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An ultimate Christmas weekend in Chester

Starry Starry Night by Peter Walker

Take a break this season with a charming Christmas staycation in Chester. The city will fill you with festive cheer right when you need it, with a fantastic range of Christmas events and activities to enjoy, despite the uncertainty that this year has brought. So this year visit Chester for a truly unforgettable Christmas weekend and use our itinerary for inspiration!

Find everything you need to know and more at the Visitor Information Centre

The first place you’ll want to visit after dropping your bags off at your perfect Chester accommodation is the city's Visitor Information Centre. The friendly and helpful team will be on hand to let you know how to enjoy Chester and Cheshire safely and to the fullest. You can even shop for that perfect souvenir for you or someone you love, or take a peek now at what’s on offer online.

Book a special walking tour to explore and learn

From the Visitor Information Centre, or online before you visit, you can book a fantastic walking tour of the city to familiarise yourself or learn something new about the wonders of Chester. There’s The Chester Tour, which cover’s a broad range of Chester’s history across many periods and occupants of the city. Then there’s Roman Tours UK, who offer you a chance to learn about the history of Chester (or Deva Victrix) during it’s time as one of the most important settlements in Roman Britain. Or you can book something a little different with Tours Around Chester, with the Christmas Taste of Chester Walking Tour in which you can sample the sumptuous culinary treats the city has to offer. Or if you dare, take a Chester Ghost Tour to learn about (and maybe see) some of Chester’s many resident ghosts!

Set sail on the Dee with ChesterBoat

Take in the glorious sights of the River Dee with ChesterBoat. This December you can set sail aboard the Lady Diana up the Dee on a half hour relaxing river cruise, sure to bring you some gorgeous scenic views and a great way to see the city!

Hop on and hop off with City Sightseeing

Another great way to explore the city is with City Sightseeing’s Hop On Hop Off Bus. Book your tickets in the Visitor Information Centre and hop aboard the open top bus for a brilliant narrated tour of the city. It’s a great way to get around and can be combined with a sightseeing cruise.

Walk the Walls

A must for any time of year in Chester is walking the historic city walls. Built on the original Roman foundations, the walls are the most complete in the UK and give you spectacular views and a truly unique way to see the city. 

Take a walk on the wild side with the The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

To get into the festive spirit, why not visit the truly special Christmas spectacle that is The Lanterns at Chester Zoo? Featuring illuminated wildlife and enchanting animal characters, funds raised from the event will support the zoo’s crucial work as a wildlife conservation charity. Now in its ninth year, visitors are able to experience the zoo after hours on a set trail in the dark, taking in illuminated wildlife, colourful lanterns and encountering enchanting costumed characters.

Say bye to Humbug with A Christmas Carol at Storyhouse

Has this year got you feeling a bit like Scrooge? Well Storyhouse has the remedy with their production of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. It will be a truly special performance as Storyhouse will be one of only a tiny handful of venues in the country running Christmas shows this year. So join your favourite characters for this holiday staple that is sure to keep you from saying humbug!

Feel the festive spirit at Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral has it all when it comes to getting into the festive spirit this year. There’s the Christmas Tree Festival where you can see a fabulous array of over 40 Christmas trees decorated by schools, local businesses and charities spread throughout the historic building. Then you can sing your heart out with some Christmas Carols that are sure to put you in the festive spirit, featuring festive carols and music from the Chester Cathedral Choir and the Manchester Brass Ensemble. Expect to be filled with joy and merriment; a well-needed pick me up to celebrate the season! 

Why not have a truly unforgettable brunch with the man of the hour? That’s right, you can enjoy Sunday Brunch with Santa at the Cathedral this December!

Top brands and cosy Christmas snugs at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

It's time to discover that perfect gift for someone you love (or yourself...you’ve earned it!) at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, just a short 15 minute drive from the city centre and home to over 145 brands at up to 60% less than RRP. From Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Pandora, to AllSaints, Converse and Paul Smith, you'll be sure to tick off that Christmas wish-list in just one visit. Book your parking space in advance with their Premium Parking service, and for an even more luxurious shopping experience, you can book a time-slot to visit your favourite store or shop hands-free and have your bags delivered straight to your door.  

