Lifestyle and travel blogger William’s World took on the SuperBreak #UKin48Hours challenge in her favourite culture-filled city, Chester. Full of Roman history and fantastic attractions that will keep any tourist busy, Tracey shares with us her guide on how to do Chester in 48 hours.
10am Little Yellow Pig
To start your day off with a pick me up visit the Little Yellow Pig café for your morning coffee. You can find this independent café just a short walk from the train station. The tasty food menu also makes it a great location to grab a bite to eat and relax in the cosy interior.
12pm Chester Clock/Eastgate
Taking a trip around the protective city walls is an essential activity for new visitors of Chester. Surrounding the whole city, the wall even stops by the famous Chester clock, which is the second most photographed clock in the UK, after Big Ben in London!
3pm Check in to Chester Grosvenor Hotel
In the heart of the city, the Chester Grosvenor Hotel is renowned for being one of the best tourist accommodation spots in the area. Convenient high street access and five-star rooms provide the ultimate city break stay in the UK. Open for over 150 years, this hotel provides a personal and friendly service- greeting each customer by name and providing robes and slippers to make your stay extra indulgent. After exploring the ancient cobbles of Chester, The Grosvenor Hotel is the ideal place to drop your bags and relax before the evening ahead. The food in the Simon Radley restaurant is so well recognised that it has retained a Michelin Star rating since 1990.
4.30pm Fiesta Havana
Enjoy some pre-dinner cocktails at the Fiesta Havana bar in Chester which is hugely popular for its drinks menu and service. You can sit back and enjoy a cocktail from their wide variety, including a Raspberry Daiquiri or a Passion Fruit Appletini.
6pm The Yard
Italian restaurant, The Yard is one of Chester city centre’s most popular restaurants. This authentic Italian eatery opened up last year and boasts a head chef who has previously worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay. Enjoy the seared scallops for starter and one of their many fresh pasta dishes. Each dish is beautifully presented and affordable for a range of budgets with main meals starting from £10.95.
7.30pm Chester Ghost Tour
Every Saturday at 7.30pm you can join the Chester Ghost Tour outside the Town Hall on Northgate Street. Enjoy the eerie journey as you learn all about Chester’s history and haunting stories. Make sure that you book in advance though, as these guided tours can get booked up quickly!
10am Roman Gardens
Hidden away off the beaten track, the Roman Gardens boast picturesque outdoor scenery and ancient roman baths. It’s often missed by many but if you visit the ancient amphitheatre, you’ll find the gardens just over the road. The ancient amphitheatre often holds events throughout the summer months so make sure you take time to check out their schedule if you’re planning to visit Chester in the summer.
11am Chester Cathedral
The Chester Cathedral is free to visit (donations are welcome), and you can take the children along too. During the school holidays they often hold activities for children – such as the recent Alice in Wonderland project where children enjoyed a treasure hunt around the cathedral. Also, don’t forget to visit the falconry behind the Cathedral, where you’ll find an array of different birds.
The Chester Museum hosts various events throughout the year, covering everything from fashion to education, in January there was even a samurai sword convention taking place. The wide mix of events makes it a perfect place to take your friends and family on your trip. Why not check out ‘The ‘Minis and More: Female Fashion from the Swinging Sixties’ which has received great reviews so far and is open until July 2017. If you visit the museum, don’t forget to take a look at the Roman tombstones!
Alternatively, visit Chester Zoo
If you’re more of a nature lover than a history buff, Chester Zoo makes a great day out for the whole family. Chester Zoo is the biggest zoo in the UK, boasting over 125 acres filled with over 20,000 animals and 500 different species. With SuperBreak you can book your Chester Zoo ticket included with your hotel stay.
Located at the bottom of Souters Lane, Hickory’s Smokehouse is a popular choice for both local residents and first time visitors, and provides great BBQ-style food and a fantastic atmosphere. The hearty menu is guaranteed to fill you up for the rest of the day and the popular restaurant even offers an extensive children’s menu.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Roman Gardens, museums and cathedral, the hustle and bustle of the busy high street can be found. Full of all of the big retail brands and smaller independent shops, Chester city centre is the perfect place to indulge in an afternoon of retail therapy. Make sure to visit Chester Rows, a row of gallery style shops which give a great view from above of the true hustle and bustle of this thriving city. If you fancy a bigger shopping spree, you can also find 145 designer brands in the Cheshire Oaks shopping centre located on the M53 – around six miles out of the city centre.
5pm The Brewery Tap
Shopping can be thirsty work, so why not visit The Brewery Tap for a few drinks and explore the wide selection of cask ales including choices of beers from Chester’s own brewery. You will also find guest ales and traditional hand-pull cider on offer.
7.30pm Siam restaurant
The Siam restaurant overlooks the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester. On the ground floor you can enjoy fresh sashimi and sushi cooked in front of your eyes at their Teppanyaki restaurant. This is a great option for large groups or people who can enjoy the chef’s performance. Upstairs is a Thai restaurant on the first floor for a more tranquil dining experience and delicious Thai cuisine.