Area guide

Welcome to Cheshire, a county of varied landscapes: estuaries (the Dee and the Mersey), the extensive lowlands of the Cheshire Plains, open farmland with hedgerow borders, and part of the Peak District National Park.


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Sitting in the North West of England and bordering Wales, Cheshire’s geographical history gives rise to one of its distinctive property traits – unique red coloured stone.

In our area guide, we explore this diverse county which offers gently-paced country living as well as the cultural benefits of the towns and cities such as Chester (an historical walled city) and nearby Liverpool and Manchester, and provide practical information for living in Cheshire, such as schooling, transport and property prices.

The residential sales team in Strutt & Parker’s Chester office sells stunning and varied properties throughout Cheshire and North Wales: old estate cottages, modern mansions, townhouses, farmhouses on the Cheshire Plains and farmsteads ripe for development.

The land management department provides landowners across the region with advice on strategy, tax, planning, building surveying and energy needs.

Things to do in Cheshire

The world-famous Chester Zoo, apart from the obvious attractions, has beautiful gardens, and the Royal Liverpool Golf Course has been host many times to the Walker Cup and has recently also held The Open. For motor racing fans, Oulton Park, near Tarporley, holds events in a number of different disciplines between spring and autumn.

The county offers many opportunities to discovery its fascinating past including Chester with its historic city walls, dating back to the Roman times. There are also beautiful castles at Beeston and Peckforton, Port Sunlight on The Wirral, and the Royal Horticultural Society garden at Tatton Park. The National Trust have some great places to visit in Cheshire, such as Dunham Massey, The Lovell Quinta Arboretum and Lyme Park & Gardens.

Cheshire is home to a large network of canals, built during the early phases of the Industrial Revolution, including The Cheshire Ring, now providing a thriving leisure industry. For those after more vigorous activity, there is fantastic walking in some beautiful spots, including the Sandstone Trail, the Peak District (which falls partly within Cheshire), Tegg’s Nose Country Park and Marbury Country Park.

Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can train for the Chester Marathon, renowned for being one of the friendliest races in the UK and chosen as one of the UK's top two marathons by the runners who take part!

Why we love Cheshire

Cheshire is ideal for:

  • History and shopping in Chester
  • Norman castles
  • Excellent transport links
  • Farmers’ markets
  • The Sandstone Trail, Peckforton & Beeston castles
  • Arley Hall & Gardens
  • The Chester Marathon
  • Annual events – Chester Races, CarFest North, Nantwich Show with the International Cheese Awards

The team from our Chester office recommends:

  • The Chester Grosvenor
  • The Cholmondeley Arms
  • Cheshire’s Peak District with the Gritstone Trail
  • Farmageddon
  • Snugbury’s Ice Cream in Bunbury
  • And… Cheshire Cheese!

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Properties for sale in Cheshire

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Key villages & towns in Cheshire

Schools in the area

Cheshire has a good number of independent, state and Church of England schools.

Chester has excellent and renowned independent schools, including Abbeygate College (mixed), King’s School (mixed) and Queen’s School (girls), all of which have junior schools, and nearby Christleton High School.

There is also Beech Hall and The King’s School in Macclesfield, which dates from the 16th Century, Cransley School and The Grange School Hartford, near Northwich.

Tarporley has a good High School and Sixth Form College, Alderley Edge School for Girls (for aged 2-18) is locally renowned and Bishop Heber High School near Malpas is also very popular.

Reaseheath College near Nantwich offers higher and further education.

For a more comprehensive list of schools in Cheshire, we recommend the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

In the heart of Cheshire is Crewe station, one of the most important interchanges in the North West of England, giving access to all parts of the UK, including direct services to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool. From Chester, direct train services run to all major towns in Wales, including Holyhead which provides an onward connection to Ireland.

By train

There is a comprehensive motorway network running throughout Cheshire: the M6, M56, M53 and M56 combine to provide very easy access to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, and therefore the national motorway network.

Cheshire has great cities, market towns, a fantastic history with a good scattering of castles, as well as great expanses of countryside, Cheshire’s Peak District, woodland walks, and a historic canal network.