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Grosvenor Park, Chester

Grosvenor Park
Located next to the river Dee but in close proximity to the city Grosvenor Park is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours relacing with your family. The gardens are really well kept - there are a few benches scattered throughout but recommed taking a blanket as it can get busy when the weather is good. Plenty of open space to play games and there is a small swing park. The minature railway is a huge hit with the kids and is very reasonably priced - it takes you on a circuit round the lake.

website: go to Grosvenor Park website

tel: 01244 402 397

address: Grosvenor Park, off Union Street, Chester

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Funky Town, Chester

Funky Town
Funky Town is a great indoor play centre based close to the centre of Chester. It offers a good sized climbing frame with the usual rope bridges, ball pits and slides.

There is a disco room and a more recent addition of a sensory room which is great for babies and toddlers. There are plently of comfy sofas for parents to relax and enjoy a coffee.

There are often special offers on so always best to visit the website to check before you visit. Weekends tend to be busy with birthday parties so bear this in mind.

website: go to Funky Town website

tel: 01244377229

address: Unit 5, Grange Park, Grange Road, Chester, Cheshire CH2 2AN

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Chester Cathedral, Chester

Chester Cathedral
Chester Cathedral a major tourist destination which attracts thousands of visitors every year. A truly remarkable building which dates back to 1093 and showcases all major styles of English medieval architecture. Visitors can take a audio tour, have refreshments in the Rectory Cafe and purchase souvenirs in the gift shop.Look out for special events and services on the website.

website: go to Chester Cathedral website

tel: 01244 324756

address: Chester Cathedral, Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU

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Northgate Arena, Chester

Northgate Arena
A multipurpose activity centre with a multitude of both wet and dry activities. The swimming area is particularly good for families with shallow areas for paddling with the little ones and for the more adventurous there are water slides. There are lots of activities for adults - fitness suite, spin studio and squash courts. Enjoy refreshments in the onsite cafe when you have built up an appetite.

website: go to Northgate Arena website

tel: 01244 380444

address: Northgate Arena, Victoria Road, Chester, Cheshire CH2 2AU

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Grosvenor Museum, Chester

Grosvenor Museum
Founded in 1885 The Grosvenor Museum houses a collection of Roman Tombstones, paintings and musical instruments. History is brought to life with a town house from the 17th century, a victorian kitchen and a Georgian drawing room. The education service on the top floor is a great for the kids to learn about the history of chester. Admission to the museum is free.

website: go to Grosvenor Museum website

tel: 01244 972197

address: Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD

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Cheshire Military Museum, Chester

Cheshire Military Museum
Take a journey through four centuries of Cheshire Military History at Chesire Military Museum. Exhibits date back to Roman times right through to Modern times.There are lots of interactive displays to keep the children engaged througout the visit. The War House exhibition was a recent addition in 2010. The museum is based at the Castle Chester and a family ticket is only £8.00.

website: go to Cheshire Military Museum website

tel: 01244 327 617

address: The Castle, Chester CH1 2DN

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Dewa Roman Experience, Chester

Dewa Roman Experience
An award winning attraction based in the centre of Chester - the Dewa Roman Experience is enjoyable for all age groups. Experience the sounds, sights and smells of Roman Briain in the Roman Gallery, discover Roman excavations and interact with the exhibits. The Roman Soldier patrol is very popular with schools and groups but must be pre-booked. Alternatively there are a few public dates available - see the website for details.

website: go to Dewa Roman Experience website

tel: 01244 343407

address: Dewa Roman Experience, Peirpoint Lane, Off Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1NL

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ChesterBoat, Chester

ChesterBoat
What better way to enjoy the sights of Chester than a cruise on the River Dee. ChesterBoat offer a range of cruises from 30 minute day cruises to evening cruises. The boats are licensed so a glass of wine can be enjoyed whilst you listen to the informative commentary about the city.

website: go to ChesterBoat website

tel: 01244 325394

address: The Boating Station, Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester. CH1 1SD

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Crocky Trail, Chester

Crocky Trail
The Crocky Trail is a wonderful way for children to enjoy some good old fashioned fun. The trail with its daring bridges, slides and swings winds it's way through fields and tress and crosses over the crocky stream. The children (and you) will find it challenging and nerves will be tested. An excellent activity for children to build confidence. Well behaved dogs are welcome on leads - refer to website for opening times and prices.

website: go to Crocky Trail website

tel: 01244 336161

address: The Crocky Trail, Cotton Abbotts, Waverton, Chester CH3 7PH

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City Sight seeing tours, Chester

City Sight seeing tours
What better way to see the sights of Chester than on the City Sightseeing Chester Open Top Bus Tour. The tour will show you the city walls, the Cathedral and Roman Amphitheatre whilst you put you rest your legs and listen to how Chester has prospered through History. There are various starting points and tours last 1hr. The ticket allows you to hop on and off at your leisure.

website: go to City Sight seeing tours website

tel: 01244 381461

address: Frodsham Street, Chester

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Chester Library, Chester

Chester Library
A well stocked library in the centre of Chester close to the Town Hall, Cathedral and indoor market. The Library offers a range of activities and services. For the kids there are story and rhyme times and for you various reading and writing group sessions.

