9 Things to do in Chester to help plan your visit
Here’s 9 things to do in Chester for when you’re planning a weekend trip or holiday to our beautiful city. There are 1000’s or things to do in Chester and I wanted to start you off with a few of the tried and tested Chester attractions.
This is just a quick list of the attractions, I will be posting full blogs for each with more information. Let’s get started!
Take either the long 2 hour or short half hour river cruise tour which sets off regularly from the river Dee by the Groves bandstand. Between March and October you have the option to set off every 30 minutes for the short cruise and it’s only £7.50 for adults / £3 for children.
The 2 hour Iron bridge tour is £16 for adults and £6 for children. There’s also family tickets available. So sit back, relax, enjoy the sunshine, beautiful buildings along the river and stunning Cheshire countryside. Top it off with an ice cream afterwards available on the Groves. More information on Chester river cruises here https://www.chesterboat.co.uk/
You can also combine the River cruise with a hop on hop off bus tour of Chester here’s the link to do that https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/merseyside-and-south-lancashire/chester-city-sightseeing-bus
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Chester is the amazing Cathedral which dates back to 1092. Boasting stunning architecture from various historic periods and incredible views from the top of the tower (which is the highest point in Chester) The interior design, stain glass windows and beautiful lighting is something to behold. More information on Chester Cathedrals website is available here https://chestercathedral.com/
The Eastgate clock in Chester is aptly positioned in the middle of Eastgate street right in the heart of Chester close to the Grosvenor hotel . Arguable it could be said that the clock is one of, if not Chesters best known landmark. People flock here from all over the world to photograph and have their selfie taken next to the clock, After Big Ben, Chesters Eastgate clock is the second most photographed clock in the UK.
If your visiting Chester to see a show at the Storyhouse you’re in for a treat. The atmosphere in the theatre is incredible and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The Storyhouse is on Hunter street which is a stones throw from the Cathedral. There’s 2 great places to visit which are really close by, so if your in Chester for the day and to see a show then the Cathedral is very much worth a look first. The story house also boast the city library, a cinema and great restaurant and bar which is competitively priced. We enjoyed an IPA beer and Raspberry gin before our last show….
Here’s link to my first blog I wrote about our recent experience at the Storyhouse. When we got to see a pre-show timewarp from the cast of the Rocky Horror show.
You only need to look up and around whilst your strolling through the streets of Chester and you will spot something different every time you go there. A lot of the buildings in Chester are from the Victorian era based on the Jacobean style, there are also some incredible Georgian building too. Stunning buildings throughout the city everywhere you look and of course the charming Chester Rows which are partly timbered galleries now used for a lot of Chester’s independent shops.
Chester Racecourse is the oldest racecourse still in use in the world. Established in 1539. The season starts with the may Festival and continues with some great days out including Family fun day at the races, Lady’s day and many more meets https://www.chester-races.com/ . Once the racing is over you are only a short stroll back in to the city to enjoy the plethora of restaurants and nightlife. Here’s what trip advisor have to say about Chesters nightlife https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186233-Activities-c20-Chester_Cheshire_England.html
For the historians and tourists coming to Chester you cannot miss Chester’s Roman walls. some parts of Chester’s Roman walls are thought to be around 2000 years old and the most complete fortress walls in Britain thought to have been completed around 12th century. You get to see many different parts of our beautiful city as you walk the walls and you can hop on and off at various parts if you fancy a drink or a snack. It will take you anything from an hour to an hour and a half to walk the whole walls depending on your pace. For more information about the history of Chester and the Roman walls the Grosvenor museum is a great place to start with a short film about how Chester was built up.
As your walking the walls of Chester you will pass the elegant Roman Gardens which are situated right next to the Amphitheatre. You may want to walk there yourself or you could take one of Chester’s guided tours. You can even take a tour with a Roman soldier as a guide. Check them out here for more information https://romantoursuk.com/
Another great way to see Chester is by taking the hop on hop off tour bus. You can combine the River cruise with a hop on hop off bus tour. Here’s the tour website which shows the route and prices https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/merseyside-and-south-lancashire/chester-city-sightseeing-bus
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