Located in Northwest England, Chester is a walled city that was used as a Roman fortress during the first century. There is so much history to uncover at Chester including the extensive roman walls, Roman amphitheatres where excavations are still ongoing, and Chester Row, a famous shopping district. Apart from being rich in history, Chester also boasts unique culture, an amazing food scene, and jaw-dropping architecture. If you are planning to visit with your special someone any time soon, check out some of the best romantic things to do in Chester, the UK.
1. Enjoy a romantic stroll at Grosvenor Park
There is not a more affordable yet romantic activity to do with your better half than strolling at Grosvenor Park. The award-winning park dates back to 1867 and covers 20 acres (8 hectares) of land located just outside the city walls and overlooking the River Dee. At the park, you will marvel at the views of the formal avenues which are lined with trees, the large sweeping lawns that are surrounded with ornamental shrub beds and statues. Given the fact that the park is home to the popular miniature railway and also features a great play area, this park is also a great destination to visit with your family.
Address: Grosvenor Park Rd, Chester CH1, UK, United Kingdom
Website: Grosvenor Park
Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)
2. Have a romantic dinner at The Chester Grosvenor
After strolling through Grosvenor Park the best thing to do is to enjoy a romantic dinner and there is no better place to do that than at the award-winning restaurant, Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor. At the restaurant, you will get to enjoy delicious dishes prepared by Chef Simon and his team as you discover wines originating from all the corners of the world. In order to have the ultimate dining experience, it is always recommended that you switch your mobile phone to silent whenever you are around. Please note that the restaurant is not a suitable place to be with kids.
Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor
Address: Eastgate St, Chester CH1 1LT, United Kingdom
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 6:30pm - 9pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
3. Discover Chester Racecourse
There are a few thrilling activities to indulge in with your partner than horse racing and there is no better place to experience it than at Chester Racecourse. Ever since the racecourse was established, visitors from all over the world have been flocking the site eager to watch horses racing past the tight turns of the one mile (approximately two kilometres), the furlong course and the participants who move fast and maintain balance at the tight curves. Over the years, the setting at the racecourse has been altered to encompass several other facilities including a restaurant that serves mouth-watering treats and an extensive collection of wines
Address: Chester CH1 2LY, United Kingdom
Website: Chester Racecourse
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4. Walk along the banks of River Dee
There are so many activities that you can enjoy with your partner and a peaceful stroll along the banks of River Dee is one of those things that you have to experience. The best thing about the walk is that you can do it in a peaceful place away from the noisy city. You can start your walk at Aberdeen’s Duthie Ppark gardens and follow the path along the river. The path will take you past a reservoir and a nature reserve before reaching the former Deeside Railway line. The path continues until you are back at Duthie Park wherein the garden is perfect to visit any time of the year.
5. Explore the historic Chester City Walls
If your partner is a history buff, Chester City Walls is the place you should share your romantic moments whenever you are in Britain. Dating back to 2000 years ago, the walls are longest, oldest, and the most complete defensive walls built in Britain. A complete exploration of the walls will award you with stunning views down into the city, and also gives you the opportunity of learning all about Chester’s long history. Some of the highlights you should expect to see include the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre, the famous clock on the Eastgate, and the castle originally built by Norman “Wolf”. This activity is not only perfect for couples but also for families with kids.
Chester City Walls
Address: City Walls, Chester CH1 2JH, United Kingdom
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
6. Roam around Chester Roman Gardens
Constructed by Graham Webster and Charles Greenwood in 1949, the Roman Gardens is located less than five minutes’ walk from the city walls near Chester Roman Amphitheater. The main purpose of the garden was to display the findings discovered from the fortress of Deva including military buildings, main baths, legionary headquarters, and other general artefacts that were discovered throughout the city. To fully understand the history of Chester, it is always wise to make use of the informative panels that provide important information for visitors exploring the Roman Chester and the garden, located at the well-maintained garden.
Chester Roman Gardens
Address: Pepper St, Chester CH1 1DQ, United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)
7. Get up-close with the animals at Chester Zoo
No person can resist the sight of amazing wildlife and in the United Kingdom, the best place to view them is at Chester Zoo. Ever since it was opened by George Mottershead and his family in 1931, the zoo has hosted millions of visitors from all over the world eager to view the incredible selection of wildlife which includes cheetahs, jaguars, giraffes, and lions among many other animals. The zoo also features several gardens where you and your partner can enjoy a romantic picnic. Considering the vast knowledge one can acquire from the zoo, visiting the zoo with your kids is highly encouraged.
Address: Chester CH2 1EU, United Kingdom
Website: Chester Zoo
Opening hours: Vary (check website for details)
8. Enjoy a romantic walk at Chester Rows
If you are looking for a romantic activity to do with your partner as you explore the highlights of Chester, you cannot miss the opportunity of exploring the half-timbered shops and galleries of Chester Rows. There is no evidence as to why the buildings were built in such a unique way, but for sure, the magnificent sight of the Rows are considered to be the greatest contribution to the beauty and character of Chester. It does not matter your gender, if you are young or old, or if you are in a relationship or not, the views at Chester Rows will just amaze you.
9. Stop by the historic Chester Cathedral
To some, Chester Cathedral is an ancient abbey; to others, it is an archaeological treasure. But to many, the cathedral is a vibrant worshipping site. For couples, you cannot miss the chance of exploring this incredible historic structure. The cathedral was constructed in 1092 as a Benedictine abbey and ever since then, it has invited visitors from all over the world to celebrate God’s presence. Bring your partner and marvel at the architecture of the cathedral as you learn all about its history, if you are lucky, you can even take your vows at this historic cathedral. Indeed, Chester Cathedral is a unique blend of medieval and modern history.
Address: St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY, United Kingdom
Website: Chester Cathedral
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 11:45am - 4pm
10. Wander along Chester Canal
Chester Canal is a historic canal that connected the walled city of Chester with Nantwich. The canal did not meet its expectation and as a result, a road connecting Chester to Nantwich was opened in 1779. Even though the traffic at the canal drastically reduced, the canal still played an important role as an attraction site in Chester. Some of the attractions along the Chester Canal are the medieval streets, magnificent cathedral, and the Roman amphitheatres–all playing an important role in Chester’s tourism sector. The countryside has stunning views and it is perfect for exploring by bike.
Address: Chester, City of Chester and West Cheshire CH99, Chester, England
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
Explore all the gem that Chester has to offer
If you are a history buff, there is no better place you will enjoy visiting than Chester, especially if you are with your partner. Chester is full of many romantic destinations that you can visit and gain some knowledge as well. Check them above.
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