Itinerary Planner

24 Hours in Chester

24 Hours in Chester

Here at Visit Chester & Cheshire, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of guests to our lovely and historic city. Chester’s hotels, restaurants and attractions are just as excited to see you as well. So, we thought we'd put together something to help you enjoy Chester to the fullest in 24 hours (if you can fit it all in!). So here’s our guide to 24 hours in Chester to help you plan your visit

Somewhere to stay…

Ok, so before you begin your 24 hours in Chester, you should find the perfect place to call home away from home, and luckily in Chester you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to places to stay. We’ve got urban boutiques like The Townhouse and Oddfellows, city centre luxury from the likes of The Chester Grosvenor, The Crowne Plaza and The Queen; countryside retreats like Doubletree by Hilton and The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa; as well as a whole host of gorgeous self-catering providers. Whatever your style and whether you want to be amongst it all in the centre, or a little way out in the glorious Cheshire countryside, you’ll be able to find the perfect place to stay.

Start as you mean to go on

After waking up in your Chester lodgings you’ll want to start with a hearty breakfast, and if you don’t decide to take what’s on offer at your chosen hotel, never fear as you’re never far away from something good to eat in Chester. Why not try Jaunty Goat for some of the finest coffee and café cuisine around, complete with a full vegan location. Or you could venture into the historic Rows to find The Flower Cup – Chester’s “botanical coffee shop” serving sumptuous coffee, cake, brunch and even flowers. Or for a traditional Full English, Marmalade is a true independent café doing café culture to its finest.

After filling your boots for breakfast, make sure to say hello at the Visitor Information Centre where the thoroughly lovely team can help with maps, guides, tickets and just about everything you need to know. At this point you may want to familiarise yourself with the city, and there are plenty of ways to start your day with a fascinating tour. There’s The Chester Tour, where experienced blue badge guides will take you on a journey across Chester’s rich history. Then there’s Chester’s famous Roman Tours, where your very own Centurion will take you on a trip through Chester’s storied Roman past. For something a little different, Tours Around Chester offer a range of unique tours including 5k and 10k running tours, food tours and even 5K(9) dog running tours! To experience the city and its rich history on two wheels, make sure to book a tour with Chester Cycle Tours, where an experienced guide will take you on a two hour, leisurely-paced ride through Chester past and present. Why not experience Chester from atop the open top bus via City Sightseeing – you can even combine your trip with a cruise up the Dee with ChesterBoat – perfect especially on summer days.

No trip to Chester would be complete without experiencing the city’s walls – the oldest, longest and most complete in Britain, parts of which are almost 2000 years old. You’re never far from a way on to or off the walls as there are access points throughout the city. Walking the roughly 2-mile circuit is a great way to take in out magnificent city and also a great way to get around.

Afternoon Delights

By now you’ve probably worked up an appetite, and luckily for you there’s no shortage of places to lunch in Chester. Take a stroll down any of these cobbled streets and you’ll find a superb assortment of just about every cuisine around, now with many restaurants offering al fresco dining. Try pizza (and maybe even a cannoli!) courtesy of Urbano32, or some of the best burgers in town from Burger Shed 41. Perhaps you’re after some plant-based delights? Why not try Shrub – Chester’s latest vegan eatery set amongst the beautiful Rows. Or you can step into Chester’s Market hall to find a great range of independent eats from sublime sandwiches and bao buns to Neapolitan pizza and tacos. Once again, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the quality and range of options.

Fully sated after lunch, it’s time to hit the shops! And there’s a lot to keep you going. With everything from the biggest brands to quirky independents, boutiques and galleries it’s little wonder Chester is one of the best and most unique places to shop in the UK. Make sure to carry on in the footsteps of Chester’s past by exploring the 700-year old Medieval Rows. These two-tiered walkways are more than just a convenient way to avoid the inclement weather. These really are the independent heart of the city, with a stunning range of truly unique shops set amongst some of the oldest structures in Chester, the Rows are a must visit.

If shopping’s not your bag, you may want to explore Chester a little further. We recommend Chester’s famous Cathedral, where you can spend some time exploring this Medieval marvel in all its splendour. And if you’re not already a Chester expert by now, visit the Grosvenor Museum to indulge your curiosity. The Grosvenor Museum is full of surprises which tell the stories of Cheshire from pre-history to the 20th century alongside a regular rotation of temporary exhibitions. If you’re with the young ones, take a trip to the Dewa Roman Experience. This is a twist on your usual museum, with fully interactive displays where you can experience the sights, sounds and even smells of Roman life in Chester. Or for something a little gorier, why not visit Sick to Death - Chester’s newest interactive history attraction where you can get hands on with the fascinating and macabre history of medicine in the city.

