For a relaxing, quintessentially English break, book a holiday in Chester. There are historic splendours a-plenty, from the famous Chester Cathedral to the Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman Walls. The whole family will love a trip to Chester Zoo, which is one of the finest in the world, and if the weather's nice there's no better place to explore than Grosvenor Park, an ornamental space created in the Victorian era. More history can be explored in Grosvenor Museum, while the ancient covered walkways of the Chester Rows make for a unique shopping experience.
Direct flights to Chester are available courtesy of easyJet, which offers routes from the Isle of Man and Jersey. You'll arrive at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which is about 40 minutes from Chester by bus. However, the best way for you to get to Chester will probably be by car, train, bus or coach – there are a number of connections available, so look online to work out the quickest and cheapest way to get there.
Getting around during your holiday in Chester is straightforward thanks to the plethora of bus services available. As it's a fairly compact city, you can easily get around on foot for most of your break – there's no better way to take in the historic buildings and make the most of its quaint English charm. That said, you can also choose to hire a car in Chester, which is a good option if you'd like to explore beyond the city limits and see the surrounding area (or even go for a day trip to Liverpool or Manchester, if you have time!).
When it comes to hotels in Chester, you have a wide range of options open to you. Hoole Road, which leads into the city, is very popular with visitors thanks to its bed and breakfasts, and you'll probably get a good deal if you choose to stay there. You may prefer to arrange accommodation somewhere more central, but this is likely to cost a bit more. If you're sticking to a very tight budget you could also opt to stay in a hostel, or even pitch a tent in Manor Wood Caravan Park – perfect for taking in the Cheshire countryside!
If you really want to make the most of your holiday in Cheshire, you can enjoy one of the special tours of the city. There are often good sightseeing packages to be had, which can be good value for money and also mean you won't miss out on the must-see places. Check online for the latest available packages and deals.
Updated 23rd July 2014
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