Historic, compact, good shopping, good resturants, what more do you need!
expensive and crowded
Roman ruins, river walks, rambleing, ect...
The roman walls of Chester have stood for almost 2000 years. Reinforced over the years to protect the city until their military purpose was no longer required. The walls were changed into a fashionable walkway during the 18 century and remain so today. The entire length of the wall is 2 miles and make an almost complete circuit of the city centre....more
The Eastgate Clock is known as the second most photographed clock in England after Big Ben. The clock was erected on the Eastgate in 1899 and commemorates Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee of 1897. The original plan was for a stone clock, but it was feared his design would block light to neighbouring buildings. After much public debate the stone...more
The full name of Chester Cathedral is'The church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary',since 1541 it has been the centre of worship in Chester.The Cathedral and Monastic buildings were restored in the 19th century and a free standing bell tower was added in the 20th century. The cathedral is the north West's most visited tourist attraction.opening...more
Great treat for you and friends, Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor Hotel. After hard day shopping we had...more
The hotel is stunning. The feature of this 18th century hotel proves what a high class accommodation...more
I recently stayed at Carden Park for one night on the Saturday just gone. This was my second visit...more
The Bear and Billet is a great old pub in Chester. It was built in 1664 replacing a building destroyed during the civil war. The Bear and Billet is a great example of a black and white half timbered building. It was originally the town house of the Earls of Shrewsbury (the sergeants of the Bridgegate), The building has been an inn since the 18th...more
This is not a restaurant. It is a pub that serves food and that was very basic. We went there as a group of four.Not made to feel welcome. In actual fact, as there was a quiz going on we felt in the way and left as soon as we had eaten to continue the night in another pub down the road at which we were made to feel very welcome. We were not offered...more
The first house on the site of the Falcon pub was built in 1200.This building was longer and reached further down Lower Bridge st.In the thirteenth century the building was altered and a row walkway was added through the front of the property.In the seventeenth century the property was aquired by the Grosvenor family.The building was extensively...more
Built in 1664 to replace a building destroyed during the Civil war,the Bear and billet is one of the finest examples of black and white half timbered buildings in Chester.Originally the town house of the Earl of Shrewsbury,the sergeants of the Bridgegate,the building has served as an inn since the 18th century.it is said that the earl leased it to...more
A great little bar just outside the Cit Centre offering a variety of ales and wine's and hosting live music every weekend,the bar is clean and modern with music memorabilia on the walls and friendly atmosphere.We had a couple of pints of beer here and found it was reasonable in price. Casualmore
Unlimited train travel from Chester that represents good value if you base yourself in the town and wish to explore the area.Bounded by Chester - Ruabon - Shrewsbury - Hereford - Oxford - Leamington - Nottingham - Derby - Nuneaton - Leicester - Nottingham - Derby - Alsager - Chester. Also Worcester Shrub Hill / Nromsgrove - Gloucester , Rugby -...more
North Wales / Chester is divided in to 8 zones roughly matching counties, and day rovers give unrestricted travel by bus and train for £9.50( 2 adjacent zones), £13 (three), £26 (all zones). Children half price.Also the all zones add in Machynlleth - Gobowen and gives a 50% discount on the Ffestiniog Railway and WHR.Ask at Chester station for more...more
A day rail ticket giving unlimited travel from Chester after 08:45. The limit of the ticket is Liverpool - Birkenhead - Shotton - Crewe - Kidsgrove - Manchester Picadilly - Earlstown - Liverpool - plus all Wirral lines, Crewe to Whitchurch, Kidsgrove - Stoke on Trent, Stockport - Buxton and Manchester Picadilly - Hadfield / Glossop/New Mills...more
The Chester Christmas Market is popular for finding gifts and tasty treats, including performances of local groups and community talent in the bandstand. A new addition this year Christmas Toboggan ride and Santa’s Sleigh the 70-ft high fairground slide includes a lighthouse design tracing the attraction back to 1953 where it was the centre piece...more
