The cottage location

Baker's Cottage

The cottage is in Handbridge, walking distance from the riverside Groves and Chester city centre.

Baker’s Cottage in relation to Chester city centre

The cottage is conveniently situated in an area of Chester known as Handbridge, on the south side of the River Dee.

The house is in an Edwardian terrace in a quiet residential area away from the main road with a wide mix of housing stock as you might expect in an area near to a city centre. A short walk brings you to the local shops, pubs and cafes of Handbridge.

Walking in to the city

Most people will find the easiest and most pleasant way to access the city is on foot. From Handbridge you can cross the river by the Old Dee bridge or Queens Park footbridge which bring you to the city walls and the riverside Groves. Here you’ll find cafes, restaurants, a waterside pub, Cheshire ice cream stalls and boat trips.

From the riverside you have the option to walk along the top of the city wall right into the city centre. There are also routes through the Roman gardens and Grosvenor Park, both of which bring you to the edge of the main shopping and restaurant areas.

The city’s shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants are mainly within or very close to the city walls. The centre is very compact so you can reach most of the main attractions within 20 to 30 minutes walk including Chester cathedral. The main exception is Chester Zoo which is on the outskirts of the city and about a 20 minute drive away.

Many of our previous guests rate the convenient location of the cottage as one of its most memorable features.

Alternatives to walking

If you don’t feel like walking back after a long day’s shopping and sightseeing there are regular buses between Handbridge and Chester bus station.There are also a couple of guided bus tours, although they can’t go into the pedestrianised city centre.

If it’s late at night you can get a taxi to the door from one of the taxi ranks dotted around the city centre or the Kingkabs office in Bridge Street.

You can drive into the city but parking can be expensive.

The facts and figures:

  • Actual distance from the cottage to the Cross (traditionally used to mark the city centre) is 0.8 miles (1.3 km), that’s about 15 minutes at average walking speed.
  • The main shopping area starts around Pepper Street which is 0.6 miles away (just under 1km).
  • Distance to Chester’s famous race course just over 1 mile (1.8 km).
  • Chester train station is 1.4 miles (2.3 km) and there’s a taxi rank just outside the station.
  • Chester zoo is 4.4 miles (just over 7 km).

Distances for day trips

Chester is ideally located to explore Liverpool, Manchester, the Wirral peninsular and North Wales with great motorway access as well as being at the hub of an extensive railway network.

Some typical day trips:

  • Liverpool is just under 30 miles (48 km).
  • Manchester is just over 40 miles (64k km).
  • Llangollen in Wales is 23 miles (37 km).
  • Llandudno on the North Welsh coast is 46 miles (74 km).
  • Llanberis (for Mount Snowdon) is 69 miles (111 km).

Find out more on our ‘day trips’ page.

Queens Park footbridge
Photo: The Old Dee bridge

Two historic bridges connect Handbridge with Chester city centre – the Queens Park footbridge and the Old Dee bridge

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What some of our previous guests thought about the cottage location:

Close proximity to city centre – easy to walk into.

Chris P from Wolverhampton

February 2017

Apart from the city, we had a wonderful time exploring North Wales.

Cesidio G from Italy

November 2014

The location of the house is brilliant. It is in a quiet area with several shops, pubs and take-aways near by yet is just a short walk from the centre of Chester.

Zoe S from Willenhall

October 2017

It is very centrally located with an easy walk into the city especially for a couple of 70 plus tourists and handy to shops and restaurants.

Coral H from Australia

April 2017

The cottage is in a great spot, quiet residential area but just a very short walk to the beautiful, historic city centre.

Nita H from Berkshire

April 2014

Quiet, peaceful and comfortable and convenient for the amenities.

Lesley G from Dumfries

July 2015

House is only a few minutes walk from the river – very pleasant to stroll along the river bank – and decent walking distance to the town centre for restaurants, shops, the cathedral, etc.

Debbie J from Reading

May 2013

Lots to see in a compact area and made even more accessible with the hop on / hop off bus tour.

Francis N from Essex

April 2015

We loved our close proximity to the Meadows and enjoyed some lovely walks there

Lisa S from Canada

May 2013