Fun things to do in Chester

  • Views from the walls
    Views from the walls
    by alancollins
  • Rows
    Rows
    by gordonilla
  • Former cloister of the monastery
    Former cloister of the monastery
    by Airpunk

Most Viewed Things to Do in Chester

  • Rachael71's Profile Photo

    Chester Visitor Centre

    by Rachael71 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you are visiting Chester for the first time, this is a good place to start. The Chester Visitor Centre is on Vicar's Lane, opposite the Roman Ampitheatre. It houses a tourist information centre, where you can buy maps and guidebooks about the city, and where you can buy tickets for guided walks such as the ghost tour or the Roman tour. Staff will also help you to find accommodation in the city if you didn't book prior to your arrival.

    The Visitor Centre also has lots of information about the history of the city, which is free to view. At the moment there is a display about the history of the Roman ampitheatre, which is currently undergoing further excavation. Other displays at the Centre deal with the history of the city and the meaning of surnames. There is also a nice cafe at the Centre serving drinks and light snacks.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Things to do in Chester, and Restaurant Reviews

    by CapitanK Written Apr 1, 2011

    Here is a list of some excellent things to do in Chester:
    http://www.chesterhotels.org/Things-to-do-in-Chester

    Here is a pretty good list of restaurants and reviews from customers:
    http://www.chester360.co.uk/chester-restaurants.htm

    Good luck and I hope you have a great time. Don't forget to report back after your trip on what you loved about the city and your favorite restaurant!!

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Zoo

    Was this review helpful?

  • gordonilla's Profile Photo

    Water Tower and Gardens

    by gordonilla Updated Feb 6, 2011

    The gardens are built on reclaimed land during the Victorian period. They seem to have a range of interesting social amenities with the designated conservation area they are located within.

    There is also a Roman influenced dolphin mosaic.

    Water Tower Signage (1) Water Tower Gardens and mosaic Signage (2) Water Tower Gardens

    Was this review helpful?

  • gordonilla's Profile Photo

    St Peter's Ecumenical Christian Centre

    by gordonilla Written Feb 6, 2011

    The centre is located within St Peter's Church, which itself is located at the crossing of the four main streets within the city walls. I also understand that it is built on the foundations of the Roman Headquarters for the city.

    The church was founded in 907 AD by Ethelfleda, who was in fact the daughter of King Alfred (aka Alfred the Great). It has remained a centre of Christian worship ever since that time.

    It has seen and experienced many changes through the Reformation, the English Civil War and even into Victorian times.

    Interior (1) Interior (2) Interior (3) Interior (4)

    Was this review helpful?

  • grayfo's Profile Photo

    Town Hall

    by grayfo Written Feb 5, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The grey and red sandstone, Gothic style City/Town Hall is used for civic functions, council meetings, craft fairs and even marriage ceremonies. The present town hall was opened in 1869 by the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII). The architect was WH Lynn of Belfast whose design was chosen in a competition to replace the Exchange building which was built in 1698 to accommodate the city’s administrators and burnt down in 1862. In 1897 the council chamber on the second floor was gutted by fire and was restored the following year. In 1979 a clock was installed in the tower with three faces; there is no face on the west side of the tower

    March 2010

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo

    The Festive Victorian Fair

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 3, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Victorian Fair descends on Chester from mid November until the beginning of January. Here you will find an open air ice rink, a large ferris wheel, Santa's grotto and a great variety of stalls selling local crafts, food and an outdoor bar with a heating seating area - perfect for getting in the spirit of Christmas with a mulled wine or defrosting with a hot spiced rum drink.

    Chester Victorian Fair Chester Victorian Fair Chester Victorian Fair Chester Victorian Fair
    Related to:
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo

    Grosvenor Park

    by Myfanwe Updated Jan 3, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Grosvenor Park is a wonderful place to take a stroll, have a picnic and enjoy the wildlife. It is situated alongside the River Dee and is described as a fine example of a Victorian Park. During my visit in December I found some very hungry squirrels here who were very tame indeed and so cheeky
    that they took food out of my hand and clambered up my legs to check for food in my coat pockets!! I went back the next day with Gareth (VT-er Balam) we were armed with plenty of peanuts for our furry little friends. I also attracted a rather large flock of pigeons!!

