Chester Mini Guide 2016

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Chester Area

Mini Guide

Your guide to the best

places to visit, eat, drink and

shop in the Chester area


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Welcome

Heritage City

History and romance. The perfect

combination, and Chester has both in

abundance.

Chester is one of the UK’s great

heritage cities, and a perfect spot

for an intimate getaway.

Lovebirds can take a romantic walk

along cobbled lanes, unwind fireside

in a cosy restaurant and drift away

in a luxurious hotel.

Whether you’re on a trip for two,

alone or with family, don’t miss

Chester’s historical treasures:

● Our city walls are the most

complete in Britain, and date back

2,000 years to the Roman

occupation.

● The ornate Eastgate clock was

built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s

Diamond Jubilee in 1897, and

remains one of the most

photographed clocks in the world.

Chester’s Rows - a 13th century

network of covered first-floor

walkways - house many of the

city’s wonderful shops and cafes.

● Our 1,000 year old cathedral can

now be enjoyed from 100 feet up,

on a Cathedral Tower Tour.

Chester racecourse, The Roodee,

is the oldest in the country, with

races dating back to the 1500s.

● The Roman amphitheatre dates

back to the first century AD, and

was the largest in Britain.

To keep up to date with Chester’s

events and attractions, head to

www.visitchester.com/whats-on or

sign up to our newsletter by

emailing

info@marketingcheshire.co.uk.

Contents:

7-15 Chester Attractions • 16-27 Regional Attractions

16, 24-25 Maps • 28-32 Shopping • 33-44 Food & Drink

45 Christmas in Chester • 46 Visitor Information Centre

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 3


48 Hours in Chester

48 Hours in Chester

Within Chester’s city walls there’s 2,000 years of

culture and history, plus world class shopping and

restaurants. Take a weekend break and explore

Chester’s delights, both old and new. Here are our

essential highlights for a flying visit:

Day 1

Morning - Blow off the cobwebs

with a stroll around Chester’s city

walls. On the gentle two mile walk

you’ll take in the River Dee, the

iconic Eastgate Clock, Chester’s

Roman Amphitheatre and the oldest

racecourse in the UK.

It’s also a great way to discover an

alluring lunch or dinner spot for

later.

Before lunch - Take part in a

centuries-old tradition and hear the

Town Crier make his midday

proclamation at the High Cross. Just

hope you don’t end up in the stocks.

(June to August, Tues-Sat, 12pm,

11am race days.)

Lunch - Ever eaten lunch in a

monk’s dining room, an ancient

cellar or tucked away behind a

medieval walkway? Those are just a

few of Chester’s more unusual

dining options.

Afternoon - Take in the entire city

aboard a sightseeing bus, or travel in

vintage style on an Edwardian

Omnibus ride with Chester Heritage

Tours.

Chester’s majestic 1,000-year-old

Cathedral is a must see. View the

finest medieval carvings in Europe

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48 Hours in Chester

or meet some wild feathered friends

at the Falconry and Nature Gardens.

Dinner - Head to the recently

established Dining Quarter to enjoy

delicious food from the likes of Las

Iguanas and Coast to Coast in sleek

surroundings.

Evening - Is there any truth behind

the tales of Chester’s ghastly and

ghoulish past? Book onto an

evening Ghost Tour to find out for

yourself - if you’re feeling brave

enough.

Then, to steady the nerves, perhaps

a nightcap at one of the city’s

celebrated cocktail bars?

Day 2

Morning - Chester’s inner-city

shopping is a huge draw. From

modern brands and designers to

exclusive boutiques, fragrance stores

and chocolatiers, shoppers are

spoiled for choice.

Refuel with a latte from one of a

wealth of independent coffee shops,

and see if you can spot England’s

oldest storefront on Bridge Street.

Lunch - From shiny and new to over

800 years old, there are plenty of

options for a fantastic pub lunch in

the city. Enjoy with a beautiful local

beer from one of Chester’s

breweries.

Afternoon - Unwind and drift away

on a cruise along the River Dee.

Enjoy a unique perspective on the

sights of Grosvenor Park, the

Meadows and the Eaton Estate,

home of the Duke of Westminster.

If you’re feeling energetic you can

take to the water in a rowing boat or

pedalo.

Dinner - Chester’s independent

restaurant scene is booming, with

many venues scooping national

awards in recent years. Plus there are

many celebrity chef-run restaurants

across the city, offering a tantalising

experience.

Evening - Take in a show or movie

at Storyhouse, the city’s new

theatre, central library and cinema

housed in a 1930s Art Deco cinema

(launching 2016).

