I was looking for unique places to visit in the UK when I found beautiful places to visit in Chester. I had never visited it, so I decided to go for a day trip.
I always feel like a need a day trip or holiday and it’s sometimes not possible to go on a holiday abroad. But have you ever heard of a staycation?
Basically, it’s travelling somewhere within a reasonable distance from home.
You don’t always have to go abroad to discover beautiful hidden gems. I used to live in Spain and I did not use to appreciate how many incredible little towns and places were around me.
However, since I have been living in the UK, I appreciate every single place and I always find something charming in every place.
Also, one of the best things about travelling around the UK is that there isn’t an entrance fee to visit many museums, historical places and cathedrals. But anyway, back to Chester!
Located in northwest England, Chester will amaze you with its history and charm. It’s also very well-known for formerly being a Roman fortress.
Chester is one of those charming cities you can’t miss when visiting the UK! It’s the perfect day trip and you’ll love all the things that Chester has to offer.
Some parts of the town will make you feel like you’re in a different century and I was surprised by the fact that it has a Welsh influence but if you check Chester on Google Maps, you’ll understand it. Chester is next to North Wales.
In this post, I am going to share with you must-see places you can easily visit in a day.
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Chester City Walls
Chester City Walls is one of the top things to do in Chester, and I can confirm that you can’t leave this incredible city without visiting the walls.
These walls are the oldest and most complete in England, and some parts of these walls are thousands of years old.
Walking through them gives you another perspective of the city plus the panoramic views you get are amazing! Also, you’ll learn the interesting Chester Roman history from the informative posters across the walls.
Did I tell you Chester Walls is one of the longest in England too? It will take you about 40 minutes to go through all the circuit.
They can get very busy on a sunny day so you should attempt to go early in the morning. However, if you go to the walls in the late afternoon you will enjoy a beautiful sunset view.
Parish of Chester
Next to Chester Roman amphitheatre, you will find Parish of Chester (St John the Baptist). I thought it was just another church, but it’s a church with plenty of history.
I’m glad I wandered around the church and discovered a beautiful garden with impressive Roman ruins that are totally worth to see.
The Parish is open daily between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.
Whether you love the architecture, the medieval and modern history or just learning about the community and culture, Chester cathedral is a great place to visit. Plus it’s free!
Explore the cathedral by booking one fo the Tower Tours & Ground Floor Tours in which you’ll have the chance to contemplate the beautiful building.
If you fancy eating somewhere unique and different, you must go to The Reflectory Café inside the cathedral. It is set in a 13th-century monk’s dining hall which is impressive.
They serve delicious sandwiches, pastries and plenty of cakes to indulge yourself.
Next to the cathedral, there used to be the Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens where you could learn all about birds, reptiles and more. However, due to the 2020 lockdown and restrictions, the centre had to close its doors.
Eastgate and Eastgate Clock
Eastgate and Eastgate Clock are located in the city centre. Here, you can see the beautiful white and black half-timbered galleries, known as Chester Rows, where you find many shops and restaurants.
Also, you’ll find the famous Eastgate Clock which was the original entrance to Chester Roman fortress. I was surprised to find out that this clock is the most photographed clock in the UK after Big Ben.
If you love shopping, you should definitely go to the Grosvenor shopping centre which has a good variety of shops and looks beautiful inside.
However, if you are after a cute cafe, Cinderbox Coffee is your place. You can enjoy delicious cakes, hot chocolates and fruit smoothies.
I tried the red velvet cake and it was one of the best I’ve ever had!
Chester Roman Amphitheatre
Chester Roman amphitheatre was the largest in the UK and it used to be a place for entertainment and military training.
It’s not a place where you’ll spend much time but it’s nice to see and it’s just on your way if you’re visiting Newgate.
Dewa Roman Experience
If you want the ultimate Chester roman experience, you must check Dewa Roman Experience where you’ll be able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Roman Britain.
It’s the perfect place to understand more about Chester history and at the same time, it’s a great attraction for families as there are fun educational activities for kids.
Go to Dewa Roman Experience website to check entry fees and opening times.
Grosvenor Park is a must-see green flag award-winning park. Located in the city centre, next to the city walls and the River Dee, there is no way you can skip visiting this beautiful Victorian park.
So, what’s so special about this park? It has avenues lined with trees, you can find friendly squirrels and other small animals like birds, important statues and the popular Grosvenor Park miniature railway – a perfect fun train ride for kids.
My favourite thing about the park is laying in the lush green lawns while enjoying a homemade picnic. The atmosphere of this park is great and ideal to relax or gather with some friends.
If you’re looking for a quick coffee, tea or a light lunch, you’ll find the Lodge Cafe which is open Monday to Friday (9:00-16:30) and Saturday to Sunday (9:00 to 17:00).
Chester Castle is located in the south-west part of the walled city. Nowadays you can see the remains of the castle – the 12th-century Agricola Tower that was founded by William the Conqueror in 1070. This is an important building because it was the administrative centre of the earldom of the city.
For more information about their opening times and entry fees, check their website.
Chester Roman Gardens
Located next to the Roman amphitheatre and Newgate, Chester Roman Gardens isn’t a regular garden because it’s packed with beautiful architectural fragments.
The first thing you will see as you enter the garden is a mosaic. This is a reproduction of the Ostia style mosaic unearthed in Chester city centre which was laid within the Roman Bath House.
As you continue walking, you’ll also discover the remainings of what it used to be the roman baths.
Not only it is a place where you can learn about architecture and history but a place where you can relax and enjoy the gardens.
Queens Park Bridge
I had no idea of this place but I was so glad I found it. The River Dee area is a lively place in which you can do many things.
You can get ice cream and enjoy the river views, you can listen to a live orchestra concert, canoeing in the river or walking in the green forest area near the river.
When I went it was a lovely warm day and there were many people around. So if it happens to be sunny, expect small crowds.
All these places are must-see and you can see them in a day because everything is from a reasonable walking distance.
Apart from Chester tourist attractions, I also recommend getting lost and exploring the little streets because you’ll be amazed by the cute houses and buildings.
If you’re considering to spend more than a day in Chester, it’s worth exploring Cheshire county and you may want to visit Chester Zoo, one of the largest zoos in the UK.
I absolutely loved visiting this city and I’ll definitely want to go back. If you love history and charming little cities like this, I’m sure you’ll love visiting York too.
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