The primary attraction in rural Cheshire is the beautiful, historic city of Chester. The city centre is surrounded by the only complete city wall in the country, which date in parts from both Roman and Medieval times.
Inside the walls, broad streets are lined with stunning Tudor and Victorian buildings, and narrow, cobbled lanes are filled with interesting shops. The prime shopping area is ‘The Rows’, four streets of galleried shopping arcades, combining a mixture of Tudor and Victorian architecture, which fan out from ‘The Cross’ at the centre of town.
The city is also home to an impressive Normal cathedral. The striking external facade was substantially modified by the Victorians but many original features remain within.
The rest of Cheshire is substantially rural, and offers some lovely walking country, particularly to the far east, where it reaches into the Peak District National Park. The stand-out stately homes in the area are stunning Lyme Park, inside the boundaries of the Peak District, which was used as Pemberley in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and the impressive estate of Tatton Park, which combines a Tudor Old Hall, seventeenth century mansion, expansive gardens and grounds, and a rare breed farm.