To find out more, go to

www.visitchester.com

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 5


THE 2016

MAY

Boodles May Festival

Betway Cup Day

Wednesday 4 th

Boodles Ladies Day

Thursday 5 th

Boodles City Day

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Friday 6

Roman Day

Saturday 28 th

JUNE

Halewood International tional Day

Saturday 11 th

Grosvenor Shopping Centre

Friday 24 Ladies Evening

Matthew Clark Midsummer Festival

Saturday 25 th

JULY

Ladies & Gents Evening

Friday th

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Corbettsports City Plate Day Saturday 9 th

Stella Artois Summer Festival

Saturday 23 rd

Family Funday

Sunday 31 st

AUGUST

Echo Falls Ladies Day

Saturday 20 th

SEPTEMBER

Autumn Festival

Friday th

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Autumn Festival

Saturday 10 th

Golden Square Shopping Centre

Saturday 24 Season Finale

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Chester Attractions

BusyBus

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info@busybus.co.uk • 0844 585 4444 • www.busybus.co.uk

BusyBus provide award-winning sightseeing tours to North Wales, The Lake

District & Scotland using purpose-designed touring minibuses and jolly driver

escorts. Also day trips to Alton Towers (incl. park entry), 3-Peak Challenges,

schools, groups and private hire.

• North Wales Adventure

• Lake District Adventure

• Expedition Scotland

• Alton Towers Day Trip

• Tailored Tours

• Private, corporate &

executive hire

• 3-Peak Challenges

• Short breaks & holidays

• English language schools

• Re-sale & trade

Chester Military Museum

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The Castle, Chester,

CH1 2DN

01244 327617

www.cheshiremilitarymuseum.co.uk

The Cheshire Military Museum, in

Chester, tells the story of Cheshire

Soldiers from the 17th Century right

through to the present day.

Follow the exploits of the Regiments

of Cheshire and their travels across

the world. Learn about the wars they

fought, experience life in the trenches

for a WWI soldier, and immerse

yourself in over 300 years of history.

Open: Daily 10am - 5pm (last entry

4pm). Admission charge applies.

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 7


Chester Attractions

Chester Cathedral

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St. Werburgh Street, Chester, CH1 2HU • 01244 324756 • www.chestercathedral.com

Come and spend

the day with usand

experience e an award winning

destination for the whole family

MEET AND GREET OUR BIRDS OF PREY

HELP BUILD OUR LEGO CATHEDRAL

TAKE THE AWARD WINNING TOWER TOUR

ENJOY OUR CAFE FOOD AND DRINK

There really is something for everyone, children

a nd adults can enjoy one of our ma

ny

d aily tours around the cathedral

, eat and

drink in our 13th century monks dining hall

and browse through our truly uniquu

e g ift shop.

Opening times: Jan to Mar 9.00am - 5.00pm

Apr to Dec 9.00am - 6.00pm

Contact us: General enquiries 01244 324756

Box office: 01244 500959

www.chestercathedral.com

2015 certificate of

excellence

Business Awards - Winner

Large Visitor Attraction 2015

Winner

Best Northwest Tourism

and Leisure Project

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Chester Attractions

ChesterBoat

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Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 9


Chester Attractions

Chester Heritage Tours

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08445 854 144 • www.chesterheritagetours.co.uk

Welcome aboard Chester’s iconic award-winning 1914 style open-top city

tour bus. Voted best small attraction of the year for the North West; join us to

see all the city sights in a unique and special way with a live commentary

given by a professional guide on every tour (no tape recording used).

Departs from the Town Hall Square Mon-Sat and from the Cathedral

on Sunday. Tours start times each day 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm.

Highly recommended by "Tripadvisor"

The Chester Tour

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0845 647 7868 01244 381461

www.stagecoachbus.com • www.city-sightseeing.com

• One hour circular tour

• Live guide or recorded

commentary

• Tickets valid 24 or 48 hours,

purchase from the driver

• Hop on, hop off

• Frequent departures

• See 2,000 years of history

• Save money with a combined bus

and river cruise ticket

• 16 Stops around the city

Operating Daily Mar – Oct. Regular departures, up to every 20 minutes

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Chester Attractions

City Walls

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07790 498898

www.explorethewalls.com

Chester's city walls were originally

built to defend the Roman Fortress of

Deva 2,000 years ago.

They are the most complete city

walls in Britain and offer spectacular

views of the city and its attractions.

You can walk right around the city

along the walls, crossing over ancient

gateways and exploring magnificent

towers en route.

The walls can be accessed at many

places throughout the city and

admission is FREE!

Dewa Roman Experience

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Pierpoint Lane, Chester CH1 1NL • 01244 343407 • www.dewaromanexperience.co.uk

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Chester Attractions

Ghost Tours

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Ghost Tours

Take a night time journey around the eerie haunts of Chester with

your very own Ghosthunter Guide. Revisit scenes of supernatural

happenings and macabre events from Chester's mysterious and murky

past. Pre booking essential.

Dec – June Sat 7.30pm • July – Sep Fri & Sat 7.30pm

Oct & Nov Thurs, Fri & Sat 7.30pm

Tickets can be purchased at the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre

or visit www.ghostcity.co.uk

Departs from Town Hall Visitor Information Centre.

