a lovely neo-classical mansion set in 50 acres of beautiful gardens within 1000 acres of parkland. The 1930s working farm has received Rare Breeds accreditation in recognition of the work being done to conserve rare breeds of farm animals. There are numerous dining and shopping experiences to be enjoyed at Tatton Park, from estate reared meats, to specialty jams and chutneys, to English wines, cordials, and beers, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Ness Botanic Gardens
Situated on the English/Welsh border in the Wirral, and near Chester, the Ness Botanic Gardens comprise 64 acres of land with views over the Dee Estuary. Specific areas of the gardens are managed with the cultivation and support of wildlife in mind, with the result that the gardens are home to many species of mammals, birds and insects.
Afternoon Tea At Arley Hall
A beautiful example of a Victorian country house, but built in Elizabethan style, Arley Hall is set in magnificent gardens alongside peaceful woodland. The 8 acres of gardens are particularly noted for the famous double herbaceous border (thought to be the first of its kind to be planted in England).
The Gardener’s Kitchen provides excellent home cooking, and the Shop stocks a good selection of stylish gifts as well as traditional souvenirs.
Anderton Boat Lift & River Cruise
A feat of enormously clever engineering, the Anderton Boat Lift is a hydraulic lift which joins the river Weaver with a canal lock 50 feet above a steep embankment. See the lift working, discover the industrial heritage and learn why the lift is as important today, as it was when it was built in 1875. There is a great museum to look around, as well as a pleasant cafe.
Homeward Bound (Monday)
After breakfast we make our way to the historic city of Chester with some free time for your own shopping/sightseeing before heading homewards to arrive back around tea-time.
PARK ROYAL HOTEL, WARRINGTON
4* hotel set in 2.5 acres at the edge of Stretton village. Health club with spa, gym, indoor pool, sauna and tennis courts. All en suite bedrooms with TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Lift.
Included in price
4 nights DBB
Tatton Park, Ness Botanic Gardens, Arley HAll with afternoon tea, Anderton Boat Lift and Cruise