Chester may be a small city, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in sights. Discover the 1000 year-old Chester Cathedral with its imposing gothic architecture. Lose yourself in the cobbled lanes and antique shops. Or sit back and savour an exclusive cruise along the River Dee. Then return to fine dining and boutique luxury in your listed hotel. 

Ancient city walls and vast Roman ruins, 700 year-old shops and 11,000 wild animals.

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Chester is famous for its ancient history and, in just a couple of miles, you can see all the major attractions. Begin with a stroll along the City Walls, and then drop in at the Roman amphitheatre before wandering around the oldest racecourse in Britain. In the evening hole-up in one of the cosy traditional pubs or join a ghost tour around some of the world’s most haunted streets.  


With 11,000 animals and 110 acres of gardens, Chester Zoo is top of most visitors’ ‘to do’ lists. But there are also numerous other lesser-known gems hidden around the region. You could visit the Ness Botanic Gardens or historic houses like Tatton Park.   


There’s more to Cheshire than its world-famous cheese. Stroll around Chester and prepare to be tempted by artisan coffee shops and exclusive chocolate, lovingly crafted ales and Michelin-starred dining. There’s even a vast ice cream parlour for when the sun is shining.   

If you’re looking for something to accompany your Cheshire cheese, Norton Priory is home to a national collection of quince. 

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