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

We thoroughly enjoyed walking around both levels of the shops in Chester

Zoe S from Willenhall

October 2017

When you’re visiting Chester don’t miss:

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 Zoo

Chester Zoo

Just 20 minutes 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

Some of our guests tell you, in their own words, what they liked best about their holidays in the city:

  • “Everywhere you went it was a little slice of history. One highlight was the Roman tour – it was awesome” Lorna K from New Zealand, April 2019.
  • “We discovered the Grosvenor Garden Centre this time. It was a super day out, something for everyone. Also a great carvery for lunch. Would recommend.” Chris J from Halstead, January 2019.
  • “Lovely to wander the streets, like a mini York. Plenty of places to eat” David T from Helston, November 2018.
  • “There was so much to do in Chester – we took an educational and entertaining Roman Tour led by Titus and enjoyed a river cruise. We visited the Grosvenor Museum, the Dewa Roman Experience and the cathedral. To get our appetites up we walked the city walls.” Susan L from Falkirk, September 2018.
  • “Loved our stay in Chester. The Grosvenor Museum was well worth a visit, very educational, as was the amphitheatre and the Roman gardens. We walked the city walls and visited all the shops, of which there are plenty.” Susan S from Stockton on Tees, September 2018.
  • “We thought Chester was a beautiful place to visit. The city centre and buildings are lovely and it was entertaining to see everyone dressed for the races. We enjoyed the walk along the city walls and by the river also. We enjoyed having a great choice of lots of lovely eating places and we found Chester to be a lovely clean city to visit.” Sheila A from Edinburgh, July 2018.
  • “We have been many times over the past 5 years and always love walking along the river and through the streets admiring the architecture” Steve & Mim C from Newton Abbot, May 2018.
  • “We loved our holiday in Chester, loved the walk along the river Dee into Wales (we did that twice) also walking along the canal towpath and city walls. Plenty of places to eat and good shops” Carole B from Rushden, April 2018.
  • “Chester is my ‘home town’ and it’s fabulous. The Roman walls walk, the cathedral, the amphitheatre, Roman gardens and Groves are places to visit for free to all visitors. Restaurants, cafes and city life are all on your doorstep” Valerie B from Bromsgrove, April 2018.
  • “A very walkable city with lots to do within easy driving distance too.” Marian & Mark F from London, March 2018.
  • “So pretty, very accessible, just a lovely place to visit.” Helen O from York, February 2018.
  • Vanessa B liked Chester’s “history, river, restaurants and pubs” October 2017.
  • “A charming yet vibrant town with everything a tourist requires for a relaxing holiday” Ruth C from Germany, August 2017.
  • “Good variety of restaurants and pubs” Alison S from Market Rasen, August 2017.
  • “It’s wonderfully compact and a lovely place to wander through streets of history – full of modern shopping interiors. Beautiful cathedral.” Peter T from Torquay, July 2017.
  • Mary Y from Glasgow wrote “We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves” and liked best “the shopping and the river cruise”, July 2017.
  • “Have visited many times – a beautiful and atmospheric city with great culture and shopping” Susan R from Colchester, April 2017.
  • Margaret B from Lancaster liked best “the range of actvities, shopping, dining out, history and lots of places of interest in the surrounding area”, April 2017.
  • After her stay in April 2017, Jan B from Ashby-de-la-Zouch liked best “city of heritage, architecture and the Rows and just walking down some of the smaller roads with interesting shops etc.”
  • Coral H from Australia liked “How well the city has been preserved and how clean and tidy the city is. Love all the history of the place” and wrote “The hop on hop off bus with cruise on the river was very good” April 2017.
  • Chris P from Wolverhampton liked best the “variety of non-chain shops, canal, walls, gardens, walks. Good base for visiting elsewhere” February 2017.
  • Lindsay B from Liverpool liked best “city walls, cathedral and range of shops” when they stayed in December 2016.
  • “Lovely historic centre, everything was within walking distance” Michael W from Whitley Bay, October 2016.
  • Michael and Gloria C from Brighton liked best the zoo and cathedral when they stayed in September 2016.
  • Gemma H from Bromley “really liked Grosvenor Park” August 2016.
  • Nicola B from Aberlour recommended “the Grosvenor Museum – cool ‘Explorer’ pack for young kids and free!” July 2016.
  • Rebecca L recommended Chester zoo, the walls and the ice-cream farm after her stay in February 2016.

Photo: Chester photo album

Get a taste for Chester from our photo album.

Photo: The River Dee and the city walls
Photo: The Grosvenor shopping centre, Chester

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.

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