Knutsford Antiques Centre

knutsYou can lose yourself for hours here with floor after floor of antiques. With ivy covering the outside, the building it’s housed in retains all its period charm, making it the perfect home for all the lovely old things you’ll find there. – from furniture to crockery, glassware to paintings, jewellery to fine bone china. Then climb right up to the top floor and find shelves of old books.

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12pm – 5pm.

Contact: 01565-654-092. Email: info@antiquesknutsford.co.uk. Visit: 113 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6EH

Knutsford Bloom

bloomYou’ll know when you’re close to this lovely florist as you’ll be able to smell it! Their flowers, pots, plants and displays are beautiful and well worth a look (and a sniff!). Even better though is its little gift shop, filled with some really unique, unusual gifts. The candles are especially lovely.

Opening times: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5pm, Saturday: 8:30am – 4pm, Sunday: closed.

Contact: 01565-634-128. Email: info@knutsfordbloom.co.uk. Visit: 49-51 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6DX

Booths

I’m loathe to describe this lovely place as a supermarket, though that’s what it is. Think of Waitrose and then think better! Filled with local suppliers and produce, the owners of this Northern chain have a great attitude towards supporting new, local businesses. They’re always stocking different products so you’ll often find something you’ve never seen before.

They even have a Best of Booths festival to celebrate their diverse range of products and the passionate people who are behind them. Meet the makers and sample their delicious goods.

Although this is mainly a supermarket, their patisserie counter is a place you’ll struggle to tear your eyes (and rumbling stomachs) away from! All those lovely cakes are also served in their café – so this is somewhere well worth a visit for a potter, followed by some afternoon tea.

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 7am – 9pm, Sunday 9:30am – 4pm

Contact: 01565-652-522. Visit: Stanley Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0BS

The Bath House

bathBath House has a winning combination of naturally made products which focus on innovative and beautiful fragrances – and they’re all handmade in Cumbria. There’s so much to test and smell you’ll leave bankrupt but smelling incredible! Totally against animal testing and chemical free, they sell reasonably priced perfumes, thick sumptuous creams, treats for the bath, men’s shaving apparatus and body care. You’ll also find lovely gift sets, fun shower caps, pyjamas, lip balms and reed diffusers. This shop is a treat for the senses – no, the entire body!

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5:30pm, Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Contact: 01565-631-862. Visit: 111 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6EH

churchiollOn Church Hill Gallery, Frame Shop and Card Shop

This delightful little shop is tucked away on a cobbled hill, next to St John’s Parish Church. It sells the most beautiful range of greetings cards, wrapping paper, bags, gifts, accessories, jewellery, stationary and art, amongst so many other things. Perfect for a browse or a spending spree.

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday: closed

Contact: 01565-633-636. Visit: Church Hill, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6DH

The White Orchid

We’re not obsessed with florists, promise! But Knutsford has two such beautiful ones we couldn’t choose our favourite. This one is perfect for creative, interesting gifts, local pieces of craft and reasonable bouquets.

Opening times:

Contact: 01565-652-651. Visit: 1 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6DW

Fryer’s Rose Garden Centre & Nursery

A lovely garden centre with a large outdoor area selling a wide variety of plants, decorative garden pieces and garden accessories. Inside you’ll find an extensive selection of gardening tools and apparatus, houseplants, homeware, clothes, furniture and an appetising selection of foods.

The café sells home-cooked dishes and freshly baked cakes.

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm, Sunday: 10:30am – 4:30pm.

Contact: 01565-755-455. Visit: Manchester Road, Kntsford, WA16 0SX

The Makers Market

This is something you really don’t want to miss! On the first Sunday of every month, Knutsford high street is closed to make way for stall after stall of the most beautiful gifts, foods, jewellery, homeware, flowers, art and crafts. There is also live music, so many delicious samples to consume, hot cooked food and cakes to take away, (or eat there and then with a cup of tea!)

This artisan market has such a vibrant atmosphere and gives you a chance to meet lots of talented, local suppliers.

Open: 11am – 4pm

For more information, visit: www.themakersmarket.co.uk.

Alderley Edge Village

A pretty high street with a wide range of independent shops and eateries. The charity shops are a highlight and well worth a rummage around – you’re likely to find some very high-class, designer items at very reasonable prices!

Close to some beautiful Cheshire countryside, National Trust buildings and lovely walks, you can get out and about before having a potter around the shops and grabbing a bite to eat. See our ‘Eateries’ page for our recommendations of where to eat in the village and find a map of a lovely walk you can do from the village on our ‘National Trust and Stately Homes’ page.