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.

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

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 guided hop on/hop off  bus tours, although they can’t go right 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 also 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.

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Some of our previous guests comments about the cottage location:

{Comfortable property near to the city but so quiet. Handbridge is convenient.
Marion W from York, May 2024
{Great location, able to walk into the city centre. Short journey to Cheshire Oaks!
Marie B, April 2024
{The accommodation was so close to Chester city. We are in our 70s & we walked in & back no trouble
John & Rosie K from Australia, September 2023
{Being so close to everything is a massive plus, to walk and leave the car behind is great.
Hilary & Mike A from Hatfield Heath, September 2023
{We were fortunate to have some tickets for some shows in Liverpool that we greatly enjoyed. We were able to easily travel to Liverpool by train
Mary O from Nottingham, May 2023
{Parking right outside - what a bonus! Location was spot on - a 10 minute walk to the centre or a 15-20 minute stroll - recommended!
Ian & Jacqui D from Southampton, February 2023
{Loved our stay & how easy it was to walk into town from the house
Kris S from Chepstow, October 2022
{All the places of interest were in easy walking distance from Baker's Cottage. An enjoyable walk by the river, around the city walls and Roman remains even though it was blowing a gale! Nice to return to a warm and comfortable house after a day out in the cold.
David & Margaret W from Northampton, February 2022
{We didn't have a car whilst staying at the cottage and it was nice that we could walk everywhere
Ruth B from Germany, Christmas 2021
{Cottage not too far from centre & had a shop & pubs close by. Used the taxi service. Nice quiet area. Used train to Liverpool - very easy. All excellent.
Shirley & Colin B from Wales, October 2021
{This cottage is only a stones throw from everything Chester has to offer and an easy walk to the Roodee, river, Meadows and the town - shops, Rows, etc.
Christine M from York, July 2021
{Particularly enjoyed being able to walk into the city centre & attractions
Sara H from Stroud, June 2021
{Fab cottage, location is superb - so good to park the car & walk into Chester. Lots of places to visit nearby. History, culture, lovely walks - Chester has it all. Favourite memories - walking the walls, walking in the 'Meadows', down to the riverside & into town, Chester zoo, Cheshire Oaks and Liverpool.
Elaine B from Woking, May 2021
{The cottage is very well situated with a lovely walk into the centre as well as good local facilities.
Margaret B from Lancaster, 3rd stay, September 2019
{The cottage was an excellent base for walking into Chester. Parking space particularly useful in this area.
Lynn T from Winchester
{The location of your cottage is perfectly situated in a nice quiet area but only a short 15 minute walk to city centre.
Sheila A from Edinburgh, July 2018
{Baker's Cottage is ideal, easily within walking distance into Chester. Can park the car outside the house and leave it there. Would highly recommend staying here.
Julie B from Cumbria, June 2018
{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 to the centre of Chester.
Zoe S from Willenhall, October 2017
{It is very centrally located with an easy walk into the city for a couple of 70 plus tourists and handy to shops and restaurants.
George & Coral H from Australia, April 2017
{Enjoyed the daily walk to the city centre and having a cosy home from home to come back to.
Susan R from Colchester, April 2017

» You can find out more about what other guests think of holidays at Baker’s Cottage on our reviews page

Photo: the gateway to the Meadows by the river Dee

The gateway to the Meadows by the River Dee

Photo: The Queens Park footbridge links Handbridge with the city

The Queens Park footbridge links Handbridge with the city

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