With a 4,000 year history and a 40-acre woodland park, Beeston Castle has something for everyone to enjoy.
Conserved and managed by English Heritage, the medieval ruins of Beeston Castle stand on a rocky summit 500 feet above the Cheshire plain, with splendid views extending for 30 miles in all directions.
The castle was built in the 1220s by Ranulf, Earl of Chester, and consisted of an outer ward with an imposing gatehouse and curtain wall, and an inner ward, which contained the most important accommodation but was never completed.
Today, remains the ruins of a medieval fortress without its domestic buildings.
With 21,000 animals living in 125 acres of award-winning zoological gardens, Chester Zoo is one of the best conservation zoos in the UK.
The zoo’s mission is to be a major force in conserving the living world and it currently cares for over 500 individual species, around half of which are endangered. It also helps thousands more animals around the world through its conservation and education activities.
“Every effort goes into ensuring the highest standards of welfare and the best care is given to all our animals, from the tiny snails to the tall giraffes.” Dr Mark Pilgrim, Chief Executive Officer
Around 1.9 million people visit every year.
Travel Information: Sat Navs get confused so please ignore them once you get onto the A41 and follow the signs to the zoo. Full details of opening times, ticket prices and directions here.
Distance and time from Bostock Country Estate: 21 miles, 38 minutes.
If you're looking for designer brands at up to 60% less than the recommended retail price, Cheshire Oaks has around 130 stores housed in a village environment. There are also 17 coffee shops and restaurants to choose from.
Unless you leave home early, it may be advisable to pay for Premium Parking if you visit at the weekend or on a Bank Holiday. For £5 a day you will receive your own reserved car parking space as well as a Premium Parking voucher pack.
You can reserve your space here.
Please note this service is only available on weekends and Bank Holidays and bookings must be made at least 12 hours in advance.
Opening hours: 9:00 am until 8:00 pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Travel Information: Sat Nav CH65 9JJ full details here.
Distance and time from Bostock Country Estate: 23 miles, 39 minutes.
Built into the natural contours of the Cheshire countryside, Oulton Park's combination of stunning scenery and spectacular racing make it one of the most picturesque and best-loved circuits for spectators and competitors alike.
The Ice Cream Farm is a great day out for families with young children. However, be warned, it's anything but just ice cream and a farm, it's a full blown activity centre designed to keep youngsters amused all day.
The Dorothy Clive Garden is the perfect place to visit if you'd like to see what plants thrive well in the local area, or just to enjoy a walk through its beautiful borders and enjoy delicious homemade fare with fabulous views!
Wrapped in romance, intrigue and great charm, the Cheshire domain of Gawsworth has been held by only five families since Norman times. Today it is the home of Elizabeth Richards, and her sons Rupert and Jonathan.
Arley Hall & Gardens is a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Visitors are frequently struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home.