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A Romantic Weekend in Chester

A Romantic Weekend in Chester

As one of the most picturesque cities in the country, Chester is the ideal place to visit for your weekend romantic getaway.

A romantic weekend would not be complete without a handy guide. Here you can see an itinerary and plan for your weekend of romance in Chester.

Walk the Walls

Covering over 2.2 miles throughout the heart of Chester lies the remains of the Roman walls – the most complete city walls in England. There a variety of fascinating sights throughout the walk, such as the Eastgate Clock, built in 1897 to commemorate the jubilee of Queen Victoria, the remains of a Roman amphitheatre and Chester’s internationally renowned Racecourse

Day 1

Begin your trip with a browse around the vast collection of shops in a unique setting known the world over. The perfect starting point for shopping is the Rows. You can continue your shopping with a visit to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, located next to the Rows. 

A romantic meal will provide the backdrop to the start of your visit to Chester. You will definitely be spoilt for choice with the vast array of restaurants and bars for varying tastes. These include traditional English pubs as well as Michelin starred restaurants. Cocktail bars line Foregate Street, the prominent high street throughout Chester. These include well known chains such as Revolution and independent bars such as Number Fifteen and The Square Bottle. 

Day 2

In Chester, you are never far away from the River Dee. A walk along the river at the Groves gives you the chance to start a relaxing day.  Cross over The Queen’s Park Bridge from the city centre and you should come across ‘the Meadows’ green fields. You could even continue the slow pace with an unwinding trip on a sightseeing boat, such as the Lady Diana or Mark Twain boats. 

A romantic trip to Chester would not be complete without a stroll through Grosvenor Park, a short walk from the river and the Groves. The ornamental park has been charming Chester’s residents and visitors alike since Victorian times. A walk through this beautiful landscape will provide the perfect alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Keep the romance flowing with Afternoon Tea.  There are a number of places where you could enjoy your Afternoon Tea. For example, you could visit Oddfellows on Lower Bridge Street, The Chester Grosvenor, Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel as well as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Rooms.

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Beaches, mountains & rolling countryside

Chester is in a unique location in the North West, situated closely to a number of prominent attractions in both Liverpool, the Wirral, Cheshire and further afield into Manchester. The Wirral Peninsula is home to many stunning places of natural beauty, including beaches, towns and villages. You could even spend a day at West Kirby, which can be easily reached through a train from Chester via Liverpool. 

Gardens of Distinction 

Some of the finest gardens in the country are situated in the county of Cheshire. From prestigious stately homes to secret gardens, you can find the list of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction here

Shopping

The retail therapy does not need to end after your visit to Chester. A 15-minute drive will take you to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, home to 145 shops offering high street and luxury brands at up to 60% off the retail price. A short train trip to Liverpool or Manchester will also fulfil all your retail needs. 

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  1. Chester Walls Walk

    Northgate Street, Chester

    Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, medieval archers and elegant Georgian promenaders. To book for this tour please visit the Information centre and pay the guide direct on the day or call 0845 647 7868

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    Bridgegate
    Eastgate Clock
    Bridgegate
    Eastgate Clock

    Follow in the footsteps of the Roman soldier patrols, the medieval archers and the elegant Georgian promenaders and enjoy a unique perspective of Chester with panoramic views on both sides as you explore the most complete circuit of city walls in the country. See the Water Tower that is no longer next to the water, the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, the tower where Charles I stood to watch the Battle of Rowton Moor, the famous, much-photographed clock on the Eastgate, the castle originally built by Chester’s very own Norman “Wolf” and even try your luck on the Wishing Steps . . .

    Tours depart from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre and are approximately 90 minutes in duration.

    Max 25 people per tour.

    This tour can be booked privately for a group by emailing chesterwalkingtours@gmail.com

    www.chestertours.org.uk

    Contact Details:

    Official Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Square, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

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  2. Chester Racecourse

    Chester

    Chester Racecourse is the oldest Racecourse in Britain.

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    Race fixtures throughout the year at Chester Racecourse
    Chester Racecourse, the UK's oldest racecourse
    The thrill of the races at Chester Racecourse
    Chester Racecourse, since 1539
    Chester Racecourse a must visit
    Race fixtures throughout the year at Chester Racecourse
    Chester Racecourse, the UK's oldest racecourse
    The thrill of the races at Chester Racecourse
    Chester Racecourse, since 1539
    Chester Racecourse a must visit

    We’ve had years honing our craft in racegoer satisfaction and an afternoon (or evening) on the Roodee offers an experience like no other.

    Sample the thrill of watching competitive racing, whist enjoying premium food and beverages across a variety of areas and enclosures. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or fill your weekend with some serious fun, we’ve something to suit. Mingle with the stylish crowd and enjoy a day to remember with family and friends. Tickets and badges for all 2019 fixtures, including the Boodles May Festival, are now available to buy and there are a variety of offers available on selected fixtures to reward early purchase.

