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The Charms of Historic Chester & RHS Bridgewater

The Charms of Historic Chester & RHS Bridgewater

Based in historic Chester, this 5 day tour includes a river cruise and visits to RHS Bridgewater, Arley Hall & the Anderton Boat Lift


Based in historic Chester, this 5 day tour includes a river cruise and visits to RHS Bridgewater, Arley Hall & the Anderton Boat Lift


Chester is a picturesque town on the river Dee in Cheshire, not too far from Liverpool. Chester has a wide range of activities available to visitors, from simply walking round the compact city centre and spectacular shopping to visiting the very visible Roman ruins which are dotted through the town. The Chester Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street. The Rows are unique in the world to Chester and nobody is quite sure why they were built in this way. Some original 13th century buildings, including the Three Old Arches in Bridge Street, have survived the ravages of time, but many of the impressive facades are Victorian copies.


RHS Garden Bridgewater

Opened on 18 May 2021, RHS Garden Bridgewater is the fifth RHS garden and one of the largest and most spectacular gardening projects undertaken in Europe in recent years. The transformation of this 154-acre green space will enrich the lives of local communities and their environment for the future. There is so much to see – the Weston Walled Garden contains multiple garden rooms, setting the tone for a journey of exploration with colourful themed borders, complementary sub-gardens and characterful listed buildings. The wider woodland, meadows and lakes further your enjoyment, while a stroll through Worsley Welcome Garden and the emerging Chinese Streamside Garden offer time for relaxation and thought.


Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again. The fully accessible Operations Centre boasts a two storey facility with cafe area for that much needed 'rest bite'. The welcome desk serves the retail area and provides tickets for the trip boat through the lift, exhibition area and toilet facilities. The lower level houses the new exhibition, focusing upon the lift's history and the people who worked on and around it. The exhibition is colour coded to specific themes, with a high interactive content and an entertaining cinematic centrepiece. The lift control centre is located within the exhibition, enabling visitors to get up close and personal with the lift on its busy daily schedule. Time travel through the unique structure on board the elegant Edwin Clark trip boat, journeying between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal high above. Feel free to browse the gift shop with its unique heritage and historic content, while outdoor decking offers fine views over the grounds and lift. On fine weather days, take advantage of the picnic areas, located in the impressive shadow if this mighty structure.



Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head south to Liverpool, time at leisure to explore the historic Waterfront and Albert Dock complex before we head through the Mersey Tunnel on our way to Chester and our hotel the Queen. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we are joined by our local guide to show us the sights of the historic city of Chester including the city walls and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1,000 year old cathedral and 700 year old unique shopping rows. After lunch we enjoy a river cruise on the River Dee, sailing upstream, under the suspension bridge to the city limits. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Today we enjoy a colourful visit to RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford. This beautiful new garden opened in 2020 and was designed by world famous landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith. Amongst the highlights you can enjoy are an oasis of calm in the Paradise Garden, the Chinese inspired four season themed Streamside Garden and the fabulous Orchard Garden. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Our first visit today is to beautiful Arley Hall and its gorgeous ornate gardens. This historic family home has been the backdrop for many TV programmes including Coronation Street and recent huge hit Peaky Blinders - the Hall hosts an exhibition featuring images and anecdotes from the programmes. After lunch, we visit the mighty Anderton Boat Lift, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. We enjoy a 30 minute voyage in a glass covered boat to experience how the lift works - by raising us 50ft into the air! Afterwards we have a relaxing 45 minute cruise along the river. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

We return home to Cumbria via the classic Victorian seaside resort of Southport. Enjoy the fabulous sandy beaches and take a leisurely stroll down the UK’s oldest iron pier to the pavilion for breathtaking views.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Queen Hotel, Chester


The Queen at Chester is centrally located, just a short walk from the centre of Chester and is one of the oldest hotels in the UK, having originally been built to serve the train station in 1860. The hotel’s elegant style includes quirky touches which provide an interesting twist to its traditional origins. All 218 stylish bedrooms are comfortably furnished, the restaurant is cosy and the bar and lounge areas are traditional in style with sofas and chairs. There is also a fabulous courtyard terrace with water features. Lift.





Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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