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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Cheshire

Heritage sites also including Battlefield sites, Historic Landmarks & Roman Forts in Cheshire...

Cheshire Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

blank tabBEESTON CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Chapel Lane, Beeston, Nr Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9TX

Standing majestically on sheer rocky crags which fall sharply away from the castle wall, Beeston has possibly the most stunning views of the surrounding countryside of any castle in England. Its history stretches back over 4,000 years to when it was a Bronze Age hill fort. The huge castle was built from 1226 and soon became a royal stronghold, only falling centuries later during the English Civil War. A new exhibition 'The Castle of the Rock' outlines the history of this strategic site from prehistoric times, through the Middle Ages to the Civil War. It's illustrated with finds from Beeston. Open all year round. Gift Shop. Free Children's Activity Sheet available.
Tel: 01829 260464See our website

Chester Castle: Agricola Tower and Castle Walls

Tel: 0870 3331181     Fax: 01793 414926

Set in the angle of the city walls, this 12th century tower contains a fine vaulted chapel. Walls open at all times; cell block open Easter-September daily 10.00-18.00.

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Chester Roman Amphitheatre

Tel: 0300 123 8 123     E-mail:

The largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, partially excavated. Used for entertainment and military training by the 20th Legion, based at the fortress of Dewa. Open all reasonable hours.

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King Charles' Tower

City Walls

King Charles Tower, also known as the Phoenix Tower, is named after Charles I who is said to have watched the decisive Battle of Rowton Moor from the roof in 1645 during the English Civil War.

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Water Tower

City Walls

The Water Tower was added to the end of an arched spur to the original city walls after the river silted up and changed course in the 14th century. The tower was built in 1322 at a cost of 100 pounds. Forty or so Roman graves have been found within the Walls here. Centuries later, the same "Plague Field" was used to bury some of the thousands of Chester's 16th and 17th century victims of the bubonic plague.

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Nether Alderley Mill

Congleton Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4TW
Tel: 01625 445853     E-mail:

Nether Alderley Mill Photo © Peter Ward
Nether Alderley Mill -
Photo: Peter Ward CCL


Watermill dating from the 15th century, with working machinery.

The mill has overshot tandem wheels and is powered by water from the adjacent lake.

After lying derelict for thirty years, the Victorian machinery was restored in the 1960s and regular flour-grinding demonstrations take place.

Further restoration is planned.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate

Styal, Wilmslow, SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468    Fax: 01625 539267

Quarry Bank Mill  Photo © Gary Barber
Quarry Bank Mill - Photo:
Gary Barber CCL

River Bollin Photo © David Metcalf
River Bollin - Photo:
David Metcalf CCL


One of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, including complete working cotton mill.

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate comprises four distinct elements, all once belonging to the Greg family who founded the Mill and gave the land to the National Trust:

The Georgian water-powered cotton mill still spins and weaves cotton to be sold in the shop.

Visitors should allow at least 1½ hours to visit the Mill, where they can experience hands-on displays and living history demonstrations of the development of the textile industry, from hand spinning to noisy factory weaving.

Here the most powerful working waterwheel in Europe and one of the earliest steam-powered beam engines can be seen.

In the Apprentice House, with its organic garden, you can see and hear how pauper children were boarded whilst they were indentured to the Mill.

Guided tours take about 45 mins.

The colony village of Styal, which housed many of the workers in idyllic rural surroundings, provides a view of allotments, school and chapels.

The Estate of riverside, farmland and woodland walks in the valley of the River Bollin, planted by the Gregs, provides a delightful contrast to the throb of machinery and signs of industry.

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