Ellesmere Port, located just south of Liverpool, boasts a range of great things to do if you're looking for family days out away from the hustle and bustle.
Kids will love Blue Planet Aquarium, although with Europe's largest collection of fearsome sharks it's not for the faint-hearted. If you can handle them swimming overhead as you walk through the underwater tunnel, the really brave can even opt to swim with them - if you dare! Otherwise, there are plenty of friendlier sea creatures on display, from octopus to stingrays.
More animal fun can be had at the nearby Chester Zoo, home to more than 500 species! With so many animals to see, plus talks, hands-on experiences, junior rangers training camps, a monorail and boat trips, you may need several days out here to fit it all in.
If kids like seeing the monkeys at the zoo, they'll love acting like one at Go Ape Delamere.
For rainy days, Ellesmere Port has plenty in store to keep you and the family busy. The National Waterways Museum will teach you all about the area's maritime history, in a beautiful setting, while Charley's Ceramics is perfect for getting the creative juices flowing.
Active kids will love bouncing around at indoor trampoline park Freedome, while for little ones, Zippy's Playworld is a great place to burn off some energy.