Local Attractions


Lymm Village

Lymm Village

The town of Lymm can trace its history back to the Domesday Book in 1086. Recent discoveries of Roman coins in the area suggest it may have been an area of Roman military activity.
The Bridgewater Canal passes through this pleasant village. The canal was first constructed by the Duke of Bridgewater who needed to transport coal from Worsley and work on the canal started in 1759 and which split the village but nowadays this adds to the charm that Lymm offers. Of interest to the visitor and resident alike is Lymm Dam, a treelined lake and an area of outstanding natural beauty created in the 1800’s and where today you are likely to meet someone horse riding, angling, indulging in some ornithology, or simply appreciating the beautiful surroundings. The centre of Lymm provides its most recognisable feature, The Cross based on ancient steps carved out of natural red sandstone, four stone pillars support this landmark which some believe dates back to the 14th century, then again it may be as late as the 17th century but one thing is certain it was the location for public meetings at that time. Today Lymm is a popular commuters location for the major urban areas that surround it including Manchester and Warrington and once you have visited Lymm it is easy to appreciate why this town set in the Cheshire countryside is so appealing.

Lymm Dam

Lymm Dam

Lymm Dam originated from the early 19th century, when the Warrington and Stockport Turnpike Trust constructed the road which we now know as the A56. Opposition to bringing the road through the centre of Lymm Village resulted in the Trust choosing an alternative route and crossing what was then 'a pool and a stream' in the valley below St. Mary's Church. An earth dam was constructed across the valley in 1824 and the lake known as Lymm Dam came into being.
Lymm Dam is now an area of great beauty and tranquillity, with it's surrounding woodlands and meadows teeming with wildlife. It is a popular area for walking, bird watching, horse riding, angling, or for just relaxing in beautiful sorroundings.


Dunham Massey

Water Mill at Dunham Massey

The country estate of Dunham Massey is a National Trust Site which features an early Georgian House mansion, the home to a number of important collections and includes the finest collection of Huguenot silver in Britain.It is surrounded by beautiful parkland and gardens. Take time to visit the sawmill with it's restored waterwheel.
The garden is French in style and includes the moat and mount and contains Britain's largest winter garden. Within the garden you will find a parterre, delightful Orangery and an old Well House.
An ancient herd of fallow dear can be found in the 250 acre parkland.

Walton Hall and Gardens

Walton Hall

Walton Hall Gardens was originally part of a larger estate which was purchased by the Greenall family in 1812 and was subsequently bought by Warrington Borough Council in 1941.
The park with it's spacious lawns and picnic areas is an ideal place for a family day out. The mature parkland and ornamental gardens remain beautiful throughout the year, with trees and shrubs from all over the world. It is also home to a variety of woodland animals and birds.


The Barn Owl Inn

Barn Owl Inn
Ramp designed and manufactured by Mobility Engineering Ltd

The Barn Owl Inn is to be found alongside Hesford Marine and draws commendations in such publications as 'Hidden places in Cheshire'. It was awarded CAMRA pub of the year in 2004 having a reputation for fantastic ales and for the 'gastro-pub-grub' that draws people from miles around.

Further details, booking and menu information on it's website www.thebarnowlinn.co.uk.


Ye Old No 3 Inn

Ye Olde No 3 Inn

Ye Olde No 3 Inn is located further along the Bridgewater Canal in the opposite direction to the Barn Own Inn and offers good food and drink. it has a pleasantly located drinking and eating are alongside the canal


Barton Swing Aquaduct

Barton Swing Aquaduct

Four miles west of Manchester, between Stretford and Worsley, is one of the wonders of the waterway world - the Barton Swing Aqueduct, carrying the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal.