Chester River Cruise
Port Sunlight © Port Sunlight Museum Collection
Cheshire & Wales by Rails & Sails 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 and fantastic Chester where we enjoy a relaxing River Dee cruise. We also take advantage of our proximity to the Welsh border with a day in lovely Llangollen including a journey on the Llangollen Railway. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Chester & River Cruise We spend this morning at leisure in the historic city of Chester which has the most complete city walls and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1,000 year old cathedral and 700 year old unique shopping rows. In the afternoon, we head to the beautiful River Dee for a relaxing boat trip , taking in the pretty scenery and We spend this morning exploring historic Arley Hall’s gorgeous ornate gardens . There are more than 15 acres of gardens to admire, including 8 acres of formal gardens and 7 acres of woodland gardens. Having been created over the last 270 years, we discover a stunning blend of traditional design and modern additions. 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, the interior of Arley Hall house is only open 2-3 days per month. At time of going to press, no schedule has been confirmed for 2024 so entrance is for the gardens only. Day 4 Llangollen Railway & Llangollen views of the ancient city from a different perspective. Day 3 Arley Hall Gardens & Anderton Boat Trip This morning we head to Wales and the Llangollen Railway , which is primarily a steam hauled heritage railway. Our 90 minute return journey begins beside the Dee River Bridge in the town centre and continues for 10 miles upstream to Carrog station, from where we enjoy spectacular views over the River Dee. We enjoy some free time at Carrog station before we board our train back to Llangollen. Steeped in myths and legends, we enjoy the afternoon at leisure here for lunch and to explore this ancient Welsh town with the River Dee flowing at its heart. Why not enhance your day in Llangollen with a 2 hour relaxing horse- drawn canal boat cruise, admiring the Chain Bridge across the River Dee and marvelling at the striking Horseshoe Falls? Please call the sales team for details.
Sunlight, Flora & Fauna in Cheshire Our new weekend itinerary includes three fantastic attractions in the area. We see beasts and blooms at Chester Zoo and Ness Botanic Gardens, and visit the unique village of Port Sunlight founded by the ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever in 1888. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Chester Zoo & Chester This morning we visit Chester Zoo , home to 35,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens. We begin our visit with a 1 hour guided tour as the zoo’s knowledgeable Safari Rangers provide us with facts about the various species. We then tuck into a cream tea before enjoying free time to explore at leisure. From frogs and penguins to chameleons and elephants – and all sorts in between – we discover amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals. We spend the afternoon at leisure in the historic city of Chester which has the most complete city walls and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1,000 year old cathedral and 700 year old unique shopping rows. If you would prefer more time at Chester Zoo today, you can spend the full day here – the choice is yours! Day 3 Port Sunlight & Ness Botanic Gardens We start our day in the unique Wirral 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 4 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
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