A beguiling mix of the old and the new, Chester is a city that continues to grow on you long after your first visit. With 2,000 years of history, the city’s Roman walls are the best preserved of their kind in the UK and boast some incredible medieval, Gothic and Victorian architecture (not to mention the incredible shops, cafés, restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs and hotels in Chester). And thanks to new developments such as The Storyhouse and its famous Zoo, the city has some of the best attractions in the north west, meaning you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Chester.
Things to do in Chester
Chester Zoo is a real must-see during your visit to the city, but there are plenty of other fantastic activities to keep you entertained. From three challenging escape rooms, including one of the UK’s first virtual-reality escape rooms, to the largest trampoline park in the country and more, there’ll never be a dull moment during your stay.
If it’s theatre, stand-up comedy, live bands, West End musicals or opera you’re after, Chester has it all. The Storyhouse is an excellent new addition to the city’s entertainment scene, while Alexander’s Live has weekly comedy acts and the Live Rooms host some of the best up-and-coming bands and tribute acts in the country.
Powered by a large student population, Chester’s nightlife really comes alive after dark, with various venues open well into the next morning, plus dozens of cool cocktail bars, historic pubs and quirky backstreet drinking dens. So there’s bound to be a bar stool with your name on it somewhere in the city
Places to eat
We could have written a book about Chester’s restaurant and café scene – they’re that good! The city is awash with superb restaurants serving up everything from Brazilian steak to French snails, while there are also cafés dedicated to serving up the perfect flat white and virtually any flavour of pancake you could imagine.
A unique retail experience, Chester blends medieval shopping arcades with miles of cobbled streets littered with a variety of shops and high-end shopping centres offering big names and all the usual favourites.