A Fair Trade town, Congleton has the real feel of a traditional Cheshire market town with its pretty high street and central shopping area containing many independent local shops. Congleton's covered market takes place twice weekly and the town hosts a monthly Farmers' Market with a range of local produce for sale. Congleton is a regular In Bloom award winner and the friendly tourist information centre is based in the central town hall. Browse a wide choice of welcoming Congleton B&Bs and heritage inns with rooms in this ancient market town just minutes off the M6 on the Staffordshire and Cheshire borders.
The free entry Congleton Museum on Market Square features historic treasures such as the late Anglo-Saxon Astbury Log Boat alongside interactive touch screens and talking heads that help to tell the story on the Civil War period in the town and local Congleton industries of the past such as Fustian Cutting. The museum also has a fascinating exhibit on World War II evacuees. Large numbers of schoolchildren were evacuated to Congleton during the World War II from the nearby cities of Manchester and Liverpool.
Other attractions in Congleton include the community Daneside Theatre and historic Congleton Park which is cut through by the River Dane. Famous local Congleton landmark The Bosley Cloud is a 1000ft high fell overlooking the town situated just to the east. Like the Alderley Edge, The Cloud juts upwards from the surrounding flat Cheshire Plain to great dramatic effect.
Footpaths lead up to the summit of The Cloud from Congleton centre for fine views across the Plains and the Peak District. A standing stone marked with a cross sits on the back slope of The Cloud and marks the spot for the Cheshire and Staffordshire Border which cuts right through the Fell.
Congleton's other nearby landmark, this time to the south, is Mow Cop castle and village situated high on a hill. Mow Cop Castle folly was originally built as a summerhouse in 1754. The millstone grit, coal and limestone around Mow Cop was mined as far back as the Roman period. The Cheshire and Staffordshire Border also cuts through Mow Cop, marked by the distinctive rock formation of The Old Man O' Mow.
East Cheshire contains one of Britain's most extensive and spectacular collections of historic halls and ancient manor houses including Gawsworth Hall in Macclesfield and Capesthorne Hall just west of Macclesfield.
The National Trust's Little Moreton Hall in Congleton (4 miles to the south west of the town) is one of Cheshire's most beautiful Tudor timber-framed halls. The property, which is moated, boasts a spectacular Long Gallery, a charming knot garden and fascinating features. Guided tours are inclusive in admission prices at Little Moreton Hall and joint tickets are available for both Little Moreton Hall and nearby NT site, Biddulph Grange Gardens.