Visiting 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 you’ll find stylish designer stores rubbing shoulders with familiar high street names and quirky gift shops.

When it comes to eating out you’ll be spoilt for choice – almost every type of cuisine can be found here and at a range of prices to suit most budgets. You’ll also find traditional English pubs brimming with character and contemporary wine bars making the most of the city’s architectural heritage.

If you’re curious about the city’s rich history there are museums, open top buses and guided walking tours to answer all your questions. Or, take it easy, and relax in one of the city’s parks or on the banks of the river Dee.

Photo: Chester city centre

When you’re visiting Chester don’t miss:

Our go-to restaurants in Chester

Our go-to restaurants in Chester

Baker’s Cottage guests often ask us for tips on the best places to eat in the city – so I send them this list of our go-to restaurants. The ones that we keep going back to again and again.

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Chester cathedral

Chester cathedral

There’s a lot to discover at Chester’s beautiful cathedral – including impressive architecture, tower tours, concerts, exhibitions and seasonal events.

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Christmas in Chester

Christmas in Chester

Chester is the ideal place to do your Christmas shopping and soak up the festive atmosphere. It has a wide variety of shops and lots of seasonal events in the run up to Christmas.

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Chester riverside walks

Chester riverside walks

On the South side of the River Dee you’ll find the Meadows where you can take a stroll along the river bank and discover a different side of Chester.

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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

Just 20 minutes by car from Baker’s Cottage, Chester zoo makes a fantastic day out with something for everyone.

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What our guests want you to know about visiting Chester

{All the history, the beautiful black and whites. All the cafes, restaurants, etc. Hop on hop off bus a must.
John & Rosie K from Australia, September 2023
{Nice local walks, great art galleries in the city centre - definitely visit Castle Fine Art in the Grosvenor shopping centre. Also try out the Arthouse café
Jacob H from Bromley, July 2023
{A walk of the City walls is a must, and the guided tour of Chester was also very good.
Deborah C from Wisbech, July 2023
{The open air theatre was superb we would recommend buying seats undercover and sitting on the back row.
Deborah C from Wisbech, July 2023
{Always lots to do and see. We would recommend doing 'Treasure Hunt Chester', very well thought out and a good way to see parts of the city you wouldn't normally see or notice.
Fiona H from London, July 2023
{Chester is a lovely place to visit. We enjoyed walking around the city walls. We found our visit to the cathedral to be interesting.
Mary O from Nottingham, May 2023
{We found it a very accessible and easy to navigate city, especially with a 3 year old who doesn't always want to walk!! We enjoyed walking the walls and being able to use it as a base to explore the surrounding area, especially castles.
Vikki G from Worksop, April 2023
{Compact city centre, easily accessible from the cottage. As is the lovely riverside area.
Frances D from Oswestry, April 2023
{How walkable it is, so many nice streets - we just enjoyed wandering. Cottage was the perfect distance from the centre.
Poppy C from Stockport, March 2023
{Mixture of old & new shops is lovely. Excellent variety of pubs & eating places.
Mel W from Chesterfield, March 2023
{The kids loved the zoo and scooting around Grosvenor Park!
Melissa C from South Croydon, February 2023
{Recommendations for Chester: the little lanes and passages behind the castle, from and between the Rows. The Walls. Undercrofts. The new market. Storyhouse. Lots of little shops.
Christine M from York, February 2023
{Loved it! only here for 3 full days so not long enough to explore it all. Liked the lack of traffic in the city centre. The history and the architecture, both old and new. Loved the new market. A brilliant week, thank you. Opened our eyes to venturing North in the future.
Ian & Jacqui D from Southampton, February 2023
{Enjoyed walks around the city walls and the meadows and a film at Storyhouse
Fiona H from Pinner, September 2022
{Explore the city with the help of visitor guides written during lockdown by the Visitor Information Centre team (£1.00 each)
Frances D from Oswestry, May 2022
{We've loved it. Very friendly, lots of places to visit. Great atmosphere. Be prepared to walk a lot!
Nicola M from Hythe, March 2022
{We walked the walls and enjoyed trying lots of different restaurants and cafes. We've recently started a vegetarian diet and found so many wonderful places to eat. We found the Cathedral fascinating. My mother attended a service while we enjoyed an art exhibition. Don't miss a visit to the cathedral. Visited the Sick to Death Museum which was OK - only suitable for Primary age children. We all loved exploring the Roman Wall and lots of places of history along the way. My family enjoyed the clothes shopping.
Janette L from Lancaster, October 2021
{Compact city centre - vibrant atmosphere. Lovely riverside area. An afternoon at the races (open course; take picnic & chairs/blanket). Chester zoo.
Chris & Liz P from Norwich, September 2021
{Loved cathedral and Roman gardens. We've had a wonderful break, first time for my sister, fabulous!
Mary B from Stockton-on-Tees, September 2021
{We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We particularly liked the river and the walks, the historic buildings and the vibrant atmosphere and diversity of the shops.
Diane E from Rutland, August 2021

Photo: Chester photo album

Get a taste for Chester from our photo album.

Photo: The Grosvenor shopping centre, Chester

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Where to find more information for your trip to Chester

  • visitcheshire.com/chester is the official tourist infomation site with news of events, ideas for things to do, guides to shopping and eating out in the city.
  • Chester360 is an unusual site which features panoramic views of the city’s attractions.
  • Chester.com is a local listing site with lots of useful information for visitors to the city.
  • The Grosvenor Museum explores Chester’s long history.
  • Roman Tours provides walking tours led by a Roman soldier.
  • City Sightseeing provide hop-on hop-off open top bus tours.
Photo: The River Dee and the city walls

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