Macclesfield found fame and wealth as a silk manufacturing town - and you can trace the threads of its rich industrial heritage at the Silk Museum and Heritage Centre.
These days the busy Cheshire market town, situated on the western fringe of the Peak District National Park, is more famous as a popular centre for shopping, eating out and special events throughout the year.
Visitors flock to its regular Treacle Market on the last Sunday of each month to snap up the finest local produce, contemporary art and crafts, vintage clothing and much more, while on the High Street you'll find everything from high fashion to fine furniture.
When it comes to eating and drinking, Macclesfield boasts more than 60 restaurants serving everything from Indian and Italian to Spanish and Scandinavian food, as well as cafés, bistros and a bevy of real ale, traditional and country pubs.
Regular festivals include Bluedot - an intergalactic exploration of music, science, space and the arts - in the shadow of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank in July and Rewind North - a line-up of live music and headline acts - at Capesthorne Hall in August.
Macclesfield Beer Festival's blend of real ales, cider and perry plus live entertainment attracts visitors from all over the UK each May, while a flourishing new feature of the events calendar is Macclesfield Garden Festival, featuring RHS Gold medal winning designers, also in May.
For a breath of fresh air, head for Tegg's Nose Country Park, a former quarry now popular with dog walkers and families for its industrial history and fabulous views of the Cheshire Plain as far as the Welsh mountains, or Macclesfield Forest, with its winding woodland walks and reservoirs, including Trentabank, home to a large heronry.
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Map & Directions
Macclesfield is located in the east of Cheshire, on the River Bollin. It is close to the county borders of Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east and Staffordshire to the south. It is near the towns of Stockport to the north, Buxton to the east, and Congleton to the south. To the west of the town lies the Cheshire Plain and to the east lie the hills of the Peak District.
Public Transport Directions
Macclesfield station is 0 miles away.