Take time explore the magical Winter Village this year, where you'll find all-new bookable cosy Christmas snugs that are the perfect place to unwind with a mulled wine and bratwurst this festive season.

Festive fish at Blue Planet

Cross the road from Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet to discover a captivating underwater world, waiting for you at Blue Planet Aquarium. Home to more than 100 living displays, as well as one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks, the aquarium offers plenty of marine life to marvel at. If you dare, you can book a Shark Encounter Dive!

Shop local in Chester

Want more retail therapy? Chester has it all; and this year it’s more important than ever to shop local and support independent businesses. So take some time to explore some of the most unique shopping around in Chester’s beautiful historic streets and two tiered Medieval Rows. Be on the lookout for the best window displays in the #ChristmasInChester Festive Window Competition as well.

A tiger is coming to the Grosvenor Museum

Make sure to stop off at the Grosvenor Museum to learn about Chester’s fascinating history and culture. This December you’ll be able to see a family friendly exhibition celebrating the much-loved children’s book, The Tiger Who Came To Tea by author and illustrator, Judith Kerr. Originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, the exhibition will feature artwork from the iconic picture book and a life-size model tiger!

Rejuvenate at The Chester Grosvenor

If all this activity has got you in need of some rest and relaxation, it's time to experience The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor. Immerse yourself in the serenity of this boutique sanctuary in which every detail has been designed to evoke a state of relaxation, vitality and total wellbeing. This festive season indulge in the Seasonal Serenity package and prepare your body and mind with a deluxe pamper package that includes a 45 minute massage, 60 minute ELEMIS facial and a 30 minute treatment of your choice.

Festive feasting

All of this will surely make you work up an appetite. On Fridays and Saturdays this December you can enjoy some of the best independent and artisanal food Chester has to offer, at the Market’s Foodie Fridays and Saturday Socials. The Market Al Fresco will be open daily from 10am until 5pm and on Friday and Saturday until 10pm; with tables carefully spaced to allow for approximately 40 customers at a time to enjoy the market's wide range of food and drink.

And for all your other foodie needs, look no further than one of Chester’s numerous restaurants. There really is something for every taste. From gorgeous seasonal menus at The Chef’s Table and delicious plant based dishes from Shrub on the historic rows, to authentic Itailian at Ristorante Sergio and traditional pub fayre in a historic setting at Bear & Billet, you’re sure to have a memorable meal in Chester. The city also lends itself wonderfully to a collection of Al Fresco options, perfect for following the rule of six in an outdoor setting! 

So, when will we see you? Book your unforgettable break and #EscapeTheEveryday in Chester this festive season. 

Product Information

  1. Chester Visitor Information Centre

    Chester

    Chester Visitor Information Centre is located in the heart of the city at The Town Hall. Offering a range of local souvenirs which are perfect to take home as a reminder of your trip to Chester

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    Souvenirs and gifts at Chester Visitor Information Centre
    Chester Visitor Information Centre entrance and exterior
    Souvenirs and gifts at Chester Visitor Information Centre
    Chester Visitor Information Centre entrance and exterior

    Chester Visitor Information Centre is located in the heart of the city at The Town Hall. Offering a range of local souvenirs which are perfect to take home as a reminder of your trip to Chester. The friendly team assists over 280,000 visitors to the city every year and are proud to serve visitors and locals alike. Make the Chester Visitor Information Centre your first stop when visiting Chester and say "Hi" to our team who can help you experience Chester safely and to the fullest!

    The friendly team are on hand to share their knowledge of attractions, places to eat out, shops and events as well as the latest guidance on enjoying Chester and Cheshire safely.

    Pop in to get tickets for:

    -Hop on Hop off bus tours -Roman Walking Tours -Ghost Tours -Taste of Chester Food Walking Tour -Chester Running Tours -Boat Tours of Chester -Dewa Roman Experience -Discounted Chester Zoo and Blue Planet Aquarium  -Tip Top Theatre Productions -Various local events -Beatles Walks in Liverpool -Mountain Goat and Busybus Day Trips -National Express Airport and Coach Journeys.

