With a 2,000-year history, Chester offers everything from Roman remains to a contemporary nightlife, not to mention the oldest racecourse in Britain. Additionally, the city boasts a wide variety of romantic hotels including the Chester Grosvenor and the B W Premier Queen, so it’s easy to explore all that Chester has to offer, especially for a winter break.
Founded in AD79, Chester was one of the most important cities in Roman Britain, and much of its layout still reflects the original Roman pattern. You can even visit the intact city walls and the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain.
Chester remained an important city through the middle ages, highlighted by the magnificent cathedral, whose history goes back to the year 689AD, as well as The Rows, a unique example of mediaeval shopping galleries. From your romantic hotel, numerous walking and bus tours are on offer to take in Chester’s historical wealth, or you can take a boat tour along the picturesque River Dee.
Chester Racecourse has been operating since the 16th century and hosts fifteen meetings a year. The Chester Cup, in May, typically features many hopefuls for the following month’s Derby.
Anyone visiting Chester will not want to stay in their romantic hotel all the time (no matter how great a deal they get!) but rather go shopping in The Rows, mediaeval shopping galleries that today house both major retailers such as French Connection and Swarovski and local independent boutique shops.
If you’re looking for something more mainstream, the Grosvenor Centre has over seventy shops, including major national retailers. And a visit to Chester isn’t complete without a trip to Cheshire Oaks, Europe’s largest design outlet, just six miles north of the city.
The city centre offers a wide range of restaurants, from the Michelin-starred Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor , the King’s Quarters Grill in the Best Western Premier Queen Hotel to the informal contemporary fare of Luke’s Eating House. International cuisine is well represented by the Italian Urbano 32 and the Brazilian Tropeiro, and if you’re looking for a break while touring the city, you can enjoy afternoon tea at cafés like Beaton’s Tearooms or Mad Hatters.
Chester’s history doesn’t prevent it having a thoroughly contemporary nightlife. If you’re looking for live music in the city centre, the Townhouse, Alexander’s Bar and the Church Bar & Restaurant all feature live bands. For a quieter drink, the options range from the handcrafted cocktails at Gin Rickey’s to the fine beers at The Cellar.
Whatever your desire Chester can provide it so why not stop over for your next romantic break!