Things To Do
There are so many amazing things to do in Chester, so why not make a weekend of it and explore this great city!
Chester Zoo is home to over 21,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning gardens. With 500 different animal species in our 125 acres, you’re sure to have an adventure discovering and learning about all the amazing animals and plants.
Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence, a unique blend of modern and medieval history. Book on to one of the Tower Tours & Ground Floor Tours and explore the magnificent building which is a national treasure within the heart of Chester.
Breakout is a real-life escape room game based in the centre of Chester. Locked inside a room for 60 minutes, all you have is your brain as well as a series of hidden clues, riddles and puzzles to break out. Each of the rooms has a completely different theme, whether you find yourself a cowboy stealing back the gun and gold before the sheriff arrives in Wanted, locked inside a creepy motel room in Vacancy or a knight of the round table in Excalibur.
Chester Oaks Designer Outlet
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks is the UK’s largest outlet shopping destination. Indulge in 145 luxury and high street brands, including must have British labels Burberry, Superdry and All Saints – all at up to 60% less and with tax-free shopping available.
ChesterBoat Sightseeing River Cruises
Enjoy a different side of Chester – the riverside! Sail along the beautiful River Dee and choose from a half-hour City Cruise taking in the city’s rich Roman, Mediaeval and Industrial heritage, or sit back and relax on our Iron Bridge Cruise, a two-hour trip into the glorious Cheshire countryside, through the Duke of Westminster’s Estate. The routes along the Dee are full of interesting things to see and amazing wildlife so have your camera ready.
Storyhouse is Chester’s multi award-winning £37m theatre, library, restaurant and cinema. The restored and revitalised 1930s Odeon building houses an 800-seat auditorium, a 150-seat studio theatre, a restaurant and two bars plus a 100-seat boutique, independent cinema. Alongside the building, Storyhouse run a series of festivals as well as Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and Moonlight Flicks.
The Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street. The Rows are unique in the world to Chester, and nobody is quite sure why they were built in this way. Some original 13th century buildings, including the Three Old Arches in Bridge Street, have survived the ravages of time, but many of the impressive facades are Victorian copies. Nevertheless, they are still magnificent and greatly contribute to the beauty and character of Chester.
Falconry & Nature Gardens
Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens is a fun-packed attraction in the city centre. Prepare to be amazed as our cathedral falconers fly their birds of prey in a breath-taking display surrounded by the beautiful cathedral gardens. The site entrance fee allows you to explore the centre and the nature gardens, visit the birds of prey and reptiles and watch our daily outdoor flying displays. Displays include falcons, kestrels, eagles, owls and a vulture (weather dependent).
The Chester Tour
Be enthralled by the tales and anecdotes of those who have contributed to the rich heritage of this much-loved city, beginning in Roman times, through the vibrant Medieval expansion period, the desperation of the Civil War, the Georgian elegance and the Victorian revival, right up to the present day. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and leave from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre daily at 10:30am.
For further information on the above sites or to see what else Chester can offer