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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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With over 35,000 animals and 125 acres of zoological gardens to explore, you will NEVER be bored at Chester Zoo! Chester is the most visited zoo in the UK and a conservation and education charity committed to preventing extinction.  You will be transported to some of the most remote corners of the world, to experience the critically endangered orangutans from the rainforests of south east Asia,...

Housed in an historic building with a black and white timbered façade, The Chester Grosvenor is situated in the centre of the beautiful Roman city of Chester. Although the existing building dates to 1865, there has been an inn on the site since the late sixteenth century. The five red star hotel is one of the city’s greatest landmarks, standing alongside the iconic Eastgate Clock. With attentive...

Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, just 15 minutes from Chester city centre. With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings, the museum is a great day out whatever the weather. Visitors can take a boat trip through an industrial landscape, visit the museum blacksmith and explore...

Chester has been offering retail therapy to visitors since it developed as a bustling market town in the Middle Ages. Then it created the unique Rows galleries giving visitors stores at street level with steps to another tier of shops above - undercover heaven.  It’s also not surprising that the oldest shopping façade in England is in The Rows!  Shoemakers and Iron Mongers once sold their wares in...

Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence, a unique blend of modern and medieval history. Book on to one of the Tower Tours & Ground Floor Tours and explore the magnificent building which is a national treasure within the heart of Chester. Enjoy and indulge in...

Cheshire Oaks was the first and remains the UK’s largest Designer Outlet, having opened in 1995. With over 400,000 square feet of retail space to explore comprising more than 150 boutiques, restaurants and cafés You'll find up to 60% off the RRP in all of their brands all year round. The range of stores offer something to suit everyone's taste. Highlights range from athletic labels, including...