Visiting Chester

Chester has something for everyone, no matter what you are interested in. Various restaurants serve a wide variety of cuisine, from vegan breakfasts to pierogi. There are numerous shops and art galleries, and of course, Chester Racecourse.

Chester has the largest Roman Amphitheater in Britain, owing to its key position in the Roman Empire’s expansion into England. It has the most complete city walls and the racecourse is the oldest in the country. Chester is also home to a 1000-year old cathedral. All of this combines to make Chester one of the most historically significant cities, not only in the North West, but in the country.

On top of all this, Chester is home to one of the biggest and most visited zoos in the country. Chester Zoo attracts visitors from far and wide, with its 125 acres and over 20,000 animals.

For the foodies out there, Cheshire in general is an excellent place to visit but Chester especially so. Whatever you fancy, the city has got you covered. There are many fine examples of the cosy, rural pubs that are commonplace in the area or for a more luxurious meal, Chester is home to the only Michelin starred restaurant in Cheshire.

There are countless farm shops, cafes, markets and festivals, all doing different things, serving different foods, in new and exciting ways.

All of this together combines for an unforgettable culinary experience.

More Information

For more detailed information about the many great things Chester has to offer, please feel free to visit the Chester Tourist Board at

Getting to the city

From Crewe Station to Chester takes less than half an hour on the train. Prices vary depending on how far in advance you book, but even if you buy tickets on the day it will cost less than £15.

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Cheshire is famed for its natural beauty and Chester is no exception. You can explore the beautiful countryside in the surrounding area, with hundreds of walks, offering spectacular views, suitable for all abilities. If you are a wildlife lover, then visiting Chester and the surrounding area gives you the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the natural world. With stunning meadows, forests and fields bird watching opportunities are ample, and if you wanted to try something a bit different there are specialist falconry venues, letting you get hands-on with some stunning birds of prey.

As well as the zoo and cathedral, there are ample shopping opportunities in Chester. The Chester Rows are 700 years old, and are home to a wide variety of shops, both high street chains and independent stores, as well as a shopping centre with some of the most recognisable brands. Not far from the city lies the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, with nearly 150 luxury and high street brands including Burberry, Karl Lagerfeld and Armani. All of these great brands come with up to 60% off.

The mix of history, entertainment, shopping and restaurants is unique and makes Chester an excellent destination for a day out or a night on the town. As well as this, the local football club, Chester F.C. offers great entertainment for sports fans.

There is always something going on in Chester for you to enjoy. For a calendar of events, regularly updated, please click here.

You can find out more on the Visit Chester website below