This autumn break is based in the fascinating Roman city of Chester and explores some of the products that made Britain great. Beautiful buildings, wonders from the canal age, and the best of traditional industries.
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Travel Insurance £24.50 pp
Day 1 - Sunday
We drive through the Midlands and make a lunch stop at Trentham Garden Centre. By the end of the afternoon we reach Chester, where our Hotel is situated close to the historic city centre.D
Day 2 - Monday
We travel across the Cheshire Plains to Macclesfield, traditional home of the Silk Industry. Here we visit Paradise Mill, a Grade II listed Victorian building housing 26 restored Jacquard looms. On a tour with an expert Guide we will learn about the weaving process from cocoon to the finished fabric, and about the industry and the people who worked in it. This afternoon we take the famous 'Cat & Fiddle' road through the Peak District National Park to Buxton.B, D
Day 3 - Tuesday
A drive onto the Wirral Peninsula brings us to Port Sunlight, founded by 'Soap King' William Hesketh Lever in 1888 to house his factory labourers, and considered to be the finest example of an industrial worker's village in the UK. We visit the award-winning Museum and take a guided coach tour to see the idyllic cottages and grand public buildings. We return to Chester for free time and an included cruise on the tranquil River Dee.B, D
Day 4 - Wednesday
Today we head to the amazing Anderton Boat Lift, often called 'The Cathedral of the Canals'. We will take a boat trip through the Lift, built in 1875 to carry boats from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Close by is the Lion Salt Works, an historic open-pan salt making site. We will explore the restored buildings with a guide to discover how the salt works operated and the impact of salt on Cheshire's people, economy and landscape. A light lunch is included.B, D
Day 5 - Thursday
On the way home today we will pay a visit to Baddesley Clinton, a secluded intimate estate in the heart of the Forest of Arden, with 500 years of fascinating history. We arrive in Sussex for early evening taxis.B
THE QUEEN HOTEL, CHESTER
It is no wonder that the likes of Lillie Langtree and Charles Dickens were regular guests at the Queen Hotel when you marvel at the vaulted ceilings, impressive staircases and regal public areas of this stately building. Built in the 1850s in homage to Queen Victoria, it was the UKs first grand railway hotel. The Hotel has a lift.
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