Please sign in to post.

Last day & night before flight out of Manchester - what to see & where to stay?

We are staying in Chester for a few days as a home base in July, and I have one free night that I don't have reservations for (the last night before we fly out of Manchester Airport). The flight leaves at 1:05pm and we'll need to be able to drive to the airport, drop off the rental car, and go through security in plenty of time to catch the flight, so that will determine how far away from Manchester we can stay.

We already plan to do a day in Chester, as well as visit Liverpool, Caernarfon Castle, Plas Mawr & Conwy Castle and/or bronze age copper mines. I have a couple of questions:

1- Is there anyplace worth staying close enough to Manchester to catch our flight out but far enough out to be a destination? I'd prefer local flavor or something with a unique bent over a hotel room as long as it's not astronomically priced. We will be checking out of the place in Chester the day before our flight out, so we'll have the whole day to sightsee. I've been to the Wales website but am having a hard time narrowing it down and thought I'd ask here. Would love something prehistoric but it's hard to tell if any of the sites are worth it in that area.

2- Is the Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber worth seeing (this would be while we are staying in Chester since they are only open on weekends, so this is not for the last night before flying out)?

Thanks in advance.

Posted by
32 posts

I should add that one thing I'd love to do either that day or on one of our other Chester days that I haven't planned is going to a sheep farm that has a wool factory/processing plant attached (& sells wool products including yarn). If anyone has any recommendations close to Chester, please let me know.

Posted by
32 posts

Thanks, Emma. And thanks for the recommendation when I was first planning to consider Chester. We are looking forward to it.