Chester Cathedral boasts the most complete medieval monastic complex in the UK and records of a church on the current site date back to the early 10th century. Visitors can admire the medieval wood-carved choir stalls.
Chester Cathedral was originally built by Saxon canons in the name of the lady Saint Werburgh. The second church on the site was built by Hugh “Lupus” (the Wolf), Earl of Chester, in 1092, perhaps as expiation for his worldly excesses. Anselm of Bec, later Archbishop of Canterbury, helped found Hugh’s monastic settlement at Chester. A third church was begun in 1250, this time in Norman Gothic style, built over the top of the old church, which they dismantled from the inside.
The church was raised to cathedral status by Henry VIII. At the shrine to St Werburgh you can see the niches where medieval sufferers rested their heads while spending the night in a prayer for healing.
The cathedral also hosts an ongoing concert programme.
Chester Cathedral Information
Cost: £4; seniors £3; 5-16 yrs £1.50; family £10
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 12.30pm-4pm
Address: 12 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU
TOWN CRIER: Town criers tend to be seen as eccentric and extrovert characters these days. Grab your chance to see one at work at The Cross in Chester. Dressed in a colourful period costume, they maintain this ancient way of broadcasting
Town Crier Proclamations Information
When: May – Aug 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 12pm. Except during afternoon races when it begins at 10.30am
Address: Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2HS
Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival
From hearty fare to garden wares, Chester’s Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival showcases all manner of top quality regional produce. It features over 150 stalls, including the ever-popular celebrity chef demonstrations and a new campervan event.
Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival Information
When: Apr 2014 (annual)
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm
Address: The Racecourse Chester Cheshire, Chester, CH1 2LY
The city-centre Grosvenor Museum is a living monument to Chester’s past. View everyday objects from the Roman Fortress of Deva or visit the Roman cemetery, where every tombstone has a tale to tell. Hands-on exhibits include an aqueduct model.
The recently-added Chester Timeline gallery follows the fascinating history of the city with a film presentation. Other galleries explore the natural history of Cheshire, locally-made silver and the history of a town house, as well as hosting temporary exhibitions
Grosvenor Museum Information
Cost: Free (donations welcome)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10.30am-5pm; Sun 1pm-4pm
Address: 27 Grosvenor St, Chester, CH1 2DD
Chester Zoo please note The Dene Hotel is the closest Hotel in Chester to the Zoo
Chester Zoo is situated just two miles north of the city centre. Spacious near-natural surroundings are home to 7000 animals, many of which are endangered. In fact, the zoo is part of a worldwide conservation programme.
Some of the major features of the zoo include the Tropical House, the Penguin Pool (with underwater viewing), the Chimpanzee House, the Island Aquarium and the Asian Elephant House. You can even coo over baby orang-utans.
The zoo also boasts one of the UK’s largest bird collections, the Black Rhinos Award-winning gardens, a Zoofari and an overhead monorail.
Chester Zoo Information
Cost: £10.90-£14.95; children £7.95-£10.95; concessions £9.95-£13.50; families £35-£49.50; under 3s free (donation prices)
The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Village at Cheshire Oaks is the largest in the McArthur Glen chain, offering great discounts of up to 50% on designer clothes. With over 120 shops to choose from and a wealth of eating options, this is a shopaholic’s dream day out!
Since opening in 1995, McArthur Glen Cheshire Oaks has welcomed over 30 million visitors. Nearby, there are other family attractions to enjoy including Chester Zoo and the Blue Planet Aquarium.
Cheshire Oaks Information
Where: Ellesmere Port
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-5pm
Address: Management Suite, Kinsey Road, Ellesmere Port, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9JJ
Address: Cedar House, Caughall Rd Upton-by-Chester, England, Upton-by-Chester, CH2 1LH