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Rainy Day Alternatives in Chester

Rainy Day Alternatives in Chester

Don’t let a rainy day spoil your time in Chester, there are plenty of things to see and do without getting drenched. No need to stay indoors, make the most of unexpected rainfall with our list of wet weather alternatives…

Duck for cover at Chester Zoo

As the number one zoo in the UK, it’s no surprise that you are promised a fantastic and fun-filled day out, even when it’s raining! The Zoo have put together a wet weather walk which is free to download so that you can take full advantage of all of the exhibits including favourites like the Asian Elephants, Monkey Island and Realm of the Red Ape plus loads more!

Admire the view at Chester Cathedral

In the heart of the city centre, Chester Cathedral is a staple and a must-see for all visitors, regardless of the weather. Tower tours unleash 900 years of history as you climb to thrilling heights and marvel over the breath-taking views. Complete your experience with afternoon tea in the café which also has a range of delicious sandwiches, cakes and pastries.

Get well acquainted with The Rows

Find shelter from the rain amongst the Medieval and Victorian architecture of Chester – where a day of retail therapy doubles as a fascinating historic experience. Nobody should leave without exploring the second level galleries of the half-timbered rows which are totally unique to Chester! The Rows host a variety of shops from quirky boutiques to big branded names so there is something to suit everyone.

Relax and unwind at The Chester Grosvenor Spa

From the bustling streets of historic Chester, delve into a boutique haven of relaxation and tranquillity. Located at the epicentre of the city, the Chester Grosvenor Spa has been an iconic statement of understated style, glamour and elegance integral to the city since 1866. Enter a state of total serenity as you dip into the Herb Sauna, Crystal Steam Room and Salt Grotto.

Learn more at The Grosvenor Museum

Find out more about the Roman occupation of the city and be inspired by the historic artefacts, collections of hallmarked silverware and captivating artwork on display. A trip to The Grosvenor Museum is the perfect way to learn about the city of Chester all under one roof. At a stone’s throw from fabulous pubs and restaurants you can avoid getting caught in the wet weather!

Shop ‘til you drop at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

If you are partial to indulging in a spot of retail therapy, Chester has all you could ever want and more. For your fashion fix, head to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks, home to 145 luxury and high street brands – it’s the largest of its kind in the UK. Stay dry and make the most of your visit with 60% off must have labels like Armani, Burberry, Michael Korrs, Mulberry and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Dive in at Blue Planet Aquarium

With over 50 different exhibits and one of the largest collections of sharks in Europe, Blue Planet Aquarium is a great representation of life under the sea. Caves and undersea walkways grant access to fascinating fish, amphibians and creepy crawlies from all over the world! If you’re feeling brave, you can even dive into the shark tank… So don’t let a rainy day ruin your time in Cheshire – the family will love Blue Planet!

Have heaps of fun at Dewa Roman Experience

At Dewa you will be taken on a thrilling Roman journey with atmospheric reconstructions starting in the dark hold of a Roman Galley as the oars master navigates you to the gatehouse of the Fortress. Shelter from the rain and explore the informative exhibits, artefacts and archaeological sites. Children are encouraged to try on a piece of Roman Armour and take part in a number of other interactive activities which have proven to be extremely popular.

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  1. Chester Zoo

    Chester

    A visit to Cheshire isn’t complete without a trip to the UK’s number one zoo. Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens.

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    Chester Zoo Experiences
    Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
    Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
    Tree Top Play at Chester Zoo
    The Oakfield Pub, Chester Zoo
    Chester Zoo Experiences
    Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
    Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
    Tree Top Play at Chester Zoo
    The Oakfield Pub, Chester Zoo

    A visit to Cheshire isn’t complete without a trip to the UK’s number one zoo. Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens. With over 500 different animal species in our 125 acres, you’re sure to have great day out full of adventure - discovering and learning more about our incredible animals and plants.

    There’s always something new at Chester Zoo and this summer is no exception. Join us for a completely utterly incredibly absolutely, gobsmackingly, amazing exhibition that is 100% total utter trash. We’ll be revolutionising our rubbish and learning to LOVE IT FOR LONGER!

    We’ve also been busy transforming our current flamingo habitat into an INCREDIBLE NEW INTERACTIVE habitat space – a thriving, diverse Latin American walk through aviary which will allow you to walk side-by-side with some of South and Central America’s most colourful, spectacular bird species – and view them in full flight! Come and experience a truly immersive experience.

