Visit Chester: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Chester

Chester Roman Amphitheatre
Examine some of Britain’s most notable Roman ruins in the country’s largest amphitheatre. An entertainment hotspot up until 300 AD, it later fell to ruin and was built over - before archaeologists brought the excavated ruins to life in the 1950s. Plays often take place here during the summer months, so keep an eye out for some show stoppers.
Eastgate Clock
Marking the passage of time in the middle of Chester’s Tudor-bedecked old town, the Eastgate Clock adds some Victorian finery to the top of a Georgian gate – all on the site of a Roman passing point. Admire the details that include Roman numerals, frosted glass, a wrought-iron structure and dedication to Queen Victoria for her diamond jubilee.
Chester Cathedral
Towering in all its Benedictine splendour, this Saxon church is dedicated to St Werburgh and dates from the 12th century, having survived the English Reformation. Scale the panoramic bell tower, or keep your feet on the elaborately tiled floors with a guided tour through the cathedral’s naves and chapels.
Chester Racecourse
Racing at Chester's historic Roodee course dates back to the early 16th century, making it the country's oldest racecourse. It is also one of the most appealing with views of the city walls, River Dee and the Welsh Hills. At 239 yards it also provides the shortest straight in the country
Watergate Sq
Grosvenor Museum
With an active programme of special exhibitions and events there's something for everyone at the Grosvenor Museum. Facilities include the Conservatory shop, and tea and coffee in the Kings Arms Kitchen. Open Mon-Sat 10.30am - 5pm, Sun 1-4pm. Closed Christmas, New Year's Day, Good Friday.
27 Grosvenor Street
Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo offers a fun and stimulating day out for everyone, no matter what age or ability. As well as our 500 different species of animals and award-winning gardens, we offer first class facilities that ensure your day out really is as enjoyable as possible.
Caughall Rd

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Great historic city, with a gentle walk around the city wall, where you can stop off and view the falconry at the cathedral, shop in the good selection of shops, and find some excellent places to eat. Finish with a full day trip to the zoo.
Alison
United Kingdom
May 20, 2017
10
Exceptional
Beautiful place with great heritage. lovely atmosphere loads to see specially Booths of Chester, booth mansion. Stopped in for break, lovely staff gorgeous surroundings.superb atmosphere. Recommended! !
Peter
United Kingdom
May 21, 2017
8
Very Good
Very compact city centre that is easy to walk around. There are many alleyways and laneways to explore ad a very good selection of shops, pubs and places to eat. The zoo is a great place for a day out for all ages.
Henry
Ireland
May 20, 2017
10
Exceptional
Everything you want independent shops excellent eateries fantastic cathedral open top bus river trip walking the historic walls well done Chester Planners/Council
Valerie
United Kingdom
May 20, 2017
10
Exceptional
My son went to university in Chester and now lives and works there so we visit often. It's a lovely place with bags of quality shops and restaurants. Loads of things to see and do and plenty of places to go within an hours car or train journey.
Steve
United Kingdom
May 21, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Chester

Lloyds of Chester

6.5 Review score

Score from 583 reviews

$70

Average price per night
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  • “very clean”
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Hamilton Court Guest House

7.7 Good

Score from 501 reviews

$58

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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Mill Hotel & Spa Destination

8.7 Excellent

Score from 4,478 reviews

$96

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  • “location was great”
    1113 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
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Brookside Hotel & Restaurant

8.4 Very Good

Score from 1,008 reviews

$83

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Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel

7.8 Good

Score from 1,496 reviews

$93

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The Chester Grosvenor

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 2,174 reviews

$175

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Crowne Plaza Chester

8.9 Excellent

Score from 2,867 reviews

$120

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ABode Chester

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,714 reviews

$104

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Holiday Inn Chester South

8.1 Very Good

Score from 1,414 reviews

$67

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  • “very clean”
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The age of the building and the commemorative plaques on the walls. It is obviously a building of great historical importance. Areal must see for any visitor.

All the animals and their living conditions looked in excellent condition. Really lovely zoo. Very big - packed with things to do and see

Again, walking the city wall, It takes you anywhere and everywhere in Chester without traffic to contend with!

Yes a good mixture of main street and high end shop with some lovely small alternative shops aswell

Take a trip on the special bus. Excellent commentary, only took about 45mins.

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Why do you recommend Chester for food?

The Simon Radley Restaurant at the Grosvenor Hotel was excellent.

eating out in a variety of restaurants

Mill Hotel & Spa canal boat restaurant

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