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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

Great stay
By Hopscotch123
Pleased with cleanliness and standard of room. Excellent price. Enjoyed our stay and would return. [Less]
Express Visit
By JonSut
late check-in and early check out but a good stay overall -very impressed by the breakfast as we were disappointed at the last holiday inn express we used - room was very comfortable with a comfy bed [More] and pillows [Less]
Comfortable and no hassle
By RobA
Some really good points to this hotel, a quick check-in, a nice big comfortable room on the top floor and a good breakfast selection for the price. The orange juice was a bit watered down but that [More] was the only gripe :) [Less]
Enjoyable stay.
By Meg.
Great location, clean comfortable room, very good value for money. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. Would definitely stay again. Added bonus there was available car parking. [Less]
Clean and comfortable
By Maz18
We had a lovely two days stay here. The members of staff at reception were very helpful and our registering in was done very quickly. We had a lovely room overlooking the racecourse. It was very [More] comfortable and clean and met with all our requirements. The hotel is in a prime location for shops and restaurants, only a ten minute walk into the centre. [Less]
Good hotel
By Travellingbloke4
Rooms a little warm if facing the racecourse. Breakfast was good. All in all, I highly recommend this hotel. [Less]
Perfect for golfers
By JP12
Another great stay! The staff were friendly and attentive. [Less]
Nice hotel
One of the better express hotels I've stayed in. Roomy and nice restaurants attached. Room was very hot especially at night though with no air con but in fairness it was 30 degrees outside. [Less]
Wedding venue
By Pammy
It was perfect.. food for wedding meal and. Offer was excellent.. service was great.. staff were friendly.. all facilities were brilliant [Less]

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