Chester with kids
We lived in Chester for a few years before our children arrived, so whenever we visit I always feel a little bit like we are coming home. I absolutely love visiting the City of Chester with Kids. With the city walls, the racecourse, the shops, the river, and the beautiful Cathedral there is something for everyone. Chester has so much history, a wonderful character and fabulous vibe. We love nothing more than a City break, and over February half term we headed to Chester to visit friends and explore all the things there are to do in and around Chester with kids.
How to spend a weekend in Chester
One thing I do love about staying in Chester is that there is so much to do both in the city and just outside, and also North Wales is easily accessible via the A55.
Where to stay in Chester with kids
We stayed at The Racecourse Garden, an apartment situated just yards from Chester Racecourse. The apartment is located in Chester, 0.7 miles from Chester Castle, offering 2 bedrooms, a gorgeous living space, and a patio and garden area. The property has garden views and is an extremely convenient base – it is just 350 yards from Chester Racecourse, 0.9 miles from University of Chester and a short walk to all the popular places of interest, shops, restaurants and bars.
The apartment is furnished beautifully, and we instantly felt at home here. The girls absolutely loved the outdoor patio area, and we spent the evening sat toasting marshmallows in the fire pit.
The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need during your stay, linen is provided, and Wi-fi is free.
For more information or to book the Racecourse Garden, Chester visit here.
Things to do in and around Chester with kids
There is so much to do in and around Chester with kids and far too much for one post. However here are a few of our favourites;
Cheshire Ice Cream Farm
The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm is an awesome day out for kids. There is no entrance fee and there are a number of attractions such as Daisy’s Garden and Fudge Farm that are free to enter. We visited more recently and found there are a number of additional attractions such as the Honeycomb Canyon (indoor sand and water play), Strawberry Falls adventure golf, and the Fun Factory that are payable. You can make savings by purchasing Play Passes. There are more details online. The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm has been producing award-winning ice cream for years and offers some incredible flavours … well worth queuing for on a busy day!
Chester Zoo is a favourite of ours and a must see attraction if you are visiting Chester with kids. There is so much to see and do with over 21,000 of the world’s most exotic and endangered animals to discover. Another thing to add…Wildlife Conservation is at the heart of everything at Chester Zoo.
For more information head over to Chester Zoo online.
We lived in Chester pre kids and used to love cycling around Beeston Castle. Beeston is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England with a 4000 year history. On a beautiful, clear day you can see all the way from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. With a 40-acre woodland park…Beeston Castle is a lovely day out. Plan your visit here
Founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092, Chester Cathedral has a rich and varied history. It is not only a place of worship, but also a centre of musical excellence – The largest venue in the city for orchestral performances, concerts, and charitable fundraisers. We love to visit Chester Cathedral every Christmas for the wonderful and iconic The Snowman performance.
You can also book on to one of the Tower Tours & Ground Floor Tours. Find out more here.
Chester City Walls
According to Visit Chester, Chester is the only city in Britain that retains the full circuit of its ancient walls. Hard to believe that parts of the City Walls are almost 2000 years old! There are some fabulous views that make for a really interesting walk.
This is one of our favourite places to visit. Delamere Forest is wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle, enjoy some peace and to take the kids to explore and enjoy the fresh air.
Delamere is home to various walking and cycle trails, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, and Go Ape Forest Segways. There is also cycle hire here and orienteering courses available. Find out more here.
The River Dee
The River Dee is 70 miles long and stretches through Wales and Chester. Take a walk along the River Dee and stop by at one of the various bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy a drink with a view! Alternatively, enjoy a rowing boat or a pedalo in the sunshine!
Chester Rows are a series of half-timbered buildings joined with long galleries. The rows form a second row of shops and are reached by steps.
Getting around Chester with children
Chester has won the European Access City Award for its continued commitment to ensuring that the city is accessible for all.
There are many pavements suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs and the Rows is accessible from the shopping arcade in Eastgate street.
How to get to Chester
The nearest airports to Chester and Cheshire are Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester Airport – both just under an hour by road.
The M6, M56 and M53 are the main motorways that link to Chester and Cheshire.
Travelling to Chester and Cheshire by rail is easy…only two hours from London and further connections can be made to the North Wales Coast. Visit National Rail Enquires for more information.
Chester Park and Ride
If you do decide to head to Chester in the car, it is worth considering the park and ride for ease.
We left our car at the Racecourse Gardens apartment and walked in to the City Centre as it is a short and pleasant stroll.
For more information head over to Visit Chester online
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