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Family Fun in Chester

Family Fun in Chester

Day 1

Explore the city

There are many ways to explore Chester and its rich heritage, hop aboard an open top bus tour with City Sightseeing or enjoy a different side to Chester as you sail along the river dee on a river cruise. Step back in time with Roman Tours as a Roman Soldier takes you on an exciting city adventure or discover the fortress of Deva at the Dewa Roman Experience. Visit The Grosvenor Museum, its full of surprises which tell the stories of Cheshire from pre-history to the 20th century or pick up a trail map from the Visitor Information Centre and explore the city at your leisure. 

Head down to the River Dee

Enjoy a delicious ice cream, or if you’re feeling adventurous and energetic hire a rowing boat or a pedalo and power yourself down the river. Walk over Queen’s Park Bridge and take a stroll (or run) through ‘The Meadows’ green open space that is great for picnics and running off some excess energy.

Watch the Town Crier Proclamation

Chester is the only place in Britain to have retained the historic tradition of regular midday proclamations from a fixed point. It’s free, fun and totally unforgettable.

Proclamations take place Tuesday to Saturday at 12noon (11am on Chester race days) June to August.

Explore Grosvenor Park

Grosvenor Park was given to the city by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster and is regarded as one of the finest examples of Victorian Parks in the UK.

The Park has tree lined avenues to explore as well as benches and grass to sit on and relax or enjoy fun games. It is also home to Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway, built in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the Duke of Westminster’s railway at nearby Eaton Hall. Open some weekends and during school holidays, Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway is loved by people of all ages.

During the summer the fabulous Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre brings the park to life with wonderful performances in a purpose built setting. If you’re visiting during July and August you should definitely get tickets for a performance.

Walk the walls

Take a gentle 2.2 mile stroll around the most complete city walls in Britain, a perfect way to see the city.

Stop off at the famous amphitheatre, pose for a picture by the Eastgate Clock, take in the stunning views over the oldest racecourse in the country and try your luck on the Wishing Steps.

Explore ‘The Rows’ and enjoy some retail therapy

Famous the world over, Chester’s Medieval two-tiered galleries or ‘The Rows’ as they’re known, are home to some of the city’s most fascinating shops including what is thought to be the oldest shop front in England which can be found on Lower Bridge Street.

Day 2

Visit Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is home to over 35,000 wonderful animals including some of the most endangered in the world!

From magnificent elephants and rhinos to delicate butterflies, there are different animals to see around every corner. Islands takes you on a unique expedition through six different south east Asian island habitats. Travel over bridges to pass between the islands and you can also take a jungle river cruise as part of the experience. Explore the indoor rainforest and walk-through aviary giving you the chance to get up close to the plants and animals.

Although an outdoor attraction there’s plenty to do indoors making it perfect whatever the weather. Take a butterfly journey through the UK’s largest zoo-based butterfly house where more than 30 species of butterfly and moths fly around you; or brave Fruit Bat Forest where three species of bats fly around as you walk through the forest at twilight  – an experience not to be missed!

The zoo is on the outskirts of the city and if you don’t have your car there is a regular bus service which runs from the train station, alternatively it’s just a short taxi ride.

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  1. The River Dee

    Chester

    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.

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    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. Take a stroll along the riverbank or propel yourself in a motorboat, a rowing boat or a pedalo.

    Contact Details:

    The Groves, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SD
  2. Town Crier Proclamation at the Cross

    Chester

    A unique regular midday proclamation in Chester's historic centre, where Bridge Street meets Eastgate Street and Watergate Street which is marked by a stone pillar "The High Cross". The proclamation takes place Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 June to 4 September, at noon, at the High Cross, except on on Race Days: June 12, June 25, June 26, July 9, July 10 and August 21.

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    The Chester Town Crier

    A unique regular midday proclamation in Chester's historic centre, where Bridge Street meets Eastgate Street and Watergate Street which is marked by a stone pillar "The High Cross". The proclamation takes place Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 June to 4 September, at noon, at the High Cross, except on  on Race Days: June 12, June 25, June 26, July 9, July 10 and August 21.

    Contact Details:

    The High Cross, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HS

    Website

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  3. Grosvenor Park

    Chester

    Grosvenor Park is a grade II* registered, green flag award winning park dating back to 1867 covering 20 acres. It's the main ornamental park in Chester whose layout was designed by Edward Kemp.

