Local landmark, The Wizard Inn at Alderley Edge, will close its doors for the last time on Sunday, 9th February, 2020.
Following the closure, The National Trust, will commence a programme of maintenance work whilst potential future uses of the building will be considered and assessed for their viability.
National Trust General Manager at Alderley Edge, Rachel Thomas, said “We’re sad to see the pub close its doors and we’re grateful to all those who have been part of The Wizard Inn at Alderley Edge. The building was given to the National Trust with the rest of the land in 1948 and the area continues to be a much-loved place to visit. The future use of the building has not been decided but we don’t intend to sell it. We’re currently exploring options to make the building accessible to visitors in the future.”
Visitors will be pleased to learn that, despite the closure of the pub, the popular Wizard Tea Room will remain open as normal serving food and drink.
The National Trust area of Alderley Edge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) owing to its unique geology and history of copper mining dating back to the Bronze Age – and along with the myths surrounding the Wizard of Alderley edge which inspired the novel The Weirdstone of Brisingamen attracts around 300,000 visitors a year.
The long-term ambitions for the site will focus on better conservation of the woodland and archaeology, protecting the site against the effects from climate change and to help people to explore and understand its extensive history. It is with this in mind that the Trust will be taking some time to consider what’s best for building, to ensure it’s part of these long-term plans to look after this important place of nature, beauty and history.
For more information visit, https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/alderley-edge-and-cheshire-countryside