3 star – Secret Hotel in Crewe – 3 star – Chester

Situated in the railway town of Crewe in Cheshire, this 3 star Secret Hotel is the perfect base to explore this beautiful county and surrounding towns and villages. The free parking and car rental desk here make it even easier for you to get around during your stay and for anyone visiting on business, the hotel does have meeting rooms available for guest use. The friendly staff here will ensure you have a relaxing and stress free stay welcoming pets and offering dry cleaning services amongst others.

If you’re visiting with children, spend the morning at Lakemore Farm Park where you’ll be able to get up close to the friendly animals that live here. Meet the llamas, Shetland ponies, donkeys and pygmy goats among many others and learn about how they are cared for and what they like to eat. The farm also has a free crazy golf course, an indoor play barn with ball pit and sandpit and a picnic area. Alternatively, Chester Zoo is an award winning zoo voted the UK’s number one with over 1000 animals to discover. It’s advisable to spend a good few hours at the zoo as there’re plenty of activities to get involved with, from face painting to themed play areas. Budding botanists can also play gardener for a day as well as explore exotic terrains, such as the Andes Garden and the Rock Garden, which shows off many plant species from China and the Himalayas.

Cheshire is known for its variety of shops, from luxury department stores and designer outlets to boutiques and farmers markets. Take a trip to the village of Audlem and travel back in time to how it was once like to shop in Britain. Browse the unique independent shops, pop into the pretty church and then discover somewhere delicious to eat. Grab some fish and chips to enjoy by the canal or try one of the traditional pubs. Alternatively, spend the day in Chester for a variety of high street shops and boutiques on the famous medieval rows galleries.

For breakfast or lunch, Spedali’s is a lovely little café in Crewe serving great coffee and reasonably priced dishes. For a traditional Sunday lunch, or elegant evening meal, the Rising Sun is the place to go. The Edwardian Lyceum Theatre is the best place in the area for evening entertainment. The theatre has a variety of great shows, including many classic dramas and musicals as well as comedians and children’s entertainment. Make sure to check the website for up and coming shows during your visit!