The historic streets of Knutsford, one of Cheshire’s finest market towns, will welcome the Tour of Britain cyclists not once, but twice – and who can blame them for coming back for more?
The town itself is steeped in history. In 2016 it celebrates 1000 years since Canute – who gave the town the name of ‘Canutesford’ after he crossed the River Lily here – was crowned first King of All England. You’ll also find a superb Heritage Centre as well as numerous blue plaques throughout the town, including the homes of Elizabeth Gaskell and Highwayman Higgins on Gaskell Avenue, as well as a variety of fine architecture, churches and rows of Georgian homes.
Today Knutsford is a thriving place, and an ideal host for such an important event. It’s easy to get to, with the M6 and the M56 nearby, direct railway links with Chester and Manchester and excellent local bus services.
Once you’re there, there’s plenty to discover – not least the fantastic array of quality restaurants and bars that are behind its reputation as the area’s ‘gastro capital’, together with its own indoor market and three streets lined with a great selection of independent boutiques and popular high street stores.
It also sits on the doorstep of the historic country estate of Tatton Park, with its Tudor Old Hall, neo-Classical mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens and 1000 acres of deer park. Tatton offers something for the whole family…and also happens to be the location for the spectacular finish of Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain!Back to Blog