Experience & Explore2020-04-18T12:01:47+00:00

Experience & Explore

A stay at Hollies Barn is your chance to reconnect with family and friends.

And while there’s loads to love about the accommodation, there’s also lots to do away from the barn, to make your break that extra bit special and experience something fab together!

Here are just a few ideas of places to visit in Cheshire and neighbouring Staffordshire and Shropshire. For a full list please see our local Attractions Map.



Put your off-road driving skills to the test with the Land Rover Experience in the stunning grounds of Peckforton Castle, or feel the speed on the picturesque racing circuit at Oulton Park.

Get muddy quad bike trekking in Barthomley, test your aim at Mickley Hall Shooting School, or swing through the trees at Go Ape in Delamere Forest.

Or, for the ultimate in thrill seeking, head for the Alton Towers theme park.

Family time

Hire a boat at Nantwich Marina and cruise along the canal, take in the countryside on horseback with Cheshire Trekking, or burn off some energy at the Crocky Trail adventure playground or family-friendly Trentham Estate.

Marvel at the underwater life at the Blue Planet Aquarium, say hello to the animals at Chester Zoo, or get up close and personal with the free-roaming monkeys at Trentham Monkey Forest.

Have a splashing time at Water World or Dimensions, get bouncing at the Flip Out and Urban Air trampoline parks, or get creative and paint some pottery at the Emma Bridgewater decorating studio and factory.

Indulge your appetite

Savour the gastronomic delights of the nearby Boars Head, or afternoon tea at Ginger & Pickles in Nantwich or an alternative afternoon tea at Street in Nantwich.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, sample the scrumptious flavours on offer at Snugburys or the Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall – the world’s largest family-friendly ice cream parlour adventure park!

Great outdoors

Blow off the cobwebs with a walk or bike ride at Delamere or pick up the Sandstone Trail for breathtaking views of the Cheshire countryside.

Retail therapy

You can reach the shopping meccas of Liverpool, Manchester and Chester in under 45 minutes by train from nearby Crewe Station.

There’s also Dagfields Crafts and Antiques Centre, Trentham Shopping Village and the intu Potteries shopping centre.

And when it comes to stylish, independent boutiques, Nantwich takes some beating. The town is also known for its popular markets.

Spot of pampering

Relax and unwind with a spa day at Rookery Hall or Crewe Hall, or indulge yourself with a treatment at Madison Spa & Renew Clinic, Mayfair Spa or Missy’s, in Nantwich.

Awesome places to visit

Other attractions well worth a visit include Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Middleport Pottery, Beeston Castle, Ford Green Hall, the Anderton Boat Lift, Tatton Park, and Little Moreton Hall.

And that’s not all…

Why not coincide your break with one of the fantastic annual events on our doorstep?

There’s the Nantwich Food Festival, CarFest North, the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park and the Nantwich Show, to name just a few.