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Chester
Travel Guide

Chester featuring a square or plaza, heritage elements and a city

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.

The Mill Hotel & Spa
The Mill Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
The price is £72 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,046 reviews)
"I like the way they had converted the old mill with unique features. The hotel was spotless and the staff were excellent."

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2021

The Mill Hotel & Spa
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester
4 out of 5
The price is £83 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
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! (992 reviews)
"Great stay at the hotel. Couldn’t fault in any way room was fantastic and hotel was spotless. Free parking a bonus. Very helpful staff all facilities closed due to COVID-19 but kitchen were providing a small amount of food for room service along with drinks. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester
ABode Chester
ABode Chester
4 out of 5
Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, England
The price is £74 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
Located in the heart of Chester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grosvenor Museum and Chester Racecourse. Chester Cathedral and Chester City Walls are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Excellet hotel just off the town centre. Parking expensive but overall v good"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2021

ABode Chester
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cornerstones, 16th Century Luxury Self Catering House overlooking the River Dee
Cornerstones, 16th Century Luxury Self Catering House overlooking the River Dee
5 out of 5
19 Bridge Street, Llangollen, Wales
The price is £345 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Situated on the riverfront, this luxury holiday home is steps away from Pontcysyllte Aquaduct and Llangollen Bridge. Llangollen Scenic Railway and Chirk Castle ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Luxury stay
"Lovely accommodation, friendly helpful staff. Lots of little extras for a touch of luxury."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2019

Cornerstones, 16th Century Luxury Self Catering House overlooking the River Dee
The Old Stable
The Old Stable
3.5 out of 5
Old Whitewell Farm Bannel Lane, Penymynydd, Chester, Wales
Situated in Chester, this cottage is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Gladstone's Library and within 6 miles (10 km) of Waun-Y-Llyn Country Park and Theatr Clwyd. Alyn Waters ...
The Old Stable
The Wallgate Apartments - Free Parking
The Wallgate Apartments - Free Parking
4 out of 5
Miry Ln, Wigan, England
Situated in Wigan, this apartment building is steps away from Trencherfield Mill and Wigan Pier. Museum of Wigan Life and Wigan Little Theatre are also within ...
The Wallgate Apartments - Free Parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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