Salt mining in Northwich dates back to 1806. The Lion Saltworks reopened in June 2015 to the public as one of the main attractions in Northwich. The £10.23 million project offers an incredible and educational journey through the life of the salt making site with a story brought to life with fun and interactive exhibits.
Visitors can also learn the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire’s population and landscape. Wider exploration of the sites include footpaths, waterways and attractions of the adjacent Northwich Woodlands.
Opening times and exhibit information can be found here.
Image courtesy of Civic Trust Awards.
The Anderton Boat Lift is one of Cheshire’s most popular tourist attractions. Built in 1875 and then restored in 2002, the lift is now in fully working condition providing visitors with a unique Boat Lift experience.
After £7 million was raised to fund the complete restoration, the attraction now houses the interactive exhibition “The Story of The Anderton Boat Lift” with a gift and coffee shop.
As one of the first areas of Northwich Woodlands to be reclaimed, Anderton Nature Park is incredibly popular with wildlife especially wild flowers. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the rare flowers by following the Wildflower Trails often taking place around the site.
More information of boat trips at Anderton Nature Park can be found here.
Image courtesy of British Waterways.
Also known previously as the Salt Museum, Weaver Hall uncovers the stories relating to the history of Cheshire as well as revealing the workhouse history of this imposing Victorian Building.
Tales of the history and industry of west Cheshire are told using films, reconstruction models and displays of intriguing artefacts relating to local industry, transport and the building’s history.
Exhibitions take place throughout the year suitable for all ages. Details can be found on the website.
Image courtesy of Weaver Hall Museum.
A rich and green environment in the north of Northwich town centre which was once derelict land across nine countryside sites. Its large size and rich variety of heritage and habitats offer multiple activities for all the family including walking, nature watching and picnics. Children can be entertained with orienteering or visiting play areas at various sites.
The nine sites can be explored by walking, cycling or even horse riding without any traffic interrupting the exploration.
Sites included in the Northwich Woodlands are Marbury Country Park and Neumann’s & Ashton’s Flashes which are popular for those wanting to see thriving and rare wildlife. Visitors can enjoy the adventure around historic woodlands as well as unique river embankments.
Fore more details on the other sites in Northwich Woodlands visit www.northwichwoodlands.org.uk.
Image courtesy of Northwich Woodlands.
Marshall Arm Nature Reserve first opened in 1998. It’s ideal for those wanting to explore the local wildlife especially birds and rare insects such as species of dragonflies and butterflies.
The preserve is also popular for walkers and picnics with the family especially those with dogs. The site is also popular with anyone who’s into a spot of fishing.
Visitors can explore the woodland and listen out for the ‘drumming’ sound of woodpeckers searching for food. A beautiful surrounding on the water’s edge on a summer’s day for all the family.
Image courtesy of Marshalls Reserve.
Chester Zoo is the most popular visitor attraction in England outside of London. The zoo recorded 1,694,115 visits in 2015 – the highest ever in its 85 year history, and up 18% on the previous year.
Home to more than 12,500 animals and over 450 different species, Chester Zoo is ideal for all the family. The attraction is just over 18 miles from Northwich town centre making it a very popular local and national place to be visiting all year round.
For more information visit the website www.chesterzoo.org.
Image courtesy of Chester Zoo.
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