Top 10 Things to do in Chester, United Kingdom (UK)

February 25, 2018 Oliva Fomby

A gem of a city easily reached by rail from Liverpool. Small yet packed to the rafters with history, culture and stylish cafe/bar culture. At its heart, the historic black-and-white timbered "rows" provide a shopping experience like no other place on the planet.
Restaurants in Chester

1. Chester Zoo

Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1LH, England +44 1244 380280
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Chester Zoo

We're the UK's number one charity zoo, with over 15,000 animals and 500 different species, including some of the most endangered species on the planet. With 1.9 million visitors every year, the zoo is an all-year round, full-day visitor attraction for everyone. We're open daily from 10am, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Car parking is free and on site. Facilities for disabled visitors, including self-drive electric scooters and wheelchairs.

Reviewed By 90Daisy - Hardington, United Kingdom

Well presented zoo, the animals appear to be contented and happy. Loads of attractions with a new boat trip through the Islands area. Loads of good, interactive fun for children. The food was expensive and unspectacular ie a small punnet of pales fries with runny cheese and peppers £5.95 odd!! A cheese burger £5.50, cold bun and small, skinny burger. Take your own food but otherwise fabulous day out - wear comfy shoes!

2. Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens

St Werburgh Street, Chester CH1 2HU, England +44 1244 699053
Excellent
87%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 400 reviews

Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens

Chester Cathedral's fantastic Falconry and Nature Gardens links the ancient art of falconry with the cathedral's historic roots and nature conservation in the heart of the city centre, located just off the city walls.

Reviewed By Ray T - Dublin, Ireland

The best fiver I’ve spent in a long time!
Very friendly, knowledgeable guides who bring you up close and personal to some of nature’s most beautiful raptors, and other animals such as ferrets, tortoises and snakes.
The display of the red kite, Harris hawk and barn owl hunting their prey in the Cathedral Gardens was great entertainment, and very educational at the same time.
Terrific value, a memorable afternoon out!

3. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Grosvenor Park | Vicars Lane, Chester CH1 1QQ, England +44 1244 409113
Excellent
93%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 110 reviews

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Reviewed By Kevin H - Mold, United Kingdom

I visited the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre for a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream with my wife and two friends and what an amazing evening we enjoyed.
The atmosphere was brilliant with not a spare seat.
The performance was amazing, the direction superb and it all made for another amazing evening of brilliant entertainment.
There is something magical about the outdoor theatre's lay-out and how close the audience is to the action.
We sat in our pre-booked picnic seats and enjoyed an alfresco dinner, nice wine and good company.
This was our fourth consecutive year of attending this fantastic event and we can't wait for next year!

4. Booth Mansion

30 Watergate Street, Chester CH1 2LA, England +44 1244 310473
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 147 reviews

Booth Mansion

Booth Mansion is an historic building in the centre of the City of Chester. It is Grade 1 listed and has a number of historical aspects of note. The building was extended in 1701 by George Booth, the 1st Earl of Warrington and a number of features remain. Recently refurbished it reopened in October 2016 to include a Gallery, Tea room, Deli and retail. Since October the venue has developed its customer offering to include light lunches, Cream Tea, Afternoon Teas and its Signature dish, High Tea. The Trip Advisor reviews have highlighted a number of comments, "Hidden Gem" "Slice of luxury" By the local Cestrian community this has been said to be the place for a chill out relax in amazing Georgian surroundings. Privately run by a family team it is very definitely an "Indie" location. They run craft fairs and food fairs out on the Historic Rows outside the building at weekends, currently the first and last Saturday of the month.

Reviewed By khfcvbjnvvbn2017 - Chester, United Kingdom

Super friendly & efficient staff and a truly beautiful building however overall a little confusing experience.
Inside a beautiful high ceiling tea room with massive chandeliers... mini stalls with c***p souvenirs like post cards,bags,jewellery. With the current dated decor, it's more suited for elderly people. With a bit of an image overhaul could definitely be something... Perhaps a touch of quirky Oddfellows' style.
p.s. Only Ok coffee

9 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU, England +44 1244 324756
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

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 and a unique blend of medieval and modern history.

Reviewed By Annakucat - St. Andrews, Scotland

This place is powerful. You can feel the thousand years of history wrapping around you.... magnificent stained glass, in the fabulous choir stalls are beautiful wooden poppys & misericords, peace.
A commemoration of the end of WWI, very moving.
Let’s not forget the Lego model of the Cathedral (not kidding) ,the cloisters, the very good cafe & gift shop, & the falconry.
Do not miss this gem.

6. Walls of Chester

Chester CH1 1RE, England +44 370 333 1181
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Walls of Chester

Reviewed By MKHappyTraveller - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Not sure what people were expecting, its a Roman Wall, its not a ride or amusements, its a stone artefact and its well preserved and very interesting that Romans would have walked along the ramparts. Good that Chester Council and English Heritage have kept it in good condition. Not for people who are unsteady on your feet because of stairs, but the walk is safe enough.

7. Grosvenor Park

Grosvenor Park Lodge Grosvenor Park Road | Grosvenor Park Road, CH1 1QQ, Chester CH1 1QQ, England +44 1244 310071
Excellent
60%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 355 reviews

Grosvenor Park

Reviewed By BNik2014 - Carlisle, United Kingdom

Grosvenor Park is really well maintained and a lovely place to walk around, whatever the season.
There is plenty of bird life and the grey Squirrels are very tame and will come very close for people to feed/photo them.
The location is great, near to the Amphitheater and the river

8. St John the Baptist's Church

Trident House Vicar's LANE/LITTLE ST. Little St. John Street, Chester CH1 1SN, England
Excellent
61%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 255 reviews

St John the Baptist's Church

Reviewed By Tracey L

This Norman church is a must see for visitors to Chester. The history of this parish church is much different than most other churches. It actually was the city's first Cathedral. The volunteer gave us an excellent summary of its history. We are very glad we spent time here both inside the church and exploring its ruins.

9. Eastgate Clock

45 Eastgate Street, Chester CH1 1LR, England +44 1872 263692
Excellent
60%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 741 reviews

Eastgate Clock

Reviewed By jolleygirlc - Northampton

If you walk along the wall, you will come across the clock as you go through the centre of the shopping area. It stands very proud for all to see and is even lit up at night times, ensuring that even when it is dark, you can still see the time. It is such a lovely clock with lovely ironwork surrounding it.

10. Chester Rows

Chester CH1 1NG, England +44 1244 317201
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Chester Rows

Reviewed By Rebecca J

The rows utterly highlight the Medieval and Tudor character of Chester. Lots of quirky little shops which go back much further than you think they did (like a tardis)
The rows are brilliant for boutiques, chain stores, antiques, jewellery and little cafes to sit and watch the city and tourists pass you by!

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