For those seeking a break in the traditional English countryside but still wanting plenty to see and do, Cheshire is the ideal destination. Located in the North West of England, it is one of the country’s most picturesque rural counties. When staying in Cheshire, there are endless options depending on your budget and the purpose of your visit.  Rookery Hall is a beautiful luxury hotel and spa, perfect for a romantic getaway. Families can enjoy a stay at the Gullivers Hotel in Warrington while also visiting the brilliant Gullivers World theme park, and there is also a wide selection of Travel Lodges and B&Bs throughout the county.

One key place to visit is Cheshire’s Peak District, which is a breathtaking place of natural beauty. Rolling hills and open plains make up this area of almost 100 square miles, which includes the Peak District National Park. There are numerous points of historical interest in the area, such as the birthplace of iconic novelist Elizabeth Gaskell and a number of lovely homes and gardens. Visitors are encouraged to join the Gritstone Trail, which is 35 miles long and takes you on the most beautiful route across the district. It is a rewarding challenge for walkers, and the views that it provides of the Peak District are absolutely stunning. Plenty of restaurants, shops and galleries can be found in Cheshire’s Peak District, meaning that whatever the weather the area can be visited and enjoyed.

Cheshire is not all countryside, however. Its main city of Chester is a busy, vibrant metropolis which is rich in culture and history. The Roman influence on the city, which was founded by them in AD79, is still present today. The city walls are still intact, and the 3km walk along them is a brilliant way for visitors to begin exploring. Chester castle, overlooking the beautiful River Dee, is also a must-see. It is a mixture of medieval and neoclassical architecture, and also contains a military museum. Chester is also excellent for shopping, with the Grosvenor Shopping Centre being home to a number of high street shops and cafes. The city also has plenty of options for contemporary dining experiences as well as a great selection of pubs and bars.

There are also great family days out to be found in Cheshire. Chester Zoo is a key visitor attraction of the North West. Over 400 species of animals live at the zoo, over half of which are listed as endangered. These include the critically endangered Sumatran tiger; rare Asian elephants; the Sumatran orangutan and six different species of endangered bears. The zoo offers visitors a rare chance to see these species’, and works hard towards the preservation and protection of them.  Talks and animal feedings take place throughout the day so that the whole family shall enjoy a fun and educational day out. Gullivers World Theme Park in Warrington is also a must-visit for families. The park is designed for under-13s and has a huge selection of rides, shows and activities to keep children entertained all day long. There is even a newly-built hotel on-site which is the perfect reason to spend an extra day in the park!

Families, couples and groups of friends will all find that Cheshire has plenty of places to visit and things to do. City shopping, countryside walks, days out with the kids, education trips… the county offers all of these and so much more. The question is no longer ‘why visit Cheshire?’ but ‘…what shall we visit first?’