    Visiting the zoo can be hungry work so why not make a meal of your visit and stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants, cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo. From classic family friendly dishes, to tasty street food and authentic South East Asian inspired dishes.

    Looking for something a little more special? The Oakfield is a contemporary British pub at the heart of the zoo serving freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits. Explore our extensive seasonal menu, with popular roast dinners served every Sunday.*

    BRAND NEW for 2021 our experiences will get you closer than EVER before to our INCREDIBLE animals and plants, PLUS meet our experts! From breakfast with the lions to getting up close and personal to a HUGE lizard, we have experiences that will EXCITE and DELIGHT any animal lover.

    We hope to welcome you soon!

    For information about opening times and prices, please visit our website www.chesterzoo.org (prices and opening times vary throughout the year).

    *Usual zoo admission fees apply but our members can visit as often as they wish.

    Contact Details:

    Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

    Tel:

    01244 380280

    Website

    Web Site

  2. Chester Cathedral

    Chester

    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.

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    Stunning exterior of Chester Cathedral
    Breathtaking interior of Chester Cathedral
    Delicious Afternoon tea at the Chester Cathedral Refectory
    Inside the Chester Cathedral Refectory
    The Nave inside Chester Cathedral
    Stunning exterior of Chester Cathedral
    Breathtaking interior of Chester Cathedral
    Delicious Afternoon tea at the Chester Cathedral Refectory
    Inside the Chester Cathedral Refectory
    The Nave inside Chester Cathedral

    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.

    Come and spend the day

    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 delicious food in the 13th Century Monks Hall Refectory Café or book a Traditional Afternoon Tea and take in the stunning surroundings.

    Visit the beautiful and unique Gift Shop which has a wonderful range of music, jewellery, books, cards, toys, confectionery, gifts and souvenirs for all seasons and occasions.

    Entry is FREE to the Cathedral but donations are welcome.

    Groups are welcome by appointment and tours can be specially tailored to include coffee, tea or lunch to make a great day out for your organisation. Disabled access and facilities including toilets and induction loop. For more information, regular service times and details of forthcoming events and concerts and online booking, please see the Chester Cathedral website.

    Chester Cathedral is also a unique venue for business meetings, corporate hospitality, pre and post concert receptions, gala dinners and much more.

     

    Contact Details:

    12 Abbey Square, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HU

    Tel:

    01244 324756

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Chester Rows

    Chester

    The Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street. The Rows are unique in the world to Chester!

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    Woman looking out over black and white buildings on Bridge Street Chester from the Rows
    Chester Rows
    Chester Rows
    Woman looking out over black and white buildings on Bridge Street Chester from the Rows
    Chester Rows
    Chester Rows

    The Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street. The Rows are unique in the world to Chester, and nobody is quite sure why they were built in this way. Some original 13th century buildings, including the Three Old Arches in Bridge Street, have survived the ravages of time, but many of the impressive facades are Victorian copies. Nevertheless, they are still magnificent and greatly contribute to the beauty and character of Chester.

    Contact Details:

    Bridge St, Watergate St, Eastgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NG

    Tel:

    01244 402110

    Website

    Web Site

  4. The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor

    Chester

    The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor invites you to experience a luxurious and tranquil haven in the heart of the historic city of Chester.

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    Treatment rooms at The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor
    A range of treatments available at The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor
    The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor the perfect place for a spa break or spa day treat
    Treatment rooms at The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor
    A range of treatments available at The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor
    The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor the perfect place for a spa break or spa day treat

    Soothe your mind. Pamper your body. Lift your spirit.

    The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor invites you to experience a luxurious and tranquil haven in the heart of the historic city of Chester.

    Immerse yourself in the serenity of our boutique sanctuary in which every detail has been designed to evoke a state of relaxation, vitality and total wellbeing.

    A menu of rituals and treatments is designed to balance mind, body and spirit. Delivered by the skilful hands of our experienced therapists using the finest lotions and potions from our chosen product house, ELEMIS, your unique spa experience will exceed all your expectations.

