When it comes to Cheshire, including Chester, Crewe, Macclesfield and other stunning areas around an hour’s drive from Manchester, many of the oldest hotels come complete with their own backstory. Take The Courthouse in Knutsford, a former – you guessed it – court house, which now offers a fascinating and dog-friendly overnight stay. Or the fabulous Chester Townhouse, a charming independent hotel at the heart of this wonderful, historic city.
To make life easy when it comes to booking, here’s our expert guide to the best places to stay.
As summer in Manchester turns out to be a scorcher, here are our hottest picks of some of the best outdoor and indoor family-friendly events and activities happening in Manchester and the North during the summer holidays and the coming months, featuring festivals, performances, gaming fun, garden visits and so much more.