    Whatever information or advice you need when visiting Chester, just pop into the Visitor Information Centre and the team will be delighted to help you.

    Please email welcome@chestervic.co.uk to enquire further.

    If you need travel information including information about bus timetables and park and ride in Chester please click here.

    If you need information about parking in Chester please click here.

    Please note that we do not produce a printed Visitor Guide. However you can order a welcome pack here. We also have a selection of maps and guides available here to help you to plan your visit.

    If you would like to purchase gorgeous Chester and Chester gifts click here.

     

    Contact Details:

    Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

    Tel:

    01244 405340

    Website

    Web Site

  2. The Chester Tour

    Chester

    Be enthralled by the tales and anecdotes of those who have contributed to the rich heritage of this much-loved city, beginning in Roman times, through the vibrant Medieval expansion period, the desperation of the Civil War, the Georgian elegance and the Victorian revival, right up to the present day.

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    Discover more about Chester on a Chester Tour

    Be enthralled by the tales and anecdotes of those who have contributed to the rich heritage of this much-loved city, beginning in Roman times, through the vibrant Medieval expansion period, the desperation of the Civil War, the Georgian elegance and the Victorian revival, right up to the present day.

    Daily at 10.30am 

    Meet your Guide at the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre

    Due to social distancing, capacity is limited. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes

    Arrive at the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre 15 minutes before the start time to buy your ticket direct from the Guide

    Tickets direct from the Guide on the day: £8 adult, £7 concession, £20 family (2 adults and 2 children under 16 years). www.chestertours.org.uk

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

     

    Contact Details:

    Meet at Chester's Official Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Square, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Chester Ghost Tours

    Northgate Street, Chester

    Chester Ghost Tours have been delving into haunted happenings for over 30 years in a city renowned for its action-packed past.

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    Chester Ghost Tours - Does a monk haunt the area by St Johns Church?
    Chester Ghost Tours - Chester is Britain's most haunted city
    Chester Ghost Tours venture forth from the Gothic Town Hall
    Time for a Chester Ghost Tour when the sun goes down
    Chester Ghost Tours - Does a monk haunt the area by St Johns Church?
    Chester Ghost Tours - Chester is Britain's most haunted city
    Chester Ghost Tours venture forth from the Gothic Town Hall
    Time for a Chester Ghost Tour when the sun goes down

    Ghosts in every culture and age

    Ghosts.

    Let's face it.

    They have been with us since the dawn of time in every culture and age and often pop up in ancient Greek and Roman writings and even Shakespeare.

    Ghosts feature in languages across the world too including for example Gaelic (banshee), French (fantome),German (poltergeist) and Latin (exspiravit).

    The Ghosts of Chester

    Chester Ghost Tours have been delving into haunted happenings for over 30 years in a city renowned for its action-packed past.

    You'd expect to come across the odd ghost or two in a city that has seen just about everything over the past 2000 years from the Roman invasion of Britain via the English Civil War to the Industrial Revolution.

    The city has also seen Viking invaders land on the shores of Chester and set up camp in the deserted Roman Amphitheatre only to be driven out by Anglo-Saxon warriors led by warrior-queen Aetheldflaeda -the daughter of King Alfred The Great.

    Two hundred years later the Anglo-Saxon forces were beaten in battle by the army of William the Conqueror whose nephew - Hugh Lupus or Hugh the Wolf - built the formidable Chester Castle inside the City Walls.

    In the Middle Ages, Chester became the largest port in North West England and sailing ships from across the world unloaded their cargoes on its quayside and trade flourished but its peace and prosperity was shattered by the English Civil War, when Cromwell's cannons battered and besieged the city for over 2 years.

    Chester recovered from this period of death and devastation and prospered in Georgian England.

    It felt the heat of the Industrial Revolution that changed the landscape of Britain and brought bridges, canals and railways in its wake.

    The city flourished in the reign of Queen Victoria too with the development of a network of trams and omnibuses to its ancient streets.

