My 21st birthday present from my Dad was 3 days in Chester. We stayed at the Quarterz Apartments, which is amazing value for money I have to say (I mean I booked the accommodation for dad, so I know how much it was per night). The rooms were huge, with a modern bathroom with waterfall shower, two single beds, two wardrobes, and a dressing table. Also, a huge shoutout to all the staff who were so lovely and chatty, giving recommendations on places to see, visit and eat!
We got up to so much during the three days, so I thought I’d share a list of things to do if you ever visit yourself…
Chester Cathedral – This beautiful cathedral is situated right in the centre of Chester. Being from York, I had high expectations of the Cathedral when comparing it to York Minster. Entrance is free for the public, but they do ask for a small donation, in order for them to be able to maintain the cathedral and remain open for the public. Inside the architecture is insane, and left me in complete awe. I was particularly drawn to all the stain glass window designs.
Chester Cathedral Falconry – I think my mum has instilled a slight fear of birds, especially when they start flapping but dad really wanted to go the Chester Cathedral Falconry so I had to agree. Honestly, this visit was one of the highlights of the few days we were in Chester. It was on £4 each to get in, and you can handle as many birds as you like from an Indian-Eagle Owl to a Peregrine Falcon (which was dad’s favourite!). There is also reptiles too, including snakes and many insects. The staff and falconers were lovely and really informative, I love a trip which is fun yet informative. The price also includes the flight show, where they fly the different birds and display their different characteristics. I definitely recommend a trip here if you’re ever in Chester. I also am a little more comfortable with birds now, look below…I did not expect to be holding one!
City Walls including Eastgate Clock – We were lucky to have beautiful weather on our first two days in Chester, so we decided to walk some of the city walls…well, we walked them all and did not realise how long the walk is! The views are lovely though, and allowed us to see all the highlights of the city. This included Chester castle, the cathedral and falconry, the lanes, canal and Eastgate clock.
Walk down by the riverside and canals – We headed down to the main part of the river and over Queen’s Padlock Bridge, and spent a short time just sat watching the world go by.
Eating and Drinking – There is so many places to eat and drink in Chester, I wish we’d been there longer so we could have tried more places. We typically had Wetherspoons breakfast, because let’s be honest it’s cheap and you can’t go wrong. We ate at two different places on the evenings, first was a little Italian restaurant called La Fattoria. The food here was delicious, and the pasta and pizza was freshly made. The quantity and quality were amaze. On our second night, we took up two of my friends’ recommendations and went to Hickory’s Smokehouse. They set the table up with balloons for my birthday, and even though is was extremely busy the service was amazing. For starter I got the cheesy American pretzel and then for main I got the XXXL Roadhouse Burger. Both were delicious and we were completely stuffed afterwards!
There is also plenty of quaint pubs to drink in, and many cocktail bars including your typical Revs and Slug and Lettuce. We made the most out of the 241 cocktail offers, of course!
Chester Zoo – We spent our last day here, and despite the horrendous weather, we had the best time. We booked tickets online the night before, as you saved 10%, this came to £42 for the both of us. I was astounded by the number and variety of animals they house, including zebras, primates, okapi, jaguars, penguins, elephants, insects and so much more. There will be a blog post coming soon, all about our day at Chester Zoo, and all the things you can get up to whilst you’re there.
Along with all these activities, another thing to do in Chester is shopping. The lanes are filled with lots of different shops, and we did plenty of this ourselves!
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