Chester, under an hour from Manchester or Liverpool and less than 200 miles from London, is one of Britain's most historic and visually appealing cities with its profusion of black and white timbered buildings, winding streets and alleys.
From its ancient boundary walls to its pretty river, this compact former market town of Cheshire is bursting with scenes of times gone by. While 2000-year-old Roman artefacts nudge medieval galleried Rows, Georgian terraces vie with Victoriana and so much more. The most complete walled city in the UK, it makes a perfect base for touring the North West of England or North Wales, and is an ideal break en route to Scotland or Ireland.
Come and stay
Whether in the city centre or within a walkable distance from a nearby location like Hoole (a trendy suburb known locally as “Notting Hoole”), Chester is full of all sorts of accommodation and there will certainly be something to suit your needs. Perhaps eating or staying at the City’s prestigious five-star hotel The Chester Grosvenor, or one of the many mainstream hotel chains, or for a cosier experience a lovely family-run guest house. Why not stay for a couple of days and enjoy the many sights and shopping opportunities in an around the City? For even more shopping there is even a major designer outlet village, Cheshire Oaks, about twenty minutes drive away.