Back in the day Chester’s indoor market was a buzzing place with a wide variety of stalls and all a 2 minute walk from the bus station. In those days I would be dragged away from the market stall selling ground coffee from places all over the world where as a nascent coffee addict I would be busy sniffing the coffee beans and deciding which coffee...more
LMS 46239 Coronation Class The 46220-46257 Series or Coronation class locomotives are a group of steam locomotives built by the London Midland and Scottish Railway and introduced in June 1937. The Coronation/Duchess Class remains the most powerful steam locomotives built in Britain. The City of Chester was built in September 1939, withdrawn in...more
Chester is the only place in Britain that has maintained the tradition of regular midday proclamations at the High Cross, it is here that proclamations have been made since the Middle Ages. Chester's Town Criers, David and Julie Mitchell, are also the world's first husband and wife Town Crier partnership.Tuesday-Saturday, May-August, at noon;...more
Do you believe in ghosts??? Do you want to? Chester is apparently one of the most haunted towns in the UK. You can even go on a walk called the Ghostbuster Trail. These are held Thursday - Saturday, 7.30pm, June - October. Details from the Chester Visitor Centre.On a web site you can read of all the ghosts that have been 'seen' or 'heard' in...more
OK, maybe it's not that drastic, the pubs and clubs are still open past 5:30. And a few restaurants too. But for a town that's renowned for it's shopping, there is nothing open past 5:30 (well, M&S is open until 6:00pm). If you're unfamiliar with English shopping hours, most stores shut at the insanely early hour of 5:30pm on weekdays. For some...more
As the county seat of Chesire, Chester is over-ridden with indigenous felines. Called "Cheshire Cats," these feral beasts slink across the city, taking shelter in trees and archways and hiding from view when spotted. Often, all you can see is the gleam from their eerily bright teeth. I urge caution when dealing with these felines. While they are...more
Despite the congeniality of most drivers in England, given their atrocious driving conditions (small roads, anyone?), Chester drivers seem a bit rabid when they are zipping around town. Don't get me wrong, they have to deal with the atrocious conditions also, but, given that blind curves are abundant in urban Chester, a surprise from a driver is...more
If you're interested in Roman history you will undoubtedly be directed to Dewa Roman Experience. I found it to be quite disappointing and more concerned with gimmicky displays of what it must have smelled like than any useful information. At 5 british pounds it's also kind of pricey. The most interesting part of the tour is the 'excavation' in the...more
Watch out you don't get caught by a Roman Soldier ;-) Seriouly though a "roman soldier" can be obtained for guided tours of Chester - just ask at the tourist information centre by the town hall.Also this Roman soldier is an advert for the "Deva Experience" where you can step aboard a roman galley ship and reconstructed streets of old Chester -...more
680 Reviews and Opinions
Luggage and bags:
ok make sure you have a bag that zips for starters - not that i would say Chester is a thieves hotspot but better to be safe than sorry!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It always rains....when you least expect it so an umbrella is a must. You also need flat comfortable shoes. There are many cobbled streets in Chester and wearing heels is not a good idea...you may get away with wedges but stick to something comfortable and flat if I was you!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: you can get whatever you need here so don't worry if you forget anything!
Photo Equipment: again can pretty much get what you want here.
Just the other side of the wall from the Roman garden is this lovely row of tiny timber and sandstone cottages built as almshouses in about 1650. And no you haven't miscounted - only six of the original nine survive! Take a little detour from your walk around the walls to see them.more
It is great to take a walk along the river. Unlike York, Chester's riverside is full of pubs with beer gardens with riverviews and there is always something happening here summertime. You are also close to the remains of the roman amphitheatre and yes, there are sightseeing boat trips.more
Chester's Town Hall, in Northgate St, is a good place to start and the Tourist Information centre is right next door if you need maps and guides etc.. in fact you can pick up a free City Centre Attractions Guide for money-saving vouchers on museum visits and places to eat in the tourist office.more