Waterways of Cheshire and North Wales
With so many attractions on offer in Cheshire and North Wales, it is difficult to decide which to visit first. This itinerary explores the region's waterways, illustrating the important part it has played in our nation's heritage.
River Dee Cruise • Ness Botanic Gardens • Pontcysllte Aqueduct • Llangollen • Anderton Boat Lift
Day 1 Travel to North Wales with a recommended stop in the Potteries.
Day 2 Begin the day in charming Chester with a tranquil, 30 minute cruise on the River Dee including commentary. The remainder of the morning is at leisure to explore the pretty medieval streets and city walls. After lunch, travel north to the Wirral Peninsula for a guided tour of the award winning Ness Botanic Gardens, founded in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a cotton merchant with a passion for gardens and plant collecting. The guided tour on this day is STA, as guides are volunteers and cannot always be confirmed.
Day 3 A leisurely drive past Ruthin before travelling over the spectacular Horseshoe Pass to Llangollen. Enjoy time at leisure here before a short transfer to Froncysyllte to join a canal cruise on a brightly coloured narrowboat, where you will sail across the Pontcysllte Aqueduct, or 'Stream in the Sky', then through the beautiful Vale of Llangollen. An interesting commentary gives visitors an insight into the history of the area and other canals in the UK.
Day 4 Travel to Northwich for a ride on the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift. Originally built in 1875, the structure lifts passengers aboard the elegant Edwin Clark boat from the River Weaver to the Trent and Mersey Canal high above. A comprehensive visitor centre houses an exhibition focusing on the lift's history together with its control centre, so visitors can get close to the action. On then to the pleasant market town of Nantwich, before returning to the hotel via the lovely lakes at Ellesmere.
Day 5 Homeward journey.
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Mercure Chester Abbotts Well
This 4 star hotel is located within landscaped gardens just 2 miles from the beautiful city of Chester. Bedrooms are comfortable and many overlook the courtyard. The open plan lounge-bar offers a place to relax after a busy day's touring. The city Park & Ride service is located next to the hotel, which provides independent travel to the city centre.
• 4 star • 126 bedrooms
• No lift, but plenty of ground floor rooms
• Leisure centre • Indoor swimming pool
• Coach parking
Your tour includes:
• 4 nights half board near Chester with;
Full English breakfast
3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee
• 30 minute River Dee cruise
• Admission to Ness Botanic Gardens
• Canal cruise across Pontcysllte Aqueduct
• Ride on the Anderton Boat Lift
While we offer a very wide range of destinations it is impossible to feature everything here. If you cannot see what you are looking for please contact us to discuss your requirements.