10 Budget-friendly Things to do in Cheshire That You Shouldn't Miss

July 1, 2021 Tambra Mccollister

Discover the best top things to do in Cheshire, United Kingdom including Anson Engine Museum, Gauntlet Birds of Prey, The Brindley Theatre, Walton Hall and Gardens, Chester Cathedral, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, National Waterways Museum, Wild Wings Birds of Prey Centre.
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1. Anson Engine Museum

Anson Road Poynton, SK12 1TD England +44 1625 874426 [email protected] http://www.enginemuseum.org
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5.0 based on 107 reviews

Anson Engine Museum

It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many attractions but over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognized as one of the country's leading specialist museums. Situated in Higher Poynton, the museum is on the site of the old Anson Colliery. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. However, it is increasingly becoming a "must visit" attraction for non-enthusiasts too and won the "Visitors Choice" award (voted for by the public) when they were asked "where would you take a visitor to the Macclesfield area"? As well as the largest collection of engines in Europe, the museum also has changing displays of local history items such as photographs, maps, mementos and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery. Open one weekend a month in 2015.

Reviewed By JonL1827

Pleasantly surprised at just how good this place is, loads to look at, loads of running displays lots of info and really accommodating staff and volunteers, it says allow 2 hours but we were there more like 4 hours, very reasonable prices in the cafe. A really nice day out.

2. Gauntlet Birds of Prey

Manchester Road Next to Fryer's Rose Nursery and Garden Centre, Knutsford WA16 0SX England +44 1565 754419 [email protected] http://www.gauntlet.info/
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5.0 based on 556 reviews

Gauntlet Birds of Prey

Gauntlet, Eagle & Vulture park is the largest bird of prey park in the Northwest of England. With over 120 birds of prey, ranging from the smallest owls to the worlds largest eagle and Vultures it really is a haven for animal lovers. Gauntlet has two daily shows at 12.30 and 3 during the months March-Oct and during the winter months weekends only. As well as our two daily displays we have vulture feeding and meet & greet. We have a large children's play area with plenty of room for picnics. We are on the same site as Fryers garden centre and you can leave at anytime and come back for our displays. For those wishing to get closer we have bird of prey experiences which are run 7 days a week throughout the year. This gives people the opportunity to handle and fly the birds.

Reviewed By TRACY632013 - Belper, United Kingdom

We visited the park with my elderly parents and two young grand children aged 6 and 11. We all had a wonderful experience with Meet and Greet sessions , the Vulture experience and the wonderful flying experience at the end of the day when over 30 birds gave an awe inspiring display set to music. What a great day out and very reasonable. We had a snack type lunch and coffees from the little cafe area but my daughter and partner along with their children went to the Garden Centre next door as they are gluten free. The birds are well looked after, well loved , staff are knowlegeable and enthuiastic. I cannot fault it at all.

3. The Brindley Theatre

High Street, Runcorn WA7 1BG England +44 151 907 8360 [email protected] http://www.thebrindley.org.uk/
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5.0 based on 448 reviews

The Brindley Theatre

Reviewed By TSM2010 - Warrington, United Kingdom

Love this theatre. Fantastic vantage points throughout, friendly team and super helpful box office. We went to see the panto Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs as a group of 10 and we loved the experience. The pantomime was great, particularly Andrew Curphey (of the excellent Andrew Curphey Theatre Company) and Matt Dallen as Muddles and the Dame! Brilliant energy and engaging performances from both of them. 12 days of Christmas was just hilarious. Can’t wait to see them try to top it next year in Aladdin!

4. Walton Hall and Gardens

Walton Hall Gardens Walton Lea Road Higher Walton, Warrington WA4 6SN England +44 1925 262908 [email protected] http://www.warrington.gov.uk/waltonhall
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4.5 based on 1,188 reviews

Walton Hall and Gardens

Reviewed By Ollerbarrow - Altrincham, United Kingdom

With its Hall, extensive gardens and playgrounds, petting zoo, pitch and putt and other attractions this is a great place to bring young and old for a day out on a nice sunny day. Parking is cheap at £3 for the day and there are plenty of food outlets dotted around, although it is invariably cheaper to bring a picnic. Short term attractions will lighten your pocket, yet keep any youngsters expending more energy. A great place.

