Nestled within acres of charming Cheshire countryside Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa is perfectly located from which to explore all of the county’s charms and delights.
Located in North West England, Cheshire spans 905 square miles and is famous for its salt mining, agricultural products, railway industry and car manufacturing. While it is a county known for its work ethic however, there is a surprising wealth of green space.
Alongside country parks and nature reserves, Cheshire has an abundance of beautiful gardens within the grounds of attractions such as the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and Chester Zoo, but also stately homes like Adlington Hall, Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Lyme Park, Quarry Bank and Tatton Park.
Then, of course, there is the surrounding, largely unspoilt countryside, dotted with quaint villages, such as Rainow or Prestbury. Cheshire’s Peak District encompasses almost 100 square miles of inspiring scenery and includes the Gritstone Trail, a 35-mile walking route taking in wild moorland, dramatic rocky outcrops and impressive peaks.
If walking is not your cup of tea, why not bike along the canal towpaths or hire a boat and stop off at one of the many quirky museums such as the Silk Museum and Anson Engine Museum, or marvel at the Georgian architectural splendour of Lyme.
Cheshire's county town is Chester, and definitely worth a visit. The city is home to the most complete city walls in Britain dating from 2000, it also boasts a Roman Amphitheatre where 7000 spectators once enjoyed circuses and gladiator fight, and the most extensive surviving example in Europe of a medieval two-tier complex of shops, known as the Rows of Chester.
The city is also famous for the Eastgate Clock (built to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897) – one of the most photographed in the world, its 1000-year-old cathedral, and Roodee, once the site of a massive Roman harbour but now laying claim to being the oldest racecourse still in use.
Other unique towns not to miss include stone built Bollington where you can climb Kerridge Hill to see the famous White Nancy landmark, believed to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Waterloo, or the fabled shopping of Alderley Edge.