Chester City guide, including hotels
Visit Chester and discover a delightful cultural mix that evolves when a 21st
century city has been shaped by 2,000 years of history. Within the city walls
Chester combines five star luxuries, exclusive stores, excellent dining and a
vibrant nightlife with attractions such as a Roman Amphitheatre and Gothic
Places of interest:
Chester boasts a complete circuit of historic walls, sections of which date
back to Roman times, Chester’s most unique feature is the 13th century ‘Rows’ –
two tiers of enticing shops, running through the main streets. Other
attractions include the beautiful River Dee, the recently restored Grosvenor
and Cheshire Military Museums, a Roman Amphitheatre, the Grosvenor Park and the
city’s famous Roodee Racecourse.
The Roman Amphitheatre, the largest arena ever uncovered in Britain.
The famous Chester Rows are unique, being two-tiered galleries built in the
traditional black and white ‘magpie’ style. They offer a wide range of shops
selling goods from antiques to high fashion.
Grosvenor Museum offers visitors the chance to explore 2000 years of
Chester history. This includes Roman life, Chester wildlife - past and present,
art galleries, and a unique Chester timeline. Entrance is free. You can take a
light hearted journey through the Roman heritage of Chester. Tours last
approximately 1.5 hours and can be provided, on request, at any time of the
Chester Zoo is one of Europe's leading conservation zoos, with over 7,000
animals living in spacious and natural enclosures. The zoofari overhead railway
and waterbus cater for your transportation needs. There is also a Children's
Farm complete with Marmot Mania, brass rubbings and face-painting.
Chester Market, having been established in Chester since Roman times, is
one of the oldest functions of the council.
Things to do:
There are many ways of seeing the attractions and surrounding areas of Chester.
Tours by Foot, Bus, Rail and Waterway are all available. If you enjoy the
festival atmosphere you can relax at the Chester races, the annual
international film festival or food and drinks festival. All tastes are catered
to in historic Chester.
Chester Racecourse holds meetings throughout the summer months including
the May Festival, a Family fun day and a Roman day. There has been racing on
the Roodee at Chester for over 450 years and the thrill of watching a race at
Chester unfolding before you from the sophisticated surroundings of the
course’s enclosures or the vantage point of the City walls is an unforgettable
Bus tours operate from the Chester Visitor Centre that allows you to
discover Chester from the comfort of a coach. Commentary is provided along the
way by a knowledgeable and experienced guide. The tours take in such sites as
the Amphitheatre, the River Dee and its bridges, the Old Port, and the
The Annual Food and Drink Festival celebrate the success of local producers
where they exhibit their fayre to over 6,000 food and drink lovers.
The International Film Festival is run by the Chester Film Society. This
popular annual event showcases fringe cinema from all over the world. The
festival runs for a week, generally during early spring.
A Cruise along the Waterways of Cheshire is not only relaxing but offers a
chance to enjoy the attractive sites of historic interest, heritage and culture
of the area. There are more miles of canals here than in any other English
A Town Crier is a regular feature in the summer months You can enjoy this
midday flamboyant spectacle at the Cross in the heart of the City, from Tuesday
to Saturday from May to September.
Food & Drink:
There is plenty of opportunity to pause and take refreshment during your
strolls around Chester in one of the many cafes, restaurants and wine bars.
Contained within this vibrant city is an eating scene of diverse proportions.
The styles of foods available include Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and some
of the best bars, night clubs and coffee houses you can imagine.
Samsi Japanese Yakitori Bar. Instead of the menu being divided the
traditional manner of starters and main course you will find that most dishes
are available in appetiser and main course portions. For people unaccustomed to
Japanese food assistance is available.
Vito's Trattoria Pizzeria. This is a traditional pizzeria where the waiters
pace about with enormous pepper mills and straw-wrapped Chianti bottles hold
candles over gingham tablecloths. All the old favourite dishes appear on the
Chez Jules Restaurant. Located in a former fire station this is a bistro
style restaurant where the reasonably priced menu is changed daily. There are
usually about six starters and the same number of mains on offer. It is a firm
favourite with the locals.
Mongolian Barbeque. An award-winning restaurant that offers customers the
chance to choose their own combination of meat, fish and vegetables and then
watch as they are stir fried on a huge Mongolian style griddle.
The Boot Inn, Chester’s oldest public house dates back to 1643, its façade
was rebuilt and restored in the late 19th century and again in 1988. This very
attractive 17th Century inn is accessible from the street level by narrow stony
staircase. This leads into a large hall, which is divided into two main
sections. Features include a fireplace, a large bar counter, low ceilings and
Hotels & Accommodation:
The city of Chester has a wide range of hotels and quality assured guest houses
suitable for the business traveller and tourist alike. Elsewhere in Cheshire
your options include luxurious country house hotels, excellent farmhouse B&B’s
and self catering.
Macdonald Blossoms Hotel
Higher Huxley Hall
Best Western Queen Hotel
Quality Hotel Chester
Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel
Eaton Hotel Non Smoking
Dene Hotel Chester
The Chester Grosvenor and Spa
Comfort Inn Chester
Llyndir Hall Hotel
Chester Moat House
De Vere Carden Park Hotel Golf Resort Spa
Broxton Hall Country House Hotel
St. David's Park Hotel
Mollington Banastre Hotel
Best Western Westminster Hotel
Thornton Hall Classic Hotel
Hoole Hall Hotel
Express by Holiday Inn Chester Racecourse
Gateway To Wales Hotel
Telford’s Warehouse is an independent family run bar/restaurant and an
internationally renowned music and arts venue. Upstairs is a popular restaurant
and contemporary art gallery. The lower area and bar are reserved for the many
popular live music nights which having played host too many famous names that
have helped to establish ‘Telford’s’ as one of the most important venues in the
The Miniature Theatre of Chester is based at the Chester Town Hall, performing
works that include both world premieres and plays by local talent.
Chester Theatre Club, based at the little theatre, was founded in 1944 and
stages 6 plays per year. The auditorium seats 126 and there is a licensed
Alexander's Jazz Theatre is the leading North West venue for jazz, blues and
rock artists. It hosts Chester Jazz and Blues Festival. Alexander's is also a
famous for the alternative comedy nights every Saturday.
Chester is an excellent destination for that short break. It is a city where
you can immerse yourself in history, shopping or elegance. This Roman city and
its 21st century delights will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
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