10 romantic things to do in Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 11:35 31 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:35 31 January 2017

Mute Swans, Tatton Park by Josef de la Moitié

Mute Swans, Tatton Park by Josef de la Moitié


Whether it’s a first date, a Valentine’s Day celebration or even a quirky place to propose, there’s something for everyone in Cheshire.

Lyme Hall by Gillian BakerLyme Hall by Gillian Baker

A novel idea

Lyme Hall was the setting for Pemberley for the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. While we don’t recommend anyone emerge from the pond like Colin Firth, there are plenty of other things to do within the grounds. Lyme Park has 15 acres of gardens and the deer park is well over 1,000 acres which is a popular walking spot.

Walking with elegance, Tatton Park by Gareth BrimelowWalking with elegance, Tatton Park by Gareth Brimelow

Nearest and deer-est

There are quite a few places to view deer in Cheshire, but the most popular destination is Tatton Park. Explore the vast grounds, visit the gardens and there’s even a cafe on site. If you prefer to wine and dine, then Knutsford and King Street in particular is the place to visit.

Davenport's Tea Room Mad Hatter’s Afternoon tea by Beatrice TettehDavenport's Tea Room Mad Hatter’s Afternoon tea by Beatrice Tetteh

Grin like a Cheshire Cat

If your other half is an Alice in Wonderland fan, you should visit Daresbury; Lewis Carroll was born here and there’s plenty for the die-hard fans to see. If you prefer an unusual dinner date, then Davenport’s Tea Room have a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon tea.

Cholmondeley Castle by Gillian BakerCholmondeley Castle by Gillian Baker

A castle for a princess

If you want to make your loved one feel like a prince or princess, then a to a visit to a local castle could be the order of the day. There are a few castles in the area. Cholmondeley has beautiful gardens within the grounds to complete a fairytale day. Peckforton Castle near Tarporley is a celebrity favourite. Jamie Vardy recently married here and even US R&B pop star Ciara chose this venue to wed American footballer Russell Watson.

Lions at Chester Zoo by Tim DennisLions at Chester Zoo by Tim Dennis

Animal attraction

Chester Zoo is not just a day out for the kids, it’s a great place for a date or a romantic occasion. There are over 125 acres to explore and over 20,000 animals to see, so you can spend the whole day there. You can see the majestic big cats or have fun with the playful lemurs or take a picnic on the grounds.

View from The Edge by Paul RobertsView from The Edge by Paul Roberts

A magical time

Alderley Edge has a rich culture of legends involving magic and wizards, enjoy a tranquil walks around the woods or head out to Alderley Edge to enjoy beautiful views of the Cheshire plain. You can always stop off at the Wizard Inn to continue the theme or if prefer a bit more glitz and glamour, the village is home to some of Cheshire’s most stylish restaurants and bars.

New Brighton lighthouse by Kevin LythNew Brighton lighthouse by Kevin Lyth

A shore thing

There’s nothing quite as romantic as a walk on the beach. Head over to the Wirral coast and witness spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially around New Brighton. For those of you who prefer a little seclusion, make the journey across the waters to Hilbre Island where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Wirral peninsula.

Luxury on the Northern Belle by Kirsty ThompsonLuxury on the Northern Belle by Kirsty Thompson

Express your love

A train journey may not be many people’s idea of a romantic date, but few trains have the luxury and glamour of the Northern Belle. The Belmond Northern Belle has a variety of destinations and packages that depart from Chester, Crewe, Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street.

Shropshire Union Canal at Beeston by Ron SuttonShropshire Union Canal at Beeston by Ron Sutton

Love locks

No, we’re not suggesting you attach a padlock engraved with your initials to a famous Cheshire landmark, that’s a terrible idea. We suggest you make use of the many canals throughout Cheshire and take a romantic walk. If you plan in advance, you can also hire a barge for the day and explore the waterways at your own leisure.

Ness gardens, Wirral by Patrick FergusonNess gardens, Wirral by Patrick Ferguson

A blossoming romance

The highlight of the Cheshire horticultural calendar is undoubtedley the RHS Flower Show at Tatton, but all year round, Ness Botanical Gardens is the place to visit for plant lovers. Located on the Wirral just outside Chester, it is over 60 acres in size and has a vast array of blooms from across the world. For more ideas check out these ten glorious gardens to visit in and around Cheshire.

Dessert; Dark Chocolate Pave, chocolate crumble and pistachio ice creamDessert; Dark Chocolate Pave, chocolate crumble and pistachio ice cream

If a traditional dinner date is more suited to you, then there is a huge selection of restaurants in Cheshire that you can visit.

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