Poynton Visitor Attractions
Places to visit, walks and eateries
Poynton, Cheshire Tourist Attractions
Visit Poynton's fascinating visitor attractions including the award winning Anson Engine Museum, Jacksons' Brickworks Nature Reserve, Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Poynton Park and Pool, Poynton Marina, Brookside Miniature Railway, Shared Space and download Poynton Guided Walks and Maps and an eateries guide.
Poynton Tourist Attractions - Places to Visit and Things to Do
Take a Video Tour
The majority of local features, activities, sport and Poynton life are featured in our Welcome to Poynton video.
Poynton has a friendly and vibrant atmosphere with a wide range of shops, eateries, bars, live music venues, galleries, a theatre, local attractions and special events.
Restaurants, cafés and bars serve local ales and food ranging from home cooked fare and international cuisine to snacks, cakes and pastries. Luis Troyano from BBC's Great British Bake Off occasionally makes his own homemade cakes for afternoon tea at the Farmers Arms! There’s live music or entertainment on almost every night of the week. Visit the Poynton Live and the Acoustic Lounge websites for details of many of the concerts.
The village’s Shared Space design concept means wide pavements, slow vehicles and easy crossings making it easy to browse the town’s independent shops, nestled between high street chains and major supermarkets, selling hand made crafts, gifts, cards, clothing and much more. There’s FREE parking available next to the Civic Hall.
Discover Poynton's fascinating mining heritage, take a stroll along Middlewood Way, Poynton Park and Pool, the canal or one of our many walking routes. Travel a little further afield and visit the beautiful surrounding countryside of the National Trust's Lyme Park with its mansion house, hunting lodge, deer park and breathtaking views.
Poynton Heritage Garden
The Heritage Garden, between Priorslegh Medical Practice and the Library (adjacent to the Civic Hall), comprises a central raised bed, with a traditional lamp post, seven memorial benches, five large planters, two half size planters, an insect house, bird box and a number of wall-mounted silhouettes that celebrate Poynton's rich heritage. You can find out more about the garden and view photos here.
Poynton Parks (Subject to closure in very inclement weather)
The Town Council owns and maintains two recreational parks: Brecon and Hockley Parks.
- Brecon Park, designed for children aged 12 and under, is situated on Brecon Close, off Parklands Way and was inspired by younger members of the community who were asked what they would like to see in their play area.
- Hockley Park has been completely refurbished with new play equipment and is now fully open.
Select any of the links below for more local information.
The Anson Engine Museum | Brookside Miniature Railway | Eateries Guide | Jacksons' Brickworks Nature Reserve | Nelson Pit Visitor Centre | Poynton Marina | Poynton Park and Pool | Poynton Shared Space Village | Toilet Facilities | Walks Around Poynton
Throughout the year Poynton hosts a wide variety of events ranging from the Higher Poynton Summerfest, Party in the Park, Poynton Show, Remembrance Sunday, Poynton Christmas Fest and a 10K Run. More details can be found on the Events page.
Countryside Ranger Events
Cheshire East Council Countryside Rangers run varied events throughout the year, including holiday activities clubs. Several of these are are close by or within easy travelling distance. A full list of the ranger events can be found here from where you can also sign up to receive their newsletter.
Cheshire Peak District
Poynton is also part of the Cheshire’s Peak District initiative, which highlights the attractions in all the individual towns and villages in the area. Details can be found on the Visit Cheshire website.
Please contact us if you have other ideas or would like to be involved in looking at more ways, to promote Poynton to the visitor.
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Toilets are available at Poynton Civic Hall (during normal operating hours) next to reception and the public library and also Nelson Pit Visitor Centre at Higher Poynton.
Poynton has everything you'd expect to find in much larger towns. Restaurants, bars, take-aways and coffee shops serving food from around the globe as well as home-made produce.
If you are looking for something to eat or drink during your visit you can download, view or print a Map and Eateries Guide here.*(PDF).
A printed copy of the Eateries Guide and Map are also available from the Civic Hall.
WALKS AROUND POYNTON
There are 8 circular walks of various lengths and difficulties, which depart from, and return to, the Rangers Visitors Centre at Nelson Pit in Higher Poynton.
The walks take between one and three hours and depending on the chosen route could lead you on a gentle stroll along Macclesfield Canal or Middlewood Way to a more strenuous 6 mile hill walk up into Lyme Park and beyond.
Details of the walks can be found on the Cheshire East website and all 8 leaflets are available from Civic Hall reception.
They are 50p each or £3.00 for a set of 8.
* Note: You may need Adobe Reader to view these maps. You can get it free from www.adobe.com/uk.
MINING HERITAGE WALK
Poynton Town Council has created a walk to celebrate the rich mining heritage that the village possesses. Few visitors realise that Poynton once had the largest coalfield in Cheshire, with 74 pits.
Although coal mining ceased in 1935, there remain many clues to this former industry and the walk is designed to provide a glimpse into Poynton’s fascinating industrial past.
Refreshments and toilets are available along the route.
