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ChesterUnited Kingdom

This pretty market town in northwest England is famous for its Roman heritage, unique shopping district and historic taverns.

Picturesque Chester attracts visitors with its Roman-era architecture, centuries-old pubs, lively shopping streets and horse racing. Founded 2,000 years ago, it was once Great Britain’s largest Roman settlement and today remains one of its best-preserved medieval cities. Chester is in northwest England, bordering North Wales.

Much of the interest to visitors lies in Chester’s distinctive city center, a pleasant area to explore on foot. Start your visit with a walk around the City Walls, built by the Romans in the first century. The walls enclose a splendid assortment of elegant and historic landmarks.

Spot towers and gates such as the Eastgate Clock, the traditional city entrance. Admire the intricate architecture and sculptures of Chester Cathedral. Go to Chester High Cross, where a town crier makes midday announcements during the summer. Explore the unique Chester Rows shops, a collection of half-timbered Victorian and Tudor buildings set on two galleried levels.

Chester’s museums expertly showcase the city’s long history and culture. Experience Roman life at the Dewa Roman Experience. See Viking-era artifacts, costumes and period furniture at the Grosvenor Museum. Learn about the city’s military past at the Cheshire Military Museum, housed in Chester Castle.

Step outside the city walls and stroll along The Groves, a scenic promenade that flanks the River Dee. For an alternative view of the city, take a boat tour along the river. Relax with a picnic or watch summer concerts and theater productions at Grosvenor Park. Discover more of Chester’s Roman heritage at the Roman Amphitheatre.

Revel in the atmosphere of Chester’s many 17th-century pubs, including the photogenic Bear and Billet. The pubs become notably active from May to September when visitors come to attend horse racing events at Chester Racecourse.

Reach Chester easily via direct bus and train from destinations such as London, Liverpool and Manchester. The city is also the gateway to the beaches and national parks of North Wales. Rent a car to visit the seaside resort of Llandudno or explore striking mountains and lakes in Snowdonia National Park.

Top hotels in Chester

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester
4 out of 5
The price is £83 per night

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chester Zoo, Chester Cathedral and Countess of Chester Hospital. Grosvenor Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
Good but...

"Got the presidential suite, Massive room can’t fault it with the area you get but for the price you pay you’d think they’d pay more attention to niggles, ie holes in the shower ceiling looks tatty, paint on sockets and just general stuff you don’t want to see when you pay £240 for it..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester
The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection
The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
The price is £71 per night

Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grosvenor Park, Chester Racecourse and Chester City Walls. Chester Cathedral ...

4.2/5Very Good! (992 reviews)

"It’s a lovely hotel would recommend it to anyone close to station and not far from all amenities nice restaurants close by love going here"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection
The Mill Hotel & Spa
The Mill Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
The price is £105 per night

Situated in Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grosvenor Park and Chester City Walls. Chester Racecourse and Chester Cathedral are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,255 reviews)

"Great position, quiet but easy to walk into Chester center. Food and service great. Bathrooms could do with updating and have more storage space."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

The Mill Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Chester

Chester Zoo
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Chester Zoo

4.5/5(197 reviews)

Traverse bridges, islands and replicas of distant lands in these gardens. See more than 400 species of rare and exotic wildlife.

Chester Racecourse
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Chester Racecourse

4.5/5(95 reviews)

Catch an event at Chester Racecourse during your trip to Cheshire West and Chester.Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply savour its top-notch restaurants.

Blue Planet Aquarium
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Blue Planet Aquarium

4/5(13 reviews)

Take the family to visit the sea animals who live at Blue Planet Aquarium, and find out why this is a top attraction in Cheshire West and Chester. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

University of Chester
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University of Chester

5/5(1 review)

Take a campus tour of one of England’s oldest higher education institutions to see an intriguing blend of Victorian architecture with modern features.

Chester City Walls
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Chester City Walls

4.5/5(295 reviews)

Follow in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers, Norman warriors and Georgian civilians who traversed these walls over the centuries.

Chester Cathedral
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Chester Cathedral

4.5/5(286 reviews)

Climb to the top of a landmark bell tower for views of the city or watch birds of prey flying overhead at the falconry in this historic church.

Top things to do in Chester

Half-Hour Sightseeing Cruise on the River Dee, Chester
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Half-Hour Sightseeing Cruise on the River Dee, Chester

£7
Per adult
CHESTER: North Wales Adventure - Sightseeing Day Trip Tour
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CHESTER: North Wales Adventure - Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

£47
Per adult
CHESTER: Lake District Adventure - Sightseeing Day Trip Tour
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CHESTER: Lake District Adventure - Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

£47
Per adult
Historic Chester - Walking Tour and Lunch at the Cathedral
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Historic Chester - Walking Tour and Lunch at the Cathedral

£53
Per adult
CHESTER: Yorkshire Adventure - Sightseeing Day Trip Tour
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CHESTER: Yorkshire Adventure - Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

£47
Per adult
Fascinating Walking Tours Of Roman Chester With An Authentic Roman Soldier
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Fascinating Walking Tours Of Roman Chester With An Authentic Roman Soldier

£9
Per adult

Reviews of Chester

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 55.18565941101152%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.3393085787452%
3 - Okay
58
3 - Okay 7.426376440460947%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 1.2804097311139564%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7682458386683739%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jun 2020

I live in Chester, it’s a lovely place to visit for anyone thinking of coming here. Great history, nice big green parks, lots of shops, bars, restaurants, live music (obviously not at the moment )

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Buildings wonderful but clearly economy suffering. Cathedral good except 50% roped off. Staff e.g. in shops excellent.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

Didn’t go into Chester

4/5 - Good

John

1 Mar 2020

Generally good but few empty shops and some features like big car park next to wall not good.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

Chester is a great place for a day/night out

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Feb 2020

We actually went to Broughton Wings for a night of Northern Soul and the accommodation was only 2 miles away.

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