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You're Going to Love Chester

With its quaint timber-framed buildings, intact medieval walls, and street plan that dates back to the Roman Empire, history is everywhere in Chester. In fact, you won't find many better preserved historical cities in the whole of Europe.

Take a step back in time, 500, 1,000 or even 2,000 years by walking the two miles of walls, spending some time absorbing the serenity of Chester Cathedral and seeing Roman tombstones at the Grosvenor Museum. Then, take a few moments to adjust and you'll discover a thriving modern city with everything tourists could need.

You'll find fine French and traditional British restaurants, lively pubs, theaters, music venues, race courses, and even boating along the River Dee. In other words, you'll discover one of England's finest vacation destinations.

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When to Visit Chester

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Summer is a wonderful time to visit Chester, with the prospect of lazily boating on the Dee, walking in Grosvenor Park, and ranging along the city walls, but it can be very busy. Try May or October for mild weather and thinner crowds. With students in town during these months, the nightlife picks up as well.

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Where to Stay in Chester

There are many atmospheric old hotels in historic Chester, along with modern hostels. The Chester Grosvenor may be the most lavish of all, with its Tudor-style exterior and plush furnishings, but B&Bs like the Grove Villa offer more personal, small-scale luxury that is just as enjoyable. Other reliable options include Roomzzz, which offers spacious penthouse accommodation.

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Shopping Streets

You'll be surprised by how much world-class shopping can be packed into a city center as compact as Chester's. The place to start is the Rows, with its Tudor architecture, which hosts perfumers like Penhaligon's, family-run jewelers like Chique, and apparel stores like Jigsaw. Then, move onto the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, a more conventional mall with international chains.

Groceries and Other

You won't be short of places to buy groceries during a stay in Chester. Supermarkets like Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, and Sainsbury's will have whatever you need at reasonable prices. Expect to pay just over £3 for a gallon of milk and £1.90 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Chester

Dining out is always a pleasure in Chester, where you'll find gastropubs like the Ship Inn and the Albion Inn, French brasseries like Chez Jules, great Italian places like Piccolino and La Fattoria, and even Texan BBQ at Hickory's Smokehouse. Expect mains to range from £8 to £30, depending on where you eat.