Chester Zoo tops the bill, with everything from cockatoos to cobras. But don’t miss the Dewa Roman experience, Ice Cream Farm, Blue Planet Aquarium or The Crocky Trail. Grown-ups can shop at Cheshire Oaks designer outlet, walk the city walls or cruise the Dee. Wrap up the day dancing at Fiesta Havana, or mix it up with cocktails at Oddfellow’s.
For the grown ups
The bewitching beauty of Chester is a mix of the classical and contemporary. Head into town to walk Britain’s most-complete city walls, see the country’s oldest racecourse, the largest Roman Amphitheatre, an ancient cathedral and the unique black-and-white-timbered 700-year-old shopping rows.
Take a trip on board an open top or heritage bus, cruise the River Dee or book a guided walking tour. See the UK’s top zoo or catch a unique blend of medieval and modern history at 1,000-year-old Chester Cathedral, then watch the birds of prey in the gardens.
Get down to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village for brands from Burberry to Mulberry, Adidas to Armani and Ted Baker to Tag Heuer. Head over to the Roman Amphitheatre, where 7,000 spectators once enjoyed circuses, festivals and gladiator fights throughout the summer.
For a day out with a difference, try Sick to Death, bringing you the gory story of diseases, doctors and dying in the medieval world. Recover with a picnic in the herb garden. Wrap up the day dancing at Cruise or Fiesta Havana, or mix it up with a cocktail or two at Oddfellows.