Our lovely friends Jo and Dan got married two weeks ago just outside Chester at the beautiful Rowton Hall Hotel. Having never been to Chester before it seemed like a genius idea to spend the weekend before the Monday wedding exploring that part of the world – let’s be honest I love any excuse to have a mini break with the family! The weekend was jam-packed with board games, amazing food and a much-needed catch-up with family and lovely friends but we also managed to fit in a bit of an explore around Chester too. It really is a beautiful city, especially in the glorious summer sunshine. If you ever visit Chester here’s my list of must dos!
Photograph the Chester Clock – make sure you get LOTS of pictures of the beautiful clock at the East Gate of the walls as it is beautiful. I swear everyone stopped to take pictures as they walked towards it from street level and as they walked under it and along the walls. It’s understandable though as it’s stunning. I’m sure it’s the most photographed thing in the city!
Wander around the city walls – the walls reach about 2 miles around the city and give you a great perspective over the streets below and the surrounding countryside. It’s amazing to think that the walls have survived for so many hundreds of years and that they are such a tourist attraction in the city.
Explore the shops (and head on out to Cheshire Oaks too!) – I always have to have a little wander in and out of shops in a new city – even if I don’t buy anything and Chester won’t disappoint. It’s lovely walking in and out of shops that are in the most stunning ancient buildings. Also the Cheshire Oaks Outlet Mall is worth a visit if you love Gap, Paperchase and Joules as well as tons of other shops. I may have got a bargain or two whilst there…
Have food (or drinks) at Odd Fellows – I’m so pleased we kept ambling around the city looking at eateries before settling on this place as it was amazing! It’s a boutique hotel with the most amazing outdoor and conservatory eating area. The outdoor area has a mix of tall tables and normal wooden ones and is decorated with giant peacock lampshade – amazing! We were seated inside around a table that had a tree in the middle of it and the food was some of the best I’ve ever had without being pretentious and expensive. I can highly recommend the sharing platters and chicken club sandwich.
Have you ever been to Chester? What other things would you add to this list?
I’m linking up with Bonnie et al for Travel Tuesday, so if you have time make sure you read all the other brilliant travel posts too.