Grosvenor Museum

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27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD • 01244 972197

www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Fascinating displays explore the history of Chester, its art and silver

heritage, and its natural history. Find out about life during the Roman

military occupation and visit the Period House, with rooms from the

17th century to the 1920s.

Opening Times:

Mon - Sat 10.30am - 5pm,

Sun 1pm - 4pm

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Chester Attractions

Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway

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Grosvenor Park, Chester • 07530 397079 • www.gpmr.co.uk

Come and have a ride on Chester’s own miniature railway, set in the

beautiful surroundings of Grosvenor Park. Travel through the park, over

the viaduct, round the pond and back to the station.

Childrens Drive your own Tram.

Steam trains on some Sundays. Fun for all the family.

Open: April - Oct weekends and school holidays: 10.30am - 5pm.

Winter: Saturday & Sundays only 11am - 4pm.

Now open Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 1st - Sept 30th.

Luxury Vintage Train

Brochure Requests on email: reservations.uk@belmond.com

0845 077 2222 • www.belmond.com/northernbelle

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Belmond Northern Belle luxury vintage train departs from Chester, Crewe

and Warrington stations during 2016 on a selection of fine dining and day

trip excursions.

These palaces on wheels become your very own fabulous moving

restaurant, with an ever changing view of the British Countryside.

Sit back and relax as you dine in style with champagne and wine.

Latest departures from Cheshire @ www.belmond.com/northernbelle

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 13


Chester Attractions

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Mill Hotel & Spa Destination

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Milton Street, Chester, CH1 3NF • 01244 350035 • www.millhotel.com

MILL HOTEL & SPA DESTINATION

Discover Chester’s Fine Dining Destination

RESTAURANT CRUISER

A unique floating dining experience. 4 course

lunch or dinner prepared and served from the

Mill Hotel’s kitchens on the 2.5 hour cruise

through historic Roman Chester on the

Shropshire Union Canal. Taking in the sights of

Chester, passing the King Charles Tower, the

Roman Walls, the Bridge of Sighs and the Lead

Shot Tower.

Lunch Mon-Sat from £19.50 Sun from £20.50

Dinner Sun-Thu from £25.00 Fri & Sat from £28.50

TELEPHONE: 01244 350035

ROMAN HIGH TEA CRUISES

Relax and enjoy the historic

views of the Shropshire Union

Canal as our narrative DVD

guides you through Chester’s

Roman History. During your 1

hour cruise we will serve tea/

coffee, a selection of

sandwiches and cakes. Sailings

subject to minimum numbers

ADULT £12 CHILD £10

www.millhotel.com

Roman Tours

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From Town Hall Visitor Information Centre • 01978 761264 • www.romantoursuk.com

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In the footsteps of the Leg XX.v.v. (20th Legion)

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Experience Chester with a

Roman soldier

An award winning

experience

for

people

who like

something

fresh, interesting, factual

and fun.

City tours

daily,

all year, 12pm & 3pm from the

Visitor Information Centre.

Suitable for

all ages, private

and group

bookings

accepted.

For further information and

bookings

Tel

01978 761264

www.romantoursuk.com ww.

m Mob: 07885

403485

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Chester Attractions

The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor

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Eastgate, Chester, CH1 1LT • 01244 895686 • www.ChesterGrosvenor.com

Immerse yourself in the serenity of our boutique sanctuary in which

every detail has been designed to evoke a state of relaxation, vitality

and total wellbeing.

‘Pick and Mix’ and choose any two of the following 30 minute

treatments:

Grosvenor Signature Facial

Grosvenor Signature Back and Shoulder Massage

Express Manicure

Express Pedicure

With full use of the Thermal Suite, a fruit juice on arrival and slippers to

take home for just £65 per person.

Choose any additional treatment from the description above for just £30.

Valid Monday to Friday, subject to availability.

Please quote ‘Visit Chester’ when booking.

Telford’s Warehouse

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Tower Wharf, Chester, CH1 4EZ • 01244 390090

www.telfordswarehouse.com

Stunning Georgian warehouse superbly located on the canal basin •

Many original features with high ceiling, exposed timbers and brick walls

housing industrial artefacts • ‘CAMRA Good Beer Guide’ listed •

Internationally renowned live music venue • ‘Gallery Restaurant’ serving

freshly prepared homemade food to order.

Open daily from 12 midday

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 15


Regional Attractions

Anderton Boat Lift

Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW

01606 786777 • www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Located in Northwich, the Anderton Boat Lift is in the heart of Cheshire and is one of

the marvels of our canals. Absorb yourself in our interactive exhibition focusing on the

lives of those who designed, built and worked alongside this mighty structure. Take in

the panoramic views of the boat lift from our coffee shop. The menu includes a range of

light lunches together with a variety of coffees and speciality teas. Take away available.

