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Our Serene City: A Relaxing Break in Chester

Aerial Shot of Chester

Sometimes we all need a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whatever the reason, rest assured that Chester can offer you that idyllic, calming retreat for which you have been yearning. To minimise the stress of trip planning, find below our suggestions for a 2-night city visit designed with unwinding and relaxation in mind!

Day 1 – Bags Away & A Comfortable Place to Stay

When you arrive in our beautiful city, you will want to check-in to your home away from home – who wants to carry bags for any longer than necessary?!

Pitch & Canvas, nestled just 20-minutes from the city centre by car, is ideal for those wanting to be close to nature, offering unrivalled glamping, camping, or caravanning experiences in the heart of the luscious Cheshire countryside. The site’s spacious camping and caravan pitches feature electric-hook ups alongside a newly built toilet, shower, and washing up block, making for ease during your stay! Looking for something with even less hassle? Choose one of the site’s wooden glamping pods, already set-up your arrival and so allowing for more time to enjoy nature! (Please note that you must bring your own bedding).

For those seeking hotel accommodation, why not consider a stylish room or suite at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel? Situated on the outskirts of the city yet boasting great transport links (including a Park & Ride Service a stone’s throw away), and 2-acres of gardens, it offers a sought-after amalgam of peace, serenity, and convenience. Be sure to request a courtyard view for an added sense of luxury! 

Day 2 – City Familiarisation & Gastronomy Sensations

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in Chester, delicious, nutritious servings, fortunately, come as standard! Those staying at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well may certainly enjoy the continental and traditional fayres on offer, whereas those at Pitch & Canvas may opt for a classic campfire fry-up! Those choosing to dine externally could visit Storyhouse for its unique Eastern-European offerings, Hickory’s Smokehouse for a taste of the deep south, or Marmalade for a stylish café affair! Still not feeling inspired, these choices do not even scratch the surface of how much our city has to offer – click here for our full dining offering.

Once you and your party have sufficiently dined, make your way to Chester’s Visitor Information Centre on Northgate Street. Enjoy a conversation with the knowledgeable, friendly team, pick up some mementoes and, most importantly, a copy of their £1 City Walls guide! These Walls, notably the oldest, longest and most complete in Britain, constitute your next destination and having this trusty guide with you along the way will help you to learn all about this ancient defensive mechanism’s riveting history! Not interested in their history? The views of Chester Racecourse and Chester Cathedral amongst a few still render this stroll highly desirable!

We recommend joining the city Walls from the staircase to the side of Eastgate Clock so that you can marvel at the Victorian masterpiece beforehand – incidentally, the commemorative feature is said to be the most photographed clock in the county after Big Ben! Not able to use stairs, or simply preferring to enter elsewhere? No problem! Part of the beauty of our walls is that you can enter and exit them at multiple points throughout their 2-mile circuit, and they are mostly accessible for those with limited mobility!

After your stroll around the city at height, a decadent Afternoon Tea is on the cards! Situated below Eastgate Clock lies The Chester Grosvenor, which has been serving such indulgences daily since 1882! Whilst enjoying your selection of freshly baked pastries, scones, and sandwiches, be sure to admire the elegant and sophisticated surroundings of the magnificent Arkle Bar & Lounge. The Queen at Chester also boasts an exquisite Afternoon Tea offering and sees you seated amongst portraits of monarchs of time-gone-by! Best of all, this royal treatment is served at a very reasonable price! Not a fan of Afternoon Tea? Head to the stunning Grosvenor Park and enjoy a picnic in its Grade II registered, Green Flag Award-winning grounds!

Now marks the perfect time to indulge in some much-needed retail therapy on Chester’s iconic two-tiered high-street – The Rows! Whilst we cannot tell you exactly why these were created (nor can anyone else), we can certainly highlight some must-visit offerings! The Scented Garden Retreat is ideal for a pampering (more to come tomorrow), Shrub for a plant-based snack-break, and Weasel and the Bug for special, unique gifts for your loved ones! The Rows are, regrettably, not completely accessible for wheelchair users (accessibility guide here). Additional accessible shopping can be undertaken in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, also located in the heart of the city.

