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Nantwich Area Guide

Living in Nantwich

Nantwich could be described as just about the perfect Cheshire town. With the second largest collection of historic buildings in the county, it can trace its origins right back to Roman times and was even mentioned in the Domesday Book.

This popular market town offers an excellent range of day-to-day facilities, high street retail and boutique shops, key social amenities and services and some superb schools.

Location

Nantwich is situated on the River Weaver, with the Shropshire Union Canal running to its west and joining with the Llangollen Canal at Hurleston. For more modern transport, Nantwich railway station offers direct train links to Whitchurch, Shrewsbury and Crewe. Road links are also good, with easy access onto the M6 via the A500. There are also regular bus services to Crewe, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent.

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Things to do

Why not try summer swimming in a salt spring-fed outdoor pool? Or stroll through atmospheric streets and visit bijoux boutiques, antiques dealers, contemporary craft shops and the Nantwich Market. Many visitor attractions are within a short distance of the town, including Bridgemere Nursery and Garden World, the Secret Nuclear Bunker and Cholmondeley Castle Gardens. Nantwich is also a major centre for canal holidays.

Culture

Nantwich is a real cultural centre, hosting well-attended events and family activities throughout the year such as the Jazz and Blues Festival, the world renowned Nantwich Food Festival and the International Cheese Awards. The Nantwich Show takes place at Dorfold Hall, a stunning Grade I listed Jacobean house, and Nantwich boasts its very own Words & Music Festival - an independent festival of music, poetry and literature.

Property in Nantwich

The town has a choice of residential property. In the old centre, look at pretty streets such as Hospital Street, or around the parish church for period town houses and cottages. South Crofts has small Victorian terraces and Welsh Row the finest period homes - from half-timbered Tudors to Georgians. For more suburban property, try south and west around Wellington and Shrewbridge Roads, Marsh Lane and Crewe Road.

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New developments

Nantwich is currently seeing exciting growth, with extensive new developments taking shape at Stapeley Gardens (from award winning David Wilson Homes) and at Malbank Waters, which has a range of three, four and five bedroom homes all thoughtfully designed around the needs of the modern family. The area of Reaseheath is close to the agricultural college, making an attractive buy-to-let investment proposition.

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Eating and Drinking

The Café de Paris serves a delicious breakfast and naughty but nice bakes (one of many coffee establishments). The town’s selection of venues in historic Welsh Row includes The Cheshire Cat, The Wilbraham Arms, Street, Firenze, Simply Thai and The Oddfellows Arms. More central are The Residence, Romazzino, The Bar and Grill at The Crown Hotel, Ginger & Pickles and Chopstix. Out of town, try The Peacock and The Leopard, or fabulous old pubs such as The Thatch or The Yew Tree at Bunbury for a real ale experience.

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Schools in Nantwich

Nantwich enjoys a wealth of sought-after, well-regarded schools. Primary schools Millfields, Pear Tree, Highfields and Weaver have ‘Good’ Ofsted reports and St Anne's Catholic, Stapeley Broad Lane CofE and Acton CofE are ‘Outstanding’. In the secondary sector, Malbank and Brine Leas both have excellent reputations. For further education, Nantwich is home to Reaseheath College, one of the UK's premier land-based specialist colleges.

 

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