If you’re thinking about planning a winter weekend break with the family, look no further than Chester. This beautiful historic city is brimming with excitement in the lead up to Christmas with festive fairs, vibrant markets and magical shows, not to mention plenty of themed events at the best attractions. Our Chester hotels put you in a great position, just 15 minutes from the city centre, within easy reach of all major events and attractions.
If you’re not quite in the Christmas spirit just yet, we’ve put together 3 other main reasons why you should visit Chester this winter:
Chester’s long history is something that has attracted tourists for centuries, and continues to do so today. The city boasts a number of historical landmarks and attractions; see the ruins of the ancient Roman Amphitheatre, take a walk along the famous city walls, view the magnificent Cathedral or step back in time at the Grosvenor Museum. A guided tour is the perfect way to discover the city’s history; jump aboard a 1924 open–top vintage bus or join a real Roman for a journey into Roman Chester.
Chester has a superb shopping scene, ideal if you want to start your Christmas shopping early! In the city itself you’ll find plenty of high street and designer names alongside independent boutiques and specialist shops hidden in the cobbled backstreets. Indulge in some retail therapy at the Grosvenor Shopping Centre where you’re bound to pick up some unique gifts, or travel a little out of the city to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet where you’ll find over 140 stores including Mulberry, Ted Baker, French Connection and Nike, all at discounted prices!
The great thing about Chester is, there’s an attraction come rain or shine; museums, farms, zoos, aquariums and historic houses. This winter, visit Chester Zoo to see all your favourite animals as well as a new magical lantern experience especially for the festive season. It’s never too cold for ice cream so make sure you visit Cheshire’s Ice Cream Farm for adventure play areas, an animal corner, award winning ice creams and Santa and his reindeer who will also be stopping by! Tatton Park, situated in Knutsford guarantees a fun filled day out. Not only can guests explore the grounds and stately home, there’s a jam packed Christmas events calendar including ‘Dickens Christmas’.