With a (much) lighter purse or wallet, venture down to our picturesque riverside area, known as The Groves, for a leisurely evening sightseeing cruise aboard one of ChesterBoat’s three quaint vessels. Assisted by commentary (either live or pre-recorded), learn all about the properties which line the banks of the River Dee, the rolling meadows, and gain general historic insights about the city too, all whilst marvelling at the stunning surroundings. By the end of this tour, you should know Chester like the back of your hand! Fancy a beverage whilst onboard? The fully stocked bar on each vessel should do the trick! Hungry? Visit on a Fish & Chip Friday to enjoy the British delicacy on your journey! The Lady Diana and Mark Twain vessels are wheelchair-accessible, although notably do not feature disabled toilets due to space constraints.  

If you don’t cruise on ChesterBoat on Fish & Chip Friday, or simply fancy eating elsewhere, consider Côte Brasserie for authentic French cuisine in a contemporary bistro surrounding, Urbano32 for unrivalled sourdough pizza in a rustic setting, and Chef’s Table for a variety of seasonal and local dishes prepared with finesse. Wherever you select, enjoy the indulgence before making your way back to your accommodation for your final night under the stars, or in the deep comfort of your luxurious mattress.

Day 3 – An Outdoor Spa Not-to-Miss & Indoor Bliss

Cheshire’s Country Estate, Carden Park, boasts an opulent spa, making it the perfect destination for a (half) day of pampering before returning home! Visit The Spa at Carden’s state-of-the-art Spa Garden to experience heated pods, fire pits, a vitality pool, and hot tubs, and venture inside to the extensive Thermal Suite for heated relaxation beds, Finnish and Bio Saunas, a Tepidarium and Ice Fountain to name a few! All of the site’s Spa Day Experiences feature welcome refreshments, healthy dining in the Elements restaurant, and complimentary bathrobes and flip flops (the latter to take away)! Those choosing one of the site’s Garden Experiences do not have treatments included as standard, although these may be available as add-ons. For a taste of what these may involve, think of a Botanical Facial, Muscle Melt Massage, and a Tailored Manicure – complete heaven!

Have we tempted you into a pampering short break in Chester? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to share your images with us on social media using #Chester!

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  1. Pitch & Canvas

    Tattenhall, Chester

    Pitch & Canvas is a small family orientated holiday site on a working dairy farm nestled in the heart of the Cheshire Countryside.

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    Yurt at Pitch & Canvas
    Glamping Pod at Pitch & Canvas
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    Interior of yurt at Pitch & Canvas
    Champagne outside glamping pod at Pitch & Canvas
    Yurt at Pitch & Canvas
    Glamping Pod at Pitch & Canvas
    Interior of glamping pod at Pitch & Canvas
    Interior of yurt at Pitch & Canvas
    Champagne outside glamping pod at Pitch & Canvas

    Pitch & Canvas is a small family orientated holiday site on a working dairy farm nestled in the heart of the Cheshire Countryside.

    We can offer a variety of accommodation from glamping in one of pods or bell tents, self-catering in Peckforton or Beeston View holiday lets, or camping pitches to serve all types of units.

    Boasting an array of things to do on our doorstep from long walks across the stunning Sandstone Trail, visiting the famous Ice Cream Farm, or perhaps following one of Treasure Trails to explore the beautiful and historic city of Chester, there really something for everyone. On site guests can relax and reconnect with family and friends whilst taking in the stunning scenery and views. With some fabulous eateries, pubs, and take aways close by (some of which deliver) the whole family can get some time away from everyday routines.

    Our mission to provide a relaxed holiday that promotes quality time with loved ones and friends, and where lifelong memories are made.

