Getting ready for summer: what to do in Chester

30 June 2019

If you’re thinking of spending time this summer in the North West, Chester is the perfect city in which to get out and about to explore the local history.

Here are a few things to do in Chester this summer.

1. Chester Rows, Watergate and Lower Bridge Streets

Among the most renowned elements of Chester city centre are the timber-framed buildings and narrow streets that makeup part of the inner city walls.

Chester Rows are half-covered, timbered walkways that are unique to the city of Chester. Dating back to the medieval period, these buildings now form a shopping arcade so you can observe the architectural rarities whilst browsing the boutique shops.

Watergate and Lower Bridge Street also have some great examples of 16th and 17th-century half-timbered buildings, including Tudor house which is known as the oldest house in Chester.

2. Chester Cathedral

The origins of this Chester Cathedral dates all the way back to the 10th century and is a beautiful example of medieval Gothic architecture.

The Cathedral is also the hub of cultural, religious and historical attractions all year round - so, see their events page for more details on what’s going on when you’re in Chester.

The main attraction of Chester Cathedral is the falconry centre, located in the beautiful cathedral gardens. This family-friendly activity can get everyone involved in watching, observing and holding beautiful birds of prey, with experts on hand to answer any questions about the birds and their habitats.

You should also take advantage of the view from the top of the Cathedral with the Tower Tour, showcasing a breath-taking view of the city from above. 

3. Grosvenor Museum

For an educational and insightful look into the history of Chester, a must-visit attraction this summer is Grosvenor Museum.

The museum holds a wide variety of exhibits and collections, including Roman artefacts and tombstones, art, archaeology and natural history.

Between April and September, you can also take advantage of a walking tour of Chester with the Grosvenor Museum. The expert guide will walk you through the main attractions of the city, explaining 2000 years of history and heritage. 

4. Blue Planet Aquarium and Chester Zoo

Just outside of the city centre are two incredible animal exhibits that attract visitors far and wide all year round. Blue Planet Aquarium is an underwater adventure, with over 100 different species of animals and the largest collection of sharks in Europe, which you can also dive with!

Chester Zoo is one of the UK’s top-rated zoos, boasting 21,000 animals over 125 acres of zoological gardens. Chester Zoo also prides itself on wildlife conservation and extinction prevention and works with both visitors and scientists to help benefit endangered species in the wild.

Wrapping up

With a wealth of activities for all the family, you’ll be spoilt for choice at everything you can do in Chester.

Don’t forget to book your stay with us at Days Inn Chester.

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