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Even the Eastgate Clock - one of the most photographed timepieces in the world - built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee - has a story to tell - it was erected 2 years after the event because there was public outcry over its funding at the time!


You’ll also come across some interesting characters that make any visit to Chester so memorable like Roman Legionaries in full battle-gear who take you on tours and the Town Crier who makes public proclamations at The High Cross (page 35) - and if you’re lucky, you might just bump into the ‘Hollyoaks’ cast filming on location in the city.


Time your visit to see one of Chester’s many events and festivals for an extra special treat – nobody quite does parades like Chester.


Why not book your seats now for Open Air Theatre in Grosvenor Park, Chester Rocks on the racecourse and don’t miss Chestival - the city’s entertainment extravaganza.


Myths and legends are everywhere just like the black and white half- timbered buildings that make Chester so captivating – especially the two-tier galleries of shops – The Rows.


They’re simply unique and provide an intriguing and amazing backdrop to your visit as you explore Chester’s dazzling delights from the past, enjoy some of the best shopping on the planet - or go partying till dawn!


You don’t need to go to Italy for La Dolce Vita – or the latest fashions.


You’ll find stores galore offering the hottest fashion in Chester all set against a background of unique treasures of antiquity and a vibrant café culture where outdoor dining and people watching go hand in hand.


You can party like there’s no tomorrow here too!


Night-time is play-time and Chester is buzzing.


Fun is always on the menu with a delicious and mesmerising choice of fabulous eateries, glitzy wine- bars and exclusive clubs.


Our advice ?


Pack your dancing shoes and your little black number for some unforgettable nights out in places like Cruise, Alexanders, The Laugh Inn and Telford’s Warehouse.


Or better still, find that elusive can’t-find-anything-to-wear frock while you’re here!


Affordable glam abounds.


You can slow the pace down too and explore the City aboard open-top buses with City Sightseeing or Chester Heritage Tours Edwardian omnibus or take a guided walking tour from the Town Hall leaving at 10.30am every day.


You can also enjoy a leisurely canal boat cruise from The Mill Hotelwith dining on board or sail up the river with one of ChesterBoat’smany pleasure cruises.


By the way, their party nights are always popular and feature lots of retro pop!


Sightseeing and shopping by day and partying by night can be delightfully exhausting.


So we’re sure you’ll be glad that Chester has super spa hotels to help you unwind and feel refreshed.


All you need to do now is to make your way to visitchester.comto join in the fun!


S TAY CLOS E TO CHE S T E R STAY WITHIN CHESTER’S WALLS


ABode Chester (p46) Chester Grosvenor (p46) Chester Recorder House (p50) The Coach House (p51) Crowne Plaza Chester (p47) Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel (p55)


STAY CLOSE TO THE CITY


Best Western Llyndir Hall Hotel (p53) Best Western Premier Queen Hotel (p53) Best Western Westminster Hotel (p53) Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa (p46) Days Hotel Chester North (p57) Doubletree by Hilton Chester (p52) Best Western Forest Hills Hotel (p49) Green Bough Hotel (p45) Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa (p48) Mill Hotel & Spa Destination (p56)


STAY IN A B&B


Ba Ba Guest House (p50) Brookside Hotel (p50) Chester House Guest House (p57)


STAY IN AN APARTMENT


St James Apartment (p59) Wycliffe Court (p59)


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Chester Brooklands (p50) Chester Stone Villa (p50) Glen Garth Guest House (p52) Green Gables (p52) Higher Huxley Hall (p52) Homeleigh (p54) Kings Guest House (p54) Laburnum House (p54) Lavender Lodge (p55) The Limes (p55) Mitchell’s of Chester (p56) Strathearn Guest House (p58) Tentry Heys (p58)


STAY IN A COTTAGE


Inglenook Cottage (p58) Jasmine Cottage (p59) Kingswood Coach House (p59) Lower House Holiday Cottages (p59) Manor Farm Holiday Cottage (p59) Stables Cottage (p59)


ROMANTIC BREAK Check out why Chester is the perfect


choice for a romantic break with your partner. Get up close and personal with our Rendezvous with Romance feature on pages 28 & 29


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