website: go to Chester Library website

tel: 01244 977 380

address: Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2EF

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Chester Roman Amphitheatre, Chester

Chester Roman Amphitheatre
Free to enter during daylight hours, this impressive and historic Roman Amphitheatre is the largest in Britain; often manned by tour guides dressed in Roman outfits, this Grade I listed building is well worth a visit. Dating from the 1st Century when the Roman Fort of Deva Victrix was founded, it is said to have been originally used for combat sports including animal fighting, and gladiatorial battles. In use during much of the Roman occupation, it finally fell into disuse around the year 350.

tel: 0370 333 1181

address: English Heritage, Roman Amphitheatre, Chester CH1 2BN

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Chester Walls, Chester

Chester Walls
Built at the same time as the Roman Amphitheatre at the Roman Fort of Deva Victrix, these solid walls were built to defend the City of Chester from attack. Beginning life as a simple mound of earth and wooden palisade in 70AD, a Sandstone structure was added around 100AD. Little is known about the walls during the Roman Occupation, but after the Norman Conquest of William the Conqueror, these walls were extended to entirely encompass the medieval City, most likely completed in the middle of the 12th Century.

tel: 0845 647 7868

address: Official Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Square, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ.

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Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway, Chester

Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
With lovely, passionate staff, this is a truly fantastic place to visit. First opened in 1996, it has sent children and adults alike home happy for the last twenty years. With a quarter of a mile of track, circling a beautiful ornamental lake, with a bridge and two level crossings, there is plenty to please the eye and capture the imagination for visitors of all ages.

tel: 07530397079

address: Grosvenor Park, Grosvenor Road. Chester.

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Chester Zoo, Chester

Chester Zoo
With daily animal talks, group discounts, regular events, 20,000 animals from 500 different species, spread over 125 acres of award winning gardens, Asian Plains, Tropical Realms, and other exotic habitats, Chester Zoo is a must visit for all the family. Both indoor and outdoor areas cater for most weathers and there is so much to see, visitors often return time and again to experience what has changed in this ever evolving sanctuary.

website: go to Chester Zoo website

tel: 01244380280

address: Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester. CH2 1LH.

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Chester Racecourse, Chester

Chester Racecourse
The oldest Racecourse in Britain provides an excellent opportunity for a sporting day out, whether entertaining clients, enjoying a work trip, or just out with friends, this is a glamorous and exciting venue. For information regarding the strict dress code for certain enclosures, general regulations, places to eat on site, and information regarding guided tours, please contact the Racecourse directly.

website: go to Chester Racecourse website

tel: 01244304600

address: Chester Racecourse, Chester. CH1 2LY.

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Chester Rows Shopping, Chester

Chester Rows Shopping
Unique to Chester throughout the world, these historic half-timbered galleries offer two rows of shops, one above the other. Although most of these visually impressive facades are Victorian copies, the Three Old Arches Grade I listed building in Bridge Street dates from the 13th Century. Shoemakers & Ironmongers once sold their wares in these 700 year old buildings, and now you can take your own journey down this quaint street, enjoy its architecture, and shop until your hearts content in the variety of small shops, bars and restaurants.

tel: 01244402110

address: Chester Rows Shopping. Bridge Street and Watergate Street and Eastgate Street. Chester. CH1 1NG.

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The Groves, Chester

The Groves
On the North side of the River Dee, this scenic stretch of Chester is home to benches and pleasant walkways, a lovely bandstand, a suspension bridge, the Boathouse Pub on the riverfront, Bithell Boats and Chesterboats offering various boat trips and private hire pedalos, Chester Roman Gardens, the Blue Moon Cafe, Ice Cream Shops, the Grove Villa Bed and Breakfast (01244 349713) and much more to be enjoyed during walks by the river and through the neighbouring fields.

address: The Groves. Chester. CH1 1SD.

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Chester Cathedral Falconry and Gardens, Chester

Chester Cathedral Falconry and Gardens
A truly memorable day out for all the family, best enjoyed on sunny days to ensure the falconry aerial show is not cancelled. The staff are wonderful, knowledgeable and very friendly. There are three different types of bird of prey to see, and for just a few pounds, you can observe them in all their natural glory during an hour long demonstration. Very cheap entry. Stunning Setting. Great Staff. Breathtaking birds. An unforgettable Experience.

tel: 01244699053

address: 12 Abbey Square, Chester. CH1 2HU.

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Chester Roman Gardens, Chester

Chester Roman Gardens
Dating from the 1950's, this beautiful Roman Garden design was created to display finely carved building fragments from the Roman Legionary Fort of Deva. Those included fragments of the main Roman bath house, and military headquarters. The City Wall running alongside the garden is part of the Norman Extension, added around the 12th Century. Interestingly, more recent repairs can be seen where the unweathered masonry sits, showing where parliamentary cannon breached the wall whilst attacking troops inside loyal to King Charles I (1646).

address: Pepper Street, Chester. CH1 1DQ.

