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Chester Guide

Welcome to our Chester Guide


A world of wildlife awaits at Chester Zoo

Explore Tatton Park’s Mansion and deer park

Discover Chester’s sights with a City Sightseeing tour

See a Cheshire Phoenix Basketball match

Visit eerie haunts on a Chester Ghost City Tour

See the sights on a Chester boat theme cruise


Travelling to Chester

Chester Overview


Chester in the heart of the UK has excellent rail and motorway networks and is the perfect base for visiting Liverpool, Manchester, the Peak District and North Wales. If driving, avoid traffic issues and take advantage of the city’s Park and Ride Service.

By Rail

By Rail

Chester Rail Station puts you perfectly in the city centre and within walking distance of all the major shops and attractions. The station has regular and direct connections with Liverpool Central Station, Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston.

By Road

By Road

The M56 is the main motorway leading to the city of Chester and can be connected to via the M6, which has routes leading to both the North and South of England. The M53, A41 and A51 also lead to the city of Chester.

By Air

By Air

Chester is directly linked to Manchester International Airport via the convenient M56 and is a 40 minute drive away. John Lennon Airport in Liverpool is also around a 40 minute drive away via either the M53 or M56.

Getting Around in Chester

Chester Overview


Chester is easy to explore on foot, plus there are excellent bus services or see the city from the luxury of a boat trip on the River Dee.

By Bus

By Bus

First Travel buses operate around the city and a regular service is available from Chester Bus Station to Chester Zoo, Cheshire Oaks and Liverpool. Chester also offers a Park & Ride bus service and a hop on hop off, open top sightseeing tour.

By Taxi

By Taxi

In Chester the main taxi firm is the Hackney Carriage Taxis (Black Cabs) and these can be booked from your hotel, found at the many city taxi ranks or flagged down if they have a yellow hire light on.

By Boat

By Bike

For a more leisurely way of exploring the city, why not take a trip on one of the city’s boat tours. The 30 minute tour down the river is ideal in summer time and the ticket can be combined with the sightseeing open top bus.


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No hotel is more central than the 4* Queen Hotel, just a short walk to the train station and from the Chester’s many attractions. Indulge with afternoon tea, sample fine dining in the hotel restaurant and relax in one of the 218 luxury bedrooms.

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There are loads of great events & reasons to visit Chester and here are just a few!

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    Chester Food, Drink & lifestyle Festival – April

    A great day for the whole family with celebrity demonstrations and interactive kids cooking

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    Chester Music Festival – July

    With the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chester Festival Chorus

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    The Stella Artois Festival – August

    Enjoy a day at the races with plenty of food and drink to go around

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    Chester Marathon – October

    Get your running shoes on and join the thousands who make this event happen every year

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    Chester Christmas Market – November & December

    One of the best in the UK, experience a mix of traditional stalls & local specialities

Out and About in Chester

Chester Shopping

Shopping in Chester You’ll find all your favourite chains in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, many boutique independent stores on the famous Rows and an array of stalls in the bustling market.

Eating Out in Chester

Eating Out in Chester The city also has a good selection of traditional English pub restaurants for a more informal and relaxed meal as well as Michelin starred restaurants for an indulgent dining experience.

Chester Nightlife

Chester Nightlife From the pulsating rhythms of Cruise night club to the array of charismatic pubs, live music venues and comedy nights Chester has on offer, there is something to suit all tastes.

Chester Bars

Chester Bars From the chic atmosphere of cosmopolitan bars, to locally brewed ales, cosy pubs on the canal and delicious gastro pubs Chester has an ideal bar for all occasions.

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