The massive iron framework, a masterpiece of high Victorian Engineering, lifts canal

boats 50ft between the Weaver Navigation and the Trent & Mersey Canal – and the

glass covered trip boat gives the chance to see this from the inside on the 30 minute

voyage. Stay on board the boat for a unique river cruise looking at the industrial

heritage of Northwich, a town which has made its living from salt for 2,000 years.

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Arley Hall & Gardens

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Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6NA

01565 777 353

www.arleyhallandgardens.com

Magnificent Hall • Award Winning

Gardens • Plant Nursery • Chapel •

500 years of Heritage • Children’s

Adventure Play Zone • Wedding &

Corporate Facilities • Restaurant •

Gift Shop

WILDLIFE, WILD TIMES

Kids couldn’t wish for a more action-packed day out.

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Blue Planet Aquarium

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Cheshire Oaks, CH65 9LF • 0151 357 8804 • www.blueplanetaquarium.com

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 17


Regional Attractions

Bird Watching Tours North West

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07731 658 125

Email: jgilly53@gmail.com

www.birdwatchingtours

northwest.com

Private guided birdwatching tours

throughout the north west.

Full day trip is £80. Additional guests at

£20/person, max 3 guests, under 16s free.

Half day trips and gift vouchers available.

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker

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Nantwich, Cheshire

Info Line: 01270 629219

Sat Nav: CW5 8AL

www.hackgreen.co.uk

A unique and fascinating day out for the

family. Discover the secret world of

underground nuclear government.

Declassified in 1993, the 35,000 sq ft

bunker contains authentic equipment in

original settings to fire the imagination.

The Ice Cream Farm

Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Nr Chester, CH3 9NE

0800 133 7000 • www.theicecreamfarm.co.uk

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The Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall is

the tastiest trip you’ll take!

From possibly the world’s largest

Ice Cream Parlour to ‘Honeycomb

Canyon’, Europe’s largest indoor

sand and water play, The Ice Cream

Farm has something to entertain

the whole family.

However, the fun doesn’t stop

there; Strawberry Falls adventure

golf features a real strawberry

coloured waterfall whilst SCOOP

JCB, Silvercone quad bike track and

Daisy’s Garden will keep kids busy

for hours!

For more information, please visit

www.theicecreamfarm.co.uk

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Regional Attractions

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FALCONRY

ARCHERY

LASER CLAy

AIR RIFLEs

LOW ROPES

SEGWAY

BUSHCRAFT

arrow tag

combat AirSoft

& more!

Pick

& mix

activities!

ities

Enjoy the thrill of a Segway

as you experience

our Woodland Glide.

Air Rifles, Archery and

Arrow Tag will soon test

your aim and skill.

Did we mention getting

up close and hands-on

with magnificent

birds of prey?

Fun activities and

adventure with lot’s of

fresh air...Get Outdoors!

30min

from

Chester

er

cheshire-outdoors.com T:01606 882223

CHESHIRE OUTDOORS,

Blakemere Village, Chester Road,

Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2EB

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 19


Regional Attractions

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Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 21


Regional Attractions

Ness Botanic Gardens

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Ness, Neston, South Wirral, CH64 4AY • 0151 795 6300 • www.nessgardens.org.uk

Uniqueness

Greenness

Colourfulness

Explore one of Wirral’s best-kept secrets,

with 64 acres of stunning gardens and views

across the Dee Estuary to Snowdonia.

• Outstanding collection of Himalayan and Chinese plants

• Play area, grass labyrinth, gift shop and family fun trails

• Garden kitchen café (open daily from 9.30am-4.30pm)

Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road,

Ness, Cheshire, CH64 4AY

Tel 0151 795 6300 | nessgdns@liverpool.ac.uk

OPEN

7 DAYS

A WEEK!

www.nessgardens.org.uk

Paradise Island Adventure Golf

Coliseum Leisure Park - Cheshire Oaks

0151 355 4139 • www.paradiseislandgolf.com

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Enjoy the fun of indoor adventure golf where it's not the taking part that

counts - it's the winning. It’s the perfect day out with family, friends or

workmates - with great offers for groups and birthdays.

The indoor adventure golf centre has two unique 18 hole courses for you to

pit your wits against. Our adventure golf courses are awesome places to have

some fun (and a bit of competition!)

So what are you waiting for? It's time to tee off!

Open late, 7 days

For more information visit www.paradiseislandgolf.com/Cheshire-Oaks

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Port Sunlight Museum

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0151 644 6466 • info@portsunlightvillage.com • www.portsunlightvillage.com

NEW FOR

2016

An engaging and fascinating

new exhibition that tells the

stories of three Port Sunlight

based photographers

Port Sunlight MUSEUM

Discover over a Century of Port Sunlight history in our award-winning

Museum before sampling the delights of our Tea Room – Tours and Trails

Gift Shop – Special Interest Walks, Tours and Trails – Holiday Cottages

– Conference & Venue Hire and Group Visit offers.