    So the city has seen its fair share of battles across the centuries and Chester Ghost Tours turns back the pages of history to uncover the secrets of the past and goes in search of the paranormal......

    The city has also seen its fair share of crime and punishment, devastating plagues, public executions, disasters and murders so it's no wonder Chester is said to be the most haunted place in the UK.

    Chester Ghost Tours

    Chester Ghost Tours take you on even the darkest and coldest nights along cobbled streets, through ancient thoroughfares and the 'wicked old Rows' to locations -sometimes off the beaten track with eerie backdrops and tell you scary stories about 'ghosties and ghoulies, and things that go bump in the night'.

    The team of experienced Ghost Tour guides have their own set of spooky tales and preferred routes around the 2000 year old city so every tour is different.

    They don't indulge in gimmicks on the tours so if you experience something strange along the way, it's nothing to do with us!

    There are some things that they cannot explain and are beyond our understanding in a universe full of mysteries so come and enjoy an evening of fun and phantoms on the Chester Ghost Tour venturing forth at 7.30pm from the Town Hall every Saturday all year; every Friday and Saturday June-August; and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday September-November, plus extra tours throughout Halloween.

    You can book online at www.ghostcity.co.uk or call into Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall to buy your tickets.

     

    All participants must book tickets in advance online at www.ghostcity.co.uk

    or at Chester Visitor Information Centre, wear a mask or face covering unless medically exempt, and observe social distancing.

    Our guides wear a mask and are equipped with Visors and Voice Amplifiers.

    We also provide hand sanitiser throughout the tour.

    We look forward to welcoming you on the tour!

    Contact Details:

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

    Website

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  4. ChesterBoat - Half Hour City Cruises

    The Groves, Chester

    This tranquil half-hour cruise long the River Dee departs from The Groves. From there, you will be taken upstream, under the suspension bridge, past Grosvenor Park and the Earl’s Eye, then you’ll follow the long sweep of the Meadows to the city limits before returning to The Groves.

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    Chester Weir and the Old Dee Bridge
    The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester
    Arial view of The Groves and Queen's Park Suspension Bridge
    Chester Weir and the Old Dee Bridge
    The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester
    Arial view of The Groves and Queen's Park Suspension Bridge

    This tranquil half-hour cruise long the River Dee departs from The Groves. From there, you will be taken upstream, under the suspension bridge, past Grosvenor Park and the Earl’s Eye, then you’ll follow the long sweep of the Meadows to the city limits before returning to The Groves.

    The river tour of Chester offers a new view of the city and takes in some beautiful and interesting riverside properties. Look out for the local wildlife too, including swans, cormorants and kingfishers.

    On the outward leg of the cruise, you will be offered a commentary which answers some of the more common questions asked about the river. On the return leg, there will be a more complete commentary, detailing interesting facts about Chester’s rich history and pointing out some of the more prominent buildings in the city skyline and along the river banks.

    Step aboard and enjoy a hot or cold drink from the onboard bar as you make your way up the river.

     

    Contact Details:

    ChesterBoat, Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SZ

    Tel:

    01244 325394

    Website

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  5. City Sightseeing Open Top Tour

    Chester

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

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    City Sightseeing Foregate St
    City Sightseeing Foregate St

    Discover the rich history of Chester with City Sightseeing.

    Chester was founded in the year 79 AD by the Roman Legio I Adiutrixm, making Chester's main roads, Eastgate, Northgate, Watergate and Bridge almost 2,000 years old.

    Chester is one of the most archaelogically rich cities in Britain full of architectural treasures such as the city Walls, the Cathedral, Roman amphitheatre and other things to do in the city that the City Sightseeing Chester Tour will introduce you to.

    You can:

    -wander along the River Dee or catch a river cruise  – buy a combined bus and river ticket from our driver!