    Contact Details:

    Broad Oak Farm, Birds Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9NL

    Tel:

    01829 772698

    Website

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  2. Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel

    Chester

    Welcome to the Mercure Chester Abbots Well, a modern hotel boasting 126 bedrooms including Family rooms, adapted rooms and suites.

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    Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel, less than two miles from Chester City Centre
    Go for a swim in the pool at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    A Family Room at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    The restaurant at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    We're Good to Go
    Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel, less than two miles from Chester City Centre
    Go for a swim in the pool at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    A Family Room at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    The restaurant at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    We're Good to Go

    Welcome to the Mercure Chester Abbots Well, a modern hotel boasting 126 bedrooms including Family rooms, adapted rooms and suites.

    There are 160 complimentary car parking spaces on site with the hotel ideally located 1.5 miles from Chester’s beautiful historic city, we are also a short 10 minute drive to the delights of Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks designer outlet boasting over 140 designer brands. The park and ride facility is located next door to the hotel.

    As part of Mercure Hotels, you are assured of friendly, welcoming staff and excellent facilities associated with an international brand.

    Guests have complimentary use of the FeelGood Leisure Club including a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

    and enjoy the convenience of Arts Bar and Restaurant where you can relax in contemporary surroundings.

    Enjoy a drink on the terrace or an exquisite afternoon tea overlooking the landscaped gardens. A range of exciting menu options are on offer, including the Brasserie menu, Lounge Menu and Chef’s menu featuring special signature dishes and fresh produce.

    160 Free car parking spaces including dedicated coach drop off and parking.

    Group Rates from £36 - £54

    Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel is a dog-friendly hotel. They welcome small dogs if they're well behaved and quiet.

     

    Contact Details:

    Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 5QL

    Tel:

    08448159001

    Website

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  3. Storyhouse

    Chester

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

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    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

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  4. Hickory's Smokehouse

    Chester

    Hickory’s Smokehouse is an authentic American BBQ restaurant set on the banks of the River Dee.

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    Hickory's Smokehouse

    Hickory’s Smokehouse is an authentic American BBQ restaurant set on the banks of the River Dee.

    At 'Hicks', enjoy a traditional style of cooking that has its roots in the US, but just as popular in the UK With their own geniune smoker, Hickory's is the place to experience American BBQ in food! The menu is all about finger licking, sticky and slow cooked American BBQ. There's popcorn in five flavours, the hottest buffalo wings you've ever tasted, skewers with a range of marinades, ribs slowly cooked in their Amercian smoker, salads for the summer and authentic American desserts. You'll also find 17 wide screens around the restaurant showing up to 17 different types of international sport, so you wont miss a second of the game.

     

    Contact Details:

    Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SD

    Tel:

    01244 404000

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  5. Marmalade

    Chester

    Marmalade is an intimate cafe on Northgate Street in the heart of Chester's independent scene. Offering a full breakfast and lunch service as well as delicious homemade cakes and great coffee.

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    Marmalade

    Marmalade is an intimate cafe on Northgate Street in the heart of Chester's independent scene. Offering a full breakfast and lunch service as well as delicious homemade cakes and great coffee. 

    Contact Details:

    67 Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HQ

    Tel:

    01244 314565

    Website

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  6. 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

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  7. 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
  8. Chester Racecourse

    Chester

    Chester Racecourse is the oldest Racecourse in Britain & the oldest in the world still in operation.

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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 2021 fixtures from 25 June are now available to buy.

    Contact Details:

    Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2LY

    Tel:

    01244 304600

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  9. Chester Cathedral

    Chester

    Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence, a unique blend of modern and medieval history.

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

    Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence, a unique blend of modern and medieval history.

    Come and spend the day

    Book on to one of the Tower Tours & Ground Floor Tours and explore the magnificent building which is a national treasure within the heart of Chester. 

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

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

    Entry is FREE to the Cathedral but donations are welcome.