There are 2 downloads of the walk available:
* Note: You may need Adobe Reader to view these maps. You can get it free from www.adobe.com/uk.
Award-winning visitor attraction run by enthusiastic volunteers. Engines of all sizes (desktop to 100 tons) many in running condition. Excellent local history area; monthly craft demonstrations and steam engines; open weekends Easter until end October.
Find out more information on our Anson Engine Museum page.
Cheshire’s premier miniature railway operates from Brookside Central, Brookside Garden Centre and has an extensive 7.25 gauge steam and diesel-hauled miniature railway, providing a 550m ride through scenic surroundings.
The friendly staff will always provide a warm welcome and the railway is open every day during the summer holidays from 11.00 to 16.00 weather permitting.
For more information visit: www.brooksideminiaturerailway.co.uk Tel: 01625 872919.
Brookside Miniature Railway is featured in the Welcome to Poynton video here.
Nestling on the edge of the Peak District and approximately 6 miles from Poynton Lyme Park can provide a fascinating and wonderful day out for all the family.
You can step back to Edwardian times by entering the magnificent house with its sumptuous interiors, historical collections and period costumes.
Visitors can picnic by a lake or eat at the Timber Yard Cafe, wander through beautiful landscaped gardens, woodland, moorland and over 1000 acres of deer park.
Children can let off steam in Crow Wood Playscape with its slide, badger den and rope walks.
Climbing up to the ‘Cage’ (pictured left), which centuries ago was Hunting Lodge, rewards visitors with breath-taking views.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme
Jacksons’ Brickworks in Higher Poynton is a special place, reclaimed by nature after its industrial interlude. It is now so valuable for wildlife that it has been designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
The 9½ hectare site is managed as a mosaic of different habitats including Wetland, Grassland, Semi-natural Woodland and scrub.
It is especially important for the great crested newt, a species protected under European law.
There is a free car park, wheelchair access route to Middlewood Way and information boards containing walks and wildlife sightings.
Jacksons' Brickworks appears in the Welcome to Poynton video here.
A former railway, the Middlewood Way is an 11 mile path, which follows the route of the former Macclesfield. Bollington and Marple line through pretty countryside.
The way is popular with nature lovers, walkers, cyclists and horse riders and, as it is mostly level, is suitable for wheelchair users.
It can be accessed at several points along it’s route (see below for trail leaflet) including Jacksons’ Brickworks (see above) and the recently refurbished Middlewood Station on the Stockport to Buxton line with Hazel Grove the nearest station to Poynton. Train times van be found on the National Rail website.
More information, details of activities, accessibility for wheelchair users, pushchairs and horse riders can be found here on the Cheshire East website and a trail leaflet with a map can be downloaded as a *PDF here.
The Middlewood Way is shown briefly in the Welcome to Poynton video here.
NELSON PIT VISITOR CENTRE
Nelson Pit Visitor Centre is one of Poynton's hidden gems and is perfectly situated near to Poynton Marina for a relaxing afternoon.
Built on the site of a former colliery, this bijoux centre features displays about Poynton's mining history, the origins of the Middlewood Way and the local canal network.
Nelson Pit Visitor Centre offers 8 circular walks of varying grades around the local area, which are perfect for a stroll with the family.
Note: you can find out about some of the walks here and pick up maps from the Town Council reception.
The centre also has toilet facilities. Tel: 01625 504 528
Nelson Pit is featured in the Welcome to Poynton video here.
Situated on the Macclesfield Canal, Poynton Marina is the ideal place start a walk along the canal or in to Lyme Park and the Peak District.
There is ample parking at the Nelson Pit car park, which also has toilet facilities.
If you want a bit more of a relaxing time, sit and watch the boats coming and going over a refreshing drink at Bailey's Trading Post café.
Set in an idyllic location you can eat snacks and cakes whilst sipping coffee, tea, soft drinks and bubbly hot chocolate or enjoy real dairy ice cream. You can also hire a boat for the day.
BAILEY'S TRADING POST
Tel: 01625 872277
A picturesque park with a pool, ancient trees and wildlife, including great crested grebes, mute swan and tufted duck, dragon and damselflies.
Poynton Park and Pool is situated just a few minutes walk from the centre of Poynton village.
A circular path takes you from the car park at South Park Drive, alongside the pool and through the grassland.
Road access is via the A523 London Road North towards Stockport. After 1km, turn right into South Park Drive. Car Park is on the left.
Tel: 01625 504114
Poynton Park and Pool are featured in the Welcome to Poynton video here.
POYNTON SHARED SPACE VILLAGE
If you are looking for a slightly different retail experience, Poynton Village is the place to come. Shared Space is a design concept that gives equal priority to all high street users from pedestrians and motorbility users to vehicles and cyclists.
With its wide pavements, slow vehicle speeds and easy crossing, Poynton offers a friendly and vibrant atmosphere for all visitors.
There is FREE parking at the Civic Centre car park and wide variety of shops, cafés and restaurants to explore.
Come and try out the Shared Space experience.
Poynton's Shared Spaced is featured in the Welcome to Poynton video here.
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