Historic Sights & Animal Encounters in Cheshire

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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 gardens, 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 on this updated tour.
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Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 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 3 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. Please note, for stays at the Park Royal Hotel, this will be day 4. At time of going to press Arley Hall entrance is for the garden only.

Day 4 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 collections of
rhododendrons, camellias, snowdrops and sorbus.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.
Legend

Park Royal Hotel

Warrington, Cheshire
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A warm welcome awaits from the friendly staff at the Park Royal Hotel located just a short drive from the M56. Blending modern facilities with elegant grandeur, part of the hotel was built in 1831 as the vicarage to nearby St Matthew's Church. The 146 spacious bedrooms are well furnished whilst the bar and restaurant are large with plenty of seating. Superb leisure facilities include a 22 metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, steam room and gym.

The Queen at Chester Hotel, BW Premier Collection

Chester, Cheshire
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The Queen at Chester 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 fabulous courtyard terrace with water features.

The Park Royal Hotel

Warrington, Cheshire
4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £342pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £133
Based on Thursday arrivals

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Chester Zoo
• River Dee cruise
• Entrance to Arley Hall Gardens
• Anderton Boat Lift & river trip
• Entrance to Port Sunlight
• Entrance to Ness Botanic Gardens

The Queen at Chester Hotel, BW Premier Collection

Chester, Cheshire
4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £359pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £119
Based on Monday arrivals

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Pre-dinner glass of Bucks Fizz on 1st night
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Chester Zoo
• River Dee cruise
• Entrance to Arley Hall Gardens
• Anderton Boat Lift & river trip
• Entrance to Port Sunlight
• Entrance to Ness Botanic Gardens
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£342 for 5 days

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