Chester is a picturesque walled city in the north-east of England that is all too often overlooked as a place to visit - it’s wood-beam tudor facades, historic landmarks and abundance of shopping and dining opportunities make it a great place for a romantic getaway.
Chester also has everything the history buff could ask for - intact city walls, the oldest racecourse in the UK, the largest Roman Amphitheatre in the country, plus a 1000 year old Cathedral with Europe's finest example of medieval carvings. But it isn’t only the city’s heritage that makes it worthy of a trip - there’s also a thriving music and arts scene, fantastic nightspots and a huge selection of restaurants.
Its also a town that’s increasingly making its mark as a centre for business - particularly the creative industries. As such, it is a popular location for those visiting the city to invest or work in start-ups. But whether you plan to visit Chester for business or pleasure, you are sure to find that it is a city that begs a return trip.
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There are numerous accommodation options in Chester. Where you stay will depend on whether you wish to have access to the city centre, or perhaps wish to enjoy the surrounding countryside. If you are planning on making an extended stay, then it is advisable to choose a serviced apartments over a hotel or B&B, as the former lend themselves well to a more comfortable and less intrusive experience.
We offer a prestigious selection of local apartments, each specially selected for the convenience of its locations, high standard of furnishing and range of facilities. Our properties offer tasteful contemporary decor, fully equipped kitchen facilities and mod-cons as standard. We can also arrange accommodation with disabled access, where required. Whatever the nature of your trip, our advisors are on hand to ensure you find the best place to meet your needs and can offer help and advice on the best choice for you.
Chester is a city thriving with culture and things to do. A good place to start is the Grosvenor Museum, which is housed in delightful grade II listed building and offering an insight into local history. Those looking for more family-orientated attractions may wish to visit Chester Zoo, which is home to several exotic species and frequently holds special events. There are also several theatres in the city, with the Storyhouse, Vanbrugh and Forum Studio hosting a varied programme from traditional to contemporary performances.
Apart from its cultural attractions, including the Cathedral, castle and the medieval rows in the city centre, Chester is a well established shopping haven, with a large choice of designer and mainstream shopping on offer. The city is also home to numerous independent retailers and artisan craft shops, so just exploring the streets is sure to reveal plenty of great places to pick up a souvenir.
Chester is a reasonably small town and there is no need to take public transport to enjoy the sights of its historic centre - most of which is pedestrianised and better suited to exploring on foot. However, the city also offers a comprehensive bus services to the surrounding towns, including Ellesmere Port and Wrexham. Most services are covered by the PlusBus payment scheme, which offers discounts across multiple journeys.
The train station is well served with routes to northern cities, including direct lines to Liverpool and Manchester, as well as services into Wales. There is also a fast service to London Euston, that has a journey time of around two hours, depending on the time of day.
Anyone visiting the town by car is advised to make use of one of two park-and-ride facilities, which offer reduced rate parking and shuttle buses into the city centre.
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