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St. John the Baptist, Chester

St. John the Baptist
This active Anglican Church on Vicar's Lane was built in 1886, outside of the City Walls, upon a cliff beside the River Dee. This Grade I listed building is said to be the finest example of 11th - 12th Century church architecture in Cheshire. The original Cathedral of Chester, this wonderful building still contains a great deal of charm and history, and the Rector and other staff are more than happy to show you around. With a small shop, lovely cafe, and nice location beside the river, St. John the Baptist's Church is well worth a visit.

tel: 01244403634

address: Vicar

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Statue of Minerva, Chester

Statue of Minerva
This Grade I listed attraction has suffered considerable weathering over the centuries. Completed in the early part of the second century, this Shrine to the Roman Goddess Minerva was carved into the face of the Sandstone Quarry. Minerva herself was the Goddess of War, Knowledge and Craftsmanship, and her shrine was placed here on the old main Roman road into Fort Deva. In an attempt to protect her from the elements, a stone hood and surround was added in the 19th Century and refurbished in the 20th Century.

address: Handbridge Park, Chester.

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St. Peter

St. Peter's Church, Chester

St. Peter
This Grade I listed active Anglican Church, was founded in A.D. 907 and is Chester's oldest Church. Standing on top of the old Roman Praetorium (Headquarters), it's central location and unusual square shape, is both a visual treat, and convenient peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the City. This is an interesting historic building that is free to enter, with beautiful architecture, a quiet room, and a reasonably priced cafe.

website: go to St. Peter

tel: 01244403634

address: Chester, Cheshire.

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Eastgate and Eastgate Clock, Chester

Eastgate and Eastgate Clock
Here sat the entrance to the Roman Fort Deva Victrix. The original gate was guarded by a timber tower which was later replaced by a stone tower around the second century. The current sandstone structure dates from 1768. In 1899 the clock was added to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria two years earlier. It is said to be the most photographed clock in England after Big Ben, and both the gate and clock have been designated as a Grade I listed building.

address: Eastgate Street, Chester.

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Chester Castle, Chester

Chester Castle
In the main castle complex you will find the remaining parts of the medieval castle and the neoclassical buildings, built between 1788 and 1813, and used today as Crown Courts and the Military Museum. Chester Castle was originally built in 1070 but no longer remains due to an enormous fire that almost entirely destroyed the castle during the 18th Century. All that remains is Agricola's Tower, the original entrance way, the Chapel of St. Mary De Costa situated above it, the guardroom beside it, and the impressive ramparts.

address: Grosvenor Street, English Heritage, Chester. CH1 2DN.

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Grosvenor Garden Centre, Chester

Grosvenor Garden Centre
You will find yourself visiting Grosvenor Garden Centre time and time again. Boasting an excellent cafe, with a quite stunning selection of cakes that taste as good as they look. There is a small children's outdoor play area beside the cafe and excellent shopping facilities containing all your horticulture and lifestyle needs, assisted by polite and knowledgeable staff. Grosvenor Garden centre offers a genuine leisure experience whilst achieving the highest standards of excellence in customer services, plant quality, and product choice.

website: go to Grosvenor Garden Centre website

tel: 01244625200

address: Grosvenor Garden Centre, Wrexham Road, Belgrave, Chester. CH4 9EB.

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Telford

Telford's Warehouse, Chester

Telford
This Grade II listed building located between Raymond Street and Tower Wharf in Chester, is an independently run free house, bar, restaurant and renowned music arts venue. With a fine selection of European beers, cask conditioned ales and an extensive wine list, a large variety of live gigs and other events, including dance classes and seasonal entertainment, there is something here for all tastes in a great location beside the canal. Add to this wonderful food, good service and excellent prices, and you have found yourself a real gem.

website: go to Telford

tel: 01244390090

address: Telford

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The Bluebell Cafe, Chester

The Bluebell Cafe
Situated in 85 acres of beautiful countryside, the Bluebell Cafe at Barrowmore offers a chance for volunteers to learn both work and life skills, while providing a culinary treat for those lucky enough to walk through its doors. Offering a varied and extremely tasty selection of foods, good parking, great service, and spacious grounds to explore after, this cafe is truly a hidden gem worth seeking out, and returning to time and time again, as countless happy customers would testify to. Like them, you will not be disappointed.

website: go to The Bluebell Cafe website

tel: 01829742633

address: Bluebell Cafe, Barrowmore, Great Barrow, Chester. CH3 7JD.

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Carden Park Hotel and Golf Course, Chester

Carden Park Hotel and Golf Course
Carden Park offers a truly special combination of a superb 4 star Cheshire Hotel, AA Rosette Restaurant, Championship Golf Course and Spa. Set in 1000 acres of stunning countryside, Carden Park Hotel is the perfect venue for relaxing breaks, active golf sessions, pampered spa sessions, or business conferences. Offering 196 bedrooms with views over Nicklaus Golf Course, 18 meeting rooms, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and parking, whether staying for business or pleasure, you are sure to have your every need catered for by their fantastic staff.

website: go to Carden Park Hotel and Golf Course website

tel: 01829731000

address: Carden Park, Broxton Road, Nr Chester. Cheshire. CH8 9DQ.

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