Chester is one of Britain’s top cities for a weekend break and attracts visitors from far and wide. If you’re tempted to join them, here are some suggestions for what to do and where to go in the famous walled city.
The Roman Amphitheatre was built for military training and entertainment and is the largest in Britain. It is open during daylight hours and has free entry.
As well as Roman exhibits, the Grosvenor Museum displays artefacts from all periods of Chester’s history.
Chester’s walls were built to protect Chester from invasion, and still exist today. Walking along the ancient walls offers unique panoramic views of the city.
Chester’s favourite shops are in the Rows, a special two-tiered shopping experience featuring unique and diverse shops.
Large boats cruise down the River Dee, passing beautiful gardens and majestic houses. For more energetic boating, why not hire a rowing boat?
The racecourse at Chester is the oldest in Britain, having hosted horseracing since 1539. There are 15 race days each year.
The well-known zoo houses 20,000 animals on its 125-acre site and is the UK’s top wildlife attraction. Perhaps the highlight of the zoo is the six islands that recreate the tropical environments of South East Asia.
Eating and drinking
There are many top class bars, clubs and restaurants in Chester. For starters, Bar Lounge is a city centre cocktail bar and restaurant with a friendly informal atmosphere.
Fiesta Havana, meanwhile, offers a Cuban flavour where you can eat, drink and dance to Latin rhythms. Cruise is Chester’s premier nightclub, with six themed areas and the hottest DJs.
After spending a hectic day enjoying Chester’s attractions, relax in one of our three Hallmark’ Hotels at Westminster, Llyndir Hall and the Queens. Enjoy a great food and relaxing after-dinner drinks, followed by a restful night’s sleep.