The city of Chester

Photos of Chester

Chester's unique walled city centre is packed with history ranging from ancient Roman ruins and a 900 year old Cathedral, to 13th Century half timbered shops. In the mainly pedestrianised city centre stylish designer stores rub shoulders with familiar high street names and quirky gift shops.

Chester's main attractions

  • The city wall - a walk around the city wall (one of the few complete city walls left in England) makes a great introduction to Chester.
  • The Chester races - find race dates and a potted history of what is reputed to be England's oldest race course. Chester's city centre, pubs and restaurants are much busier than usual on race days so even if you're not going to the races it's useful to know when they are happening.
  • Chester Zoo - in our opinion the best Zoo in the UK and certainly one of the biggest and an essential part of any family holiday in Chester.
  • Chester cathedral - a beautiful, historic building in the heart of the city with a long tradition of atmospheric music.
  • The River Dee - from the riverside Groves you can take a boat trip along the Dee, sample Cheshire ice-cream, relax on shady benches, in the riverside pub, or one of the cafes overlooking the Dee.
  • Grosvenor Park - only a couple of minutes from the city centre this Victorian park is a place to unwind as well as the venue for open air theatre in the summer months.

Tips for tourists

Photo: a view from the rows

Photo: city centre shopping

More about Chester

Find out more from these web sites:

  • Visitchester is the official tourist board web site with events, attractions and eating and drinking listings.
  • Chester City Council web site will help you find out what will be on during your holiday, for example exhibitions, dance, music and theatre. It also features the Grosvenor Museum which houses an animated Chester timeline, an interesting way to discover the city's history. The museum is in Grosvenor Street, Tel: 01244  402008.
  • Chester 360° web site has some fascinating panoramic photos of Chester, some with movies that let you pan around a full 360' (probably best viewed over broadband). There are also listings for events throughout the year and restaurant reviews and ratings.
  • is a directory with listings that cover every aspect of the city including an events guide, city attractions, restaurants, pubs, clubs and shops.
  • Tripadvisor has a section on Chester with reviews of things to do, places to stay, restaurants and a forum for visitors looking for information about the city.
  • 'Chester - a virtual stroll around the walls' explores various aspects of Chester's history including the walls, it's pubs, the rows and the Chester mystery plays.
  • Chester Golf Club - less than a mile from the city centre, the course overlooks the River Dee and race course and welcomes visitors. Recommended by HB (July 2014). Tel: 01244 677760.