Visit Cheshire, home to the historic city of Chester, with its cathedral and Roman amphitheatre. Have a flutter at the racecourse, or take the family to attractions such as Chester Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium and Gulliver's World. Step back in time in stately homes such as Adlington Hall, Cholmondeley Castle and Tatton Park, and explore some of the country parks and nature reserves.
Arts and culture
Find out more about the history of Chester at Grosvenor Museum, which holds collections of art and natural history and maintains a 17th-century house with nine period rooms, covering dates ranging from 1680 to 1950.
Take in a show at Forum Studio Theatre, Chester, which hosts comedy, drama, musicals, magic and panto, an orchestral concert at the cathedral, or a chamber recital at St Mary's Centre.
Things to see and do
Cheshire has a large number of historic properties, ranging from medieval castles such as Beeston Castle, through Tudor halls, to stately show homes such as Tatton Park, one of the UK's most complete historic estates. This has a Neo-Classical mansion and 50 acres of landscaped gardens.
Spend the day in Chester and take in the cathedral, parts of which date back to Norman times, the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, museum and shop in the Rows, 700-year-old galleried arcades. Get on a bike and head out into the Cheshire countryside.
The county covers a large chunk of the Peak District, and the 35-mile Gritstone Trail encompasses wild moorland and impressive peaks.
Eating and drinking
Cheshire has a range of cafés, bars and restaurants to suit every taste and pocket. Treat yourself to Michelin one-starred cuisine at the Chester Grosvenor, also the holder of four AA rosettes. Or for something less pricey, try the Vale Inn in Bollington, which also has good beer and a walks guide.
For a great traditional pub, sample Pant yr Ochain in Gresford which dates back to the 16th-century and has its original Tudor wattle and daub timbers and beautiful gardens.
Chester is the place to head to for nightlife. Enjoy cabaret, music or comedy at Alexander's, a lively café-bar which serves tapas. For a late-night bar, sample Fiesta Havana and a club, Rosie’s.
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