Tourism sector

Tourism has a vital role to play in the continuing economic success and development of both Cheshire East and the North West region as a whole. It remains one of the fastest growing areas of the Cheshire East economy and is worth £650 million to the local area.

A diverse range of visitor destinations attract tourists from across the UK and overseas. Great houses such as Tatton Park or Lyme Park reflect the wealth and influence of a borough that is still one of the most prosperous in Britain.

The great radio telescope at Jodrell Bank highlights Cheshire East’s continuing role as a centre of scientific discovery - and the market towns of Nantwich, Congleton, Knutsford and Sandbach with their black and white buildings and rich heritage, provides the visitor with an insight into the borough’s long and colourful history.

Cheshire East is also home to a number of superb gardens in this famously green-fingered location. For more information, please visit Cheshire's Gardens.

The borough’s scenic countryside, including part of the Peak District National Park also attracts walkers, cyclists and horse riders, who not only enjoy the secluded pathways, peaceful cycle ways and leafy bridleways, but they can also drop in on ancient country pubs, cosy tea rooms or stay in welcoming farmhouse Bed and Breakfast's.

For information on all Cheshire East’s promoted walking, cycling and riding routes, as well as country parks and rural attractions visit  Discover Cheshire. From here you can download maps and directions as well as find out further information on places to visit, places to eat and drink and accommodation near your chosen route.

Useful links

  • Marketing Cheshire - promotes the strengths of Cheshire and Warrington as a tourism destination.
  • Visit England’s Northwest - the official tourism website for the North West of England.
  • People 1st - Sector Skills Council for hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism in the UK.