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Visiting Chester – A City Guide
Chester can trace its roots back to Roman times, when it was founded as a military camp. During the Middle Ages it was a wealthy port, and since then the walled city has aged well. Its historic centre has a timeless feel thanks to dozens of picturesque half-timbered buildings.

Chester: city layout
The historic core of central Chester, where the majority of shops and restaurants are located, fills the space between the city’s cathedral and the north bank of the River Dee. West of the centre, beside a sweeping bend in the river, is Chester Racecourse. To the north and northeast are residential suburbs, as well as part of the University of Chester campus. Southeast of the centre and across the river are the surprisingly wild wetlands of Chester Meadows, while you’ll find more homes and business parks further south and southwest.

What to see and do in Chester
Central Chester is enclosed by two miles of medieval walls and has Chester Cathedral as its focal point. Don’t miss the former city entrance, Eastgate, or its photogenic clock. Throughout the centre you’ll also find streets lined with Tudor-style black-and-white half-timbered houses, although most are relatively modern Victorian recreations, despite their appearance. Take time for a stroll in leafy Grosvenor Park or, for a real trip into the past, visit Chester Roman Gardens, filled with ancient ruins. For a walk on the wild side, make a detour to Chester Meadows, a patchwork of riverside grasslands and wetlands southeast of the centre.

The concierge recommends…

  • Admiring majestic Chester Cathedral, founded in 1092. It was originally a Benedictine abbey, and many of its earliest features like the cloisters and refectory still survive.
  • Visiting Chester Rows: the long half-timbered galleries that form a unique second shopping level along Watergate, Northgate, Eastgate and Bridge streets.
  • Delving into ancient history at the Dewa Roman Experience. You can visit reconstructions of a barracks, a bath house and tavern, and see excavated remains of the original fortress.
  • Placing a bet on the horses at Chester Racecourse, a rare track within an easy walk of the city centre.

Hotels in Chester
Chester has a wide range of accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets. You’ll find grand retreats in historic buildings that make relaxing bases for city breaks, and large hotels with modern facilities aimed primarily at business travellers. You’ll also have a choice of smaller family-run bed-and-breakfast guesthouses.

Many of Chester’s hotels are centrally located, leaving you close to the main sights and shops, as well as to lively nightlife and Chester Racecourse. There are more hotels to the northeast of the centre around Chester railway station, and another cluster of mainly family-run lodges even further northeast, along and around the A56. Similar guesthouses are located in the northern suburbs near the University of Chester. Hotels on the outskirts of the city have good transport connections to other parts of North West England, as well as convenient bus connections into the centre.

Eating Out in Chester
Chester has restaurants in every category: You’ll discover trendy cafés, exclusive bistros and pubs serving fine food. Ethnic cuisines such as Indian and Italian are popular. Salt has long been mined locally, and as a result the regional cuisine has become known for its cured meats and fish.

The city centre is a good place to find popular restaurant chains and bars serving ‘pub grub’, as well as cafés and more exclusive high-end eateries that serve both classic British and international fare. You’ll have a choice of everything from French mussels to Malaysian curries. Most restaurants in the northeast suburbs are either British-themed and based in the area’s guesthouses, or they serve familiar ethnic cuisines such as Chinese and Indian. Dining options on the outskirts of the city are mainly hotel restaurants and pubs with food, although you will find some Italian and other international eateries.

The chef recommends...

  • Cheshire Pork ‘Pye’: A regional variant on the classic British pork pie, using pork loin flavoured with white wine, pepper, nutmeg and sugar, encased in shortcrust pastry and traditionally eaten with peas.
  • Cheshire Cheese: A pale-coloured, crumbly, nutty cheese that lays claim to being England’s oldest variety – it’s mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
  • Chester Pudding: Traditionally a dense steamed pudding made with breadcrumbs, suet and blackberry jam, but also seen in its lighter Victorian version: a pastry case baked with a filling of ground almonds, sugar, butter and egg, topped with meringue.

Shopping in Chester
Chester’s shopping is more varied than most British towns’. You’ll find familiar nationwide chains and several shopping centres, but you’ll also be able to browse in two-tiered medieval ‘rows’ found nowhere else in the world. Bartering is not common, although you can try your hand in markets.

Don’t miss the characterful Chester Rows, the city’s ancient two-level covered galleries that pre-date modern shopping centres by about 700 years.

Though if modern is what you’re after, you’ll find around 70 stores including familiar fashion chains at Grosvenor Shopping Centre, and another 25 beside the town hall in the Forum Shopping Centre.

For specialist shops and independent boutiques, try cobbled Watergate Street.
To pick up exclusive brands at bargain prices, drive six miles out of the city and visit Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.

Top markets in Chester

  • Covered Chester Market Hall contains over 50 stalls, where you’ll find everything from clothes, shoes and beauty products to second-hand books and hand-crafted jewellery.
  • If you visit the city from mid-November to mid-December, you’ll see Chester Christmas Market beside the cathedral. Don a festive hat and sip a glühwein as you browse for yuletide crafts, gifts and foods.
  • On the first Wednesday of each month is a farmer’s market outside Town Hall, where around 30 stallholders set up shop to sell their locally produced foods, drinks and other wares.