    Contact Details:

    Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2LY

    Tel:

    01244 304600

    Website

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  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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    Chester Rows
    Chester 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

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  4. The Grosvenor Shopping Centre

    Chester

    A fabulous shopping experience, right in the heart of historic Chester.

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    The Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Chester

    The Grosvenor Shopping Centre offers a stylish and cosmopolitan way of shopping. Our wide range of retailers serve all your shopping needs, whether it be health and beauty, fashion or homeware items, jewellery or food. From Build-a-bear and Boss to well known high street clothing retailers including H&M, TKMaxx and L.K.Bennett there is something for everyone all under one roof. Costa Coffee is on hand for when you want to relax with friends and have a bite to eat in between your shopping, if you fancy Italian we have Piccolinos or for a treat try Millies Cookies. Monday - 9.00am - 5.30pm Tuesday - 9.00am - 5.30pm Wednesday - 9.00am - 5.30pm Thursday - 9.00am - 5.30pm Friday - 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday - 9.00am - 5.30pm Sunday - 11.00am - 5.00pm Bank Holidays - 10.00am - 5.00pm There are some seasonal variations to these times. Please check with your favourite store as some shop times may vary.

    Contact Details:

    Pepper Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1EA

    Tel:

    01244 342942

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  5. 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
  6. 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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    Grosvenor Park
    Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
    Grosvenor Park
    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

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  7. Oddfellows

    Chester

    This contemporary and unique boutique hotel offers everything from a light lunch, delicious teas to an outstanding Mediterranean inspired restaurant along with a surprising secret garden.

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    Contemporary and comfortable bedrooms at Oddfellows
    Quirky rooms at Oddfellows
    Contemporary and comfortable bedrooms at Oddfellows
    Quirky rooms at Oddfellows

    Situated in the heart of Chester, minutes from the River Dee and the vibrant and chic boutiques in the city, you will find a profoundly unique hotel which will capture your imagination and shape the way you travel. .

    Behind our stunning 17th century façade, Oddfellows has been lovingly restored to its former glory with a nod to its heritage. Cutting edge style mingles with inimitable sophistication and our contemporary bedrooms, private dining rooms, Lounge Bar and garden restaurant will guarantee you an experience in the cosmopolitan, the unpredictable and the flamboyant.

    For those wanting to extend their stay for more than just the evening, Oddfellows offers 18 of the most exclusive boutique bedrooms in Chester, Cheshire and the North West, each has its own charm and a combination of iconic and contemporary luxury furnishings.

    The Garden by Oddfellows offers a unique dining experience, the perfect place to enjoy delectable quality food in the most enticing of environments. Sip a cocktail in The Lounge Bar or venture into The Secret Garden where you will find secluded areas, open fire pits and a guaranteed experience in the cosmopolitan, the unpredictable and the flamboyant.

    Contact Details:

    20 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1RS

    Tel:

    01244 34 54 54

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  8. Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel

    Chester

    Traditional Victorian hotel ideally located in the heart of the city centre within the City Walls.

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    Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel ideally located in the centre of Chester
    Bedrooms at the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
    Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel the perfect place to stay for a Chester city break
    Modern luxury at the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
    1650 St John's Restaurant at the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
    Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel ideally located in the centre of Chester
    Bedrooms at the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
    Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel the perfect place to stay for a Chester city break
    Modern luxury at the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
    1650 St John's Restaurant at the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel

    Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel, part of the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2013/14 is a classical boutique hotel in the heart of the historic City of Chester, situated on the famous City Walls and near the Eastgate Clock Tower, said to be the second most photographed clock in England.

    First opened in 1650, you won't find another more historical hotel in Chester but you will find our hotel's period charm blends perfectly with modern luxury, creating the perfect environment to relax and unwind.  

    When the business day is done, there's no better place for you to retire to than the new 1650 St Johns Restaurant where you'll dine on sensational food using fresh, quality ingredients, topped off with an excellent wine selection and friendly, personal service.  Aiming to be one of the coolest new restaurants in Chester, enjoy our personally crafted 2-4-1 cocktails every evening between 5pm-7pm.

    The hotel has the perfect location to sample all the delights that Chester has to offer including shopping, Chester nightlife, Dee River cruises, the famous Chester Racecourse along with historical attractions such as The Rows and City Walls.  A 15 minute trip will take you to the Chester Oaks Designer Outlet or Chester Zoo.

    Contact Details:

    St Johns Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1HL

    Tel:

    0344 8799113

    Website

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  9. Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery

    Chester

    As the name suggests, the team at Mad Hatters Tearooms love the fun and quirkier side of life and pride themselves on creating a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for you to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of the city centre.

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    Enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea or delicious cake at Mad Hatters Tearooms & Bakery
    Mad Hatters Tearooms love the fun and quirkier side of life
    Enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea or delicious cake at Mad Hatters Tearooms & Bakery
    Mad Hatters Tearooms love the fun and quirkier side of life

    As the name suggests, the team at Mad Hatters Tearooms love the fun and quirkier side of life and pride themselves on creating a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for you to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of the city centre.