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    View of the River Dee from Grosvenor Park. Photo credit Jeff Buck
    Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
    View of the River Dee from Grosvenor Park. Photo credit Jeff Buck
    Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Grosvenor Park is a grade II* registered, green flag award winning park dating back to 1867 covering 20 acres. It's the main ornamental park in Chester whose layout was designed by Edward Kemp. It is extremely popular with residents and visitors to the city alike. Situated just outside the city walls and overlooking the River Dee its one of the finest examples of Victorian parks in the UK. With formal avenues lined with trees, statues, large sweeping lawns surrounded with ornamental shrub beds and display bedding, for which the park has become well known. The bedding displays are planted twice yearly to provide a spectacular and colourful display throughout the Spring and Summer months. There are a number of restored, newly introduced and Grade II* listed features to explore all year round including the Second Marquess of Westminster Statue, Billy Hobby’s Well Community Garden, St Mary’s Nunnery Arch, the Quarry Garden and more. 

    The park is a great place to visit with the kids as its home to the popular miniature railway and a great play area. Enjoy a fun filled train ride, open during weekends, public holidays and school holidays Feb to Nov and weekends Dec to Jan. Summer: 10.30am to 5pm. Winter: 11.00am to 4pm. The play area is in a fully accessible area providing play and exploration for everyone. It was designed by local artist, Andrew Small using a range of natural materials.

    The park is home to the Lodge, now the Lodge Cafe, set in landscaped grounds offering light lunches, refreshments and even afternoon tea. Open Monday – Friday: 9am – 4.30pm and Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm. 

    Every summer the team behind Storyhouse bring their performances to the park with Grosvenor Park Open Theatre. The sounds of popping corks, picnics unpacked and happy audiences are now the defining sounds of Chester's summer. And a great way to experience the park.

    However, despite this annual frenzy of activity, Grosvenor Park continues to retain its peaceful character and charm with visitors enjoying more informal activities in this attractive setting.

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    0300 123 7026

    Website

    Web Site

  4. Chester City Walls

    Chester

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

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

    Chester is the only city in Britain that retains the full circuit of its ancient defensive walls. Walking the complete circuit gives wondrous views down into the city and gives a fantastic insight into Chester's long history. The main access onto the walls is at each of the four main gateways - Northgate, Eastgate, Watergate and Bridgegate, plus there are many other steps around the city, some including accessible ramps.

    Please note: Access to The Walls, Northgate

    The steps to the right of the Northgate will remain open which means pedestrians will be able to gain access to the wall at that point if they want to walk clockwise (towards King Charles Tower).  Pedestrians walking anticlockwise from KCT will be diverted off the walls at the right hand steps and taken to the next set of steps at Morgan's Mount.  It won't be possible to keep a through route open along the wall as part of the wall and core needs to be carefully dismantled.

     

    Contact Details:

    Vicar's Lane, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QX

    Tel:

    01244 351609
  5. 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

  6. 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
    Chester Zoo
    Chester Zoo
    Chester Zoo
    Chester Zoo
    Chester Zoo
    Chester Zoo
    Chester Zoo
    Chester Zoo
    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.

    Throughout spring, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the more unusual and lesser known species that you may be SURPRISED to find we have here at the zoo. Join our Zoo Rangers during February half term for a programme of events that will uncover new and interesting facts about species, plus explore EXCITING spaces with our Discover Something New Trail and create unforgettable zoo MEMORIES.

    The fun doesn’t stop there! Why not turn your zoo visit into an ADVENTURE and book one of our unique Experiences that gives you an incredible opportunity to get closer to animals and plants, as well as gain behind the scenes knowledge from our AMAZING experts.

    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.

    If you’re looking for something special, our contemporary British pub The Oakfield, serves freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits which is sure to warm up your winter zoo visit.

    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

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  7. ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire

    Chester

    Enjoy a different side of Chester - the riverside!  Sail with us along the beautiful River Dee. 

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    The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester
    Bonkie the picnic boat, ChesterBoat
    An arial view of The Groves, Chester
    Chester Weir and Old Dee Bridge
    We're Good to Go
    The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester
    Bonkie the picnic boat, ChesterBoat
    An arial view of The Groves, Chester
    Chester Weir and Old Dee Bridge
    We're Good to Go

    Enjoy a different side of Chester - the riverside!  Sail with us along the beautiful River Dee. 

    Choose from a Half-hour City Cruise taking in the city's rich Roman, Mediaeval and Industrial heritage, or sit back and relax on our Iron Bridge Cruise, a two-hour trip into the glorious Cheshire countryside, through the Duke of Westminster’s Estate. Our routes along the Dee are full of interesting things to see and amazing wildlife - have your camera ready!

