One of the city’s premier shopping destinations, Watergate Street is home to a diverse range of retail outlets. From tattoo parlours to the perfect flat white, a new hair-do or even a bit of antique browsing, you’ll find it all down this gorgeous cobbled street. There are also plenty of shops that defy normal categorisation. If you’re looking for a cartoon of yourself, and if not, why not? – then The Cartoon Gallery has all the answers. With plenty of bars and cafés, you’ll find plenty of people-watching opportunities and also plenty of places to ditch the other half or the kids and get stuck into the retail opportunities on your own.
Shopping centres in Chester
Watergate St Gallery
Dating back to medieval times, Chester Rows is a series of four covered walkways littered with shops. One of the main tourist hotspots in the city, the Rows are worth checking out on a purely architectural basis. Built with impressive longevity, they are loaded with vintage flourishes, from the tiled floors to the stone-lined vaults. This is a Grade I-listed area and, since 1995, has been pedestrianised to give further protection.
Shopping-wise, a lot has changed since shoe mongers and ironworkers sold their goods 700 years ago. Now you’ll find a host of independent outlets spanning comic book retailers, high-end fashion stores, inviting cafés, bespoke suit shops, jewellery stores and much, much more. Less than two miles from our Chester Central North hotel, Chester Rows is a vital part of the city’s historical makeup, and according to historians, a truly unique set of buildings in Britain and beyond.
Grosvenor Shopping Centre
With over 60 retail outlets spread across two floors in the heart of Chester, Grosvenor Shopping Centre is a one-stop destination. Big brands like Boss and H&M sit next to discount stores like TK Maxx and Sports Direct giving a good selection of shops, with five coffee shops and cafés dotted across the centre for caffeine and cake stops. Open daily until 5.30pm and with late-night shopping every Thursday until 8pm, there’s an on-site car park open 24 hours a day with over 400 spaces. Our Chester City Centre hotel, is perfectly placed at five minutes’ walk away, meaning you can drop your bags and return for more if you feel inclined!