Are you planning a trip to Chester, but are unsure of what to do when you get here? We’ve put together a handy guide of 5 things to do while you're here!
1. City Walls
Chester’s city walls are the longest, oldest and most complete in the whole of Britain – and some parts are almost 2,000 years old! One of Chester’s most iconic and historic features, the walls were built as a defensive fortress by the Romans.
Why not take a brisk walk on the walls through the city centre? There’s no better way of seeing everything Chester has to offer.
2. Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo is a zoo at Upton by Chester. Chester Zoo was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead and his family. It is one of the UK's largest zoo's at 125 acres. The zoo has a total land holding of approximately 400 acres.
Chester Zoo is operated by the North of England Zoological Society, a registered charity founded in 1934. The zoo receives no government funding. It is the most-visited wildlife attraction in Britain with more than 1.9 million visitors in 2018. In 2007 Forbes described it as one of the best fifteen zoos in the world.
In 2017 it was named as the best zoo in the UK and third in the world by TripAdvisor
3. Chester Rows
A unique mix of Medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture, the Chester Rows are a truly stunning spectacle. With raised walkways elevated above street level and Chester’s iconic black and white half-timbered buildings, the Chester Rows are a renowned feature of the city and are conveniently nestled right in the middle of the main shopping district.
Fun Fact: The Ye Olde Kings Head used to be part of the rows, Our first floor function room used to be exposed to the elements. After the Civil War, these rows were enclosed and now only traces can be found today which is at Gamul House.
4. Roman Amphitheatre
The largest stone-built Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, this landmark was once used for cock fighting, bull baiting and combat sports such as classical boxing, wrestling and gladiatorial combat. Not only is the amphitheatre aesthetically wonderful, but it is still used to this day for outdoor events.
5. The Storyhouse
The Storyhouse consists of an 800-seat theatre, cinema, restaurant, two bars and a city library. The library sits across the entire building and features reading rooms, meeting rooms and a dedicated children’s library.
The theatre offers a wide programme of UK and international shows, whatever your taste! From laugh-out-loud comedies and serious dramas to dance spectaculars and opera, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Storyhouse. If you’re visiting Chester for a seasonal break, you can catch a summer or Christmas show too!