Chester City Wall Walk, Chester, CheshireChester's City Walls form virtually a complete 2 mile (3 km) circuit around Chester city centre. They provide an enjoyable route to see many of the city's key heritage sites. As you explore the Walls watch out for the metal panels that tell stories about different parts of the route and help identify where you are. These panels have been designed to fit with the walls status as a scheduled ancient monument. They are intended to be sympathetic to the fabric and appearance of the Wall. Also, they are there to be touched. Visitors (especially youngsters) are encouraged to bring paper and crayons to take rubbings of their raised text and illustrations.
The walls are a Grade I listed building, and are the most complete city walls in Great Britain.
Grosvenor Park, Chester Grosvenor ParkAn oasis of calm, by the river in Chester, beautifully manicured with friendly squirrels and a miniature railway (charges apply) that runs round the perimeter in Summer.
27 Grosvenor Street,
Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DD
Admission Free - Donations Welcome
Exhibitions, displays and events - Educational activities and family fun days - Talks for local groups - Object identification and advice - Shop
Refreshment area - Toilets with baby changing units - Lecture theatre
Disabled access is available throughout the ground floor only
10.30 - 17.00 Mon to Sat
13.00 - 16.00 Sun
Wirral Country ParkWirral Country Park is a place of contrasts. Badgers and Foxes hunt the quieter parts, birds nest in the dense hedges or feed on the berries in The beach at winter, and you may see up to 10 kinds of butterfly in summer. Head for the 60 feet high, boulder-clay cliffs and look out over the Dee Estuary and you'll smell the tang of mud and salt, feel the sea breeze and get a sense of space quite unlike the enclosed, inland Wirral Way.
For over 70 years, from the height of the Victorian era onwards, a busy railway linked Hooton, on the main Chester-to-Birkenhead line, to West Kirby, 12 miles away at Wirral's tip. But in 1962 the line was closed. For a while the track lay derelict. But in 1973, backed by money from the Countryside Commission, and after a great deal of work, the old railway line was opened as Wirral Country Park. It was the first Country Park in Britain. Today it is must for a family day out and its facilities include Picnic Areas, Visitor Centre, Shop, Information staff, Café, BBQ area, Bird Hide and much more!
Lady Lever Art GalleryPort Sunlight Village, Wirral, Cheshire CH62 5EQ
The Lady Lever Art Gallery is a national treasure in the heart of Port Sunlight. Housing one of the most beautiful collections of fine and decorative arts in the UK, including British 18th and 19th century painting and furniture, Wedgwood and Chinese porcelain displays.
Open daily 10.00 - 17.00 - Free entry
Walton Hall GardensWalton Lea Road,
Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 6SN
Walton Hall Gardens is by the Bridgewater Canal, three miles from Warrington town centre and just two miles from J11 M56. Set in thirty acres of beautiful parkland you can enjoy the ornamental lawns, formal gardens, the children’s zoo with their red squirrel breeding programme, play areas and picnic areas all for free.
Tel: 01925 601 617
National Conservation CentreWhitechapel, Liverpool L1 6HZ
Conservators based in this unique venue look after National Museums Liverpool's diverse collections. Find out how everything from Egyptian mummies to motorbikes are preserved and restored in the interactive Reveal gallery, with its working laboratory. Our role as a museum service is not simply about putting objects on display and telling people what they are, although that is a major part. It also concerns looking after those pieces, ensuring they are treated with care and respect and are kept in the best condition possible. Open 10.00-17.00 daily.
International Slavery MuseumAlbert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ
The International Slavery Museum explores both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery, addressing the many legacies of the slave trade and telling stories of bravery and rebellion amongst the enslaved people. These are stories which have been largely untold. Admission to the International Slavery Museum and all the National Museums Liverpool venues is FREE.
All exhibitions, events and activities at National Museums Liverpool are also FREE.
