The market town of Nantwich, situated on the Cheshire Plain, lies on the banks of the River Weaver. Nearby are the Langollen and Shropshire Union Canals.
The suffix 'wich' denotes the presence of brine springs and the settlement dates back to Roman times when salt from the area was used to supply the garrisons at Chester and Stoke-on-Trent.
Nantwich's salt industry reached a peak in late-16th century and it's last salt house closed in 1858.
Despite being burnt to the ground by the Normans, and almost destroyed in the Great Fire of Nantwich in 1583, the ancient town is second only to Chester for the wealth of historic buildings.
St Mary's Church, is one of the finest medieval churches in the UK, is known as the 'Cathedral of South Cheshire'. Surrounding the church are narrow winding lanes with many fine old timber-framed buildings.
Nantwich Museum illustrates the history of this town, and you can find the tourist information centre in Market Street.
Tourists and locals alike can take the pleasant walks along the River Weaver and the Shropshire Union Canal, as well as around Nantwich Lake.
Dorfold Hall A fine Jacobean manor house to visit.
Nantwich Museum Discover the history of this fascinating town.
Railway Age 3.9 miles A insight into Crewe's locomotive industrial past.
Lyceum Theatre 4.0 miles The splendid auditorium is now restored to its former glory.
Towns Near Nantwich To Visit - straight line distance:Crewe (3.80 miles) Sandbach (8.38 miles) Winsford (8.73 miles) Alsager (9.14 miles)