Trains to Macclesfield

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Macclesfield is a market town located in Cheshire vastly known for being the centre of Britain’s silk industry. In the 19th century up to 71 operating silk mills in town were operating. Book train tickets to Macclesfield and come and admire the former silk production by visiting the working mill in still in operation available at Macclesfield’s silk museum. Visitors travelling by train are advised to start planning their trip in advance purchasing train tickets to Macclesfield in advance they can benefit from large discounts. Passengers have been travelling by train to the town since 1849 when the first station was opened. Today the train station has a modernist look, despite being built in 1960s. Macclesfield railway station is on the Stafford to Manchester branch line operated by the West Coast Main Line. The station is connected to Manchester Piccadilly by regular train services that are on average 25 minutes long. The train journey to London Euston is about one hour and thirty minutes long, whereas Birmingham New Street can be reached by passengers in just over one hour.

Macclesfield is served by Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and Northern train services. In particular, CrossCountry operates two services per hour to Manchester, one hourly service is operated by Virgin and one by Northern. Passengers travelling southbound can choose from four trains per hour, one is directed to London Euston and one runs to Stoke-on-Trent, both operated by Virgin trains. Then there is a train service directed to Bournemouth via Birmingham New Street and Reading and one is directed to Bristol and is operated by CrossCountry. 

Passengers travelling from Macclesfield station can easily identify the correct platform to travel from. Platform 1 serves northbound trains to Manchester Piccadilly, whereas Platform 2 operates southbound trains towards Stoke-on-Trent and London.

Macclesfield train station offers the following facilities to travellers include a ticket office, waiting room and public toilets. There are two car parks, a bus stop and a taxi rank located outside the train station, whereas cycle storage and toilets are available on platform 1. The town’s bus station is five-minute walk from the train station and is located off Mill Street. Step-free access to the two station’s platforms is provided via lifts and a bridge. Passengers requiring accessibility assistance are advised to seek assistance from one of the designated members of staff or to book assistance through the dedicated helpline.

The town of Macclesfield borders with Peak District, one of UK’s most visited Natural Park, which is only a few miles away on the east from the town. The prestigious Alderley Edge in only 6 miles driving away from Macclesfield, offering visitors exclusive cafes, designers shops, stunning views from the natural rocky outcrop and intriguing Merling myths to fascinate the little ones. The town offers a wide array of activities and points of interest to visitors, such as Paradise Mill and Macclesfield Silk Museum, both featuring the exhibits devoted to the famous region's silk history. West Park Museum is an Egyptology museum with large collectionof Egyptian artefacts collected by explorer Marianne Brocklehurst. Hiking lovers should visit Tegg's Nose Country Parkland with a reach woodland area developed around a 380m-high hill, ideal for wildlife spotting, walking and cycling. West Park offers its visitors a cafe, gardens, a skate park and playground for the little ones, in addition to which Riverside Park offers visitors wildlife and wooded trails offering equipped picnic areas to its visitors.