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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…
Top Choice Modern British in Chester

Simon Radley at the Grosvenor

Simon Radley's formal restaurant (you're instructed to arrive 30 minutes early for drinks and canapés) has served near-perfect Modern British cuisine since 1990, when it was first awarded the Michelin star that it h…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Chester

Storyhouse

The 1930s art deco Odeon has been converted into an award-winning modern arts centre with two theatre spaces – a larger 800-seater arena and a 150-seat studio theatre – plus a cinema that screens indie and art movie…
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…
Horse Racing in Chester

Roodee

Chester's ancient racetrack, on the western side of the walls in what was once the Roman harbour, has been hosting races since the 16th century. The season kicks off with the three-day May Festival, followed by 12 s…
Shopping Centre in Chester

Cheshire Oaks Outlet Centre

Britain's largest shopping outlet, Cheshire Oaks has 145 stores offering discounts of up to 60% on goods from previous seasons. The village layout means the shops are divided into helpful districts, dotted with rest…
Modern British in Chester

Twenty2

The elegant dining room of Edgar House has a fine tasting menu of British classics given a modern twist. The sommelier's wine flights (£34.95) are unerringly spot on – the Thai spiced Welsh lamb comes with a flavour…
Lebanese in Chester

The Kitchen

Delicious meze and other small plates from the Levant are the mainstay at the ground-floor restaurant in Storyhouse, Chester's exciting new arts centre. The Express Lunch (£7.50) is served between noon and 3pm and g…
Modern British in Chester

Joseph Benjamin

A bright star in Chester's culinary firmament is this combo restaurant, bar and deli that delivers carefully prepared local produce to take out or eat in. Excellent sandwiches and gorgeous salads are the mainstay of…