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Cheshire History & Heritage

Cheshire History & Heritage

The story of Cheshire's industrial heritage told by its mills, mansions and canals - a story not just of buildings and machinery, but of the people who lived here.


The story of Cheshire's industrial heritage told by its mills, mansions and canals - a story not just of buildings and machinery, but of the people who lived here.

Where to begin? In the East of Cheshire the land rises to the Peak District, England’s first National Park, a region of wild moorlands, dramatic rocky outcrops and breathtaking scenery.  Rain runs off in torrents – powerful rushing streams that were exploited at the start of the industrial revolution to drive mills. Over time these were replaced by more reliable steam machinery – the profits of their production ploughed into grand mansions and extensive estates by their rich owners. And so this brings us to our tour – the story of Cheshire’s industrial heritage told by the mills, mansions and canals that now pepper the landscape. A story not just of buildings and machinery but of the people who lived and worked here.


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset to Tewkesbury with time for sightseeing and lunch. Continue northwards this afternoon to Sandbach with porterage of bags on arrival.

Tuesday - Visit Macclesfield, gateway to the Peaks and famous for silk spinning since the 18th century. The Silk Museum tells the unique story of the industry and its relationship with the community. See the surviving Jacquard Looms and Pattern Books. We also visit Paradise Mill - an opportunity to step back in time to the 1930s - a guide will show us the machinery and how people lived and worked. After lunch we drive the notorious "Cat n Fiddle" pass from Macclesfield to Buxton - one of the windiest roads with hairpins galore! Elegant Buxton is England's highest market town at 1000 feet, and a spa resort that rivalled Bath.

Wednesday - To Tatton Park Mansion and Gardens, sitting in an elevate position overlooking the 1000 acre estate. The elegant Regency rooms reveal something of the luxurious lives of the Egerton family and the austerity of their servants. The 50 acre gardens display over 200 years of design and Tatton's Italian connection. There is a Tudor old hall, Deer Park and Farm recreating rural life in the 1930s.

Thursday - At Quarry Bank you can discover the lives of a complete industrial community at one of the UKs greatest industrial heritage sites - The Cotton Mill built in 1784 still has the original working machinery; The owners Mansion House with stunning gardens; and the workers cottages and exhibition. Later to the spectacular Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich, the "Cathedral of the Canals". Marvel at one of the greatest monuments to Britain's last canal age and join a boat trip to experience the lift for yourself!

Friday - Homewards with a stop at Webbs of Wychbold garden centre for lunch. Return to Dorset that afternoon.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Chimney House Hotel, Sandbach

This Tudor-style building is set in a rural location and was once home to the vicar of a local church. It now mixes original character with modern comforts and has recently been refurbished – all 50 bedrooms provide private bathroom, hairdryer, television, iron/board and tea tray. The Patio Restaurant is welcoming and offers a choice of menu in a modern Brasserie style dining experience. There is a comfortable bar/lounge with free wifi, or take your drinks out to enjoy in the garden. No lift but only ground and first floor rooms with 24 hour room service available.


TOUR PRICE: £425.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £50.00


Includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Porterage, Entry to Silk Museum & Paradise Mill, Entry to Tatton Park, Entry to Quarry Bank, Entry to Anderton boat lift with cruise, VAT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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