Trains to Chester
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Travelling to Chester by train
Close to Liverpool and right on the border with Wales, Chester is steeped in history and brimming with local charm. First founded as a Roman fortress, the city is surrounded by red sandstone walls to this day. Inside the walls, you’ll find winding streets lined with Tudor-style half-timber buildings, as well as the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. The city’s rich Roman heritage means there are plenty of amazing museums to explore, but you’ll also find plenty of shops and eateries to occupy you as well.
Cheshire Oaks is the largest designer outlet in the UK, offering a staggering array of outlet stores from high street brands. A wide selection of restaurants and coffee spots are dotted throughout, with children's areas to keep the youngsters entertained while you plan your next purchase. If you’re on the hunt for a bargain (and you’ve got a free afternoon to wander around), you won’t come away disappointed.
This Grade I listed building features intricate fourteenth-century wood carvings, a stunning mix of Norman and Gothic architecture and spectacular stained glass. Though it’s been rebuilt and refurbished over the years, it’s believed that a cathedral has stood on the same grounds since the late Roman era. The cathedral as we know it today was originally the abbey church of a Benedictine monastery dedicated to the city’s patron saint, Saint Werburgh, whose shrine remains in the Cathedral. The Cloisters and Church comprise one of the UK’s most complete medieval monastic complexes. If you take a tour, keep an eye out for the famous Chester Imp, a carving of the devil in chains that you’ll find perched high up on one of the cathedral’s windows.
Chester City Sightseeing
Take in the sights and sounds of Chester on a one-hour open-top bus tour. With a choice of 24 or 48 hour tickets, you can hop on or hop off as often as you please, giving you the chance to explore any spots that catch your eye. With over 2,000 years of fascinating architecture, you can see the remnants of Chester’s Roman heritage, including the amphitheatre, alongside its unique Medieval Rows. The route also covers the Roodee Racecourse, Chester Cathedral and the Military Museum. Download your 2FOR1 voucher in advance to save on Chester’s best attractions.
Grab your poshest hat and put on your Sunday best for an unforgettable day at the races. Chester is home to England’s oldest racecourse, having hosted horse racing since 1539. As you’d expect, it’s steeped in history. Conveniently located near the city's hotels, shops and bars, the racecourse hosts events throughout the summer each year, starting with the May festival.
Chester Walls Walk
Discover Chester’s unique history with a tour around the UK’s most complete set of Roman city walls. Follow in the footsteps of those who’ve walked the walls through history – from Roman soldiers to medieval archers – and gain a unique insight into the events that shaped this fascinating city. You’ll pass the Roman amphitheatre and the Eastgate clock on your route as well as plenty of cosy pubs. You can even take tea on top of the city walls.
You’ll find over 11,000 animals from 4,000 different species in the UK's number one zoo. Daily talks are available from the zoo’s resident animal experts, while themed play areas give kids the chance to go wild themselves. You’ll also find a choice of restaurants to keep everyone suitably fed and watered during your visit. For best value, you can purchase a combination ticket from your local train station. This includes rail travel, bus links and zoo admission, all for a discounted price.
Feeling adventurous? Go Ape is the best place to let out your inner Tarzan and it’s just 15 minutes away from Chester by train. Experience a rush of adrenaline like no other, with tree-top high wires, walkways, rope swings and zip wires, all in the breathtaking surrounds of Chester’s Delamere Forest. Best of all, you get to indulge your wild side in a safe and secure environment, with plenty of very sturdy harnesses.
The Ice Cream Farm
Treat yourself to one of the most delicious days out imaginable at the world's largest permanent ice cream parlour. There are over 50 different flavours of ice creams and sorbets to enjoy along with a ton of attractions like mini golf, quad bikes, arcades and a chance to meet some of the animals that live on the farm. There’s truly something for everyone, especially those with a sweet tooth.
How long does it take to get to Chester from London?
The train from London to Chester gets you to Chester station in just over two hours, with departures from Euston station every hour. For up-to-the-minute travel, including the first and last trains, check out our London Euston to Chester journey page.
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