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Things to do in Macclesfield

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Planetarium
“The discovery centre teaches how the Lovell telescope works. Explore the Planet Pavilion with a large scale working model of the planets of our galaxy. Explore the wonders of the Universe and find out about ‘Big Telescopes’ via a range of hands-on activities. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The Roaches in Staffordshire is a Peak District gem; located above Leek and Tittesworth Reservoir, it’s loved by hikers and climbers alike. The impressively rugged and steep gritstone ridge is home to mythical mermaids and 15 metre natural gritstone clefts, so this is far more than your average countryside walk. It groups together two main gritstone outcrops, ‘Ramshaw Rocks’ famous for the ‘Winking Man’ rock formation and ‘Hen Cloud’ offering stunning panoramic views. With panoramic scenery which, on a clear day allows you to see much of Cheshire, Winter Hill in Lancashire and even Snowdon in Wales! The mermaid, or ‘Blue Nyph’ is said to inhabit Doxey Pool, a stunning pool of water which sits on the top of the Roaches. The myth surrounding the Nyph is that she waits just under the surface, ready to grab children and pull them in! Less crowded and more impressive than Dovedale but parking can be tricky! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Teggs nose is a lovely hill just by Macclesfield forest, quite a walk to the top but all on good paths and steps. There is a cafe at the top so you can put back the calories. On a nice day you can see over to Manchester, Derbyshire and also see Jodrell Bank Telescope.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Establishment
“Jacobean hall and beautiful rolling countryside can be seen for miles around this superb example of a stately home. Host to the Rewind concerts and many other attractions during the year. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“Discover the processes involved in making the silk garments that Macclesfield was renowned for.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Lots on the menu to choose from, lovely setting and the place is full of character. Excellent friendly service. Good for an evening meal.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Very cosy. Gets very busy so booking advised. Fantastic food, accepts dogs ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“A wonderful place to eat, a great Arboretum at the back for beautiful walks, and a stunning lavender garden.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Farm
“Also known as the Ice Cream Farm. The Hill Billy Ice Cream is made on the farm. Nature trails in the Buxton hills. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Varied menu with something for everyone including fine dining, pub favourites or steak from the flame grill.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cinema
“Situated upstairs in the Heritage Centre is a small one screen cinema showing current films. It has an old theatre feel to it including theatre style seats. A bar is open before the film starts serving beer, wine, soft drinks and there is a small stand near the ticket desk to purchase popcorn and sweets etc. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Enjoy a walk or rock climb up the hills known as the Roaches at the side of the hills is a country tea room offering home made food. Open from 9 to 5 most days.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Treacle Market - held in Macclesfield on the last Sunday of every month is a brilliant place to find locally produced food and crafts. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Think quirky, think ski lodge, think friendly and cosy and you have the Snow Goose. Selection of comfy sofas, log burners, balcony and beer courtyard. Live music from local bands from time to time. Food is simple home cooked snacks and brunches. Great local ales and staff who are friendly and welcoming. Dogs welcome. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous, authentic Thai food, staff are very helpful and polite. Really great food and atmosphere.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Approximately a 30 minute walk going against the river from the shepherd huts is this hugely atmospheric landmark created by a huge landslip centuries ago. 18 metres deep and 100 meters long it is covered in vivid damp green moss; and in the fifteenth century was used as a secret place for worship. To create a circular walk back to the huts you can loop from here up to hanging stone and down to the brewery and back along the river (or drive)”
  • 6 locals recommend

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Top restaurants

Bar
“Lots on the menu to choose from, lovely setting and the place is full of character. Excellent friendly service. Good for an evening meal.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A wonderful place to eat, a great Arboretum at the back for beautiful walks, and a stunning lavender garden.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Varied menu with something for everyone including fine dining, pub favourites or steak from the flame grill.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous, authentic Thai food, staff are very helpful and polite. Really great food and atmosphere.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Have a little trip to Sweden while in Macclesfield and enjoy authentic Scandinavian food and drinks in this small but pleasantly spacious cafe bar. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. Dogs welcome at lunch time but not in the evenings. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a lovely country pub that serves gastro restaurant food. pleasant atmosphere, cosy log fires in the winter. Allows dogs. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Automotive Shop
“Fine dining at La Popote, this restaurant is perfect for a romantic date night, if your celebrating a special occasion or why not a lunch date in the stunning garden. Lots of great dishes on the menu, you'll be sure to return! ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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