Popular attractions in and around Nantwich include the Nantwich Museum where you can learn all about the town’s historic links with salt stretching back to the Romans. Visit the fascinating Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker – a former government-owned bunker now a museum. Take a dip in the Nantwich Outdoor Brine Pool for summer swims and visit the popular Snugburys Ice Cream shop where the ice cream is made on site. Beautiful Cheshire gardens in the area include Bridgemere Nursery and Garden World and Cholmondeley Castle Gardens.
The central Grade I listed Churche’s Mansion was one of a few buildings to survive the town’s 1583 fire. Churche’s Mansion is a typical black and white Elizabethan mansion with ornate gilt carvings, and now houses Adam’s Antiques, named one of the Best 50 Antiques Shops in the UK by The Independent. Much of the inside is restored to its former glory, and is open to the public who also enjoy access to the walled gardens.
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
Hidden away in the heart of the Cheshire countryside just to the south of Nantwich is one of Cheshire’s hidden gem attractions – the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker. Today a museum with the interior preserved as it was when in operation, Hack Green was central to Britain’s defence for around 60 years. Designated a bombing decoy site from 1941, Hack Green was established initially to protect the area between Liverpool and Birmingham. Hack Green was one of only 21 fixed radar stations in the UK during World War II.
After the Second World War the site Hack Green became one of 12 British sites serving as protection against the potential threat of Soviet Nuclear War. The bunker was dismantled with considerable care and secrecy in 1999, and was finally opened to the public from April 2004. The museum now offers a unique opportunity to see and learn about secret weapons only a few in the government would have been aware of in the decades after World War II. The bunker is open 7 days a week from late spring to early November, and in winter from Wednesday to Sunday. Find it just off the A530 Whitchurch Road, just a few miles from Nantwich and children should look out for the mouse trail!
Nantwich Museum & The History of Salt
Discover the ancient and fascinating history of Nantwich at the central Natwich Museum housed in the former public library on the site of an old gaol. Galleries explore particular topics in the market town’s history including the Tudor Great Fire, Nantwich and the Civil War, the history of cheese making and Roman salt making. A Joseph Heler meeting room is also on-site featuring a collection of historic maps and temporary exhibitions feature in the Millennium Gallery.