Blue Planet Aquarium


Things aren't done by halves around Chester, where you'll find Blue Planet, which was the country's largest aquarium when it opened in 1998. It's home to 10 different kinds of shark, which can be viewed from a 70m-long moving walkway that lets you eye them up close. The aquarium is 9 miles north of Chester at Junction 10 of the M53 to Liverpool. Book online for a 10% discount.

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1. Chester Zoo


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2. Chester Cathedral

4.85 MILES

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3. Rows

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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…

4. Roman Amphitheatre

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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…

5. St John the Baptist Church

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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.

6. Dewa Roman Experience

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7. Grosvenor Museum

5.17 MILES

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8. City Walls

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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…