T: 0151 644 6466 E: info@portsunlightvillage.com W: portsunlightvillage.com

West Cheshire Museums

West Cheshire Museums, c/o Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street,

Chester, CH1 2DD • www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

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Chester City Map

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Chester Visitor

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Your first stop for tickets,

information , souvenirs,

attractions, events, walking

tours and much more.

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Regional Attractions

Enjoy Wirral

Wirral is a beautiful peninsula which

constantly surprises and delights as the visitor

uncovers more and more of its charms.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is

the sheer diversity of attractions on

offer within an area roughly only 15

miles long and 7 miles wide. Ranging

from those of international and

national standing to those that are

much smaller and often more

hidden away, and offering

something for all ages, tastes and

pockets, there really is something for

everyone.

Summer is the perfect time to

explore our stunning parks and

gardens, visit the picturesque and

historic Port Sunlight Village and see

it in full bloom, or the revitalised

New Brighton with its wealth of

attractions and eateries.

Take a ride on the iconic Mersey

Ferry; indulge your creative side with

a course at the beach-based Shore

Cottage Studio; sample a water sport

with a ‘taster’ session at Wirral Sailing

Centre; get back to nature at RSPB

Burton Mere Wetlands or navigate

the popular Maize Maze- these are

just a few suggestions to illustrate

that it is no idle boast to say we have

‘something for everyone’.

Wirral is simply bursting with

exciting and unique attractions just

waiting for you to come and explore.

Come soon and discover its many

delights for yourself!

W- www.visitwirral.com/attractions

T- @Visit_Wirral

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Visit Wirral this summer!

With over 25 indoor and outdoor attractions,

there’s something for everyone.

WIN

an unforgettable

break worth over

£500 *

To find out more about Wirral’s attractions

and to enter our competition:

visitwirral.com/winastay

*Terms and conditions apply

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 27


Shopping

Shopping

Chester is a shopper’s dream. It’s four main

shopping streets haven’t stopped bustling

since the middle ages, and continue to draw

in retail enthusiasts from around the world.

Brands like The White Company,

Pandora, Jo Malone, and Joules rub

shoulders with the city’s boutiques,

designers and indie shops. The

Grosvenor Shopping Centre is home

to leading clothing chains, while the

St. Michael’s Arcade houses top

fashion names.

Since the 1200s, Chester’s main

shopping area has been separated

into floor-level shopfronts and The

Rows, a covered series of elevated

walkways. These rows encompass

tearooms, bookstores, boutiques

and galleries.

Art lovers can peruse one-of-a-kind

pieces at The Arc Gallery and

Watergate Galleries, or pick up a

gift at Sally’s Secret Garden.

The ancient architecture of Chester’s

shopping district means that many

shops benefit from a unique setting,

like Corks Out, an independent wine

and spirits merchant housed in a

medieval ‘crypt’.

Make sure to stray into

Commonhall Street and Godstall

Lane, two picturesque side streets

filled with hidden gems.

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Shopping

Want to know what makes an

award-winning high street? Head to

Hoole, just outside the city centre.

Its main shopping street picked up

‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2015 Great

British High Street Awards.

A trip to Cheshire Oaks Designer

Outlet, the largest outlet of its kind

in the UK, will reward shoppers with

high-end fashion brands, discounted

prices and plenty of places to eat

and drink.

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 29


Shopping

The Arc Gallery

4 Commonhall Street

Off Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 2BJ

01244 348379

enquiries@thearcgallery.co.uk

www.thearcgallery.co.uk

Winner: Best Independent Retailer & Best

Retailer. Chester Retail Awards.

The North West's leading contemporary craft

and design gallery. Featuring the best of

British designers and makers in a beautiful

restored 18th century warehouse.

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Bollands Fine Tea & Coffee Merchants

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Eastgate Row, Chester, CH1 1LQ

01244 317201

www.bollandsofchester.co.uk

FB: Bollands Tea & Coffee Merchants

No visit to Chester is complete without a visit

to the city’s premier Tea & Coffee Merchants.

Bollands is renowned for their extensive

selection of speciality teas, coffees &

chocolates, including some of the world’s

rarities. Expert blenders can help you create

your own unique blends.

Liverpool FC Club Store

48 Eastgate Street, Chester, CH1 1LE • 01244 344608

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Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 31


Shopping

Sally’s Secret Garden

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The Dutch Houses, 22 Bridge Street

Row West, Chester, CH1 1NN

01244 326444

Specialist Gift Shop, Coffee Bar, Garden,

Holistic Therapies. Set in a wonderful

historic location. The Dutch Houses, home

of the magnificent 'Carolean' Ceiling c1670.

