Things to do in Chester for couples
Here we discover some of the things to do in Chester for couples. There is so many choices and we list some ideas that you can do on your next visit to the City of Chester
Chester City Walls
The Chester City Walls are almost 2000 years old and are the longest, oldest complete ancient defensive walls in Britain.
They give walkers a fantastic view looking down into the historical Chester City. There are four main gateways that give access to the wall, Northgate, Watergate, Eastgate and Bridegate plus other steps and accessible ramps for everyone to gain access.
You can gain access to Chester City Walls every day of the year. There are some points that have maintenance between the Kings Charles Tower and Morgan’s Mount with a diversion around the work which is needed to repair the core of the wall there.
How to get to the City Walls
If you are visiting Chester and arriving by train, it is a 15-minute walk from the station to the nearest entry point. If you are in the centre of the city near Chester Town Hall, it is a 2-minute walk to the Eastgate Clock steps, found straddling Eastgate in the main shopping area.
On a lovely day, it is great to take advantage of the elevated wall around the city. You get some fabulous pictures along the way. Be prepared to walk up some steps at certain parts of the wall to gain access.
Our favourite walk is to set off at the Eastgate Clock Tower and walk around to the River Dee. It is very picturesque and a delight in the Spring and autumn catching the array of trees in the area.
If you are looking for an informative tour of Roman Chester, book a tour online for a guided walk with an authentic Roman Soldier. The kids loved this and it adds to the excitement and really nice idea.
Also available for the kids and great fun are the self-guided treasure hunts of Chester.
The Chester Rows
The iconic Chester Rows are situated in the centre of Chester City where all the main shops are situated on Bridge Street, Watergate Street, and Eastgate.
Very unique and has a very interesting structure of continuous half-timbered galleries which house a line of first-floor shops above the main street shops. Nestled in the Rows are original 13th Century buildings including in Bridge Street ‘The 3 Old Arches’.
The distinctive black-and-white structures (many of which are Victorian copies) add to the historical character that Chester offers to visitors. We often climb the steep stairs to the second floor to watch the world go by from one of the open arches. Some seating areas can be found with original wooden floors that complement the atmosphere in the area.
The Rows are free to wander around and can be found in the main City Centre of Chester. It is all part of the historical experience this wonderful place has to offer. You can feel the history seeping out of the stone walls and timber frames!
The Groves Chester
Along the side of the River Dee, you will find The Groves Chester. Lots of Cafes along the way a pleasant walk from the Bridge Gate and Old Dee Bridge up past the Chester Roman Gardens and along to Grosvenor Park. Our favourite pop-in is at The Cafe at The Walls and a nice place to take in some refreshments.
The City Wall runs along the River Dee with you as you make your way up to the park. The boat moorings and lovely eateries make for the perfect stroll and chat along the way.
The boat hires run from the side of The Groves (near to Hickory’s Smokehouse) and is a popular spectacle to watch as the larger boats take guided tours up the River.
The nearest big car park is the Little Roodee Car Park, just past the University of Chester South West of the City. From the Car Park take Castle Drive up to the Groves just past the Chester Weir.
The Goves are a major feature point of the City with plenty of seating available and in the Summer live music from the bandstand situated near the boat hire. Watch your snacks as often a brave pigeon will be close by waiting for a dropped tasty morsel.
Grosvenor Park Chester
Chester has a large 20-acre park called Grosvenor Park which is grade II listed and the main ornamental park in Chester. The park is extremely popular with both residents and visitors, the green flag award-winning Victorian designed park, designed by Edward Kemp, dates back to 1867.
It is a breath of fresh air with avenues of trees, shrubs, display bedding in the summer months, and large open spaces of lawns, it's a favourite for a sit-down and packed lunch. Close by is the Chester Roman Amphitheatre, Chester Roman Gardens and the Royal Chester Rowing Club so it is perfectly positioned to access most of what Chester has to offer.
The park has many newly restored places and Grade II features to discover including Billy Hobby’s Well Community Garden, the Second Marquess of Westminster Statue, The Quarry Garden and St Mary’s Nunnery Arch.
Popular with kids and families is the miniature railway and great play area. The mini railway is open from February to November for weekends, public holidays and school holidays, from 10.30 until 5 pm. In the Winter, it is open at Weekends 11 - 4 pm.
Fancy something to eat at Grosvenor Park? You can call at the Lodge Cafe, part of the park which offers light lunches, refreshments and a traditional afternoon tea. Opening times are Monday to Friday 9 am - 4.30 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 5 pm
Summertime means entertainment time with the Storyhouse team who perform in the Grosvenor Park Open Theatre. Take your position, unpack the picnic and experience a little bit of Showbiz in the park.
Roman Amphitheatre Chester
The Roman Amphitheatre Chester is the largest stone built in Britain. Founded in 79 AD, it was originally part of the settlement of ‘Deva’. It is situated at the top of Newgate in the City of Chester and managed by the English Heritage as it is a Grade I Listed building.
Recently, in 2004, the Chester Amphitheatre Project was commissioned by both English Heritage and Chester City Council to conduct the new excavation, to recreate the Amphitheatre and Research Centre.
The history discovered along the way has been fascinating and people can go along to the site to discover more and marvel over the size and area of the arena’s handprint.
The Amphitheatre’s Mural adds to the beauty of some of Chester’s finest history.
Cheshire Military Museum
The Cheshire Military Museum follows the history of the Cheshire Soldiers right way back to the 17th Century. Visitors can learn about the conflicts and wars the regiments of Cheshire fought. You can really get a feel of what it was like in the trenches of the first world war with films, interactive displays, settings and scenes.
Lots of provoking images, hands-on artefacts and informative experiences for all.
Thursday - Sunday 11 am until 4 pm - Last entries at 3 pm
Adults £4 Concession £2 Family £9
Book online and full details: https://cheshiremilitarymuseum.org.uk
The Castle, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2DN
t: 01244 327617