    -take at tour at Chester Cathedral  or just absorb the atmosphere

    -discover the site of the ancient Roman Amphitheatre 

    -visit the award winning Dewa Roman Experience 

    -find historical exhibits at the Grosvenor Museum  or the Cheshire Military Museum 

    -stroll through Grosvenor Park or book a show in the open-air theatre 

    -hop off at the Racecourse or County Castle

    Shopaholics can stop off at Frodsham Street and find the Mall and Grosvenor Shopping centre. Unwind in the evening in Chester’s many chic and trendy bars, restaurants, bistros, clubs or even go ten-pin bowling!  Let City Sightseeing highlight all there is to see and help you plan your stay in the city.  

    Contact Details:

    Chester

    Tel:

    01244 381461

    Website

    Web Site

  6. 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
  7. Chester Zoo Lanterns

    Chester

    Tickets now on sale for much-loved event, featuring illuminated wildlife and enchanting animal characters. Funds raised from the event will support the zoo’s crucial work as a wildlife conservation charity.

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    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo

    The Lanterns at Chester Zoo is back for another MAGICAL year, and is set to be as enchanting as ever. Join us as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and plenty of cheer! 

    Join us for The Lanterns as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland! Escape to fantastical worlds, each different from the last, that will take you on an illuminating journey like no other! Be immersed in this magical and uniquely Chester Zoo evening event, giving you the chance to see the zoo in a whole new light. Let your imagination run wild, and discover incredible spaces, each filled to the brim with colourful lanterns, spectacular costumed characters and Christmas scenes.

    Contact Details:

    Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

    Tel:

    01244 380280

    Website

    Web Site

  8. Christmas Tree Festival

    Chester

    The Christmas Tree Festival will return this year for it’s eighth year of twinkling, sparking and shining

    Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral
    Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral
    Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral
    Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral
    Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral
    Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral
    Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral
    Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral

    The trees shine on…

    Naturally, Christmas has a starring role in our calendar, and despite all that we’ve been through so far this year, we’re determined for the Cathedral to be at the heart of Chester’s Christmas festivities.

    The Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival returns for its eighth fabulous year in 2020 The trees will be spread across the Cathedral this year to allow plenty of space for social distancing and exploring the whole building! We're investing so much in the Festival this year to make it extra-special, there is a nominal entry fee of £2.50 for adults, whilst children go FREE. We've also got some starry, starry additions to this year's festival! We encourage you to book in advance to ensure your entry on your chosen day. Christmas is not cancelled at your Cathedral!

    Contact Details:

    Chester Cathedral, St. Werburgh Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DY

    Tel:

    01244 324756

    Website

    Web Site

  9. Christmas Carols at Chester Cathedral

    Chester

    Get yourself in the festive spirit with our Christmas Carol concerts.  Expect to be filled with joy and merriment; a well-needed pick me up to celebrate the season!  Featuring festive carols and music from the Chester Cathedral Choir and the Manchester Brass Ensemble.

    Christmas Carols at Chester Cathedral

    Get yourself in the festive spirit with our Christmas Carol concerts.  Expect to be filled with joy and merriment; a well-needed pick me up to celebrate the season!  Featuring festive carols and music from the Chester Cathedral Choir and the Manchester Brass Ensemble.

    Carols to include The Holly and the Ivy, In the Bleak Midwinter and God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen.

    Due to social distancing, capacity is restricted.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

    Directed by Philip Rushforth Organ played by Alexander Palotai

    Saturday 5 December and Saturday 12 December Tickets: £10 – £20

    Contact Details:

    Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HU

    Tel:

    01244 324756

    Website

    Web Site

  10. Sunday Brunch with Santa

    St Werburgh Street, Chester

    Join Santa for a magical Sunday brunch inside the stunning thirteenth century monk's dining hall at Chester Cathedral.

    Chester Cathedral at Christmas. credit Mark Carline

    Join Santa for a magical Sunday brunch inside the stunning thirteenth century monk's dining hall at Chester Cathedral.

