Things to do in Chester

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Chester is one of Britain’s finest heritage cities with an action-packed history and great treasures past and present.

This website is your guide to the best Chester attractions.  Just click on the attractions below to get all the latest information on opening hours, facilities and special offers.

You can get a Free printed version of the Chester Attractions Map from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre as well as many local hotels and cafes. Or download the map.

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A Rich History

There are so may things to do in Chester.  It’s one of Britain’s great heritage cities with an action-packed history and great treasures from the past.

2000 years ago, the Roman Empire built Fortress Deva here to suppress fierce Welsh tribes across the border, and stayed for over 300 years.

They established the pattern of the city’s streets, built the original City Walls and created the largest Amphitheatre ever uncovered in Britain where 7000 spectators watched spectacular events including circuses and gladiatorial combat.

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Must-See Heritage

Things to do in Chester include a visit to the oldest racecourse in the country, stand in the largest Roman Amphitheatre ever uncovered in Britain, or explore the retail delights of the 700 year old Rows two-tier shopping galleries, which are unique to Chester.

In the heart of the City is the 1000 year old Cathedral built by Norman invaders on the site of a Roman temple and changed across the centuries by different architectural styles.

Its many highlights include the finest mediaeval carvings in Europe in the Choir and misericordes, the Cathedral at Height Tower Tour offering a bird’s eye view of Chester, and the Refectory.

Trips & Tours

Chester offers a great choice of trips and tours to help you find out about the city’s action-packed past.

Guided walking tours leave the Town Hall every day all year at 10.30am and 2pm daily Easter to October.  Tours include The Ghost Tour or find out what life was like in the Fortress of Deva with Roman Tours featuring a legionary in full battle-gear (see map for details). It’s all the best things to do in Chester.

Fancy a fun-filled adventure tour around North Wales? Head for Chester Railway Station and step aboard the Busybus for an all-day excursion exploring the castles, countryside and coast of the area, or take a trip to the Lake District and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of its rugged mountain fells and lakes and take to the water with a steamer sailing.

You can also take to the water in Chester with a pleasure cruise along the River Dee with ChesterBoat from the Groves.