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Cheshire Military Museum / The Castle / Chester / CH1 2DN / Tel: 01244 327617.

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      12.06.2006 23:13
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      Good interactive museum in a beautiful old building

      NAME OF LOCATION: Cheshire Military Museum, Chester

      BACKGROUND: I had planned a weekend trip to Chester for my boyfriend and me and we were trying to find the toy museum when we saw a pedestrian sign pointing to this attraction. As Robert loves anything to do with the military we chose to try to find this first.

      ATTRACTIONS
      1. Explains about life for soldiers of Cheshire and their families through artefacts and memorabilia with interactive displays.
      2. Computerised catalogue of memorabilia etc.
      3. Gift shop
      4. Wet weather attraction with several rooms to explore – took at least 2 hours
      5. Plenty of hands on exhibits for all the conflicts these soldiers were involved in

      TRANSPORT
      We arrived on a coach trip and then walked down Bridge Street until we followed the signs for this attraction. It can be accessed by stops 7 and 11 and walking along and left after the Grosvenor Museum from stop 12 on Grosvenor Road, Chester

      PRICE
      £2.00 per adult and £1.00 per child/concessions. Last admission is 4.30pm daily.

      OPENING TIMES

      Daily: 10 am to 5pm
      Closed Christmas – 22 December until 2 January.

      GOOD POINTS
      1. Cheap entry
      2. Interesting architectural building it is set in
      3. Interactive displays in all rooms
      4. Special events and exhibitions throughout the year
      5. Something to pass the time in Chester on a Sunday
      6. Suitable for educational groups especially as a wet weather attraction
      7. Open all year (except for days closed as above)
      8. Bus and train services available nearby, including open bus tour (see other review).

      BAD POINTS
      1. Rather hot and stuffy as each room was rather small – but this does not detract from the interest of this museum
      2. Disabled access may be a problem for wheel chair users – check before setting out.
      3. Nearest parking is the Little Roodee car park some distance away – not suitable for disabled to walk to museum from. Although there is apparently a park and ride scheme with a bus stop on request nearby but it is not clear if this is available from the car park.

      AFTERWARDS

      Decide where else to go or whether to go back another time. In our case, we decided that we have “done” Chester! We had visited this museum, the Deva Roman Experience (see review), the Chester Visitor Centre and Amphitheatre excavations, and the Grosvenor Museum as well as gone on the City sightseeing tour (see my other Chester reviews), walked on the walls including near the Eastgate clock, walked through the city centre and seen various places of interest such as the canal, the King Charles Tower, the Cathedral (from the outside only – Robert is terrified of going inside churches with me, in case I either trick him into marrying me or get dragged into a church service by mistake (and I do have previous for the latter!)), the ruins of St John’s church where we saw a coffin in the wall (yes, really!), the River Dee, God’s Providence house, and where the town crier shouts from daily in certain months. Not bad for a weekend! We failed to find the Toy Museum, though, so if anyone knows where it is – we might go back for that and we did say we’d like to visit the zoo another time.

      MORE INFORMATION FROM
      The Castle, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DN Tel 01244 327617 or visit www.chester.ac.uk/militarymuseum

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