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University of Chester

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

The University of Chester is a historic college on the banks of the city’s picturesque canal. Founded in 1839 as a small training facility for teachers, it has expanded to incorporate many faculties and now has six campuses. Explore the Parkgate Road campus to the north of the Chester City Walls to discover its magnificent Victorian-era buildings.

Visit the Old College building, which dates back to 1842 and contains a chapel built by the university’s first students. The students helped to carve the stone and form the stained-glass windows. Admire the building’s stately design, which features arched bell openings and a crocketed spire. The charming Victorian townhouse now provides accommodation for students.

Join one of the regular campus tours. Learn about the university’s heritage and trace its history to the current day. Visit the modern building of the Students’ Union, which contains shops and bars.

Explore the state-of-the-art lecture theaters and seminar rooms in the Binks Building. Leaf through tomes in the Seaborne Library and purchase books from the university bookshop. Enjoy a meal in White’s Dining Room, the university’s dining hall for students, staff and visitors.

Visit the Old Vicarage just outside the campus, which houses the university’s English Department. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of the campus when you visit during semester, or make the most of the quiet university grounds during the holidays.

Campus tours and are free

The University of Chester has buildings scattered throughout the city, but the main campus is in the northern part of the city center. Follow the Chester Canal north from where it meets the River Dee to get to the university. Walk 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) northwest from the Chester Railway Station. Another prominent campus is in the nearby town of Warrington.


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The Chester Grosvenor

The Chester Grosvenor

Eastgate Street, Chester
4.6
of 5, from 515 reviews
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This family-friendly Chester hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from St Peter's Church and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£20
George & Dragon

George & Dragon

1 Liverpool Rd, Chester
3.0
of 5, from 54 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chester, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of University of Chester and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£71
Mill Hotel & Spa

Mill Hotel & Spa

Milton Street, Chester
4.2
of 5, from 402 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Northgate Arena Leisure Centre and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£67
Roomzzz Chester City

Roomzzz Chester City

Norroy House, Chester
4.6
of 5, from 115 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chester, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Chester Racecourse, Grosvenor Museum and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

£37
Hallmark Inn Chester

Hallmark Inn Chester

City Road, Chester
3.2
of 5, from 283 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Northgate Arena Leisure Centre and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£67
Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester

Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester

City Rd, Chester
4.1
of 5, from 363 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Northgate Arena Leisure Centre, Chester Cathedral and Grosvenor Museum. Chester Zoo is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away.

£82
Crowne Plaza Chester

Crowne Plaza Chester

Trinity Street, Chester
4.4
of 5, from 372 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chester Cathedral, Grosvenor Museum and Roman Amphitheatre.

£52
Holiday Inn Express Chester - Racecourse

Holiday Inn Express Chester - Racecourse

The Racecourse, New Crane Street, Chester
4.0
of 5, from 693 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chester Racecourse, Grosvenor Museum and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.