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

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

     

    Contact Details:

    12 Abbey Square, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HU

    Tel:

    01244 324756

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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. 

    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. Grosvenor Park

    Chester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    0300 123 7026

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  12. Chester Rows

    Chester

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

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

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

    Contact Details:

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

    Tel:

    01244 402110

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  13. The Scented Garden Retreat

    Chester

    Our retreat has been designed to thoroughly pamper your senses. With a large, well-stocked retail area with brands such as: Dermalogica, Aromatherapy Associates, Scentered, Spongelle, OPI, Heyland and Whittle, and an extensive range of Pure Essential Oils.

    The Scented Garden Retreat

    Our retreat has been designed to thoroughly pamper your senses. With a large, well-stocked retail area with brands such as: Dermalogica, Aromatherapy Associates, Scentered, Spongelle, OPI, Heyland and Whittle, and an extensive range of Pure Essential Oils.

    Contact Details:

    6 Northgate Row, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2SA

    Tel:

    01244 312700
  14. Shrub

    Chester

    Shrub is a plant based eatery offering food, coffee, cocktails and more, located on The Rows in the heart of Chester.

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    Shrub

    Shrub is a plant based eatery offering food, coffee, cocktails and more, located on The Rows in the heart of Chester.

    Contact Details:

    1 - 3 Eastgate Row, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LQ

    Tel:

    01244 340919

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  15. Weasel and the Bug

    Contact Details:

    19 Watergate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2LB

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  16. The Grosvenor Shopping Centre

    Chester

    Please note some Grosvenor Shopping Centre retailers are operating reduced hours or different hours from those advertised.

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    The Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Chester

    **Please note some Grosvenor Shopping Centre retailers are operating reduced hours or different hours from those advertised.**

    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

    Website

    Web Site

  17. ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire

    Chester

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bonkie the Picnic Boat

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

    We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

    Contact Details:

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

    Tel:

    01244 325394

    Website

    Web Site

  18. Côte Brasserie

    Chester

    Now offering 'Côte at Home', allowing guests to enjoy Côte classics from the comfort of their own homes!

    Côte Brasserie, located on Bridge Street, is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, championing relaxed, all-day dining and serving authentic French classics made from great quality, fresh ingredients. Côte serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, just like a true Parisienne brasserie.

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    Mussels at Côte Brasserie Chester
    Lunch at Côte Brasserie Chester
    Mussels at Côte Brasserie Chester
    Lunch at Côte Brasserie Chester

    Reduced menu and hours. Please visit website here for more deails. 

    Côte Brasserie, located on Bridge Street, is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, championing relaxed, all-day dining and serving authentic French classics made from great quality, fresh ingredients. Côte serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, just like a true Parisienne brasserie. The wine list is extensive and informative, yet reasonably priced, featuring wines from a variety of producers across France. Growing interest in eating with the seasons, along with Côte’s commitment to sourcing high-quality ingredients, results in monthly, changing specials and weekday lunch & early evening menus, ensuring there is always something new to delight both regular and first-time guests. At £10.95 for two courses and £13.50 for three courses, the weekday lunch and early evening set menu provides outstanding value and lends itself perfectly to a quick lunch or relaxed dining. The same care and attention to detail applies to Côte’s breakfast menus. You will find that everything from the artisanal French jams on the tables to the Guérande sea-salted butter served with the freshly baked croissants has been carefully considered. The menu is full of choice and again, very reasonably priced. The renowned eggs Benedict with silky-smooth homemade Hollandaise, in particular, is a favourite among guests. There is also a signature French breakfast, which includes an award-winning boudin noir, or try a croque monsieur, French toast or a vegetarian breakfast that is making a name for itself too, to mention just a few more menu choices! With long lazy brunches very much en vogue at the moment, at weekends, breakfast is served until 1pm.