    Contact Details:

    Eastgate, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LT

    Tel:

    01244 895687

    Website

    Web Site

  5. Grosvenor Museum

    Chester

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

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    Grosvenor Museum, Art Gallery
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    Grosvenor Museum, Chester
    Grosvenor Museum, Victorian Kitchen
    Grosvenor Museum, Stories in Stone
    Grosvenor Museum, Art Gallery
    Grosvenor Museum, Silver Gallery
    Grosvenor Museum, Chester
    Grosvenor Museum, Victorian Kitchen
    Grosvenor Museum, Stories in Stone

    We’re opening on 17 May

    Bring the family, dial your curiosity all the way up to eleven, and come and find out about the history, places and people of West Cheshire.

    We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

    Find our opening times and how to book your timed entry slot visit our website

    Opening times and booking procedures may change at short notice, please check this website before planning a visit.

    If you need any assistance ahead of your visit, please ring us on the number above or email us and we will be happy to help. Please do not email us to pre-book unless you need assistance and are unable to ring us.

    Information on our other museums can be found on the West Cheshire Museums' homepage.

    The Grosvenor Museum is full of surprises which tell the stories of Cheshire from pre-history to the 20th century.  Some of the surprises of the collections and displays are:

    - Trace fossils of a Chirotherium which wasn’t a dinosaur, but one of their ancestors. No skeletons have ever been found and these trace fossil footprints and tail marks are the only remains we have of this animal.

    - The kermadec petrel is a tropical seabird of the southern oceans. This was the first recorded kermadec petrel in Cheshire. It was found dead at Tarporley on April 1 1908. Nobody knows if this bird flew from the tropics by itself, or if it escaped or was released from captivity in this country.

    - A skeleton was discovered in the well of a Roman mansio just behind the museum. He was between 18 and 25 years old when he died signs on his upper arm bones show that he engaged in extreme physical activity from an early age, possibly as young as 12, which was the start of working life for Romans.

    - The Roman tombstones of the Sarmation horseman who wears a tall conical helmet with his cloak streaming behind him. He holds up a dragon standard which would have caught the wind in the dragon’s mouth and made a terrifying shrieking sound.

    - The Roman galleries explore Roman life  and death in the Roman fortress of Deva and display the largest group of Roman memorial stones from a single site in Britain.  The Museum contains 2 artistic references to the Ancient Greek myth of Actaeon – come & see if you can find both.

    - Nine room-sets illustrate changing fashions in domestic interiors from the 17th century to the 1920s.  One of our staff members says:  I love the Edwardian shower because every time I look at it I just imagine what it would have been like to use it.

    - Natural Cheshire has been designed with younger visitors in mind to explore area’s rich natural history. The Museum geology collection contains over 4,000 specimens including rocks, minerals & fossils!

    - The paintings and sculpture in the Art Gallery span half a millennium of art in Cheshire. ‘By a Mountain Stream, North Wales’ by William Huggins 1880. This painting contains a number of sheep... but how many? Staff and visitors alike are undecided!

    - Silver Gallery presents the definitive collection of Chester silver.  The bowl from this silver ‘coconut cup’ is made from a polished coconut shell… Amazing!

    The galleries have a range of interactive models, screens, dressing up and activities to make the visit enjoyable for all interests.

    There is an active programme of special exhibitions and events. See website for more information.

    Wheelchair access to the ground floor, including Exhibition Gallery One, Lecture Theatre and accessible toilet.  No lift to Art Gallery, Costume Gallery or Exhibition Gallery Two on first floor.

    There is a small café at the museum offering hot and cold drinks, and small snacks. For something more substantial there are many cafes, restaurants and pubs nearby. You are welcome to eat your packed lunch in the Kings Arms Kitchen, however please note there is no disabled access. The Kings Arms Kitchen is used by schools over lunch periods during term time.

    The Grosvenor Museum is a stone’s throw from the heart of the city and en route to the city walls.

    Contact Details:

    27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DD

    Tel:

    01244 972197

    Website

    Web Site

  6. Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

    Ellesmere Port

    Trendsetters, foodies, social butterflies, it’s time to make some noise for the new and improved McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks. So what’s the latest? Well, MORE.