    In the summer months you will find a miniature railway here, colourful rock gardens and a sensory herb garden.

    Grosvenor Park Grosvenor Park Grosvenor Park Pick pockets in Grosvenor Park Feeding the Squirrels atGrosvenor Park
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Birdwatching
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo

    The Grosvenor Museum

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 3, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Grosvenor Museum is a fabulous place to visit if you want to find out all there is to know about the Roman Occupation and life in Chester in years gone by. There are many great galleries for you to browse around and 20 Castle Street which is a house attached to the rear of the museum which has each room decorated in a different period through the ages of the house, starting as a timber framed house in the 1660's.

    I was particularly impressed with the local Roman artefacts held in the museum and the wonderfully engraved tombstones on display in the Graham Webster Gallery. Although the best thing about this great Museum is that Admission is Free!

    Open Monday - Saturday 10:30am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 4pm
    Closed 24th - 27th December, 31st December and 1st January

    The Grosvenor Museum The Grosvenor Museum The Grosvenor Museum The Grosvenor Museum The Grosvenor Museum
    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • muguruki's Profile Photo

    Rhino mania

    by muguruki Updated Sep 6, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In the last few months Chester is plagued by an infestation of rhinos all over the city.

    62 of them have appeared in different designs created by artists as well as school kids.

    Here is one of a few that are in front of the town hall.

    Was this review helpful?

  • muguruki's Profile Photo

    Elephant

    by muguruki Written Sep 6, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There are some dreadful lumps of metal and stone around the city of Chester masquerading as art but this bronze sculpture is an exception.

    The 1 metre tall sculpture of an elephant calf by Annette Yarrow was donated by Chester zoo. The sculpture can be found opposite the town hall on Northgate Street

    Was this review helpful?

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo

    Bridge of Sighs

    by Andrew_W_K Written Jul 5, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There is a bridge that crosses the Shropshire Union canal just off the city walls near the Northgate that dates back to 1793 and was built to allow condemned prisoners to walk from the gaol to the chapel to receive the last rights prior to execution.
    Being honest I look at it, think of the one in Venice and sigh that it isn't the same one!
    I wouldn't make a special journey to see it but if you're passing......

    The rather sad Bridge of Sighs
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • grayfo's Profile Photo

    Queen’s Park Suspension Bridge

    by grayfo Written May 18, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The original suspension bridge was built in 1852, Chester Corporation took over the responsibility for the bridge in the early 1920s and demolished it in 1922. It was replaced by a new bridge in 1923 and restored in 1998.

    March 2010

    Was this review helpful?

  • muguruki's Profile Photo

    Go on the lash in Chester

    by muguruki Written May 5, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Here is a good thing to do while you are in Chester. You can buy one these post cards that feature a mere 26 of many historical pubs in the city and then you can steadily work your way through all these boozers having a drink in each.

    It would be possible to reproduce a similar postcard as this with a similar amount of equally good and or historic watering holes that have somehow failed to make it on to the original card. Thankfully though my favourite ale house in Chester “Ye Olde Boot Inn” has made it on to the postcard.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Balam's Profile Photo

    Changing the Guard

    by Balam Written Apr 28, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you happen to be visiting on a Sunday during the Summer make sure you are at the Eastgate Arch at Midday to watch the changing of the Roman Guard.
    It is an hour long inspection and parade which can involve up to 25 soldiers in full Roman military costume.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Balam's Profile Photo

    Gods Providence

    by Balam Written Apr 28, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Gods Providence House in Watergate Street was originally built in 1652 which was 4 years after a plague killed 2,000 Chester inhabitants in only 10 months.
    The motto on it's frontage 'Gods providence is mine inheritance' is an expression of thanks that no members of the family died during the epidemic.

    Gods Providence House Gods Providence House
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Chester Hotels

See all 110 Hotels in Chester

Latest Chester Hotel Reviews

Ramada Hotel Chester
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews
De Vere Carden Park Hotel Chester
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
The Eaton Hotel Chester
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
The Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Spa
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review

Instant Answers: Chester

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

28 travelers online now

Comments

Chester Things to Do

Travel tips and advice posted by real travelers and Chester locals.
Map of Chester