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The Roman city of Chester is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and vibrant of the North West of England’s cities, its compact nature making it a pure pleasure to enjoy on foot and yet it size belies an astounding wealth of architectural, cultural, retail and family interest.

Nowadays, the city, ideal for a cottage holiday has excellent shopping, with high quality retailers packed in and around the famous Chester Rows, and the two-tiered black and white galleries date from the Middle Ages. There are plenty of very good restaurants and coffee houses and many come from miles around to enjoy the unique shopping experience the city offers. Chester is a visual feast, with a wealth of architectural styles covering almost every period in history in evidence. The Roman walls and amphitheatre, medieval churches, timber framed houses from Tudor times, terracing redolent of the Georgian era, Victorian restorations and ultra-modern installations sit comfortably side by side. The Eastgate Clock is one of the enduring images of the city; get a closer view whilst also enjoying the wide the panorama of the Cheshire plain with a walk along the two miles of complete city walls. The imposing cathedral has been a quiet place of refuge in the middle of town for more than a thousand years, and the Roman amphitheatre is set close by, alongside the tranquil green space of Grosvenor Park. For respite from retail therapy, a five-minute stroll brings you alongside the river Dee, for a waterside stroll, a rest on the bandstand or a leisurely trip on one of the riverboats. Let someone else take the strain and opt for a ride on the Vintage Tour bus, dating from the 1920’s, and see Chester in style. The Grosvenor museum provides a detailed look at life in Roman Chester, while the Chester Military Museum will be of interest to many. There are many family attractions close to the city. Chester Zoo is year-round draw; home to more than 7,000 animals and over 500 different species there truly is something for everyone. Not far from Chester Zoo, the Blue Planet Aquarium and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village are two big local attractions. The former brings warm Caribbean waters right to the North West of England, complete with more than twenty species of shark and over 400 different varieties of fish in a colourful, magical, underwater world. By contrast, the latter is dedicated to more earthly pleasures, and is every shop-a-holic’s dream. Major high street retailers offering deep discounts, plus adventure play areas and food outlets to keep the kids entertained.

Chester and its environs also make an ideal location for a holiday cottage stay thanks to its proximity to the wider attractions of North Wales and the North West of England. The superb sandy beaches of the North Wales coast, the walking opportunities of Offa’s Dyke, the mountains of Snowdonia and the shopping, museums, theatres and nightlife of major cities such as Manchester and Liverpool are within very easy driving distance. Finally, cap off your stay in Chester with a day at the Races!

Why not take a look at our self catering cottages in Chester?

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