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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.

Chester’s new ‘modern traditional’ market is open and offers visitors the opportunity to shop local and eat global from a wide range of food, produce and goods traders, all independent local businesses across 39 stalls. The market is open every day except Monday until 10pm, and 9pm on Sundays with over 400 seats across 4 distinct areas, from large communal benches to a garden area, heritage corner and more intimate stalls seating in the mini market area.

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