    Here you will experience excellent customer service and can look forward to receiving a warm welcome, whether you visit for breakfast, a light lunch or a wonderfully indulgent Afternoon Tea.

    Contact Details:

    49 Bridge Street Row East, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NW

    Tel:

    01244 323 444

    Website

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  10. The Chester Grosvenor

    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.

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    The Chester Grosvenor, situated in the heart of beautiful Chester
    Luxurious bedrooms at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel
    The Chester Grosvenor Hotel, where each bedroom is individually designed and furnished
    Ensuite bathrooms at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel
    The Chester Grosvenor, situated in the heart of beautiful Chester
    Luxurious bedrooms at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel
    The Chester Grosvenor Hotel, where each bedroom is individually designed and furnished
    Ensuite bathrooms at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel

    The Hotel

    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 back 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 yet unobtrusive service, The Chester Grosvenor offers the quintessential luxury English experience.

    Bedrooms

    Bedrooms at The Chester Grosvenor offer the ultimate luxury and comfort to help you relax after exploring the charming city of Chester.  Each room has been individually designed and beautifully furnished with the finest fabrics to offer you a deeply sumptuous stay.  

    Spacious and adaptable, a suite is ideal if you would like to add an extra something special to your stay. In addition, most suites have walk-in separate shower facilities.

    The Spa at The Chester at the Chester Grosvenor

    Be pampered in the tranquil and soothing haven of The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor, where every detail has been designed to evoke a state of relaxation, vitality and wellbeing, from the heavenly Thermal Suite to our carefully selected product partner, ELEMIS.

    Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor

    Savour the creative menus of ‘Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor’, which has retained its Michelin star since 1990 and where each dish is lovingly prepared by our dedicated team of Chefs. Our experienced Sommelier is on hand to find the perfect accompaniment from one of the UK’s most extensive wine cellars with over 700 bins from all over the world.

    La Brasserie

    Offering modern, fresh cooking, La Brasserie’s vibrant 2 AA Rosette restaurant prepares beautiful dishes using flavours and ingredients from home and abroad. 

    A glamorous Champagne bar takes centre stage, serving everything from Cappuccinos to Cosmopolitans and an exquisite selection of Champagne. 

    Open daily from 10:00am, a casual brunch, lunch and dinner menu can be enjoyed within the bar. 

    The Arkle Bar and Lounge at the Chester Grosvenor

    The Arkle Bar and Lounge is a luxuriously comfortable area of understated elegance and sophistication. Discover our worldwide collection of over 40 gins, each paired with a tonic and garnish to match the profile of the gin or choose from a selection of interesting malts, vintage ports and a wide range of liqueurs. The Arkle Bar & Lounge is a connoisseur's delight.

    It is also the perfect spot for picking up the paper and enjoying morning coffee, light lunch or  afternoon tea.

    Meetings and Events

    The Chester Grosvenor has a variety of stunning event spaces, which set the scene for an unforgettable event. All of our function suites make use of the latest built in AV equipment, available for your use on a complimentary basis.

    Weddings at the Chester Grosvenor

    The award winning Chester Grosvenor combines breath-taking architecture with contemporary yet traditional interiors. Steeped in history dating back to the 18th century, the pillared entrance and black and white timbered exterior provide the perfect backdrop for a fairy tale wedding.  ‘The Gallery’ on the first floor landing boasts the original staircase where the grandeur of the 28,000 piece crystal chandelier offers the most memorable of settings for your wedding photographs. The Chester Grosvenor can accommodate wedding breakfasts and civil ceremonies from 2 to 240 guests. 

    Contact Details:

    Eastgate, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LT

    Tel:

    01244 324024

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  11. 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.

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    Cath Kidston at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
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    25 new designer and premium brands at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
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    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

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Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Chester Walls Walk (53.19173,-2.89234)Chester Racecourse (53.18919,-2.89788)0.42
Chester Racecourse (53.18919,-2.89788)Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)0.36
Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)The Grosvenor Shopping Centre (53.18866,-2.89041)0.09
The Grosvenor Shopping Centre (53.18866,-2.89041)The River Dee (53.18752,-2.88307)0.46
The River Dee (53.18752,-2.88307)Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)0.3
Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)Oddfellows (53.18703,-2.89025)0.56
Oddfellows (53.18703,-2.89025)Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel (53.19075,-2.88791)0.4
Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel (53.19075,-2.88791)Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery (53.18937,-2.89108)0.24
Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery (53.18937,-2.89108)The Chester Grosvenor (53.19074,-2.8888)0.19
The Chester Grosvenor (53.19074,-2.8888)Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet (53.26362,-2.88124)7.32
Total Distance *10.33 miles
Estimated Journey Time20 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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