Laura The Explorer's weekend in Chester
My weekend in Chester
There is only one way to start and that is to say I have absolutely fallen in love with this city after my weekend in Chester. It has so much charm, history, beauty and a million and one things to do, which leads me onto to our first port of call, Chester zoo. I'm a massive animal lover and this zoo has to be one of my favourites. I could sit and watch the Orangutans for hours playing around and being mischievous whilst doing forward rolls down the hill. We spent about four hours there exploring the wildlife before heading over to Cheshire oaks for a spot of retail therapy. We ended up checking into our hotel, The Queen for our weekend in Chester quite late. We were greeted by the lovely receptionist who we had a quick chat with and went to our room -which was fit for a king or queen. We then decided to get a bite to eat at the hotel before heading over to the Kings Quarter bar, where they served a great cocktail menu and had an amazing musician playing live music. He even gave us his playlist so we could pick some favourites to sit and listen to for the rest of the evening. The next morning, we enjoyed a delicious cooked breakfast before heading into the city centre, just a short 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Chester, really is a beautiful city made up of old listed Tudor style buildings, which are now home to some gorgeous shops. I couldn't resist some more retail therapy as the July sales were on. We decided to make a dinner reservation at a Thai restaurant that had been recommended to us for the evening, as we knew this weekend in Chester was going to be heaving due to it being race day. I don't think I've ever experienced a race day like it, Chester Racecourse was buzzing with atmosphere, the stands were filled with crowds. After just the first race, I was already jumping around as I had won, and ended up winning on two more races which really made my day. The atmosphere really was great. After the races to celebrate our win, we had a cheeky cocktail at a place called Havana. Before heading back to our hotel to enjoy a lovely long bath and refresh ourselves ready for the evening. We enjoyed a short stroll into the city centre to Ruan Orchid, the Thai restaurant we had booked earlier on in the day. WOW, it really was an amazing meal and I highly recommend trying it out if you like thai food. I couldn't help but order more sides because it was just so good, my eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach on this occasion. The next morning we were treated to some live music at breakfast which was a lovely little touch, and then headed back into the city centre to walk the Roman Chester walls (I wasn't lying when I said there was loads to do in chester). We found a starting point along the river and began the two mile walk on the wall, before getting caught in a sudden downpour! We ended up hiding in the Phoenix tower for 10 minutes to take shelter. The Roman wall walk is a must if you love the history of places and exploring different landmarks in a city. After all that walking it was time to take a rest and grab some lunch at The Boathouse, which is a pub with great views on the river front. We met up with some friends who live locally, before heading back home. We had a fantastic weekend and I already can’t wait to go back and visit Chester! Thank you to The Queen for making us feel so welcomed.
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