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Cheshire Area Guide

Little Straw Ben, Nantwich, Cheshire Image courtesy of Flickr user Paul

Cheshire is a largely rural county in the North West of England. It borders no fewer than 7 other counties; Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Shropshire and Staffordshire in England as well as the Welsh counties of Flintshire and Wrexham.

Home to scores of celebrities including Freddie Flintoff, Wayne and Colleen Rooney and Alex Ferguson, many perceive Cheshire to be something of a 'WAG's paradise.' And though Cheshire's quaint and affluent villages often do attract wealthy celebrity residents, the perception of the whole county as such is rather inaccurate.

The heart of this county is the historic city of Chester, a beautiful city that attracts vast quantities of tourists each year to its Cathedral, quaint history-steeped streets, zoo and racecourse. And it's not just this city attracting tourists, the whole county does and tourism is a significant contributor to the area's economy. Other areas of industry contributing to the economy include agriculture, chemicals, food and drink and ICT.

Cheshire is split into four districts:

·         Cheshire West and Chester

·         Cheshire East

·         Warrington

·         Halton

Demographics

There are around a million residents living in Cheshire and the overwhelming majority, over 94%, are white British. The bulk of Cheshire's population, almost 700,000, is split fairly evenly between the Cheshire East and Cheshire West districts, with Warrington housing just over 200,000 and Halton just over 125,000.

It will come as little surprise that much of the population inhabits key towns and cities including Warrington, Chester and Macclesfield.

Education

Each of the districts within Cheshire is also its own local education authority and across the four, there are scores of state run primary and secondary schools.

Across Cheshire, there are 14 Primary schools rated outstanding by OFSTED.

Secondary schools in Cheshire East, Warrington and Cheshire West and Chester perform slightly better than the national average in terms of numbers of students achieving 5 good GCSE results. Halton, on the other hand, sits just below this national average figure.

As well as state schools, there are independent schools. These include the Queens School in Chester, which sites 56th in the league table of the best independent schools in the country.

There are also 3 universities with facilities in Cheshire; The Crewe Campus of Manchester Met University, The Chester Campus of the University of Law and, of course, Chester University.

Transport

Bordering 7 counties, Cheshire is surprisingly accessible for a relatively rural area of the country. There's incredibly easy access to the M6, linking Cheshire with Birmingham and making access to the M1 for driving to London nice and straightforward too.

In terms of public transport within Cheshire itself, there's a large reliance on local bus services and local train services. There are commonly complaints about some overcrowded trains, particularly those running from areas of Cheshire into Manchester and back during rush hours. But the bus services are generally reliable.

For those relying on the train network for national travel, a number of stations offer services direct to major cities. From Chester, you can get to London Euston direct in just over 2 hours. Less speedy, but nonetheless direct services from Chester include train journeys to Birmingham in around an hour and three quarters, Manchester in just over an hour and Liverpool in 45 minutes.

Stockport lies on the mainline between Manchester and London and Warrington Central also offers direct services to London, Manchester and Liverpool.

For international travel, both Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport are easily accessible to residents of Cheshire.

Amenities and Shopping

Shopping

The City of Chester has a huge number of shopping facilities in the centre. Its Grosvenor Shopping Centre is home to big high street retailers, while you can find independent shops and boutiques in the streets nearby.

Shopping isn't reserved just for Chester, however. Many of Cheshire's towns have shopping centres; Stockport, Macclesfield, Warrington, Crewe, to name a few.

Arguably the best known shopping facility in Cheshire is Ellesmere Port's designer outlet, Cheshire Oaks. This facility has over a hundred retailers including Antler, Diesel, Calvin Klein and Bench as well as housing bars, shops, restaurants and cafes.

Attractions

Chester Zoo is a huge tourist attraction, not just for overseas visitors but also attracting tourists from further afield in England. Similarly, Chester Racecourse is a popular attraction.

The county's attractions are not just limited to Chester though. There's Tatton Park, Jodrell Bank, Quarry Bank Mill Museum and Delamere Forest all within the county as well.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.