Time for a night on the town!

After a day of exploring what Chester has to offer, it’s time to spruce yourself up and get ready for a night on the town! Here in Chester we’re renowned for our range of world class restaurants with a good few mentions in the Michelin Guide. With so much to choose from we thought we’d give you a hand. There’s Joseph Benjamin, where you’ll be served everything from haute cuisine to comfort food inspired by the seasons and done to perfection. Chef’s Table is not to be missed; this independent boutique restaurant has a regularly changing seasonal menu bolstered by the finest local produce. For some of the best grills in the city, Opera Grill is a must. Set in an unmissable neoclassical façade there’s also a gorgeous terrace for al fresco dining. Or to really indulge, why not try Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor. This Michelin-starred restaurant is a gourmand’s paradise with tasting menus and over 700 wines! The list goes on and we’ve really only just scratched the surface of all the restaurants Chester has to offer for all tastes, budgets and occasions.

After dinner, why not take an evening promenade down the River Dee and really take in the beauty Chester has to offer (perhaps you could even combine this with a little dessert!). Or why not take in Chester’s cultural scene with a night at the theatre courtesy of Storyhouse. This summer there are some extra special goings on with Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, with classic productions The Jungle Book, Merry Wives of Windsor and Pride and Prejudice on show in glorious Grosvenor Park. Or you can make your way to the Dean’s Field at Chester Cathedral for Moonlight Flicks – Chester’s flagship open air cinema event where you can sit back on your best deck chair and enjoy superb cinema on a giant outdoor screen!

Not ready to say good night just yet? Don’t worry, Chester is full of unique night time spots to enjoy a cocktail or two. Experience the vintage chic of Liquor and Co. with a huge selection of cocktails to whet the whistle. Or there’s Palm – Chester’s most Instagrammable bar serving a whole host of quality and colourful cocktails. Or if cocktails aren’t your thing, Chester’s brilliant and often historic pubs will be a welcome treat. Why not visit the Pied Bull or Bear and Billet for a nice pint of locally brewed ale? There’s enough to keep anyone going here and hopefully after a full day in Chester you’ll be ready to return to your lodgings full of new memories.

Won’t you stay another day…

We’ve really only scratched the surface and haven’t even mentioned some full day activities like Chester Zoo, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and a whole host of other Cheshire attractions, restaurants, beauty spots and more. So maybe after 24 hours in Chester you can stay another day (or two!).

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

    Add Chester Visitor Information Centre to your Itinerary

    Souvenirs and gifts at Chester Visitor Information Centre
    Chester Visitor Information Centre entrance and exterior
    The friendly team at Chester Visitor Information Centre
    Souvenirs and gifts at Chester Visitor Information Centre
    Chester Visitor Information Centre entrance and exterior
    The friendly team at Chester Visitor Information Centre

    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.

    Add The Chester Tour to your Itinerary

    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. 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.

    Add Roman Tours to your Itinerary

    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

  4. Chester Running Tours

    Northgate St, Chester

    Looking for a different way to see and learn about Chester? Then why not take a 5K or 10K running tour.

    Add Chester Running Tours to your Itinerary

    People on a Chester running tour
    Chester Running Tours, a new way to explore the city
    5K or 10K running tours of Chester with Chester Running Tours
    Enjoy a relaxing and interesting run with Chester Running Tours
    Learn about Chester as you run - Chester Running Tours
    People on a Chester running tour
    Chester Running Tours, a new way to explore the city
    5K or 10K running tours of Chester with Chester Running Tours
    Enjoy a relaxing and interesting run with Chester Running Tours
    Learn about Chester as you run - Chester Running Tours

    Looking for a different way to see and learn about Chester? Then why not take a 5K or 10K running tour. “An excellent way to explore Chester and learn about its history and local stories. Its a brilliant concept - a relaxed interesting run with great company, where you get see a lot of the city and learn about its history and local stories. Gareth was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly recommend his tour"

    “Highly recommended! We did the 5k tour which takes you on a loop of Chester along the Roman Walls. Great views of the city plus the North Wales hills, the Racecourse and the River Dee. The route is very well planned with all the main attractions plus Gareth took us on many diversions to points of interest which I doubt other types of tours would do. Chester is a great place to run and this tour makes it even more enjoyable”

    “Great to learn about some of the more off-beat snippets of Chester’s history in and around the city walls and along the River Dee. With small groups the tour offers a friendly informal atmosphere and a chance to meet other tourists and exchange running stories between stops. In contrast to a walking tour we moved rapidly between points of interest and probably covered more ground. All round a great way to sample the ancient city”

    Please refer to website www.chesterrunningtours.co.uk for tour dates/events.

