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Places you can visit in Cheshire and Greater Manchester without a car

Visitors arriving at Quarry Bank
Plan a car-free visit to places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester | © Annapurna Mellor

Whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot, there are many places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester that you can visit without a car.

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Public transport services can change at short notice so please check the most up-to-date timetables with the bus/train companies before you travel.

Alderley Edge
Alderley Edge in on the North Cheshire Way, which connects with the Wirral Way, Sandstone Trail and Gritstone Trail, while the Cheshire Cycle Way route 70 passes by. Arriva’s 130 bus service will drop you 1.3 mile (approx. 30 min walk) away from Alderley Edge, while Alderley Edge train station is 1.5 miles away, a 38 min walk or 16 min cycle.Plan your visit
Castlefield Viaduct
Castlefield Viaduct is in the heart of historic Manchester, just a 5-6 minute walk from Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop and Deansgate railway station.Plan your visit
Dunham Massey
Arriva's 280 bus service from Altrincham stops outside Dunham Massey’s entrance gate while buses from Warrington stop a 20 min stroll away through the park. Altrincham and Hale train stations are both 3 miles away and you can complete you journey by bus or bike. Dunham Massey is also close to the Trans-Pennine Trail and Bridgewater Canal path, offering scenic walking and cycling routes.Plan your visit
Male mountain biker in black, background blurred
Take in the countryside on your journey | © Emma Wagner
Hare Hill
Alderley Edge train station is 3.5 miles (25 min cycle) away from Hare Hill and Prestbury train station is 2.5 miles (15 min cycle) away, while the Cheshire Cycle Way route 70 also passes close by.Plan your visit
Little Moreton Hall
D&G Buses' 318 service between Alsager and Congleton stops a 3 min walk away from Little Moreton Hall (selected departures only). Kidsgrove train station is 3.3 miles away (a 41 min bus journey and walk away) or 4.4 miles (24 min cycle) away along National Cycle Route 5 (NCN5). Congleton station is 4.4 miles (20 min cycle) away. You can also take a detour off the Macclesfield Canal towpath at bridge 86 and head to Little Moreton Hall on foot.Plan your visit
High Peaks’ Skyline 199 bus between Manchester Airport and Buxton stops a 2 min walk from Lyme’s main entrance or it’s a 20 min way-marked walk from Disley Railway Station (1/2 mile away). There’s then a 30 min walk from the main entrance to the house and gardens or you can catch the free shuttle bus that runs most days. National Cycle Route 55 (NCN55) passes close by (1.7 miles, 16 min cycle away) and Lyme is also on the Gritstone Trail and near walking routes from the Macclesfield CanalPlan your visit
Visitors exploring the extensive parkland at Lyme, Cheshire
Explore the landscape as you travel | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Quarry Bank
The Bollin Valley Way passes close to Quarry Bank while National Cycle Routes 85 (3/4 mile/4 min cycle away) and 558 (2.3 miles/12 min cycle away) pass nearby and the Cheshire Heritage Loop passes through the estate. Styal train station is 1/2 mile away (12 min walk/4 min cycle), Wilmslow train station is 2 miles away (40 min walk/13 min cycle) and Manchester Airport is 3 miles away (21 min cycle).Plan your visit
Tatton Park
Tatton Park is 1/2 mile away from Knutsford (12 min walk/3 min cycle), which is served by local trains and buses, including D&G Buses' service 88 from Macclesfield and Altrincham via Wilmslow, D&G Buses' service 89 from Northwich, and Warrington’s Own Buses' service 47 from Warrington. From the Knutsford entrance, it’s then a 2 mile walk down the estate drive to the main area where you’ll find the mansion, gardens, shops and restaurants. The Cheshire Cycleway also passes nearby.Plan your visit
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