The walled city of Chester in Cheshire sits on the beautiful River Dee, close to the border with Wales.
As one of the best preserved cities in Britain, Chester is a fantastic place to visit for the day. Despite this, it might not be your first choice when it comes to a family break.
Today, we’d like to demonstrate how it could turn out to be a brilliant day out for the entire family, with a few ideas for things you can do while in Chester - for free!
It’s time to explore this stunning example of England’s finest Victorian and industrial revolution inspired cities!
Head out on the bikes
What do parents and kids alike love? That’s right - bike rides along traffic-free paths.
The trick is to find one that offers plenty of stuff to look at and experience with the kids, and a ride along the Chester Railway path that connects the former Mickle Trafford to Dee Marsh railway line and the Wharf at Connah’s Quay will provide just that.
Go hunting for animals at Cheshire Oaks
Although not always on (it’s best to check online), the kids might get the chance to embark on a hunt to find ten animal images dotted around the Cheshire Oaks designer outlet stores during the summer.
Even if that’s not an option, there’s plenty of shopping to be done and energy to be burned at one of the many playgrounds on site.
Head to the river dee to feed the ducks
There’s nothing quite like the timeless childhood pastime of feeding ducks, and few places as picturesque or serene in which to do it than the River Dee in Chester.
Just remember to take something a little more bird-friendly than white bread!
For the adventurous: the Sandstone Trail
If your kids are of an age where they’re happy to hike, you can add some adventure to your family break in Chester by heading for the hills of the Sandstone Trail.
It’s a great way to tire the youngsters out (hopefully), and starts at Main Street in Frodsham. From there, you’ll wind up to Frodsham Hill, where the views of Mersey Estuary can be enjoyed, along with (if you look close enough) the Liverpool skyline and Welsh hills.
Follow in Roman footsteps on the city walls
No family break in Chester would be complete without a walk along the city’s historic walls.
The kids will love this as they learn that they’re standing where Roman soldiers once stood during the building of Chester’s ancient walls.
Measuring a whopping two miles in circumference, energetic families will be able to make a day of exploring the walls of Chester, and take in sights including the remains of the Roman amphitheatre and the stunning 14th century Water Tower.
Have we whetted your appetite?
Chester should be on the bucket list for any family break, and we’ve only just scratched the surface of what’s available if you decide to pay this wonderful city a visit.
Just remember to book your accommodation securely with Days Inn, which is located conveniently just off the M56.