    Contact Details:

    Northgate Street, Northgate St, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

    Tel:

    07868 538700

    Website

    Web Site

  5. City Sightseeing Open Top Tour

    Chester

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

    Add City Sightseeing Open Top Tour to your Itinerary

    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. ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire

    Chester

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

    Add ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire to your Itinerary

    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

  7. 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!

    Add Chester Rows to your Itinerary

    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

  8. 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.

    Add Chester Cathedral to your Itinerary

    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.  Please note that charges will apply for activities including Tower Tours and Falconry.

    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

  9. Grosvenor Museum

    Chester

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

    Add Grosvenor Museum to your Itinerary

    Grosvenor Museum, Art Gallery
    Grosvenor Museum, Silver Gallery
    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

  10. Dewa Roman Experience

    Chester

    Occupying a site at the heart of one of the largest legionary fortresses in Roman Britain, the Dewa Roman Experience has something to offer visitors of all ages.

    Add Dewa Roman Experience to your Itinerary

    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

    Occupying a site at the heart of one of the largest legionary fortresses in Roman Britain, the Dewa Roman Experience has something to offer visitors of all ages.

    Your visit begins in the dark hold of a Roman Galley as the oars master navigates you to the gatehouse of the Fortress of Deva. Atmospheric reconstructions filled with sights, sounds and smells help you to experience, first hand, Chester 2000 years ago.

    Archaeological excavations, open for public viewing, give a unique view of the Roman, Saxon and Medieval remains lying beneath the city of Chester. Archaeological finds unearthed from the digs are on display in the onsite museum alongside a fascinating collection of artefacts from the wider Roman Empire.

    The Dewa Roman Experience believes that ‘Experience is the teacher of all things’ (Julius Caesar) and a hands-on approach is encouraged. From being sold in a slave market to trying on Roman armour to firing a catapult, the award winning interaction area is a particularly popular and memorable part of anyone’s visit.

    ROMAN TOURS
    At the weekends and select days throughout the school holidays we hold historically themed city tours where you can discover what life was like in Roman Chester through the eyes of a Roman Soldier, Celtic Warrior or Gladiator with the Roman Gardens, City Walls and Chester’s famous Roman Amphitheatre as an impressive backdrop. Please check our website, Facebook page or give us a call on 01244 343407 for times and dates of upcoming Tours.

    Contact Details:

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

    Tel:

    01244 343407

    Website

    Web Site

  11. Sick to Death

    Chester

    Explore the gory story of medicine through time. Learn and laugh in a gross but family fun attraction.

    Exterior of Sick to Death
    Three human skulls
    Exhibition at Sick to Death
    Exhibition at Sick to Death
    Exhibition at Sick to Death
    Exterior of Sick to Death
    Three human skulls
    Exhibition at Sick to Death
    Exhibition at Sick to Death
    Exhibition at Sick to Death

    Explore the gory story of medicine through time. Learn and laugh in a gross but family fun attraction.

    Sick to Death is a history of medicine attraction in Chester city centre, on the historic rows and within a 16th Century church. It offers a playground of plague with a smatter of splatter & a chance to poke into the medical past in a fun, interactive & unique learning experience. 

    Meet the Grim Reaper and Asclepius, the ancient Greek God of medicine as they guide you through the weird and wonderful history of medicine.

    Experience the past in a way that has never been done before!

    Explore the pestilence ridden “Diagnosis Alley”, taking care to avoid the deadly diseases which lurk on every surface. Will you survive?

    Examine the reason why autopsies were so important to furthering our understanding of the human body and maybe try performing one yourself?

    Why does the plague doctor where his strange mask?

    Enter the TURDIS the only time travelling toilet in existence!

    Quacks! who are the villains of medicine?

    Magic & Medicine – Are magic potions real?

    What does your poo say about you?

    Sex and the cyst (parental advisory)

    Much more …….