Opening hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday -

Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm, Sunday: 11am -

5pm May to September

The Watergate Street Gallery

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60 Watergate St, Chester, CH1 2LA

01244 345698

alex@watergatestreetgallery.co.uk

www.watergatestreetgallery.co.uk

An independent art gallery with no publisher

ties, we display over 1,000 framed works of

art by more than 100 artists, and to suit all

tastes and pockets - the most extensive range

in the North West.

Baron Fine Art Gallery

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Roy Hodrien Oil painted on panel 14 by 16 inches,

‘Champagne, Lemons & Silver Bowl’.

68 Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2LA

01244 342520 • www.baronfineart.co.uk

Baron Fine Art has a very diverse stock of 19th, 20th and 21st century oil

paintings, watercolours, drawings and etchings.

Over 500 paintings on our website, ‘Quotes for Worldwide Shipping’.

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Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Whether you’re after the Michelin-starred luxury

of Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, or a

flat white and a cupcake at an indie coffee shop,

you’ll find it in Chester.

Urbano 32 is a laid back pizza house,

serving up authentic sourdough

pizzas and craft beer in a cool,

exposed brick setting. Its sister

restaurant, Burger Shed 41, has

recently opened up across the road,

a New York burger bar with

industrial stylings.

Tasteful brother-run bistro Joseph

Benjamin is open for breakfast, lunch

and dinner with a short menu of local

and seasonal dishes. Its rebellious

younger sibling Porta is next door,

with an exciting menu of tapas.

Bollicini and Sergio’s are two

trattorias in the city centre, offering

classic Italian dishes. Watch the world

go by at Artichoke Café Bar Bistro

situated in the heart of Chester's

canal quarter serving breakfast, light

lunches and evening meals.

Beer fans can head straight to the

source at The Brewery Tap, the

home of Spitting Feathers brewery.

Enjoy an exceptionally fresh pint

with a truly locally-sourced meal

from their hearty, ever changing

menu.

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 33


Food & Drink

Canalside pub Telford’s Warehouse is

a Chester institution, with an

emphasis on good beer, good food

and good music. Inside the city, the

The Mill Hotel & Spa Destination

serves real ale and is celebrated for

its vegetarian-friendly menu and

restaurant canal cruises.

Situated on the picturesque banks of

the River Dee, Et Alia at The Red

House is a fusion of old and new,

serving authentic Italian dishes in a

beautiful setting.

There are independent speciality

coffee shops throughout the city

who all pull a mean espresso or

latte. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Room &

Bakery is an old-fashioned treat

nestled on Chester’s rows, and

nearby is Bollands, a tea and coffee

merchant with an impressive range.

To satisfy your sweet tooth

(whatever your age), a trip to the

Ice Cream Farm in Tattenhall is a

must, with award-winning

concoctions and over 50 varieties.

Tuck in!

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Food & Drink

Alexander’s Live

2 Rufus Court, CH1 2JW • 01244 401402 • www.alexanderslive.com

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Artichoke

The Steam Mill, CH3 5AN • 01244 329229

www.artichokechester.co.uk • Email: thor@artichokechester.co.uk

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Located in The Steam Mill in Chester’s Canal

Quarter, fine food and drink with a relaxed

continental ambience. Modern, independent cafe

bar and bistro open every day and night.

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 35


Food & Drink

Beatons Tea Rooms & Bookshop

Bell Tower House, Bell Tower Walk, St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY

01244 950761 • www.beatonstearooms.co.uk

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Enjoy the elegant surroundings of our tearooms and bookshop overlooking

the Cathedral gardens with delicious freshly prepared food, homemade cakes

and large selection of speciality teas and coffees. All served direct to your

table with our own special brand of gracious hospitality.

Open every day for breakfast, elevenses, lunch and afternoon tea.

Mon – Sat 10am - 5pm • Sun 10am – 4pm

Blackhouse Grill

Newgate House, Newgate Street,

Chester, CH1 1DE • 01244 400507

www.blackhouse.uk.com

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The BLACKHOUSE Grill is a fulsome nod to the classic,

yet glorious steak, alongside of which runs a healthy

obsession with the freshest of produce from our seas.

We offer a combination of popular requests and old

favourites! Live music 6 nights a week.

20% off food on production of the guide when dining -

booking essential! (valid for up to 6 people)

Bollicini

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Rufus Court, Off Northgate Street,

Chester, CH1 2HJ • 01244 329932

www.bollicini.co.uk

Bollicini is Chester’s favourite Italian

restaurant and cocktail bar – with

traditional, delicious food cooked and

served by Italians! Popular during the

races, the restaurant offers private dining

and caters for weddings.

Special offers available!

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Food & Drink

The Brewery Tap

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52-54 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RU • 01244 340999 • www.the-tap.co.uk

Burger Shed 41

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41 Bridge Street, Chester. CH1 1NG • 01244 311369

www.burgershed41chester.co.uk • Email: info@burgershed41chester.co.uk

Facebook: Burger Shed 41 • Twitter: @burgershed41

Burger Shed 41 is a cool burger joint on Bridge Street in Chester city centre.

