If you’re looking for a really great day out of Liverpool, then Chester is it.  It combines Roman Walls, with Victorian buildings, and a superb modern day shopping experience to go with it.


Only a half-hour drive from Liverpool, Chester is located alongside the River Dee, close to the border of England and North Wales.


Chester is not all Hollyoaks – it’s actually a really unique and beautiful city, and there are so many things to do and see.


If it’s a nice summer’s day stroll you’re after, then you should head for the Roman Walls that surround pretty much the whole city.  They are the most complete city walls in Britain, and are a great way to see the sights and sounds that Chester has to offer.


It also boasts a broad range of museums and galleries, including the Grosvenor Museum, The Salt Museum and the Watergate Gallery of Art.  And if walking in between all these attractions is not your thing, then fear not, Chester has the most amount of City bus tours on offer outside of London, most of which will stop and pick you up from all the main attractions.


However, if a bit of culture isn’t really your cup of tea, and you’d rather get a bit of retail therapy on the go, then Chester offers one of the most interesting and comprehensive shopping experiences, certainly in the North West, if not the country.  


The shops in the city centre all lie resident in the rows of classic black and white architecture, giving it a medieval feel.  Eastgate clock looks over the main shopping arcade in the centre, which is said to be the most photographed clock in England, after Big Ben... though the Liver Building could maybe claim the same.


Once you’ve finished your shopping, why not take a stroll down to the Riverside? There you can take a relaxing boat trip tour of the River Dee, or you can even hire a romantic rowing boat of your own and navigate yourself up and down the water, catching glimpses of some fantastic mansions and buildings that are hidden away in the trees and hills.


If drinking and nightlife is your thing, then fear not... Chester can offer a small, but quality range of bars, clubs and traditional English pubs (with some great real ales) throughout its centre.


If none of the above manages to tickle your fancy, a short bus ride out of the centre will take you to the UK’s most visited wildlife attraction, Chester Zoo, which holds a large and diverse collection of animals.  It is around £15 to get in. But it is a great day out and if you go on a sunny day, then you are sure to have a brilliant time.


Overall, Chester is a great day out, whether you’re with friends; a partner or family, there is simply something for everyone.  Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.


There's more to Chester than Hollyoaks...

By Mark Easton, Chief Sub-Editor

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