    Contact Details:

    St Michael's Church, Bridge Street Row East, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NW

    Website

    Web Site

  12. Storyhouse

    Chester

    ​​​​​​​Storyhouse is Chester’s multi award-winning £37m theatre, library, restaurant and cinema.

    Add Storyhouse to your Itinerary

    The Art Deco exterior of Storyhouse
    Inside the theatre at Storyhouse. c. Mark Carline
    Storyhouse’s restaurant The Kitchen has a menu celebrating the flavours of The Levant.
    Inside the Cinema at Storyhouse
    The Art Deco exterior of Storyhouse
    Inside the theatre at Storyhouse. c. Mark Carline
    Storyhouse’s restaurant The Kitchen has a menu celebrating the flavours of The Levant.
    Inside the Cinema at Storyhouse

    Storyhouse is Chester’s multi award-winning £37m theatre, library, restaurant and cinema. The restored and revitalised 1930s Odeon building houses an 800-seat auditorium, a 150-seat studio theatre, a restaurant and two bars plus a 100-seat boutique, independent cinema. Alongside the building, Storyhouse run a series of festivals as well as Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and Moonlight Flicks.

    Theatre During the autumn and spring, Storyhouse welcomes the best of the UK’s and international touring work, offering a programme of dance, opera, drama, comedy and music on the theatre’s 800-seat proscenium stage. In the summer and at Christmas-time, the theatre transforms into a 500 seat thrust stage, to present Storyhouse’s home produced shows.

    Library Storyhouse’s library weaves its way across the entire building. With dedicated reading rooms, spaces to meet and study and a  creative children’s library – the Den providing spaces for storytelling and imagination. 

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Storyhouse also produces the award winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre – every Summer a corner of Chester’s Victorian park is transformed into a unique theatre- in- the- round, with a programme of Shakespeare and adaptations of children’s classics. Plus The Chester Literature Festival every November, and WayWord festival in February half term – plus a series of music concerts and film festivals throughout the year.

    The Kitchen  Storyhouse’s restaurant The Kitchen has a menu celebrating the flavours of The Levant.  Located in the heart of Storyhouse, it is a spacious in-house ground floor restaurant and bar. The Garret bar, situated on the fourth floor, boasts panoramic views across Chester.

    Click here to book tickets, or visit the Chester Visitor Information Centre.

    Contact Details:

    Hunter Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2AR

    Tel:

    01244 409113

    Website

    Web Site

  13. Moonlight Flicks at Dean's Field

    Chester

    Storyhouse’s Moonlight Flicks returns this summer with the largest and longest open-air season of cinema to date. 

    Add Moonlight Flicks at Dean's Field to your Itinerary

    Moonlight Flicks at The Dean's Field

    Storyhouse’s Moonlight Flicks returns this summer with the largest and longest open-air season of cinema to date. 

    The extended 2021 programme of big screen entertainment opens on the late May Bank Holiday weekend and will take place at three venues across the region. 

    Open-air cinema is back in the stunning setting of Chester Cathedral’s Dean’s Field for a second year, as well as at Claremont Farm in Wirral where there was a sell-out season of screenings last October. 

    And this year there is a new addition to the summer season with Snugburys Ice Cream at Park Farm near Nantwich joining the Moonlight Flicks film family. It will host cinematic favourites on Saturday evenings from 3 July to 28 August. 

    Almost 70 separate screenings are taking place between May and September with more dates and titles set to be added in coming weeks. Films start as the sun sets. 

    Moonlight Flicks opens on Saturday, 29 May with Dean’s Field the venue for a special 25th anniversary screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and Claremont Farm hosting Wonder Woman 1984. 

    Other big screen treats planned over the summer months include family, cult, comedy and blockbuster film favourites. 

    Along with Romeo & Juliet, there will also be anniversary showings of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Trainspotting.  

    Films for all the family include The Lion King, The Greatest Showman, The Secret Garden, Jurassic Park and Guardians of the Galaxy. 

    Musical favourites Grease and Mamma Mia are also among the line-up, while there are a host of irresistible 80s classics including Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future, The Princess Bride and Karate Kid.  

    The films are shown on Storyhouse’s giant 30ft Airscreen, and each location will have refreshments on offer including delicious pre-ordered pizzas available at Dean’s Field.

    Contact Details:

    The Dean's Field, Chester Cathedral, Chester, Cheshire, CH12DY

    Website

    Web Site

  14. The Jungle Book - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Chester

    This summer swinging into Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre: The Jungle Book!
    This vivid new version features all your favourite characters including Baloo, Bagheera and Shere Khan as they guide man-cub Mowgli through the laws of the jungle.

