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Its bewitching beauty and unique atmosphere make Chester one of Britain's most popular and unique places for an unforgettable short break. We’ve found you some great things to do in Chester. But what makes it so special?

The ancient city is a truly breath-taking experience. Each chapter of Chester's history is etched into the very fabric of the city. Well, you are walking where Roman Legionaires marched to war, Viking raiders wreaked havoc and Norman invaders conquered Anglo Saxons.

Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000-year-old Cathedral with Europe's finest example of medieval carvings - and of course the one and only 700-year-old   two-tiered shopping Rows where shopping is a double delight.

You'll find stores galore offering the hottest fashion in Chester all set against a background of unique treasures of antiquity and a vibrant cafe culture where outdoor dining and people watching go hand in hand.

Just 10 minutes from the city centre is McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks, the largest of its kind in Britain and home to over 150 leading brands such as Mulberry, Kate Spade, Nike, Adidas, and Pandora – all at up to 60% off the RRP.

Make time for Chester Zoo, the  UK’s most visited attraction outside of London and home to  35,000 animals from 500 different species in acres of glorious gardens  . For an under-water experience, Blue Planet Aquarium is the largest aquarium in northwest England, with Europe’s largest collection of sharks which you can see through their captivating 71-metre underwater tunnel – you can even swim with them.

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Chester Town Hall dates back to 1865 and is rich in architectural beauty. The Gothic Revival Town Hall was officially opened in 1869 by HRH The Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester (later King Edward VII).

Chester Racecourse, known as the Roodee, is – according to official records – the oldest racecourse still in use in England, established in 1539.

Straight from Chester Railway Station, this walk provides you with fantastic views of the city from the magnificent Roman walls of Chester. Explore this lovely city with its stunning Catherdral, medieval buildings and fantastic shopping. Map and further route details can all be found in the guide below. Download the Chester walking guide (PDF) 10 Top Tips for Great Walks This walk has been...

Travel to the city of Chester for the day by rail for shopping and eating out with a Roman backdrop! An exciting mix of designer brands, independent gems and high street favourites make Chester a shopper's paradise.

A well-loved bar in Chester, tucked back in a side street off of Bridge Street.

The Cheshire Military Museum, in Chester, tells the story of the Cheshire Soldiers from the 17th Century right through to the present day.