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Chester in General
Member Name: rebjayal
Chester in General
Advantages: Lovely, lots to see, friendly, clean, safe
I'm from Chester so I know it well. I'll split this into sections to make it easier.
By far the best place to stay in Chester is the Grosvenor hotel on Eastgate street, rates start around £200. There are also some good more affordable guest houses around Hoole.
The Grosvenor hotel has 2 restaurants; The Arkle, which does not allow children, and the cheaper and less formal La Brasserie. Moules a go go offers great deals and there are plenty of other places to choose from in the city centre. Outside of Chester, good places to eat include the Cock o' Barton and the Grosvenor arms at Aldford.
A first visit to Chester should include a walk around the Roman walls and a visit to the cathedral. On a sunny day, walk through the Grosvenor park down to the river Dee. Take a cruise on a river boat and have a drink in one of the cafes or pubs at the waterfront. The Ghosthunter Trail is a fun thing to do in the evening. Chester zoo is a fantastic day out, and the Blue Planet Aquarium is not far.
For it's size, Chester is pretty good for shops. You'll find most of the major high street stores. Individual shops include Tesuti - young, trendy designer, Jays - more classic designer, and Lee Louise - a quirky, hippy shop worth a look. For bargain hunters, head to Cheshire Oaks outlet village (which also has cinema and eateries), the number 1 bus will take you there from city centre.
Chester isn't great for nightlife. If you just want a winebar or pub, there are plenty, but avid clubbers may want to travel to Liverpool or Manchester.
Summary: A lovely place to visit
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