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Don’t let a rainy day spoil your time in Chester, there are plenty of things to see and do without getting drenched. No need to stay indoors, make the most of unexpected rainfall with our list of wet weather alternatives…
Duck for cover at Chester Zoo
As the number one zoo in the UK, it’s no surprise that you are promised a fantastic and fun-filled day out, even when it’s raining! The Zoo have put together a wet weather walk which is free to download so that you can take full advantage of all of the exhibits including favourites like the Asian Elephants, Monkey Island and Realm of the Red Ape plus loads more!
Admire the view at Chester Cathedral
In the heart of the city centre, Chester Cathedral is a staple and a must-see for all visitors, regardless of the weather. Tower tours unleash 900 years of history as you climb to thrilling heights and marvel over the breath-taking views. Complete your experience with afternoon tea in the café which also has a range of delicious sandwiches, cakes and pastries.
Get well acquainted with The Rows
Find shelter from the rain amongst the Medieval and Victorian architecture of Chester – where a day of retail therapy doubles as a fascinating historic experience. Nobody should leave without exploring the second level galleries of the half-timbered rows which are totally unique to Chester! The rows host a variety of shops from quirky boutiques to big branded names so there is something to suit everyone.
Relax and unwind at The Chester Grosvenor Spa
From the bustling streets of historic Chester, delve into a boutique haven of relaxation and tranquillity. Located at the epicentre of the city, the Chester Grosvenor Spa has been an iconic statement of understated style, glamour and elegance integral to the city since 1866. Enter a state of total serenity as you dip into the Herb Sauna, Crystal Steam Room and Salt Grotto.
Learn more at The Grosvenor Museum
Find out more about the Roman occupation of the city and be inspired by the historic artefacts, collections of hallmarked silverware and captivating artwork on display. A trip to The Grosvenor Museum is the perfect way to learn about the city of Chester all under one roof. At a stone’s throw from fabulous pubs and restaurants you can avoid getting caught in the wet weather!
Shop ‘til you drop at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
If you are partial to indulging in a spot of retail therapy, Chester has all you could ever want and more. For your fashion fix, head to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks, home to 145 luxury and high street brands – it’s the largest of its kind in the UK. Stay dry and make the most of your visit with 60% off must have British labels like Burberry, Superdry and All Saints.
Dive in at Blue Planet Aquarium
With over 50 different exhibits and one of the largest collections of sharks in Europe, Blue Planet Aquarium is a great representation of life under the sea. Caves and undersea walkways grant access to fascinating fish, amphibians and creepy crawlies from all over the world! If you’re feeling brave, you can even dive into the shark tank… So don’t let a rainy day ruin your time in Cheshire – the family will love Blue Planet!
Have heaps of fun at Dewa Roman Experience
At Dewa you will be taken on a thrilling Roman journey with atmospheric reconstructions starting in the dark hold of a Roman Galley as the oars master navigates you to the gatehouse of the Fortress. Shelter from the rain and explore the informative exhibits, artefacts and archaeological sites. Children are encouraged to try on a piece of Roman Armour and take part in a number of other interactive activities which have proven to be extremely popular.