Rated picks for a weekend exploring one of Britain’s most beautiful cities
Home to the most complete city walls in the whole of Britain, the ancient city of Chester boasts a timeless beauty that makes it a perfect destination for an unforgettable break.
Planning a visit? Here are our rated recommendations for things to do and where to eat and stay on your Chester Weekend Escape.
Things to do in Chester
Originally settled by the Romans in the first century AD, Chester’s winding streets and passageways tell the story of the city’s fascinating 2,000-year history. Its famous black and white timber-framed buildings are part of an eclectic mix of architectural styles – Chester has always been a fashionable place to live and visit, which has no doubt contributed to the enduring attractiveness of the city centre.
Chester’s famous Rows – or elevated walkways – date from the medieval times and line the four main arteries of the city. Walk along these to discover the upper- and lower-level shops and indulge in a spot of retail therapy. Make sure you don’t miss St Werburgh Street on your wanderings – here you’ll find the best views of the phenomenal Chester Cathedral.
The Cathedral itself is an extraordinary mixture of old and new. From Norman arches to modern works of art and the tranquil Cloister Garden, there’s lots to discover within its 1,000-year-old walls.
To further get a taste of Chester’s rich and varied history, a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre is a must. The Amphitheatre was the largest used in Britain, and was built for both entertainment and military training – its two stone-built buildings differ from each other and all other British amphitheatres, highlighting their historic significance.
For a fabulous family day out, Chester Zoo is just a short drive from the city centre. The UK’s number one charity zoo is home to over 7,000 animals, some of which are among the most endangered on the planet. Meet a herd of Asian elephants, see the world’s fastest land mammal and discover the Red Ape enclosure on your visit.
Recommended things to do in Chester
Where to eat in Chester
Stylish brasserie dining, luxury settings and multi-rosette restaurants: Chester is home to an array of top-draw eateries.