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Crowne Plaza Chester

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Must See

Chester Cathedral is an impressive sight, with its combination of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. But it's also home to owls, hawks and vultures, and you can see spectacular displays of falconry in the surrounding gardens. The centrepiece of the Eastgate, an 18th-century red-brick archway, is the grand and intricate Eastgate Clock – Chester's own answer to London's Big Ben.

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Only 10 minutes' drive from the hotel, the famous Chester Zoo specialises in protecting endangered species like the Black Rhinoceros and Asian Elephant. Its vast butterfly house is home to 30 exotic varieties, as well as giant moths and rare birds. It's a great place for family meals too, with onsite restaurant Manado Street Kitchen serving popular South East Asian dishes such as Pad Thai.

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Walking the 2-mile circuit of Chester's city walls is a pleasant way to get your bearings. The walls date back to Roman times – like the city's ancient amphitheatre – and from their walkway you can see Chester's other historic structures, from medieval turrets to timber-framed Tudor houses. The neoclassical fortress of Chester Castle is now home to the Chester Military Museum.

Must Do

Chester's oldest traditional taverns have been serving ales for centuries in white-washed Tudor buildings. You can take your pint outside to a beer garden on a sunny summer day or enjoy the cosy atmosphere beside a roaring fireplace in winter. After a pint and hearty pub lunch, Grosvenor Park promises fresh air in tranquil surroundings. The park's Grosvenor Museum has displays of Roman artefacts.

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Crowne Plaza® Chester hotel is less than 10 minutes' walk from the famous Chester Racecourse, a major UK horse-racing venue. Races are held between May and September, and well-dressed fans come from all over the country for major dates such as Boodles Ladies Day. Even if you're not watching the race you can get swept up in the atmosphere at one of the busy pubs nearby.

Things To Do

Things To Do

Chester Zoo

Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire CH2 1LH

Chester Zoo is home to over 21,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning gardens. With 500 different animal species in 125 acres, you’re sure to have an adventure discovering and learning about the amazing animals and gardens. The world-class enclosures and houses have been designed, to provide the best possible animal welfare as well as a fantastic, up-close experience.

Chester Racecourse

Watergate Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2LY

Sample the thrill of watching competitive racing, whist enjoying premium food and beverages across a variety of areas and enclosures. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or fill your weekend with some serious fun, we’ve something to suit. Mingle with the stylish crowd and enjoy a day to remember with family and friends. There are a dozen race meetings each year, and the racecourse is only a five minute walk from the hotel. Check the date & time of the race meetings

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL

Home to the world-famous Lovell Telescope, a visit to the iconic Jodrell Bank site makes for an exhilarating day out. Book tickets here. Seeing the near 90m high radio telescope up close and in action, is an incredible experience and the Discovery Centre’s exhibitions, interactive displays and galleries, will help you understand how it works and what it’s looking for. Jodrell Bank also features find 35 acres of gardens and arboretum, complete with picnic areas, playground and galaxy garden.

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Port Sunlight Village, Port Sunlight, Wirral, Merseyside CH62 5EQ

Situated in the picturesque village of Port Sunlight, Wirral, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is regarded as one of the finest art galleries in Europe. It has the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware anywhere in the world and its collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings is internationally renowned, featuring works by Millais, Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Holman Hunt. Younger visitors will love the Activity Rooms, an interactive space to get hands-on and have fun with crafts and dressing up.

Grosvenor Shopping Centre

Suite 7 Second Floor, Pepper House, Pepper Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1DE

Located within the City’s Roman Walls and just a 2 minute walk from the River Dee and all the tourist attractions that Chester has to offer, a visit to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre is your opportunity to make your shopping trip a real leisure experience. Home to some of the best stores in town serving all your shopping needs, whether it be health and beauty, fashion, homeware, jewellery or food.

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Kinsey Road, Ellesmere Port, Merseyside CH65 9JJ

Where do the north west's fashion lovers get their designer fix? McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks, the UK's largest outlet shopping destination. Indulge in 145 luxury and high street brands, including must have British labels Burberry, Superdry and All Saints - all at up to 60% less and with tax-free shopping available. It's in every local style-conscious shopper's address book.

Ness Botanic Gardens

Neston Road, Neston, South Wirral CH64 4AY

Ness is located on the Wirral, with fantastic views across the River Dee to North Wales. They were originally created by Arthur Kilpin Bulley. He was passionate about plants, especially new plants being introduced to European gardens from China, Tibet and Nepal. Today, Ness Botanic Gardens offers something to visitors of all ages, regardless of which season they visit in. They run an events programme packed with family activities from star gazing to trails and crafts.

River Dee

The river is 70 miles long and stretches through Wales and Chester. On the bank of the river is the 'Groves', a paved promenade complete with bandstand, cafés, restaurants and public houses. Take a stroll along the riverbank or propel yourself in a motorboat, a rowing boat or a pedalo. Operating times should be checked, as not open all year round

Roman Amphitheatre - Chester

Vicars Lane, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2BN

The largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain, used for entertainment and military training by 20th Legion, based at fortress of 'Deva' (Chester). Excavations in 2004-5 revealed two successive stone-built amphitheatres with wooden seating. One included access to upper tiers of seats via stairs on the rear wall, as at Pompeii, and had a small shrine next to its north entrance. The other provided seat access via vaulted stairways.

Grosvenor Museum

27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD

Fascinating displays on Roman life and times in Chester, particularly the military occupation. Period House with rooms from the 17th century to the 1920s. Explore ‘hands-on’ the geology and natural history of the area. Enjoy the beauty of art, and discover the city’s important place in the history of English silver. With an active programme of special exhibitions and events there’s something for everyone at the Grosvenor Museum. Open 10.30-5 Monday-Saturday & 1-4 on Sundays.

Blue Planet Aquarium

Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire, Merseyside CH65 9LF

Get up close to Awesome Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real scuba divers in the daily feed shows in the Aquatheatre. With one of the best collections of Sharks, Fish, Frogs, Spiders and Otters – Blue Planet Aquarium is the must see day out for all the family. Watch the dive team feed the fish - all in front of the sharks at our awesome Aquatheatre window. Get an up close view of the black and white tip sharks and Zebra shark in the Coral Reef from the 70m-long underwater tunnel.

City Sightseeing Chester City Tour

Chester is one of the most archaelogically rich cities in Britain full of architectural treasures such as the city Walls, the Cathedral, Roman amphitheatre and other things to do in the city that the City Sightseeing Chester Tour will introduce you to. The bus crosses the River Dee by both The Grosvenor and Old Dee Bridges. The Groves alongside the river offers a great opportunity to take advantage of a river cruise.

Chester Cathedral

12 Abbey Square, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2HU

Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence, a unique blend of modern and medieval history. Entry is FREE to the Cathedral but donations are welcome. Please note that charges will apply for activities including Tower Tours and Falconry.

Go Ape! Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest Park, Linmere, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2JD

Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family. Set within beautiful forests, families and friends of all ages can unleash their inner Ape on our Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior or explore the forest floor on our epic all-terrain Segways. It's a day out like no other.

Tatton Park

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA166QN

Tatton Park was left to the National Trust on the death of Maurice, 4th and last Baron Egerton of Tatton, in 1958. Tatton Park hosts a varied programme of over 100 events each year ranging from rewarding adult learning courses to classic car shows, the world-renowned RHS Flower Show, Foodies Festival, to seasonal activites for all. Stableyard shopping and dining includes several shops and a quality restaurant specialising in fresh local produce and the Gardener’s Cottage tea room.