    You can really enjoy the freedom of the city by opting for a great value combined ChesterBoat and City Sightseeting open-bus tour ticket. Put your feet up and let someone else do the driving, by road and by water!

    We're a family business, with 40 years experience of providing first-class experiences. As well as sightseeing cruises, we also offer party nights aboard, special occasion cruises (such as afternoon tea, or fish and chips trips) and we're available for private charter. Our cruises, occasions and special events are a relaxing, comfortable all-weather attraction, with options for covered seating, a fully licenced bar and toilets. 

    Bonkie the Picnic Boat

    Our gorgeous little picnic boat is available now for private charter – complete with your own personal skipper.  We can arrange drinks and in true ChesterBoat fashion, we can also take care of catering or any special requests to make your day truly memorable. Bonkie can carry up to seven people, so she’s ideal for small gatherings such as birthday or anniversary parties, family celebrations, special occasions, or just any time you fancy an indulgent – or romantic –  chauffeur-driven treat. We think Bonkie is the perfect way to make a loved one feel special. You can charter Bonkie for two-and-a-half hours for £300, which includes your own private skipper.

    We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

    Contact Details:

    Boating Station, Souters Lane, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SZ

    Tel:

    01244 325394

    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

  9. Roman Tours

    Chester

    Established in 1997 with some of the only full time Romans in Britain, Roman Tours offer a unique and exciting service throughout the year.

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    Roman Tours of Chester
    Roman Tours of Chester, ideal for groups or families
    Discover the Roman heritage of Chester with a Roman Tour
    Meet the Romans on a Roman Tour
    Roman Tours of Chester
    Roman Tours of Chester, ideal for groups or families
    Discover the Roman heritage of Chester with a Roman Tour
    Meet the Romans on a Roman Tour

    Established in 1997 with some of the only full time Romans in Britain, Roman Tours offer a unique and exciting service throughout the year. Using authentic clothing and equipment, their soldiers brave the climate to bring you an informative, educational and interactive experience suitable for any group or age range. 

    At Roman Tours, history is lifted from the page, you will see history in a persepective you probably haven't considered before.

    This tour is unique in that you will tour the city with a 'real roman' and enjoy a light-hearted journey exploring the Roman heritage of the city. The tour is factual and fun and perfect for families.

    Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. Bespoke tours are available with a Roman for your family or a group.

     

     

    Contact Details:

    Chester Visitor Information Centre, Chester Town Hall, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

    Tel:

    01978 761264 / 07885 403485

    Website

    Web Site

  10. Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway

    Chester

    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway Website is a 7¼” gauge railway located only a few minutes walk from Chester’s historic city centre within Grosvenor Park.

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    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway

    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway Website is a 7¼” gauge railway located only a few minutes walk from Chester’s historic city centre within Grosvenor Park. The railway, built in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the Duke of Westminster’s railway at nearby Eaton Hall, is popular with young and old alike and has become one of Chester’s top tourist attractions. They operate steam and diesel hauled trains, on a ¼ mile circuit around the lake in Chester’s Grosvenor Park.

    Unfortunately, due to weather or other circumstances beyond their control, they may have to cancel, curtail or vary the services from those advertised.

    Why not make a day of it and visit the park, nearby play area, railway and lodge cafe!

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    07530 397079

    Website

    Web Site

  11. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Chester

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is back! Pop the prosecco and come together again, finally, for an extended summer of joyful theatre in the park.

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Copyright Mark Carline
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Copyright Mark Carline
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is back!

    Pop the prosecco and come together again, finally, for an extended summer of joyful theatre in the park.

    The Jungle Book - 29 May - 30 August

    Merry Wives of Windsor - 4 June - 30 August

    Pride and Prejudice - 9 July - 30 August

    Book your tickets here.

     

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park Rd, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    01244 409 113

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
The River Dee (53.18752,-2.88307)Town Crier Proclamation at the Cross (53.19134,-2.89346)0.73
Town Crier Proclamation at the Cross (53.19134,-2.89346)Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)0.64
Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)Chester City Walls (53.18959,-2.88594)0.2
Chester City Walls (53.18959,-2.88594)Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)0.37
Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)3.79
Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire (53.18756,-2.88606)3.84
ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire (53.18756,-2.88606)Dewa Roman Experience - REOPENING SOON (53.18893,-2.8922)0.39
Dewa Roman Experience - REOPENING SOON (53.18893,-2.8922)Roman Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)0.21
Roman Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway (53.19052,-2.88297)0.55
Total Distance *10.72 miles
Estimated Journey Time21 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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