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Chester Guide

Getting around

Chester is a very compact city, for the most part, with everything you’re likely to need within walking distance – including between the clubs and the hotels, so don’t worry about stumbling home after dark. If you do decide on grabbing a taxi though, the prices aren’t too bad, so pick up the number for a recommended firm before you go out.


Despite its relatively small size, Chester’s status as a stylish and chic city means that it’s got some of the best shopping in the North, the eclectic mix of fashionable and classic that characterises Chester. When you’re looking for the latest designs and styles to hit the high street, Eastgate and Northgate should be your first stops. Between them, they cover a multitude of high street stores like Next, Coast, Hobbs, Accessorize, Cath Kidston, Miss Selfridge, Gap, Zara, and Oasis. Around here there’s also the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, which has a huge range of similar shops inside.

If you’d like something a little more exclusive to Chester, check out the Rows. Lined above Watergate, Eastgate, Northgate, and Bridge Street, they’re a completely unique to Chester, with no other rows quite like them existing anywhere else in the world. There isn’t too much shopping to do there now, but they’re still worth a look for any shopping aficionados.

However, if you’re just on the hunt for a good bargain, visit the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, with over 140 designers discounted up to 60%.


If you’re hoping to catch a show whilst in Chester (besides Hollyoaks, obviously), see what’s going on at the Grosvenor Open Air Theatre, one of the best open air theatres in the UK and showing a mix of Shakespeare, comedies and dramas.

Into the wild

Chester may have a reputation for being cultured and classy, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t the chance for you and the girls to let your hair down and run a bit wild…

  • Chester Zoo – where the cutest of the cute animals reside, including (very) big cats, giraffes, meerkats, and lots of different monkeys.
  • Chester Aquarium – where all the Nemos, Dorys, and sharks live.
  • Grosvenor Park – alright, not technically wild, but take a picnic and some Pimms and have a lovely few hours in the sun anyway.

Roman around

The Romans have left their mark all over Chester – check out some of the things they left behind at the...

  • Amphitheatre – it’s the largest one left in the country, and the possible site of King Arthur’s Camelot.
  • Roman Walls – they’ve surrounded the city since 70AD… though they’re not likely to be keeping out intruders any more.

Chester International Film Festival – March
Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival – April
Chester Rocks – June
Midsummer Watch Parade – June
Chester Literature Festival – October

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