Macclesfield Tourist Information



The town’s most famous attraction, the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre offers the chance to learn about the universe, with interactive exhibits for all ages. It’s home to the world famous Lovell Telescope, and includes an arboretum with picnic area. Macclesfield hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages and self-catering apartments are plentiful in this chic business and leisure bolthole near Manchester. Book Macclesfield accommodation with us today, and make great savings with our special offers and the opportunity to compare prices online.

Things to do in and around Macclesfield

Bordering the Peak District National Park, Macclesfield makes a great base from which to access the wealth of outdoor activities in the Western Peaks from canal towpath walks along the Macclesfield Canal to walking on the nearby Gritstone trail and in Macclesfield Forest. Fishing, cycling, walking and canal boat hire are all available in the area and for some of the best views of the Cheshire Plains and Peaks visit the National Trust’s nearby Lyme Park Estate.

An ancient market town, Macclesfield is still famed for its great markets including the monthly Treacle Market, acclaimed in the national press as one of the UK’s top 10 farmers’ markets. A largely pedestrianised town centre with a striking central square flanked by cafes and the town hall, Macclesfield offers a mix of designer boutiques, independent shops, high street brand favourites and a host of chic cafes, restaurants and inns.

Macclesfield Silk Museums

Macclesfield’s collection of Silk Museums include the main Silk Museum housed in the town’s former school of art, The Heritage Centre within the town’s old Sunday School and Paradise Mill where you can see demonstrations of working restored Jacquard Looms.

Silk has long been synonymous with Macclesfield and the town’s collection of museums guide you through the story of the silk industry in the area. Start at the Silk Museum and learn about the history of the Silk Road and the process of silk making from cocoon to loom. Nearby Paradise Mill offers a unique insight into the Silk industry in Macclesfield during the 1930s, with a tour of the mill escorted by informative guides.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.