Things to do in Cheshire

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There's plenty of things to see, do, and explore in Cheshire. From family-friendly activities to entertain the kids to football stadium tours, designer shopping outlets, historic museums and leisurely strolls in Cheshire’s stunning National Parks, you’ll be spoilt for ways to spend your time with us. So, for when you are enjoying a relaxing spa break in Cheshire, here are the top 10 things not to be missed near Mottram Hall.

Forest Distillery and Tours

Distance from Mottram Hall: 25 minutes

The unique distillery is located in Macclesfield Forest in the Peak District National Park. The distillery is 1,200 feet above sea level, distilling spirits daily for the purest quality. 

With their products served at Mottram Hall, we recommend touring the distillery and as it is so close to the hotel, you wont be travelling far. 

Treacle Markets

Distance from Mottram Hall: 17 minutes

The Treacle Market is one of the largest Artisan Markets in the North West. Held on the historic cobbles of Macclesfield Marketplace on the last Sunday of every month. Enjoy over 160 stalls of exceptional quirky unique artworks, antiques, books, vintage finds, delicious food & drink plus stalls and information from the local community.
The Treacle Market is a perfect place to spend a few hours ambling around, browse the stalls, meet up with friends, listen to live music and sample the exceptional street food for lunch.

Tatton Park, Dunham Massey & Lyme Park


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Tatton Park distance from Mottram Hall: 25 minutes

Steeped in medieval history, Tatton Park is a National Trust property and one of the UK's most complete historic estates. Home to lots of wildlife, including deer and farm animals, it makes for a fun and memorable day for family and friends. You can read more about the wonders of Tatton Park in our guide: ‘How to enjoy a memorable weekend break in Cheshire’.

Dunham Massey distance from Mottram Hall: 33 minutes

Further to Tatton Park, Dunham Massey is a wonderful garden for all seasons, featuring an ancient deer park to marvel at and a house replete with treasures for visitors to discover.

Lyme Park distance from Mottram Hall: 32 minutes

Then there is the lovely Lyme Park, noted for its stunning house that is surrounded by picturesque gardens, moorland, and deer park. From guided walks to park runs and cycling, there’s a great family outing to be had.

Chester Zoo


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Distance from Mottram Hall: 59 minutes

The UK's number one zoo, with over 7000 animals and 400 different species, including some of the most endangered on the planet; Chester Zoo is a family favourite and the subject of award-winning Channel 4 documentary, The Secret Life of The Zoo. Read more about Chester Zoo and other top Chester attractions in our guide: ‘What to do during a day out in Chester’.

Manchester United Football Club - Old Trafford

Distance from Mottram Hall: 35 minutes

Home to the most successful Premier League football club in history, Old Trafford is a national treasure. The History by Decade exhibition is for those supporters who prefer stories to statistics. It tells the story of United's development from a local works football team to a globally admired empire.

Trafford Centre & Barton Square


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Distance from Mottram Hall: 36 minutes

One of the UK’s largest indoor shopping centres, the Trafford Centre & Barton Square is Manchester's top shopping destination. The mall has a diverse range of shops and restaurants to suit all budgets, plus an eleven-screen cinema complex. Better still, there are over 11,500 free car parking spaces.

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Distance from Mottram Hall: 53 minutes

Every day is a sale at Cheshire Oaks McArthurGlen Designer Outlet. It’s home to over 80 designer brands at up to 60% less, all year round. With plenty of coffee shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, it’s ideal for casual dining after a long day shopping. Popular fashion retailers include Mulberry, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors and many more.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre


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Distance from Mottram Hall: 20 minutes

Fascinated by space and science? From stargazing to astrophotography, the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre offers up a unique insight into the wonders of the universe and the opportunity to learn more about the iconic Lovell Telescope.

Quarry Bank Mill

Distance from Mottram Hall: 12 minutes

As part of Cheshire's Year of Gardens '08, The National Trust opened the Secret Garden at Quarry Bank for the first time. Restored to its former glory, this unique 18th-century garden contains fine displays of rhododendron and other spring blooms and has delightful vistas, with the River Bollin running through the valley.

Riverside walks, meandering paths and raised beds are some of the features that have been rediscovered during restoration work, reflecting the 'picturesque' style of the original design.

Manchester City Centre


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Distance from Mottram Hall: 42 minutes

One of the country's most vibrant cities, Manchester city centre is bursting at the seams with cultural activities. From live music to sports, art, theatre, attractions and fine dining; you'll find it all here and it’s just 30 minutes from Mottram Hall.

Alderley Edge

Distance from Mottram Hall: 11 minutes

Popular with famous faces, premiership footballers and the setting for The Housewives of Cheshire TV show, Alderley Edge is home to more millionaires per square mile than anywhere else in Britain, besides London. A hub of high-end boutiques, restaurants and bars, this quaint English village is dominated by The Edge, a wide sandstone escarpment made famous by novelist Alan Garner.

The Peak District National Park

Distance from Mottram Hall: 58 minutes

At the southernmost end of the Pennines with breathtaking views, the Peak District National Park is a well-trodden route with ramblers and an idyllic day out for all. The park falls mostly in northern Derbyshire but also includes parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire and Yorkshire.

Bridge in Chester Bridge in Chester

What to see and do in Cheshire

- Tatton Park, Dunham Massey, and Lyme Park

- Chester Zoo

- Manchester United Football Club

- Trafford Centre and Barton Square

- Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

- Jordell Bank Discovery Centre

- Quarry Bank Mill

- Manchester City Centre

- Alderley Edge

- The Peak District National Park

When enjoying a delightful spa break in Cheshire at Mottram Hall, there is so much to see and do, as you can see from the attractions listed above. These are just some of the many highlights that Cheshire can offer visitors and we are confident you will have a great time experiencing them during your stay.

All that’s left is to book your spa weekend in Cheshire! Read some of our guides over on our blog to help you discover more delights available in this wonderful county.