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Ellesmere - Takes its name from the spectacular series of glacial meres and is why the area is known locally as the 'North Shropshire Lake District'. The Heron have always visited Ellesmere and you can view these majestic birds from the comfort of the indoor viewing and visitor centre.

Chirk - Discover the smaller but equally impressive Chirk Aqueduct and be in awe of the railway viaduct which towers above you. Moor up and pay a visit to Chirk Castle a magnificent medieval castle now owned by the National Trust.

Pontycysyllte Aqueduct - everyone should experience a trip over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and marvel at this magnificent feat of engineering which spans a 1000 feet and is 125 foot high. With the River Dee thundering beneath you and the Dee Valley stretching for miles it is no wonder that in June 2009 it became a World Heritage Site.

Llangollen - Seeped in myth and legend the town is best known for hosting the International Musical Eisteddfod every July which brings in some 120,000 visitors and turns the town into a vibrant international stage. Take a ride on the Llangollen steam railway and view some of the country's most breathtaking scenery.

Wrenbury - The clock is turned back a few hundred year when you visit this pretty village in the heart of Cheshire. Stroll across the village green and around the beautiful rose-covered cottages with flower filled gardens.

Chester - Shop in the 'Rows' and discover 1,000 of shops behind the façades of the black and white buildings. Step off the pages of history into The Newstead Roman Gallery and hear the story of the Romans in Chester as you take a tour with a real Roman. Visit Chester Zoo home to 7000 animals including some of the most endangered species on the planet.

Ellesmere Port- See the world's largest floating collection of historic inland waterways craft.The unique setting of Ellesmere Port's dock complex houses the national museum dedicated to inland waterways and boats. The National Waterways Museum has a very 'hands on' feel and you can even explore a boatman's cabin or play with the wide variety of engines that powered the boats around the waterways.

Manchester - Explore the Museum of Science and Industry and travel back in time to when Rolls-Royce was founded in Manchester in 1904. View the works of the world famous artist L S Lowry at the riverside setting of The Lowry Centre. Experience the atmosphere of one of the country's most famous clubs where you can have a go at commentating and where you can walk the footsteps of your footballing hero.

Anderton - The Anderton Boat Lift is perched on the banks of the River Weaver and was built by Edwin Clark in 1875. Take a trip or watch from the canal banks as it lifts the boats 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent and Mersey.

Gailey - Created more than two centuries ago to supply water for the then expanding canal system of the West Midland Rudyard Lake is situated in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside Take a trip on miniature railway which runs along the Eastern shores or drop in at the visitor centre for an insight on its history, wildlife and flora and fauna.



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