One of England's most impressive historic cities, Chester was built by the Romans as part of their effort to control the native British tribes of North Wales. You can walk the old Roman walls around the city, and see the amphitheatre where gladiators fought. Chester is probably best known for The Rows, a series of arcaded timber-framed buildings that created a form of Jacobean covered shopping area. Chester, Cheshire, England
A small market town in south-east Cheshire, Congleton was once a centre of silk manufacture. There is evidence of ancient habitation, with the nearby Neolithic chambered tomb at Bridestones. There are further barrows at Astbury, Loachbrook, Swettenham, and Somerford. Congleton, Cheshire, England
A large Cheshire town, Crewe is best known as a centre of the railroad industry. Before 1830 Crewe was simply a hamlet, but when the Grand Junction Railway chose this Cheshire village as the site for its railroad works, Crewe's population and prosperity bloomed. Crewe, Cheshire, England
Macclesfield is a large town with a history as a centre of the silk industry. At one time Macclesfield was the largest producer of silk in the world, a heritage which can be explored at the Macclesfield Silk Museum on Prestbury Road. The medieval Earls of Cheshire had a manor on the edge of the current town, and hunted in Macclesfield wood.