It’s a US inspired UK take on a classic New York burger bar in an industrial

meets vintage upcycled interior.

Burgers are locally sourced brisket & skirt served in brioche rolls. There are seven

Shed burgers to choose from, ranging from the Hot & Spicy to the classic Shed

Cheeseburger & always a special burger of the week. All burgers are buy one get

one free all day every Wednesday on 2 for 1 day.

There are fabulous shakes (hard & soft) & a great selection of craft beers & wines to

accompany the burgers.

If you’d prefer something different go for a German imported hot dog served on a

brioche dog roll.

Burger Shed 41 is a full service restaurant, but take away is also available for those

wanting their food to go.

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 37


Food & Drink

Chester Tandoori

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39-45 Brook Street, Chester, CH1 3DZ

01244 347410 • www.chestertandoori.co.uk

Close to the city-centre offering a delicious,

authentic taste of traditional award-winning

Indian cuisine using fresh, natural ingredients.

Open Daily. Mon - Thurs 12 noon - 2pm and

5.30pm - 12 midnight. Fri and Sat 12 noon - 2pm

and 5.30pm - 1am. Sun 1pm - midnight.

20% discount with this guide

(excl drinks and Sunday buffet). Cannot be

used in conjunction with any other offer.

Corks Out

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21 Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2LB • 01244 310455

Chester@corksout.com

Twitter: @chestercorksout • www.corksout.com

• Award winning wine and spirits merchant located in a

13th century crypt in the heart of Chester’s

Independent Quarter.

• Explore the world of wine in our unique tasting

room where we offer 32 wines to sample or enjoy by

the glass.

• Watch the world go by and choose from 12 different

Champagnes available by the glass or 10 stunning G&T’s.

The Lodge Café

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Grosvenor Park Rd, Chester • CH1 1QQ • 01244 976971 • www.lodgecafe.co.uk

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Food & Drink

Joseph Benjamin

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134-138 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT

01244 344295 • www.josephbenjamin.co.uk

One of Chester’s most popular independent

restaurants, Joseph Benjamin is run by two brothers

and made its name providing exceptional quality

food and impeccable service in an un-fussy,

unpretentious style. Winner of many local and

national awards, their monthly-changing menus and

an inspirational wine-list make this a must-visit in the

city. Breakfast & Lunch daily /

Dinner Thurs, Fri & Sat / Closed Mon

FREE DESSERT

When you have a starter and

main course. Quote: MiniGuide

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BEST WESTERN PREMIER Queen Hotel

City Road, Chester, CH1 3AH

T: 01244 305 000

www.kingsgrill.co.uk

Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery

49 Bridge Street Row East, Chester, CH1 1NW

01244 323444 • Follow us: @MadHattersTRoom

www.madhatterstearooms.co.uk

Join us in onderland!

Relax in the beautiful surroundings of Ye Olde St

Michaels Rectory on Chester’s historical Rows sipping

tea & enjoying our homemade cakes, iced teas,

scones, lunches and our house specialty – Afternoon

Tea. We also cater for various dietary requirements

including gluten free & vegan.

Mon - Sat: 9.30am - 5pm Sun: 10.30am - 5pm

Outside seating & take-out also available

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Porta Tapas

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140 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT

www.portatapas.co.uk

Award-winning pint-sized tapas bar beneath

Chester’s historic walls, Porta is simple, relaxed

and informal. With a welcome no-bookings

policy, no need to plan weeks in advance –

just be spontaneous, turn up and enjoy the

atmosphere. A neat selection of delicious beers,

wines and tapas dishes mean you can make this

a quick pit-stop for a drink or an all-night feast.

Open 7 nights-a-week from 5pm

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Food & Drink

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Mill Hotel & Spa Destination

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Milton Street, Chester, CH1 3NF • 01244 350035 • www.millhotel.com

MILL HOTEL & SPA DESTINATION

Discover Chester’s Fine Dining Destination

• 132 Bedrooms in Five Grades All Rates include

Full English/Continental Buffet Breakfast,

Parking and Wifi.

• Health & Leisure Club

• Hair & Beauty Spa

• The Canaletto Fine Dining Restaurant open for

Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner everyday.

Menus include vegetarian & gluten free options

• L’eau-t Cuisine Restaurant Cruiser, sailing for

Lunch, Dinner and High Tea.

• Top of the Mill Meetings & Events Suite catering

for up 88 guests for a private function.

TELEPHONE: 01244 350035

WINE & DINE

A fantastic new dining area

with deli counter, cocktail &

prosecco bar and adjacent

Real Ale Bar.

www.millhotel.com

Oddfellows

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01244 345454 • www.oddfellowschester.com

The Restaurant at

Chester

where the

ingredient is king!











































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Food & Drink

Off The Waffle

4 Rufus Court, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2JW

01244 297534 • hello@offthewaffle.co

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Located in the heart of Chester in a lovely courtyard setting, we provide a

wide range of fresh waffles and crepes using high quality ingredients with a

great choice of tasty toppings including Oreo Crunch, Ferrero Rocher,

Coconut Heaven and Lemon Zest. We also serve a selection of savoury

dishes and milkshakes, so why not pop in, you won’t be disappointed!

Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor

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Eastgate, Chester, CH1 1LT • 01244 895618 • www.ChesterGrosvenor.com

Awarded a Michelin star since 1990,

‘Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor’ offers a

gastronomic dining experience not to be missed.

Delight with the exquisite eight course

Tasting Menu from £59 per person.

Subject to availability. Advanced booking is highly recommended.

Please quote ‘Visit Chester’ when booking.

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Food & Drink

Ring O’Bells

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Village Road, Christleton, Nr Chester, CH3 7AS • 01244 335422

Email: info@ringobellschester.co.uk • Facebook: Ring O’ Bells

Twitter: @ringobellsch3 • www.ringobellschester.co.uk

A winner of Chester Pub of the Year & Cheshire Life Dining Pub of the

Year, the Ring O’ Bells is a welcoming pub & restaurant located in the

picturesque village of Christleton. Furnished to the highest

standards, the unique plush interior & large garden create a fabulous

ambiance, which compliments the pub’s beautiful surroundings.

Serving established favourites like beer battered fish & chips alongside

hand-stretched stone baked pizzas (which are buy one get one free

every Wednesday) & of course fabulous Sunday roasts. Monday is 2 for 1

Burger Day with a fine selection to choose from.

The Ring O’ Bells opens every day (apart from Sunday) at 9am serving

tea, coffee, brunch & pastries. Free wi-fi is available & there is a large car

park. You can relax on the alfresco dining terrace & family picnic lawn

with children’s play area.

In a nutshell, the Ring O’ Bells is a welcoming Cheshire pub combining

high-class food with the finest wines & local cask ales.

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Food & Drink

Ristorante Sergio

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18a St Werburgh St, Chester, CH1 2DY

01244 314663

www.ristorantesergio.co.uk

Ristorante Sergio is a family run,

friendly trattoria in the heart of

Chester, established over thirty

years ago. Using only the freshest,

tastiest ingredients, our food is all

cooked fresh to order in our open

plan kitchen where you can

watch our Chefs making your

pizza.

All of our wines and liqueurs are

specially selected to compliment

our menu. Our restaurant is

perfect for any occasion and can

cater for tables of any size. Parties

are always welcome.

Urbano32

32 Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1NQ • 01244 311487

www.urbano32chester.co.uk • Email: info@urbano32chester.co.uk

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Urbano32 is a pizza restaurant, bar & social meeting place. The focal point of

the restaurant alongside its amazing rustic, industrial interior is the handmade

clay pizza oven. Urbano32 has a great Chester city centre location bang in the

middle of Bridge Street.

Urbano32 serves sourdough pizza alongside antipasti, pastas, salads & daily specials.

The restaurant has a progressive approach towards their pizza & are committed to

sourcing great seasonal & local produce.

If it’s a bargain you’re after then try 2 for 1 Pizza Tuesdays when all of the fabulous

sour dough pizzas are buy one get one free all day!

There is a thriving bar scene where you can enjoy something from the bespoke

wine list, or maybe a cocktail from the small but well defined list. There is also a

selection of craft beers & one draught lager.

Urbano32 is open for brunch, pastries, tea & coffee pre lunch, where its relaxed

ambiance will appeal to everyone from shoppers to those wanting to meet for an

early business meeting with access to free wi-fi.

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Christmas in Chester

CHRISTMAS

IN CHESTER

christmasinchester.com

Experience Christmas in Chester with great shopping,

festive parades, fantastic family events and wonderful

Christmas Market, which focuses on local and regional

treats and gifts, delicious food and drink and a Real Ale Bar.

CHESTER

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Outside Chester’s historic Town Hall and beautiful

Cathedral. Open 7 days a week, 18th November –

18th December 2016*.

#bigchesterchristmas

*Dates subject to change

Visitor Information Centre: 01244 405340 45


Information / Language School

Visitor Information Centre

Town Hall Square, Chester, CH1 2HJ • Tel: 01244 405340 • www.visitchester.com

Welcome to Chester

The Official Chester Visitor Information Centre is the ideal

starting point for your visit.

Services include:

Maps, guides and Chester souvenirs • Gift Shop • Box Office for

Festivals & Shows • Tickets for attractions including City

Sightseeing Tours, Chester Boat, Chester Zoo, Chester Heritage

Tours, Busy Bus Tours of North Wales and Guided Walking Tours

Accommodation Bookings • National Express Ticket Agency

Open Daily: Summer: 9am-5.30pm, 10am-5pm (Sun & Bank

Hols). Winter: 9.30am - 4.30pm, 9am - 5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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