Both Helen & Colin are Cestrians, and have a wealth of knowledge of this wonderful city. Talking to them is like having your own personal 'Concierge' on tap. With a list as long as their arm of where to explore, eat, play along with 'hidden gems' that can be found of the beaten track. The list is endless but here is a little taster:
The Roman City of Chester
Walking distance of 20 minutes to the epi-centre. Chester - old enough to make your spine tingle, yet young enough in spirit to be effortlessly fashionable. Small enough to explore easily on foot, but big enough to be wonderfully cosmopolitan.
A hop-on, hop-off bus tour plus walking tours for historic, ghostly haunts, or join a Roman patrol around Fortress Dewa.Chester's City Walls
The City Walls are complete and surround the Old City. They were originally built by the Romans and then further extended during the Middle Ages by the Saxon Queen Ethelfreda. As I said, they are complete, without breaks, and you can walk around the tops, day or night, without charge.
The five Gates into the City would, originally, been just large enough to allow the passage of a loaded horse and cart, but have all been enlarged at later dates; except the Wolf Gate (by the Roman Amphitheatre) which is medieval.River Dee
Just under half a mile from us. A walk along the river side, or even a trip on a boat, takes in Chester's picturesque views and medieval Old Dee Bridge. The Groves, a pedesrian walkway from the old bridge and right along the town section of river, is very popular and sports cafes, ice cream kiosks and a band stand; all leading to the recently refurbished Grosvenor Park.Chester Racecourse
Just under half a mile from us, this is the oldest race-course in the country and is also one of the most popular. It has the advantage of being sited just outside the city walls and is but a short walk into the city centre. Chester races is an unforgettable race experience. For further information please click here
This is a vast area that you will see from a high vantage point as you walk into Chester across the Grosvenor Bridge. Included in the view is the City Walls and if you look down to the section of wall at ground level - this was the wall of the Roman dock yard; the bottom of the water in the dock being some metres lower than the present ground level.Chester Cathedral
Located one mile from us. Make sure you pay a visit to this 'must see attraction' that hosts thousands of visitors each year. The Cathedral is a truly magnificent building and one that boasts the most complete medieval monastic complex still standing in the UK.
The fabulous 'Cathedral Heights' tour takes you up into the high galleries, the ancient bell-chamber, and on to the roof of the central tower. In the Grounds there is the Falconry where birds of prey are displayed in flight.
In late 2015 the Cathedral won a Tourism Award for Best Large Attraction.
Entrance is free but you can pay for tours once inside.
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No entry charge for this venue. Just over half a mile from us The Grosvenor Museum is Chester's biggest collection of local and international history. Discover 2000 years of life spread over three floors of a classic 19th century building. Special exciting exhibitions, activities and events are presented all year. For further information on the Museum please click here
.Cheshire Military Museum
Celebrating 350 years of the Military in Cheshire. Exhibits show action in Africa (the Zulu wars), in Spain (alongside Sharpe ?); together with dug-outs in the First World War, followed by the Second World War and then service in Iraq and Afganistan.
Open most days for an entrance fee of £4.00 per adult.
for further information.Chester Zoo
3 miles from Mitchells of Chester, Chester Zoo is the UK's number one zoo, with over 7,000 animals and 400 different species including some of the most endangered on the planet.
In June 2015 a new large section was opened called 'Islands'. Upon each island are animals indigenous to each island and are viewed via walkways or by boat tour. As well as their many accolades for animal conservation programmes throughout the world, the Zoo also regularly win prizes for their gardens and park settings for the animal paddocks and compounds.
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We have reduced price tickets for this venue.Blue Planet Aquarium
Take a journey from a trickling stream, down the river to the mighty sea and discover all the wild life on the way. Walk along the sea-bed and watch sharks, sting rays, many varieties of fish and eels glide overhead. Meet the latest visitor - a large Pacific Ocean octopus with a 2-metre spread of tentacles.
Find out more hereCheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
8 miles from Mitchells of Chester, McArthur Glen operates designer shopping outlets across Europe, partnering with a variety of retailers to bring shoppers discounted, quality goods. The Cheshire outlet is now so large it will take a whole day to get around. A recent addition being a large Marks and Spencer outlet. For further information please click here
Adjacent to Cheshire Oaks are restaurants, cinema, bowling alley and the Blue Planet Aquarium.Beeston Castle
Only 10 miles from Mitchells of Chester. A 12th Century fortress, towering above the Cheshire Plain, with spectacular views. This noble castle was battered by canon fire during the Civil War.
We have 'Pay for one, get one free', cards.
For further information please click http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/#?Place=Beeston%20Castle%20Cheshirere.Ice Cream Factory
About eight miles out of Chester, in the middle of dairy farming, is the ever popular Ice Cream Factory. Not a 'Factory' as such, it offer many, many different favours of ice cream, a restaurant and large indoor and outdoor childrens play areas. Beeston Castle is a few short miles away.
Look at :- www.theicecreamfarm.co.uk/Ness Botanical Gardens, Wirral
Ness Botanical Gardens provide a great day out for all ages and is guaranteed to mesmerise with the beauty, colour and variety of the gardens. A must-see place to visit in Cheshire during a short break, but a great starting point if you can stay for longer.Tatton Park
Tatton Park plays host to a wide range of public events during the year. A National Trust property, it consists of the late Georgian mansion designed by Samuel Wyatt for William Egerton, a farm and old hall, within a 1000 acre deer park. For further information please click here
We have a 30% reduction on tickets for normal days at this venue, including free car entry (reductions do not apply on special event days).More Information