Chester is one of the UK’s most picturesque cities – full of black and white Tudor buildings lining the city centre, encompassed by a historic roman walls and surrounded by beautiful Cheshire countryside.
Here are my top five things to do and see when visiting this amazing place.
Walk along Chester Walls
This is a great way to explore Chester and get a real feel for this unique city. The walls were built by the Romans in around 70AD, are the oldest in Britain and are approximately 2 miles long, surrounding the city. Along the way you will see some fantastic sights, including views of the river, the roman gardens and Chester Cathedral.
Visit Chester Cathedral
The cathedral really is beautiful – with stunning 12th century architecture waiting to be explored. It is free to enter, but donations are welcomed. Or you can take a tour – which I really enjoyed – which takes you up to the top of the bell tower, with fantastic views of Chester.
Spend a day exploring Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo is the UK’s most popular zoo, with over 1.9 million visitors every year! Home to 21000 animals and over 500 different species, it is a fantastic day out for both adults and children – and I absolutely love it! There is so much to see and do it takes a full day to make the most out of it (make sure you are wearing comfortable footwear!). There are plenty of places to eat, but can be a little on the pricey side – so I normally take a packed lunch with me. There are loads of adventure play areas for the kids, a Zoofari Monorail and a Lazy River Boat – and the staff are all lovely! If you have a few days in Chester, then the zoo is a must!
Take a stroll in Grosvenor Park
Grosvenor Park is my favourite place to relax in this beautiful city. I am on often found relaxing with a book or enjoying a picnic with Jonny on a summer evening. There are many events that occur in the park including the Summer Music Festival and The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is a fantastic place to watch a classic play and a must do in the summer months!
People watch along the River Dee
I am extremely lucky to live just around the corner from the river – which is a perfect running place (for when I feel slightly motivated!). The riverside can become very busy in the summer and the peddle boats are very popular! There a few great places to eat along the river, including Hickories and the Boat House. If you are looking for a small walk, it’s worth walking across Queen’s Park Suspension Bridge and adventuring into the meadows – and viewing / dreaming about owning all the incredible houses that sit peacefully along the river (one day…).
There are so many other wonderful things to see and do in Chester – Storyhouse is a fantastic place to grab a cuppa, read a book or watch a play, Cheshire Oaks – on the outskirts of Chester is popular place for shopping lovers and then make sure you time your visit with a fixture at Chester Racecourse – for a fun filled day at the races!
I hope you fall in love with this City as much as I have ♥️