Let’s start with a little history…

The Roman name for Chester is Deva Victrix (very fancy, we know!), and the English place name Chester (and the suffix -chester) is a common indicator that the place is the site of a ‘Roman Castrum’ - a military camp or prehistoric fort to you and I - such as our own Amphitheatre. Encased within our fabulous buildings and landmarks is our extensive Roman history.

Begin #ChesteringAround with a trip down to the Roman Walls, the most complete Roman and Medieval defensive town wall in Britain, totalling almost 3.2km! Start your experience in the Grosvenor Museum, then continue your journey through history and hire a Roman tour guide for the day and absorb their medieval knowledge about the sensational city.

If a walking tour isn’t your cup of tea, then the City Sightseeing buses are the perfect alternative to delve into the lives of our ancestors. There are many hidden gems around Chester, and a bird’s-eye view is the most elite way to unearth them! Check out one of our favourites, the castle, who are hosting ‘Chester Castle Revealed’ tours this summer.

Bring a taste of Italy into your cultural venture by visiting the incredible Veeno, a treasure chest of specially selected, exclusive and authentic wines and appetisers. This delectable wine café uses only the finest produce from a family-run vineyard.

Spark the highlight of your jaunt and swing by the wonderful, newly-built Storyhouse. Throughout August and September, the schedule includes many original big show names such as Julius Caesar and Alice in Wonderland, which you won’t want to miss!

Simon Radley is one of the biggest names in high-end cooking, and you can find him residing in Chester’s very own Grosvenor Hotel. Having had a fresh refurbishment, don’t hold back to feast your eyes on the plush new look as you dine in style. Choose your dishes from a regularly-changing, luxury menu at the prestigious, Michelin Star-holding restaurant, recently named the ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ in the European Hospitality Awards. Alternatively, soak up the elegant surroundings with a delicious eight-course Tasting Menu! Choose from the 68 extravagant guestrooms or 12 lavish suites, and end your night in peaceful serenity. Indulge in being treated like royalty in your time at the Grosvenor (not to mention the soundest night’s sleep you’ve ever had!).

ARK brings a flourish of new upcoming and established art to Chester Cathedral over the summer months with 90 stunning works of art. It celebrates being the largest free-to-enter modern sculpture exhibition to be held in the North West of England. Other successes of ARK include masterclasses and workshops for all ages. This exhibition is the word on everyone’s lips, and not one to be overlooked!

Sneak down the quiet Music Hall Passage and sit back with a scrumptious lunch at The Chef’s Table in between your adventures. With menus decorated with dishes such as Mexican Marigold, Roast Hake, and aubergine soup, there’s an organic and locally-sourced meal for all!

Carry on your educative tour of Chester with the fantastic Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘Pop Art in Print' exhibition, located in the old library building in the heart of the city. The pop-up gallery features an international collection of pop graphics presenting artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein and more! Naturally photogenic, these pieces are guaranteed to give your Instagram a pop of colour, so don’t forget to show us how you’re #ChesteringAround!

Down the road sits the busy, independent Joseph Benjamin restaurant who celebrate every season of British-European style food. This gorgeously-set restaurant is perfect whether you're needing a small top-up after a hearty lunch, or if you’re after the full three-course gourmet affair.

Follow in the footsteps of the Roman soldier patrols and enjoy a lovely walk along the famed defence system. The Groves are the splendid setting for a night-time stroll, and are easily accessible by the stretch of historic City Walls. From there, hop onboard a river cruise down part of the 100km-long River Dee and uncover sights exclusive to the waterways. The last few race days for the 2017 season are creeping up on us, so bring your friends and get your glad rags on for the ultimate final days out in Chester. Whether you’re making a luxury day of your outing or just fancy a bit of scenery to go with your champagne, there are tickets to suit the masses. Girls, don’t fear – nearly every salon across Chester offers boutique raceday packages to glam you up to the nines! Take your selfies and candid snaps and upload with the hashtag #ChesteringAround!

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Chester City Walls
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Chester City Walls

The city walls are the oldest, longest and most complete in Britain, parts of which are almost 2000 years old.

Grosvenor Museum
Museum
Grosvenor Museum, Art Gallery

The Grosvenor Museum is full of surprises which tell the stories of Cheshire from pre-history to the 20th century.

Views from Chester Castle
Castle / Fort
Chester Castle now open to the public

This summer, for three days per week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Chester Castle will be open from 10.30am to 4pm. Visitors will pay £2, unless members of English Heritage, to visit the Agricola Tower.

City Sightseeing Open Top Tour
Sightseeing
City Sightseeing Open Top Tour

Discover the rich history of Chester with City Sightseeing open top bus tour.

Veeno
Wine Bar
Veeno

Veeno Italian wine café is a place where everyone can enjoy great wines from the family vineyard of Caruso minini and the most authentic Spuntini – platters of meats, cheeses and other appetisers. Veeno is most famous for its fantastic wine tastings experiences.

Storyhouse
Library
The Art Deco exterior of Storyhouse

**Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award Winner** ​​​​​​​**Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award Winner 2019** Storyhouse is Chester’s multi award-winning £37m theatre, library, restaurant and cinema.

Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor
Restaurant
Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor offers contemporany dining

Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor offers contemporary dining in an atmosphere of chic sophistication.

The Chester Grosvenor
Hotel
The Chester Grosvenor, situated in the heart of beautiful Chester

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.

Chester Cathedral
Cathedral / Minister
Stunning exterior of Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub and a centre of musical excellence.

The Chef's Table
Gluten Free
The Chef's Table Chester - Interior, Is a multi award winning independent restaurant in the heart of Chester city centre

**Taste of Cheshire Award Winner 2019** The Chef’s Table is a small multi award winning independent restaurant in the heart of Chester city centre, offering the best local produce available to them in their seasonal and constantly changing menus.

Joseph Benjamin
Restaurant
Tasty food at Joseph Benjamin restaurant at Chester

Joseph Benjamin is busy independent restaurant located next to Chester's historic City Walls. Owned and run by brother Ben and Joe Wright, Joseph Benjamin offers an eclectic, seasonally focussed mix of British-European fare.

The River Dee
Natural Feature
The River Dee

The river is 70 miles long and stretches through Wales and Chester. On the bank of the river is the 'Groves', a paved promenade complete with bandstand, cafés, restaurants and public houses.

Chester Races
Sports Ground
Chester Races

Whether entertaining clients, celebrating a special occasion with family or enjoying a day out with friends, a day at Chester races will be an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons!

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