If you know your Housewives of Cheshire, you’ll already be quite familiar with Wilmslow. The market town is the northern point of the so-called Golden Triangle, a quintet of affluent towns in the east of the county – Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Mottram St Andrew and Prestbury – that’s well known for being the haunt of footballers, celebrities, businesspeople and Cheshire’s aristocracy. Porsches, Lamborghinis and Bentleys line the streets, the dining is fine, and the bars are exclusive. And if life in Wilmslow isn’t good enough, it’s also served by Avanti West Coast. Some towns have all the luck.
As well as being a playground of the rich and famous, Wilmslow is a working town, with a real sense of community and culture that goes back through the generations. Lots of businesses have set up shop here, including pharmaceutical companies, solicitors, fashion brands and insurance companies, and as the staff aren’t all millionaires, there’s always a nice place to have a pub lunch or coffee without breaking the bank. It’s also a commuter town, mainly for Manchester, but also for Liverpool and Chester, so the railway is particularly useful. Find out all about travelling to Wilmslow here.
Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Wilmslow
Wilmslow Station is on the West Coast Mainline right between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent, so it’s right at the heart of things, and very easy to reach from all over Britain.
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Things to do in Wilmslow
You might not be surprised to discover that Wilmslow is home to a wealth of boutique shops and independent craft retailers. From fashion to furniture, you’ll be able to find anything you want to ensure you and your home are completely in vogue. And once you’ve had your retail therapy, you’ll probably want to visit a cafe, bar, wine bar, cocktail lounge or restaurant (whatever floats your boat), where you can chill out for a few hours and maybe indulge in a little celebrity spotting. Three points for a Corrie star, two for a footballer, one for the bloke off that episode of Midsomer.
Outside the town is Quarry Bank, a National Trust property that lets you witness a working mill from the height of the industrial revolution. As you’d expect from an NT location, it’s immaculately kept. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and plenty of water features, you can easily spend an afternoon wandering around, admiring the gardening skills on display.
If you like to stretch your legs, have a walk around Lindow Common, an ancient heathland surrounding a lake, with oodles of wildlife pottering around. If the name sounds familiar, it’s the location of the world-famous Lindow Man, a preserved bog body who met his end some 2000 years ago, and revealed a huge amount about the lifestyles of the locals … before the Real Housewives moved in.
Ways to save
If you’re looking to save your pennies when you go to Wilmslow, there are plenty of ways to do it. One way is to book direct right here on this site or our app – it’s cheaper than paying at the station or using a third-party vendor as we don’t charge a fee. And when you travel, make sure you avoid peak hours – that’s when demand is high and prices are a little higher to reflect it.
If you’re a regular traveller by rail, make sure you get yourself a Railcard. There’s a one-off fee, but it entitles you to savings of a third or even a half for some groups every time you travel off-peak. You can easily see how much that could save you over the course of a year.
Finally, make sure you book in advance, as the earlier you buy, the cheaper it will be. And if there are three or more of you travelling together, get your tickets in one group and you could save 20% – have a look at our group bookings page for details. We’ve put all our ways to save on one page for easy reference. Start saving now!
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Wil Station Information
For all you need to know about Wilmslow Station itself, visit the page below:
Wilmslow Station Information
It’s full of useful facts on accessibility, toilets, parking and much more besides – check it out before you visit.