6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Cheshire Life today click here

10 things you should know about Nantwich

PUBLISHED: 00:00 10 August 2015 | UPDATED: 22:57 23 October 2015




This a town with a fascinating past and an international reputation

Nantwich Museum

Want to know about the Great fire of Nantwich, or the town’s connections with salt and shoes? Then get along to Nantwich Museum in Pillory Street, which houses a charming treasure trove of artefacts relating to the town’s fascinating history. nantwichmuseum.org.uk

Holly Holy day

Each January Nantwich town centre comes alive with Roundheads and Cavaliers in the re-enactment of the Battle of Nantwich in 1644 when the town, then the second most important in Cheshire, was besieged by the Royalist Army during the Civil War. Other festivals here annually include the Jazz and Blues Festival at Easter and the Words and Music Festival each October.


The town centre has lots of attractive independent boutiques offering everything from bridal to gifts, shoes to jewellery, not to mention fashion. Nantwich also has an excellent selection of ladies fashion shops, and plenty of chic bars, cafes and restaurants. The market is held is each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and a farmers’ market is held on the last Saturday or each month.

Notable neighbours

Nantwich has produced more than its fair share of famous names over the years. Among some of the more recent are comedian and actor Ben Miller who grew up in the town, model and Big Brother winner Sophie Reade and footballer Ashley Westwood who started his career at Crewe before moving to Aston Villa.

A show of strength

The Nantwich Show is a one-day farming extravaganza with animal displays, shopping and spectacular shows as well as trade stands, arts and crafts displays and cookery demonstrations. The show also features the International Cheese Awards, the largest cheese show in the world. nantwichshow.co.uk

Afternoon tea

Ginger & Pickles on Mill Street serves a fine afternoon tea with an assortment of homemade cakes and sandwiches and an extensive range of loose leaf and bagged tea served in china teacups. Or upgrade to a ‘Namptwiche Tea’, served with champagne. gingerandpickles.co.uk

Bar and restaurant

The multi-award winning Residence Restaurant and Bar is set in a Georgian mansion house once home to former Lord Mayor of London, Edmund Wright. Now offering high quality food – much of it locally-sourced – a range of cocktails and an impressive wine list, it has developed an enviable reputation. www.residence.uk.com

Food and Drink Festival

In September, the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival will transform the town into a food lovers’ paradise, with producers, growers and chefs showing their wares and their skills. The annual event features cookery demonstrations, street food stalls and tasty treats to suit every palate. nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk


Nantwich has its fair share of canals and waterways, including the Shropshire Union canal which is a great place for a tranquil walk on the Nantwich Riverside Loop.

Royal history

Queen Elizabeth I ordered a nationwide collection for funds to rebuild Nantwich after a great fire that blazed through the town for 20 days in December 1583 and made some 900 people homeless.

More from Out & About

Friday, June 15, 2018

Looking for somewhere new to explore this weekend? Why not follow Mike Smith to the unspoiled villages of the Dane Valley.

Read more
Peak District
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

One great plus point of this walk in the Wirral is that there are no nasty hills to climb.

Read more
Monday, June 11, 2018

The Royal Cheshire Show is one of the best summer events in the North West and always draws a great crowd. This year, we’ll be there showcasing our fantastic range of motorhomes – come and meet us on Stand B5 Plot 15.

Read more
Monday, June 4, 2018

Run by cyclists .. for everyone

Read more
Monday, June 4, 2018

Community spirit and hard work create a transport day, an 11-day festival and a host of local groups in Lymm.

Read more
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

We’ve teamed up with The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth, Cornwall to offer one lucky prize winner a luxury stay for two people

Read more
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cheshire Wildlife Trust supporters Sue and Tom Makin have created a wildlife friendly garden at Clemley House, near Tarporley. Sue explains their passion

Read more
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

There are few finer thing than exploring the countryside surrounding the many rivers situated across the county.

Read more
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Settle into a spacious seat, sit back in luxury and enjoy the ride before landing in the grounds of the stunning Goodwood estate - travel doesn’t get much better than that!

Read more
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Cheshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Property Search