Culture & Nightlife in Chester
If you’re in Chester for the culture, you have options like a theatre show or a museum or art gallery visit. In the evening, you can relax in a traditional old pub, or perhaps dance salsa all night to addictive Latino rhythms.

You’ll find several art galleries in the centre, particularly in the area southwest of the Cathedral near the Racecourse. In summer, you can even enjoy a play in leafy surrounds at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. If you want to stop somewhere for a drink, you’ll find plenty of atmospheric pubs, some of which are hundreds of years old – and modern cocktail bars if you’ve experienced enough history. After dark, many clubbing fans head for Cruise, where you can choose from six themed areas. Beer lovers may prefer a relaxing pint in the Brewery Tap, home of the Spitting Feathers brewery.

Live music venues in Chester

  • The Live Rooms, the city’s largest independent music venue, has a main hall hosting top international names and a side room to showcase smaller acts.
  • Housed in a canalside former warehouse, Telford’s Warehouse features touring bands, holds regular open-mike nights, and has a weekly ‘Latin Mania’ salsa-themed evening.
  • Central Alexander’s puts on a variety of events, including Friday night stand-up comedy and free Sunday afternoon jazz and blues sessions.
  • In a converted chapel, The Church provides a stage for local bands and acoustic acts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Visiting Chester with a Family
Chester’s family-friendly attractions appeal to children of all ages, and range from a ghostly guided night walk to a day out with animals at one of Britain’s best-known zoos. There are also parks and open spaces in the city centre where little ones can let off steam.

If you want to absorb all the sights with little effort, a hop-on-hop-off bus ride will take you on a tour around the city centre – in less than an hour if you decide to stay on board. In the heart of the city, the imposing medieval bulk of Chester Cathedral always captivates visitors, regardless of their age. Or if you simply want some fresh air, make your way to Grosvenor Park, where younger children can ride a miniature train around a quarter-mile circuit, or have fun in the play area beside the track.

Best family attractions in Chester

  • You’ll have 125 acres of enclosures and gardens to explore at Chester Zoo. With over 500 different species and 20,000 animals from tigers to penguins, everyone can find a favourite.
  • Let your kids discover their inner Roman at the Dewa Roman Experience. In the ‘hands-on’ room they can dress up in armour, try their hand at firing a catapult and design their own mosaic.
  • Older children can learn about Chester’s ghoulish past by signing up for an evening Ghost Walk. They’ll hear spine-chilling haunted tales as they visit the city’s spookiest localities.


Latest Chester Hotel Reviews

Nice leisure facilities
By icedancer
A comfortable hotel. Works in the lobby during our stay. [Less]
Renovations at Runcorn
By Danny
I had cause to stay at the Runcorn Holiday Inn and was impressed by the friendly staff in both the reception, bar and restaurant. The only downside was that my allocated room was directly below [More] building work which is gradually upgraded the guest rooms. The staff were very helpful and offered to relocate me. But as i was staying briefly made do. The food in the restaurant was very good. [Less]
Cracking Hotel
By MickG69
Here on an overnighter for work but first impression was great, warm and friendly staff, great breakfast and bar and well kitted out gym. If I'm ever back in the area I will definitely stay here again [Less]
Much better inside than it looks form the Exterior so don't be put off.
By Tarababe
A very nice hotel, room was reasonably modern with a lovely shower and was clean with a comfortable bed. It was quiet and had a good choice of TV channels. The room service menu looked very nice with [More] a lot of choice compared to other Hotels of similar size and rating, but we didn't try it unfortunately. We did have the breakfast and although there was a good choice the cooked food sadly was very greasy. The staff are lovely and there is a Starbucks coffee area inside although I'm not sure it's exactly the same quality but it was nice. I would stay here again and would certainly recommend it. [Less]
Excellent location
By Blondie
Excellent location for acces to Chester, Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. There is a park and ride close by which was £2 each return into Chester. The zoo and Designer Outlet are an [More] easy 10 to 15 minutes drive although the park and ride does also go to Chester Zoo. Next to the hotel is a Spar Supermarket and Greggs so you don't need to worry about bringing a picnic for the zoo as you can buy fresh sandwiches there. Breakfast was excellent with a good range of both hot and cold food. We didn't eat in the hotel as it isnt cheap. We found a nearby Brewers Fayre within 10 minutes drive. Would definitely return. [Less]
Great Stay
By sulla007
Great location, very cleans and staff were very polite, definitely stay at this hotel again [Less]
Warm and friendly Hotel
By Sarah84
I come away with my husband and children for a weekend in Liverpool. We were there for two nights and planned to watch the liverpool game and go and do some sightseeing. From the moment we arrived [More] at the crowne plaza we were made to feel very welcome. It was a very quick check in. Our room was spotlessly clean, the shower was amazing and the beds were very comfortable. The housekeeping staff were very helpful when we needed extra towels and the bar staff were very funny and kept us and our children entertained. The staff in the breakfast room were superb and very helpful to us. Nothing was a problem for the staff and they assisted us with telling us where we could park for the football amd when we went in to the city centre. We will definitely be coming back . [Less]
Liverpool trip
By Don't have one
Staff were friendly and helpful which enhances the overall experience The decor of the hotel make it very unique and welcoming Position of hotel is good [Less]
Friendly Staff and comfortable rooms
By Sampsy
Good location out of the centre ideal for those needing a gym/firness centre with pool next door. [Less]

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