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From stunning stately homes and beautiful gardens to miles of canals and waterways, Cheshire is just begging to be explored. Our exciting tour takes us to some of this region's treasures, including the imposing Arley Hall, historic Anderton Boat Lift, beautiful Ness Botanic Gardens and fantastic Chester Zoo. We also visit the unique Port Sunlight and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the River Dee. Image courtesy of Arley Hall & Gardens
Detailed Overview

Price includes:

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Welcome glass of Bucks Fizz before dinner

  • 3 course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Entrance to Arley Hall & Gardens

  • Anderton Boat Lift and river trip

  • Entrance to Port Sunlight Heritage Centre & Museum

  • Entrance to Ness Botanic Gardens

  • Entrance to Chester Zoon

  • 30 minute pleasure cruise on the River Dee

  • Porterage

  • Fully escorted throughout

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Arley Hall & Anderton Boat Trip
We spend this morning exploring beautiful Arley Hall and its gorgeous ornate gardens. This historic family home has been the backdrop for many TV programmes including Coronation Street and recent huge hit Peaky Blinders, and the Hall hosts an exhibition featuring images and anecdotes from the programmes.

After lunch, we visit the mighty Anderton Boat Lift, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. We enjoy a 30 minute voyage in a glass covered boat to experience how the lift works – by raising us 50ft into the air! Afterwards we have a relaxing 45 minute cruise along the river.

Day 3

Port Sunlight & Ness Botanic Gardens
We start our day in the unique Merseyside village, Port Sunlight, which was built by Lever Brothers (now Unilever) in 1888 to house workers in its soap factory. The village's name
comes from the company's most popular brand of cleaning agent, Sunlight, and there are 900 Grade II listed buildings here today. We visit the Port Sunlight Museum to dive into the history of this fascinating village, step inside a recreated worker's cottage to experience everyday life in Edwardian Port Sunlight and enjoy the new interactive family experience, SoapWorks.

In the afternoon, we visit the outstanding Ness Botanic Gardens. Originally created in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, this stunning garden showcases his passion, with more than 15,000 plants from all over the world. We can explore the delightful rock garden, wooded areas and spectacular herbaceous borders and admire the vibrantly coloured seasonal flowers, including outstanding

Day 4

Chester Zoo & River Cruise
This morning we visit Chester Zoo, home to 35,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens to explore. From frogs and penguins to chameleons and elephants - and all sorts in between - we see amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals on our travels around the zoo.

In the afternoon, we visit the ancient walled city of Chester, where we head to the beautiful River Dee for a relaxing boat trip and enjoy some time at leisure to explore.

Day 5

After breakfast, we make our way home.

Other Information

Hotel

4* The Queen at Chester, Chester

The Queen is centrally located, just a short walk from the centre of Chester and is one of the oldest hotels in the UK, having originally been built to serve the train station in 1860. The hotel's elegant style includes quirky touches, which provide an interesting twist to its traditional origins. All 218 stylish bedrooms are comfortably furnished, the restaurant is cosy and the bar and lounge areas are traditional in style with sofas and chairs. There is also a courtyard terrace with water features.

o Lift oTV o  Hairdryer o Tea/coffee making facilities o Free Wi-Fi o Iron and ironing board o Safe o Writing Desk o Telephone o Restaurant o Lounge o Bar o

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