Attractions

Top Choice Architecture in Chester

Rows

Besides the City Walls, Chester's other great draw is the Rows, a series of two-level galleried arcades along the four streets that fan out in each direction from the Central Cross. The architecture is a handsome mi…
Top Choice Landmark in Chester

City Walls

A good way to get a sense of Chester's unique character is to walk the 2-mile circuit along the walls that surround the historic centre. Originally built by the Romans around AD 70, the walls were altered substantia…
Cathedral in Chester

Chester Cathedral

Originally a Benedictine abbey built on the remains of an earlier Saxon church dedicated to St Werburgh (the city's patron saint), it was shut down in 1540 as part of Henry VIII's dissolution frenzy, but reconsecrat…
Zoo in Chester

Chester Zoo

The largest of its kind in the country, Chester Zoo is about as pleasant a place as caged animals in artificial habitats could ever expect to live. It's so big there's a monorail and waterbus for getting around. Buy…
Aquarium in Chester

Blue Planet Aquarium

Things aren't done by halves around Chester, where you'll find the country's largest aquarium, Blue Planet. It's home to 10 different kinds of shark, which can be viewed from a 70m-long moving walkway that lets you …
Museum in Chester

Dewa Roman Experience

What was life like in Roman times? Begin your journey in the hold of a galley ship, where Grapus the Oars Master talks about the dangers of life at the edge of the known world. You then walk down a reconstructed Rom…
Museum in Chester

Grosvenor Museum

Excellent museum with the country's most comprehensive collection of Roman tombstones. At the back of the museum is a preserved Georgian house, complete with kitchen, drawing room, bedroom and bathroom.
Church in Chester

St John the Baptist Church

Built on the site of an older Saxon church in 1075, it's been a peaceful ruin since 1581. It includes the remains of a Norman choir and medieval chapels.
Archaeological Site in Chester

Roman Amphitheatre

Just outside the city walls is what was once an arena that seated 7000 spectators (making it the country's largest); some historians have suggested that it may have also been the site of King Arthur's Camelot and th…