Daresbury is a charming village steeped in history and creativity. From the childhood home of Lewis Carroll to the vibrant beats of Creamfields, Daresbury offers a diverse range of attractions for visitors of all ages.
A visit to Daresbury will make you curiouser and curiouser, just a 15-minute car journey from Widnes, take the A533 over the Mersey Gateway Bridge, where you can enjoy the views over the river.
Immerse yourself in the historic culture of Halton as you explore the Lewis Carroll Centre an engaging attraction dedicated to the writing and work of the famous, Daresbury-born author.
This attraction stands proudly as a living testament to the writing and work of the famous, local author and his roots. Take a self-guided walk around ‘The Birthplace’ of Lewis Carroll as you bask in the whimsical atmosphere that inspired the creator of Alice’s Wonderland.
Marked by the National Trust, you can explore Woodland Trust’s, Lewis Carroll Centenary Wood and discover the story, told in an enchanting exhibition alongside All Saints Church where you’ll find the captivating stained-glass windows designed by renowned artist William Morris in 1862.
Continue your journey less than half a mile to Daresbury Dairy Ice Cream Grab a scoop of delicious artisan ice cream on-route as you stroll the scenic route from Daresbury Church. Renowned for its creamy delights, choose from one of their award-winning flavours and sit on one of the benches by the pond and take in the view. Don’t forget to try out their latest seasonal specials ‘Apple Strudel, and Treacle. A great route for cyclists, too, is to come and visit Daresbury this weekend and enjoy its scenic surroundings and tasty treats.
Daresbury is also home to the iconic music event, Creamfields. Founded in 1998 as a one-day annual event run by the Liverpool nightclub ‘Cream’. This first edition was held in Winchester, Hampshire and attracted 25,000 people. The following year Creamfields moved to Liverpool, Merseyside, with the festival being on the old Liverpool Airfield where its capacity doubled to hold 50,000 people for the festival! In 2006 the festival moved outside the city to its current location in Daresbury.
Today Creamfields still remains a huge music event. The multi-award-winning multistage festival is renowned for delivering unbeatable line-ups featuring over 300 of the world’s biggest electronic artists and its return in August 2024 is anticipated to be bigger and better. You can visit the location where the music festival is held at BlueGate, just an 11-minute walk from the Lewis Carroll Centre.
Daresbury is home to some great walking spots such as Daresbury Firs. Take a stroll through the foliage and serene atmosphere for a peaceful outing. It’s an ideal spot for an autumn walk, and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife.
Located just across from Daresbury Firs, you’ll find Ring O’ Bells the perfect pit-stop for comforting grub post-walk. Enjoy a traditional pub menu serving the best of British seasonal dishes lovingly prepared by their talented chefs. Ring O Bells offers a laid-back, cosy atmosphere that perfectly complements your day in Daresbury.
With its rich cultural heritage and vibrant music scene, Daresbury invites you to explore all it has to offer, from Lewis Carroll’s whimsical wonderland to delicious dairy treats and fantastic walking and cycling routes, plan your visit today!