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    Cath Kidston at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
    Kate Spade at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
    25 new designer and premium brands at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
    Burberry at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
    The new and improved McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks
    Cath Kidston at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
    Kate Spade at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
    25 new designer and premium brands at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
    Burberry at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
    The new and improved McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks

    Trendsetters, foodies, social butterflies, it’s time to make some noise for the new and improved McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks. So what’s the latest? Well, MORE. There are more stores, more choice and much more to discover. The 40,000 square foot extension hosts 25 new designer and premium brands for your perusal. Not to mention, they’ve made your day out even easier with 300 new parking spaces. It doesn’t stop there. The new facilities also include an expanded community space. They can’t wait to welcome you. 

    Fashion lovers, rejoice! They’ve upped their stylish offering at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks by another 25 new designer and premium brands. Pay tribute to the late iconic designer at the Karl Lagerfeld store. Get a taste for Italian luxury at Furla or stock up on signature underwear and more at Calvin Klein. Check out Mint Velvet, must-have footwear at Dune, Tommy Hilfiger’s jeans, Kate Spade, and elevated basics at Police too. And if all that wasn’t enough, the coolest high-end streetwear awaits for you at Diesel.

    Stay connected and fully charged with complimentary wi-fi and portable phone chargers, plus if you’re shopping in a group of 10 or more, receive a Fashion Passport from Guest Services and save an additional 10% off outlet prices at many of the stores.

     

    Contact Details:

    Kinsey Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 9JJ

    Tel:

    0151 348 5600

    Website

    Web Site

  7. Blue Planet Aquarium

    Ellesmere Port

    Get up close to Awesome Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real scuba divers in our daily feed shows in the Aquatheatre.

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    Get up close to Awesome Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real scuba divers in our daily feed shows in the Aquatheatre. With one of the best collections of Sharks, Fish, Frogs, Spiders and Dalmatian Pelicans – Blue Planet Aquarium  is a must see attraction for all the family.

    Watch the dive team feed the fish - all in front of the sharks at the awesome Aquatheatre window. Get an up close view of the giant Sand Tiger sharks, or nurse sharks, zebra sharks and the smallest sharks the Black Tips. View them from the 70m-long underwater tunnel.

    You’ll see the Giant Pacific Octopus in the Octopus lighthouse, see the clownfish and tangs in the coral Cave, and search for the deadliest Stonefish in the Venom section. With over 50 different exhibits from around the world there's something for everyone.

    Contact Details:

    Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 9LF

    Tel:

    0151 357 8804

    Website

    Web Site

  8. People dressed as Romans
    The Roman army needs you - Dewa Roman Experience
    Educational tours and birthday parties at Dewa Roman Experience
    Discover the sights, sounds and smell of Roman Britain at Dewa Roman Experience
    See recent archaeological discoveries at Dewa Roman Experience
    People dressed as Romans
    The Roman army needs you - Dewa Roman Experience
    Educational tours and birthday parties at Dewa Roman Experience
    Discover the sights, sounds and smell of Roman Britain at Dewa Roman Experience
    See recent archaeological discoveries at Dewa Roman Experience

    REOPENING SOON

    A NEWLY INVENTED MUSEUM AND ROMAN DISCOVERY CENTRE

    School tours will be available from September 2021

    For more info email deva@bigheritage.co.uk

    Big Heritage will be opening Deva Roman Discovery Centre in the old Dewa building, but it will be a completely re-imagined , with some fantastic new discoveries to share, exhibits and some technology which has never been seen before. Deva will be aimed at families and will aim to teach them about Chester’s rich history and its Roman past. 

    Tickets and the new look will be revealed very soon and we will have a launch video giving a peek at what we are creating – more details will come soon – go here for more details or www.bigheritage.co.uk where we will add new updates or dewaromanexperience.co.uk

     

    Contact Details:

    Pierpoint Lane, Off Bridge Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NL

    Tel:

    01244 343407

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)Chester Cathedral (53.19166,-2.89121)3.49
Chester Cathedral (53.19166,-2.89121)Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)0.3
Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor (53.19056,-2.88911)0.25
The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor (53.19056,-2.88911)Grosvenor Museum (53.18776,-2.89191)0.33
Grosvenor Museum (53.18776,-2.89191)Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet (53.26362,-2.88124)7.63
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet (53.26362,-2.88124)Blue Planet Aquarium (53.26204,-2.88702)0.38
Blue Planet Aquarium (53.26204,-2.88702)Dewa Roman Experience - REOPENING SOON (53.18893,-2.8922)7.33
Total Distance *19.71 miles
Estimated Journey Time38 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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