Nantwich is a charming historical market town, set beside the River Weaver, with a rich history, a wealth of beautiful timber framed buildings, a quaint town square with memorial tribute, a wide range of specialty shops and one of the finest medieval town churches in Britain, St Mary’s.
Below is a map of the town centre highlighting 16 places of interest you want want to take a look at on your visit to the town.
1. St Mary’s Church – This magnificent and beautiful sandstone church often called ‘The Cathedral of South Cheshire’ was built around the 14th century.
2. Nantwich War Memorial – Commemorating the fallen of WW1 and WW2.
3. The Crown Hotel – Rebuilt in 1583 after the great fire. This Grade II listed building has an exquisite gallery window on the third floor, stunning Georgian ballroom and original wattle and daub construction.
4. 46 High Street – Now a book shop this beautiful Tudor house was built in 1584.
5. Queen’s Aid House – Built by Thomas Cleese after the great fire in 1584. An inscription can be viewed thanking Queen Elizabeth for her generous donation towards the towns reconstruction.
6. The Pillory – In the middle ages wrongdoers were imprisoned here for the whole town to see. Sometimes afterwards they were transported and ducked into the town’s cess pit.
7. Nanwich Players Theatre – Originally the Quakers meeting house built in the 16th century. This quaint theatre is locally run, hosting six plays a year and a youth production.
8. Nantwich Museum – Discover all about Nantwich. With regular changing special exhibitions, there is always something new to see.
9. Millennium Clock – Designed by Paul Beckett to celebrate the new millennium.
10. Sweetbriar Hall – Built in the late 15th century for the Wilbraham family, this is one of the few buildings to escape the great fire of 1583.
11. Churche’s Mansion – Built in 1577 by Thomas Cleese for Rychard & Margerye Churche. This is one of the oldest buildings in Nantwich. Featured on ‘Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders’ with Yvette Fielding in 2007. It is currently a restaurant.
12. Almshouses – The Crewe Almshouse was built in 1767. The Wright Almshouses seen through a beautiful archway were originally built in 1638 on London Road and moved here in 1974 stone by stone.
13. Nantwich Baths & Outdoor Brine Pool – Our unique outdoor pool is possibly the last in the country. With aqua fit and family fun sessions there is something for everyone.
14. The Cheshire Cat – Originally three cottages, then converted into The Widows’ Almshouse in 1676 by Roger Wilbraham. Today a charming bar, restaurant and hotel. Outside the sandstone steps were used to dismount horses.
15. Nantwich Canal & Marina – Relax and take a stroll along the tranquil canal, enjoy lunch at the quayside café or hire a narrowboat for a great day out. More on local marinas.
16. Airman’s Memorial – In remembrance of 1st Lieutenant Arthur Brown whose plane crashed here on the 14th of January 1944.
Whilst in Nantwich....
The Historical Clock Face Walk
Nantwich is second only to Chester in the county for its rich array ofhistorical buildings. Follow the clock faces around the town and venture back in time on a fascinating tour.
The Nantwich Guide & Historical Trail brochure available from Nantwich Tourist Information is a rich informative guidebook for this walk.
The Nantwich Loop Walk
Follow the signposts for a relaxing three mile walk alongside the River Weaver, Nantwich Lake, Shropshire Union Canal and Welsh Row.
The Nantwich Riverside Loop Walk leaflet is available from the Nantwich Tourist Information Office or visit our local walks page.
Outside The Town
Just a short journey outside Nantwich you will find further places of interest including:
Home to a small zoo, lambing weekends, family fun days and a maize maze.
Open seasons: Lambing – April, Zoo & Maze July to September
Address: Reaseheath, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DF
Telephone: 01270 613222
Dorfold Hall and Gardens
Open: Tuesdays, 2pm-5pm from April – October
Address: Chester Road, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8LD
Telephone: 01270 625245
Snugburys Ice Cream Farm
Open: Open 7 Days a Week, 10.00 – 5.00 Winter, 9.30 – 6.00 Summer
Address: Park Farm, A51, Hurleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6BU
Telephone: 01270 624830
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
Open: Monday – Saturday
Address: French Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 8AL
Telephone: 01270 629219
Bridemere Garden Centre
Open: Monday to Saturday – 9am to 5.30pm, Sunday – 10.30am to 4.30pm
Address: A51 London Road, Bridgemere, Nr Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 7QB
Telephone: 01270 521100
Dagfields Crafts and Antiques
Open: 10am-5pm every day
Address: Crewe Road (B5071), Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 7LG
Telephone: 01270 841336
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
Open season: April – October
Address: A49 Whitchurch/Tarporley Road, Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8AH
Telephone: 01829 720383
Nantwich Information Leaflets
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