    Sunday 6th, 13th and 20th December

    9am and 11am sittings available

    Adults £15 - Full English breakfast plus filter coffee

    Children £7 Any four items from the breakfast buffet plus orange or apple juice

    Meet Santa and receive a selection box

    Booking Essential

    Contact Details:

    The Refectory Café, Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HU

    Tel:

    01244 324756

    Website

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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. 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

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  12. 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

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  13. The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Grosvenor Museum

    Chester

    From early November until the beginning of January 2021, Chester’s Grosvenor Museum is hosting a family friendly exhibition celebrating the much-loved children’s book, The Tiger Who Came To Tea by author and illustrator, Judith Kerr

    Judith Kerr - photo credit Seven Stories Damien Wootton

    From early November until the beginning of January 2021, Chester’s Grosvenor Museum is hosting a family friendly exhibition celebrating the much-loved children’s book, The Tiger Who Came To Tea by author and illustrator, Judith Kerr. Originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, the exhibition will feature artwork from the iconic picture book and a life-size model tiger.

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea began life as a bedtime story for Judith Kerr’s own children and was published in 1968. It soon became a classic and by the time it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, it had been translated into 11 languages and sold over five million copies.

    Judith Kerr was born in Berlin in 1923. She fled Germany before the start of the Second World War and settled in England becoming a naturalised British Citizen. Before starting her career as writer and illustrator, Judith Kerr worked for the BBC and the Red Cross. In a career spanning several decades she wrote the popular Mog picture book series for young children and a semi-autobiographical novel for older readers, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. Judith Kerr died in May 2019 aged 95.

    Seven Stories the National Centre for Children's Books is a museum and visitor centre dedicated to children's literature based in the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle upon Tyne. Its mission is to champion children’s literature as an essential part of childhood, national heritage and culture. Seven Stories is supported by Arts Council England, Newcastle City Council and Quarto Group.

    The Tiger Who Came To Tea exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum is kindly sponsored by the Grosvenor Museum Society. 

    Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “I am delighted that this wonderful exhibition celebrating the life and work of Judith Kerr is coming to the Grosvenor Museum and hope that it will introduce her stories and illustrations to many young readers. Visiting the exhibition will be a great Christmas treat for families and art lovers of all ages.” 

    Welcoming news of the exhibition coming to Chester, Emily Ghazarian, Marketing & Events Manager for Chester Bid said: “Chester is such a magical place at Christmas, and we are so excited to welcome this exhibition to our city. The team at the Grosvenor Museum host festive activities every year but this one feels extra special. The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition will create many memories for all those who attend and experience our wonderful city.” 

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition will be at the Grosvenor Museum from 4 November 2020 to 4 January 2021.

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DD

    Tel:

    01244 972197

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  14. 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

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  15. Foodie Fridays and Saturday Socials

    Chester

    Market Al Fresco has allowed Chester Market to revive its popular Foodie Friday and Saturday Social events! 

    Foodie Fridays and Saturday Socials
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    Foodie Fridays and Saturday Socials
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    Market Al Fresco has allowed Chester Market to revive its popular Foodie Friday and Saturday Social events! 

    The Market Al Fresco will be open daily from 10am until 5pm and on Friday and Saturday until 10pm; with tables carefully spaced to allow for approx. 40 customers at a time to enjoy the market's wide range of food and drink. 

    Contact Details:

    6 Princess Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HH

    Tel:

    01244973040

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Chester Visitor Information Centre (53.19105,-2.89212)The Chester Tour (53.19134,-2.89346)0.09
The Chester Tour (53.19134,-2.89346)Chester Ghost Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)0.09
Chester Ghost Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)ChesterBoat - Half Hour City Cruises (53.18745,-2.88609)0.51
ChesterBoat - Half Hour City Cruises (53.18745,-2.88609)City Sightseeing Open Top Tour (53.19047,-2.88896)0.35
City Sightseeing Open Top Tour (53.19047,-2.88896)Chester City Walls (53.18959,-2.88594)0.2
Chester City Walls (53.18959,-2.88594)Chester Zoo Lanterns (53.22157,-2.88488)3.21
Chester Zoo Lanterns (53.22157,-2.88488)Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet (53.26362,-2.88124)4.22
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet (53.26362,-2.88124)Blue Planet Aquarium (53.26204,-2.88702)0.38
Blue Planet Aquarium (53.26204,-2.88702)The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor (53.19056,-2.88911)7.16
Total Distance *16.2 miles
Estimated Journey Time31 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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