Day trips from Chester

Chester makes an ideal base for trips to Liverpool, Manchester, the Wirral peninsular and North Wales. It has great motorway access as well as being at the hub of an extensive railway network.

Some typical day trips from Chester:

  • The city of Liverpool for shopping, eating, culture, the Beatles, the Mersey ferries, a thriving arts scene and one or two football clubs is just under 30 miles (48 km).
  • The city of Manchester, also a centre for shopping, eating, arts and culture, is just over 40 miles (64 km).
  • Llangollen in the Welsh hills, home of the annual Eisteddfod music festival, a steam railway and a ruined castle is 23 miles (37 km).
  • Llandudno, on the Welsh coast with it’s beaches, pier, tramway and cable car is 46 miles (74 km).
  • Llanberis for Mount Snowdon is 69 miles (111 km).
Photo: The Liverpool waterfront

The Liverpool waterfront

Photo: Bridge over the Dee at Llangollen

The Bridge over the Dee at Llangollen

Some of our favourite day trips from Chester:



The historic port of Liverpool is an easy drive or a train ride from Chester.

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North Wales

North Wales

Chester is minutes from the North Welsh border. There are ruined castles, sandy beaches, mountain passes and historic villages within easy driving distance.

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Manchester is just over an hour from Chester, a vibrant city with excellent shopping and world class museums and galleries.

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Ideas for day trips from our guests:

{Beeston Castle was a great place for our little boy and he loved Conwy Castle (but beware low railings!) and Llandudno. Erddig House gardens were lovely too.
Vikki G from Worksop, April 2023
{Chester is an ideal base. Go by train to Liverpool and Llandudno is only an hour's drive away.
Lynne J from Worcester, 2nd stay - August 2021
Christine McD from York, July 2021
{The Lion at Malpas is very good for meals
Miriam C from Newton Abbot, 4th stay - June 2021
{We can really recommend visiting Liverpool, and also nipping over to Wales. Also a 2 hour river cruise down the River Dee.
Janet & Derek W from Bury St Edmunds, September 2019
{If you have a car and fancy getting out of town for an afternoon, we had a lovely road trip down to Chirk Castle, then drove to Llandudno via Snowdonia National Park - would definitely recommend. Spectacular and diverse scenery.
Bianca R from London, 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, 5th stay, January 2019
{The nearby National Trust houses Erddig and Chirk are worth visiting - beautiful gardens
Doreen & Andrew B from Bracknell, June 2018
{Lyme Park was beautiful and would go back again
Marian & Mark F, March 2018
{Day trip recommendations: Day out to Conwy Castle; trip to Port Sunlight; train to Liverpool.
Vanessa B from Leicestershire, October 2017
{A trip to Cheshire Oaks on our way home was very enjoyable.
Zoe S from Willenhall, October 2017
{Apart from the city, we had a wonderful time exploring North Wales.
Cesidio & Silvia G from Italy, November 2014
Photo: Looking down from Conwy Castle walls

Looking down from Conwy Castle walls

Photo: walking along Offa's Dyke

Walking Offa’s Dyke on the Welsh border

Photo: Chirk Castle in Wales

Chirk Castle in Wales

Photo: Erddig country house & parkland

Erddig country house & parkland

Photo: The view of Llandudno pier from the Great Orme

The view of Llandudno pier from the Great Orme