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Take a gentle 2.2 mile stroll around the most complete city walls in Britain. From the city walls you’ll get views of the towers and Eastgate Clock, the amphitheatre and racecourse, a perfect way to see the city.
Stop off at the famous Roman amphitheatre, pose for a picture by the Eastgate Clock and take in the stunning views over the oldest racecourse in the country.
Sitting majestically in the heart of the city Chester Cathedral is stunning both inside and out. Originally built as a Saxon Minster then rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey it offers visitors so much to explore. On a dry day you can stroll around the peaceful grounds before stepping through the doors where you’ll find everything from Norman arches to spectacular stained glass. See the only surviving ecclesiastical courtroom in the country, the shrine of St Werburgh and if you look closely enough you might even be able to see the carving of the devil in chains at the corner of a window which was put there to scare off evil spirits.
For a small charge you can join a Cathedral at Height Tour which takes you behind the scenes of the cathedral, peering down on the quire stalls and organ, walking along the galleries and getting some of the best views of the city from the roof, or visit the Falconry and Nature Gardens.
Famous the world over, Chester’s Medieval two-tiered galleries or ‘The Rows’ as they’re known, are home to some of the city’s most fascinating shops including what is thought to be the oldest shop front in England which can be found on Lower Bridge Street.
Bringing Chester to life with something for everyone; Chester’s Grosvenor Museum is free to visit and great for all ages.
Discover all about Chester’s Roman Heritage, natural and social history of the area, costume and fine decorative art. The museum also offers an exciting programme of special exhibitions, activities and events throughout the year.
Watch the Town Crier Proclamation
Chester is the only place in Britain to have retained the historic tradition of regular midday proclamations from a fixed point. It’s free, fun and totally unforgettable.
Proclamations take place Tuesday to Saturday at 12noon (11am on Chester race days) June to August.
Flowing through the heart of the city, the River Dee is ideal for relaxing strolls, delicious picnics and fun boat adventures.
Cross over Queen’s Park Bridge or Old Dee Bridge from the city centre and you’ll be in Handbridge where you’ll find a delightful pub; the shrine of St Minerva, a Roman goddess in Edgar’s Field and ‘The Meadows’, green open space perfect for walks and picnics.
If you fancy a boat trip and your budget will allow, hop aboard ChesterBoat for one of their River Cruises or hire a rowing boat or pedalo.
The river has a selection of bars, cafes, pubs and eateries lining its banks so you’re sure to find somewhere for a drink, meal or snack.
Grosvenor Park was given to the city by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster and is regarded as one of the finest examples of Victorian Parks in the UK.
The Park has tree lined avenues to explore as well as benches and grass to sit on and relax or enjoy fun games. It is also home to Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway, built in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the Duke of Westminster’s railway at nearby Eaton Hall. Open some weekends and during school holidays, Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway is loved by people of all ages.
During the summer the fabulous Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre brings the park to life with wonderful performances in a purpose built setting. If you’re visiting during July and August you should definitely get tickets for a performance.
Further afield, other suggestions
Choose from over 50 award-winning and irresistible real dairy ice creams and sorbets made in Cheshire. Visit animal corner, watch the cows being milked and visit the café and gift shop. For the younger ones there’s Crazy Daisy’s Play Barn and outdoor play area.