5. Chester Cathedral

9 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU England +44 1244 324756 [email protected] http://chestercathedral.com
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4.5 based on 5,247 reviews

Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence and a unique blend of medieval and modern history.

Warrington Library Museum Street Cultural Quarter, Warrington WA1 1JB England +44 1925 442399 [email protected] http://www.warringtonmuseum.co.uk/
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4.5 based on 272 reviews

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Located above Warrington Central Library, Warrington Museum is one of the oldest municipal museums in the country. Much of the quintessential character of the building has been preserved and its original glass cabinets are crammed with treasures from all over the world. Work from acclaimed artists is also on display in the art gallery, and there is a lively program of events, activities and temporary exhibitions. Admission is free!

Reviewed By paulinedV6545QL

What a lovely little museum. It’s such a refreshing change to go to a museum, where my students can interact and try thing like armour on. Make drawings and writings. My class are adults learning English and they enjoyed it immensely. Well done Warrington, definitely worth a visit no matter what age you are.

7. Little Moreton Hall

Congleton Rd., Congleton CW12 4SD England +44 1260 272018 http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/little-moreton-hall
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4.5 based on 1,201 reviews

Little Moreton Hall

Reviewed By Darrandurus - Cheadle Hulme, United Kingdom

Well what can I say, the National Trust has come up tops again with this little Tudor Gem. Extremely well maintained and restored beautiful House, it is a pleasure to visit As usual with the National Trust, staff are onsite to bring the house to life and free tours are available which are excellent. Enjoy the tour then wander around at your leisure to enjoy other parts of the house and it’s display, followed perhaps by a visit to the cafe, where you can eat inside or out in the garden whilst the ducks from the moat nibble for titbits beneath your feet. There is a path to walk which follows the moat around the property which gives you a chance to enjoy the various herbs and flowers that surround the Hall. A great all weather attraction, enjoy.

8. Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Kinsey Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 9JJ England +44 151 348 5600 [email protected] http://www.cheshireoaksdesigneroutlet.com/
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4.5 based on 2,996 reviews

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cheshire Oaks is the UK's largest Designer Outlet With a quarter-million square feet of retail space, comprising more than 140 boutiques, restaurants and cafes, Cheshire Oaks isn't merely the UK's largest Designer Outlet. The Designer Outlet has a wide range of stores, offering something to suit every taste. Highlights range from athletic labels, like Nike and Adidas, and high-street favourites, like Marks & Spencer and Next, to a selection of iconic fashion brands, including Burberry, Polo, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss.

Reviewed By helenhN4667MN - Ilkeston, United Kingdom

First visit with my seventeen yo son and was very impressed, lots of shops to go at at great prices, I would also recommend if you have a student union card to use it, you can save a fortune ????

9. National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW England +44 151 355 5017 [email protected] http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/museums-and-attractions/national-waterways-museum
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4.5 based on 524 reviews

National Waterways Museum

Enjoy a day out by the canal in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life. Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, the docks at Ellesmere Port were still in use as late as the 1950s. They were a marvellously self-contained world and when you visit the museum today you can still walk around its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers cottages. There's so much to explore from the handsome Victorian buildings, which house the museum's fascinating displays, to the locks and moorings, home to colourful historic and visiting narrow boats. With world-class attractions and a year-round events calendar featuring everything from beer festivals to historic boat rallies, there's always a reason to visit. Dog friendly throughout and recently awarded Dog Friendly Business of the Year in the Marketing Cheshire Awards 2018. Entry allows you to return for 12 months.

Reviewed By 1961annew - Skelmersdale, United Kingdom

Some of the places were closed due to covid but this didn’t spoil the day it just means we will go again. Lots of covid safe signs and a one way system which adds to the experience, the engine room cottages and interactive characters made our visit an interesting one. Large car park and exceptional views of the Manchester ship canal and river Mersey. Although free at the moment there is the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution.

10. Wild Wings Birds of Prey Centre

Taylor Business Park, Warrington WA3 6BH England +44 7957 416883 [email protected] http://www.wild-wings.net
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Wild Wings Birds of Prey Centre

Reviewed By 495keeleyb

This is a fantastic place would definitely recommend a visit. Great for all ages! The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Me and the family had a great time and finished the day with a lovely hot cup of coffee in the new cafe. See you guys again soon.

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