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    Contact Details:

    36 Bridge Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NQ

    Tel:

    01244 567 232

    Website

    Web Site

  19. Urbano32

    Chester

    Urbano32 is a pizza restaurant, bar & social meeting place serving sourdough pizzas alongside antipasti and daily specials using only the freshest quality ingredients.

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    Delicious Pizza with the freshest ingredients at Urbano32.
    Urbano32 is a pizza restaurant, bar and social meeting place. Located in the middle of Bridge Street in Chester
    Delicious pizza produced locally at Urbano 32 in Chester
    Tasty food at Urbano 32
    Delicious Pizza with the freshest ingredients at Urbano32.
    Urbano32 is a pizza restaurant, bar and social meeting place. Located in the middle of Bridge Street in Chester
    Delicious pizza produced locally at Urbano 32 in Chester
    Tasty food at Urbano 32

    Urbano32 is a pizza restaurant, bar & social meeting place. The focal point of the restaurant alongside the amazing rustic, industrial interior is the handmade clay pizza oven. Great city centre location bang in the middle of Bridge Street in the city of Chester.

    Urbano32 serves sourdough pizzas alongside antipasti and daily specials using only the freshest quality ingredients. The menu has a progressive approach towards pizza and they are committed to sourcing great seasonal and local produce.

    There is a thriving bar scene both before & after dining and an atmosphere where diners are encouraged to eat at the counter in a continental/stateside style. There is a bespoke wine list together with a small but well defined cocktail list as well as a selection of craft beers & one draught lager.

    Contact Details:

    32 Bridge Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NQ

    Tel:

    01244 311487

    Website

    Web Site

  20. Melttown

    Chester

    Grilled cheese, raclette and cocktails from the minds behind Meltdown & Chef's Table in Chester.

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    Grilled cheese, raclette and cocktails from the minds behind Meltdown & Chef's Table in Chester.  

    Contact Details:

    4 Music Hall Passage, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2EU

    Tel:

    01244 261396

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Pitch & Canvas (53.11924,-2.74259)Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel (53.1851,-2.84829)9.16
Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel (53.1851,-2.84829)Storyhouse (53.19195,-2.89214)2.72
Storyhouse (53.19195,-2.89214)Hickory's Smokehouse (53.1878,-2.88704)0.52
Hickory's Smokehouse (53.1878,-2.88704)Marmalade (53.19195,-2.89214)0.52
Marmalade (53.19195,-2.89214)Chester Visitor Information Centre (53.19105,-2.89212)0.09
Chester Visitor Information Centre (53.19105,-2.89212)Chester City Walls (53.18959,-2.88594)0.4
Chester City Walls (53.18959,-2.88594)Chester Racecourse (53.18919,-2.89788)0.72
Chester Racecourse (53.18919,-2.89788)Chester Cathedral (53.19166,-2.89121)0.47
Chester Cathedral (53.19166,-2.89121)The Chester Grosvenor (53.19074,-2.8888)0.17
The Chester Grosvenor (53.19074,-2.8888)Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)0.35
Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)0.57
Chester Rows (53.18865,-2.89191)Shrub (53.19053,-2.89111)0.19
Shrub (53.19053,-2.89111)Weasel and the Bug (53.18924,-2.89358)0.2
Weasel and the Bug (53.18924,-2.89358)The Grosvenor Shopping Centre (53.18866,-2.89041)0.2
The Grosvenor Shopping Centre (53.18866,-2.89041)ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire (53.18756,-2.88606)0.28
ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire (53.18756,-2.88606)Côte Brasserie (53.18837,-2.89057)0.28
Côte Brasserie (53.18837,-2.89057)Urbano32 (53.18837,-2.89057)0
Urbano32 (53.18837,-2.89057)Melttown (53.19119,-2.89133)0.29
Melttown (53.19119,-2.89133)The Spa at Carden (53.07298,-2.80758)12.87
Total Distance *29.99 miles
Estimated Journey Time58 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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