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Best of Chester, England

I'd like to know the best things for us to see during a short trip to Chester. Are there any must-see National Trust places, museums etc.? Also, if someone could recommend a terrific restaurant in the city itself for dinner, that would also be welcome.


13 Answers

answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

And the Roman stuff.........

the Amphitheatre

and the walls;

and the museum:

Lovely place, Chester...must go again soon. :-)

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Bitola

Take boat ride on the Dee, boat stops at RED HOUSE pub. Very nice food and great views of the Dee.
Few good restaurants near the City Hall in the center of town.
You can to take afternoon tea at The Grosvenor Hotel & Spa.
Thake walking tour with the Roman solder(gude) around the old walled part of Chester, starts from the Tourist info center opsite the Roman amphiteatre.
Chek out the Grosvenor Museum, the Toy museum & Military Musem too.
All info on museums can be found on
Not faraway is Warecsam, but in the visinity is Chirk Castle, which belongs to the National Trust. They have magnificent gardens...
It is across the border in Wales.
The village of Tarvin has very nice market & craft shops. Also there is very god nursery, with all kinds of exotic flowers. Many pople visit, just becouse the flowers disply.
Chester Aquarium is also posibility to visit, is near the Zoo.
If you like good shopping than visit Chesire Oaks shopping village near Ellesmere Port...
If you have car than about hour drive from Chester is Conwy Bay & Conwy Casttle
which deserves atleast half a day visit...

One of my favorite Stately Houses is not faraway, visit Lime Court, National Trust house, halfaway between Chester & Manchester,
The BBC series Pride & Predjudice in the '90 was shoot there..Great place to visit too.
Hope this helps

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Surrey

Thanks everyone - great ideas. It looks as if we will be very busy. The weather sounds a bit iffy and very cool, but this is England!

We'll be driving, so all the National Trust places are possible and we always enjoy using our membership. Tatton Hall looks very nice and there's a Tudor home (Moreton Hall?) also nearby.

We should have gone for a week!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Surrey

Thanks,Barbara. We always have our NT cards and handbook with us. :-) There are so many places down here in Surrey and Sussex, so we often visit a lovely garden or home during the good weather. We are only minutes from Polesden Lacey, Clandon, Claremont and Hatchlands. I feel very lucky.

The Tudor homes have always interested me, even before I moved to the UK. I've always read a lot of historical novels sent in that time.. or just ordinary history books.

I see you are in Abergevenny. We almost made that our stop for another night. I want to eat at Stephen Terry's pub. Maybe next time!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Bitola

The proper sppeling is Lyme park :)
sorry english is not my first language, and sometimes when I write things get spelt wrong..

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Surrey

Valentina: Don't worry about the spelling. English IS my first language, but I now live in England and it sometimes does me no good at all as I'm an American. :-) Thanks for the correction!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Surrey

Barbara: If we do get to your neighbourhood, I'll be sure and ask for the name of your favorite pub!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Wales

The best pub in Chester I think is Ye Old Boot. It's up on the rows on Eastgate Street. A good pub with lots of history.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Here is a list of some excellent things to do in Chester:

Here is a pretty good list of restaurants and reviews from customers:

Good luck and I hope you have a great time. Don't forget to report back after your trip on what you loved about the city and your favorite restaurant!!

answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Welcome to VT, CapitanK.

This question was posted in 2009, so I suspect the poster has since long visited Chester.

You will find hundreds of tips & photos about what to see and do etc in Chester right here on VT, all written by VT locals and visitors (including me). Just put 'Chester' into the searchbox top right of this page.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Surrey

Yes, we did go to Chester in 2009 and had a wonderful few days there. I probably even did a page about it!

answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Thought you probably did! :-)

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Surrey


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