*** Please adhere to the current ‘Stay at home’ social distancing rules while they’re in force. Many of these places are currently closed to the public. ***
Are you looking for somewhere to visit to take some inspirational photographs? With Crewe being a major railway junction it’s easy to get to many big cites for a days photography. You’re spoiled for choice with places like Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and North Wales within easy reach. Let the train take the strain!
This page contains some locations within a reasonable driving distance from Crewe you may wish to consider. Please check the appropriate website for opening times and there might be restrictions on photography. I’ll update this page as necessary and if any members would like to suggest additions to this page please contact the webmaster.
The National Trust.
The National Trust has some very photogenic sites in our area. If you want to visit several of them it might be worth you becoming a National Trust member.
|Biddulph Grange Garden is an historic garden themed from world wide locations. Biddulph Grange’s website|
|Chirk Castle and its garden near Wrexham. Chirk Castle’s Website|
|Dunham Massey’s mansion, garden and deer park near Altrincham, Cheshire Dunham Massey’s Website|
|Erddig Stately Home and Gardens near Wrexham. Erddig’s Website|
|Little Morton Hall is a black and white timber framed mansion near Congleton. Little Moreton Hall’s Website|
|Lyme Park’s mansion and its deer park near Stockport. Lyme Park’s Website|
|Quarry Bank Mill is a old textile factory near Wilmslow, Cheshire. Quarry Bank’s Website|
|Speke Hall’s garden and estate are near Liverpool. Speke Hall’s Website|
|Shugborough Hall’s estate and garden near Milford, Stafford. Shugborough Hall’s Website|
|Tatton Park’s garden, farm, mansion and deer park near Knutsford, Cheshire. here|
Some of the National Trust deer parks above are great for stalking deers and there are other sites where you can photograph animals. Here’s a few-
|Blue Planet Aquarium is a challenge to photograph. Blue Planet’s website|
|Cheshire Falconry is near Northwich Cheshire Falcony’s website|
|Chester Zoo is the best Zoo in the country! Chester Zoo’s website|
|Gauntlet Birds of Prey near Knutsford have flying displays. Details on their website|
|Knowsley Safari Park where lions roam free! Knowsley Safari Park’s website|
|Stockley Farm’s Birds are near Arley Stockley Farm’s website|
|Trentham Monkey Forest near Trentham Gardens where monkies roam free. (Closed over winter) Monkey Forest’s website|
Museums and Galleries
Museums and Galleries might not be obvious places for photography but you might be surprised.
|The Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton, Stoke. Gladstone’s website|
|The Black Country’s living museum near Dudley. The museum’s website|
|Blists Hill Victorian Village is a living museum near Telford. Blists Hill’s website|
|Middleport Pottery museum in Stoke. Middleport Pottery’s website|
|Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. The Boat Museum’s website|
|The Lion Salt Works museum and gallery in Northwich. The Salt Works’ website|
|Crewe Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre’s website|
|Cosford RAF Museum has many aircraft on display . Cosford’ website|
|Liverpool’s Open Eye gallery is a great place to visit for contemporary inspiration. Open Eye’s Website|
Parks and Gardens
Some parks and gardens have been listed above, but here are a few more that you might enjoy.
|The Victorian Queens Park is in sunny Crewe. More Details here|
|Tirley Garth Garden at Willington, near Tarporley has limited opening times. Check here|
|The Dorothy Clive Gardens is near Woore. The Gardens’ website|
|Rode Hall for spring flower. Check opening times on Rode Hall’s website|
|Visit Arley Hall’s gardens near Northwich. Arley Hall’s website|
|Trentham Gardens are in Stoke. Trentham Garden’s website|
Here’s a few other photogenic locations that you may wish to visit.
|The Apedale Heritage Centre has a coal mine and light railway to explore Apedale’s Website|
|Cheshire Wildlife Trust has several locations and events to see local wildlife. You can become a member for £3 per month. Check their website here|
|Jodrell Bank could give you something a bit different. Jodrell Bank’s Website|
|Visit the Lakes and take a Mountain Goat coach Tour. Mountain Goats Website|
|Sch. It’s the Hack Green secret bunker. Not saying where it is though. The Secret Bunkers’ website|
|Visit Norton Priory’s ruins, garden and museum near Runcorn . Norton Priorys’ website|
|Visit Manchester Airports Viewing Gallery . Viewing Gallery’s website|