Information desk: 0151 478 4499
Open daily 10.00-17.00
Walker Art GalleryWilliam Brown Street
Liverpool L3 8EL
The Walker Art Gallery holds one of the finest collections of fine and decorative art in Europe. Discover over six centuries of art at the national gallery of the north. Open daily 10.00 - 17.00
Cheshire FarmDoes fantastic home made icecream, has a working farm and good play area for children.
Hilbre Islands Nature ReserveThe three tidal islands lying at the mouth of the Dee Estuary, Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre, have been designated a Local Nature Reserve.
Access to the Local Nature Reserve is free of charge.
Groups are restricted to 50 people and permits are required in advance for any group of 6 or more persons. These are allocated on a strictly first come basis, and you may find that your chosen day is already booked. Book Early!
Permits are available from the Visitor Centre, Wirral Country Park, Station Road, Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 OHN.
The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm. Telephone: 0151 648 4371/3884.
Access to Hilbre is by foot, across the two miles from West Kirby. The Islands are cut off from the mainland by the tide for up to four hours out of every twelve. If you are planning a visit to the Islands you must allow yourself enough time so that you can leave Hilbre at least three hours before high water, or longer if you have small children or walk slowly.
It takes about 1 hour to cross the 2 miles to Hilbre. Alternatively, you must set out from West Kirby at least three hours before high Water and allow for a stay of five hours or more on Hilbre. Strong winds may bring the tide in early or suddenly. Please telephone: 0151 632 4455 for advice on tide times. Tide tables can be purchased locally and are on display at Dee Lane slipway and can be found on the BBC website.
There are no shops, public toilets or any fresh water on the Islands, and very little shelter. Toilets are available at Dee Lane Slipway, West Kirby; open 10 am - 6 pm.
During bad weather some shelter may be available for parties visiting Hilbre, but this cannot be guaranteed, so please allow for this in your preparations.
For the Following Attractions and Activities Charges Apply
Church FarmChurch Farm is no ordinary farm! Friendly animals, beautiful views, family events and an award-winning farm shop mean it’s a great place for a family day out. The farm is a three-time Wirral Tourism award winner, including Attraction of the Year 2012.
At weekends and in holiday periods, families can join in with tractor rides, goat feeding, guinea pig cuddling and egg collecting, plus take a trip on the new barrel train. Meet meerkats, goats, sheep, donkeys, alpacas, rabbits, ducks and more, and let off some steam on the pedal go-karts and crazy golf course, and in the sandpit and plank maze.
* Monday Closed all day except Bank Holidays
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10.00 - 5.00
Thursday 10.00 - 7.00
Saturday 9.00 - 5.00
Sunday 11.00 - 5.00
Family Ticket £14.00 although some activities carry an additional fee.
Bubbles World of PlayNew Brighton
For our younger visitors, perhaps on a day when the weather is not ideal, a brand new indoor play centre for children 6 months to 11 years.
Children (3 – 11 Yr Olds) £6
Children (1 – 2 Yr Olds) £4.50
Babies (6 – 12 Months) £1.50
Based in the rejuvenated sea-side village of New Brighton, where there is also an excellent independent cinema, restaurants, coffee shops and a brand new Minaiture Golf Course
RSPB Burton Mere WetlandsJust minutes from Inglewood Manor, this specialist facility is a wonderful addition to Wirral's coastline and a must for any Twitchers visiting the hotel
Wildfowl and wading birds in winter, warblers in spring, vast panoramas and a fascinating history are just some of the highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands. Straddling the border between England and Wales, this is a unique landscape. Many years of hard work have restored reedbeds, fenland and farmland.
If you are new to birdwatching...
Burton Mere Wetlands is perfect if you're new to birdwatching, as the entire reserve has been designed to get you closer to nature. It has relaxed, modern facilities with excellent access for people of all abilities.
Opening times: Reception building open 9.30 am - 5 pm. The reserve is open between 9 am and 9 pm, or dusk if sooner.
Entrance charges: RSPB members have free entry. £4 adults, £6 family, £1 kids, concessions £2.