    Add The Jungle Book - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre to your Itinerary

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    A mancub has no place with the Pack This summer swinging into Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre: The Jungle Book! This vivid new version features all your favourite characters including Baloo, Bagheera and Shere Khan as they guide man-cub Mowgli through the laws of the jungle.

    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.

    Storyhouse have announced that its multi award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is to go on immediate sale.

    Following the news of the government’s road map, Storyhouse have wasted no time in announcing plans for an extended season – meaning the theatre will open Saturday 29 May until Monday 30 August with 110 shows between the late May and August bank holiday.

    Children’s classic The Jungle Book (29 May – 30 August) and Shakespeare’s farce The Merry Wives of Windsor (4 June – 30 August) will be performed alongside Jane Austen’s romantic comedy Pride and Prejudice (9 July – 30 August). 

    Alex Clifton, artistic director at Storyhouse, said:

    “We are promising another barn-raising summer of joy as we emerge into the summer! Merry Wives is a show which demands that you just turn off, sit back and giggle – it’s what we all need this year! Pride and Prejudice will hit all the sweet spots – as a romance and as a narrative. Jane Austen’s classic sense of humour is so delicious and still feels very potent. Whilst for kids and the young at heart The Jungle Book will be full of music, full of heart and a great homecoming story.”

    The season opens on Saturday 29 May with Glyn Maxwell’s adaptation of the Kipling classic The Jungle Book. Maxwell also adapted Grosvenor Park favourites Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows and Cyrano de Bergerac. British – Indian director Gitika Buttoo will direct. Playwright Deborah McAndrew has adapted Pride and Prejudice, Conrad Nelson will direct. John Young will direct Merry Wives of Windsor. Design by Jessica Curtis.

    Tickets are on sale to Storyhouse Card members until Easter Monday. Prices for Members start from £26.50 and for general release at £28. Membership is £4 a month, and cancellable at any time.

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre staged one of the only full-sized theatre show in the UK last summer, which saw A Comedy of Errors sell all its tickets in a week.  Organisers are expecting a similar rush for tickets this year and have doubled the length of the season to cope with demand and reduced capacities.

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is sponsored by MBNA.

    To find out more and book visit grosvenorpark.co.uk.

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    01244 409113

    Website

    Web Site

  15. Chester Cycle Tours

    Grosvenor Rd, Chester

    We provide the bikes, you provide the pedal-power!

    Add Chester Cycle Tours to your Itinerary

    Chester Cycle Tours
    The Chester Town Crier with Chester Cycle Tours
    Chester Cycle Tours
    We're Good to Go
    Chester Cycle Tours
    The Chester Town Crier with Chester Cycle Tours
    Chester Cycle Tours
    We're Good to Go

    We provide the bikes, you provide the pedal-power! Over 2 hours, we'll explore Chester's most fascinating places with views and landmarks you won’t see on a typical bus or walking tour. Travelling mainly on cycle friendly paths, at a leisurely pace, you’ll get a good-humoured look at Chester's fascinating history and attractions!

    Contact Details:

    Little Roodee Café, Little Roodee Carpark, Grosvenor Rd, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SL

    Tel:

    07899050003

    Website

    Web Site

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)Roman Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)0.09
Roman Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)Chester Running Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)0
Chester Running Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)City Sightseeing Open Top Tour (53.19047,-2.88896)0.2
City Sightseeing Open Top Tour (53.19047,-2.88896)ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire (53.18756,-2.88606)0.34
ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire (53.18756,-2.88606)Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)0.37
Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)Chester Cathedral (53.19166,-2.89121)0.3
Chester Cathedral (53.19166,-2.89121)Grosvenor Museum (53.18776,-2.89191)0.39
Grosvenor Museum (53.18776,-2.89191)Dewa Roman Experience (53.18893,-2.8922)0.12
Dewa Roman Experience (53.18893,-2.8922)Storyhouse (53.19195,-2.89214)0.3
Storyhouse (53.19195,-2.89214)Moonlight Flicks at Dean's Field (53.19126,-2.89026)0.13
Moonlight Flicks at Dean's Field (53.19126,-2.89026)The Jungle Book - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre (53.19092,-2.88092)0.56
The Jungle Book - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre (53.19092,-2.88092)Chester Cycle Tours (53.18595,-2.88981)0.73
Total Distance *3.62 miles
Estimated Journey Time7 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss