Situated in Chester, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Grosvenor Park, Grosvenor Museum and Chester Cathedral. Roman Amphitheatre and Chester Roman Gardens ...
£79 per night for 2 guestsThe Boathouse & Riverside Rooms£79
Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grosvenor Park, Chester Cathedral and Grosvenor Museum. Chester Zoo is 2.6 ...
£66 per night for 2 guestsHallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester£66
Chester is a stunning historic city in north-west England, famed for its Roman roots, imposing city walls and wonderful black and white timbered town centre. It’s a perfect place for a long weekend of sightseeing and pampering, or as a base for a visit to Chester Zoo, one of the UK’s top attractions. You may also want to visit so you can spend a day at the city’s famous racecourse, that hugs the banks of the River Dee.
Chester is home to a stunning selection of hotels, from grand spas to intimate boutiques and guest houses that go that extra mile, many within the beautiful city centre itself. The Chester Grosvenor is an opulent five-star spa hotel in the heart of the city. There are 80 luxurious rooms and a highly rated brasserie, while the spa offers a range of treatments from body wraps to deep tissue massages. There’s also a sauna and a steam room.
Overlooking the River Dee, Edgar House is a luxury B&B with seven individually decorated rooms, all with free Wifi. There’s a restaurant and bar lounge, too, and it’s also an adults-only affair, with no children – aged 14 years or under – allowed. Also close to the centre is the Chester Townhouse, an elegant dog-friendly hotel with 30 rooms.
Chester is steeped in history. Make your way to Watergate Street to marvel at the intricately carved mansion known as Bishop Lloyd's House. Walking on to the junction of Bridge Street and Eastgate Street, you’ll see the Rows, timber buildings with distinctive black-and-white façades, which are an unforgettable feature of the city centre.
One of the city's other famous monuments is the Eastgate Clock, built in 1897 and a great place for photo opportunities. This is also a good spot for views of the cathedral. If you have time, look inside the cathedral too, and spot the scenes of medieval England carved in the choir stalls.
In summer, an official Town Crier stands at Chester Cross on nearby Watergate to bellow out the latest news. The Cross itself is a reconstruction of a 15th-century stone crucifix that was destroyed during the English Civil War. Just to the south of the Cross, you'll find the Chester History and Heritage Centre where you can discover more about the city's history. You may also be interested in staying in a historic hotel in Chester.
The wonderfully preserved city walls shouldn’t be missed either. Originally built by the Romans, they have been much restored and improved over the centuries. There are plenty of walking tours around the city that include the walls. More details are available from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre.
You can also learn more about Chester’s Roman past at the award-winning Dewa Roman Experience, where dramatic reconstructions that use smells, sights and sounds will whisk you back in time.
A cruise along the River Dee is another great way to take in the city’s rich history, and longer trips are available to take you further out into the beautiful Cheshire countryside.
Less than five miles from the city centre, Chester Zoo is home to over 21,000 animals, some exotic and endangered. Based in beautiful award-winning gardens, the zoo sprawls over 125 acres. If you're planning to visit with your family, perhaps you should consider a hotel near Chester Zoo.
Although only small, Chester Racecourse, or the Roodee as it’s also known, is the oldest racecourse still in use in England. Just a short stroll from the city centre, a day at the races is a popular pastime for visitors. Consider staying at a hotel near Chester Racecourse if you fancy a flutter on the horses.
Back in the centre, the Storyhouse is the city’s cultural hub, with a theatre, cinema, library and restaurant all housed in a fantastic 1930s building.
Old or young, it’s impossible not to love Grosvenor Park. Laid out in a traditional, formal Victorian style, with avenues of trees and huge ornamental beds, there’s nothing straight-laced about the great roster of events that are staged here, from the open-air theatre productions to music festivals. The park has even got its own miniature railway.
And as you’d expect, Chester is awash with top restaurants, cosy cafés and some excellent bars and pubs.