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Ghosts, gardens, great apes and more; chilling in Chester   by Andrew Regan

Chester Featured Hotels

If you’re searching for a fun, relaxing, yet inspiring family holiday destination for your next holiday or even thinking ahead to Christmas or next summer, the answer might be closer than you think.
Rather than jetting off on environmentally destructive, costly and frankly stressful flights to some far-flung ‘beauty spot’ (often with other tourists as far as the eye can see), why not explore the wealth of picturesque scenery, fascinating history and fun attractions here in the UK? 

There are many delightful destinations to choose from – the historic walled city of Chester, which is situated within easy travelling distance of both London and the North, is just one great example.

You’ll never be stuck for something to see and do in Chester. For example, give the kids a unique, open-air history lesson around the famous Roman amphitheatre and settlements, the ancient cathedral, 

Eastgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
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Gothic town hall and half-timbered medieval Rows; or enjoy a day at the races, romantic walks along the River Dee, the gorgeous woods and surrounding countryside; or a visit to Cheshire Farm where, between the fresh home-made ice cream parlour, llama petting and falconry displays, children should be in seventh heaven!

.For the more macabre youngster, there are naturally hundreds of tales of wandering spirits and disturbing apparitions in these ancient surroundings, and several ghost-hunting walks and tours in the evenings will take you on a thrilling journey into the heart of what claims to be England’s most haunted city.
Castle, Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
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If you’re into photography, or just enjoy beautiful, calm locations for your long and winding strolls, then check out Cholmondeley Castle Gardens which include some 500 acres of stunning scenery, rose and rare flower gardens, two lakes and a hedge maze to keep younger children occupied. A walk around the well-preserved city walls (the total circuit is around two miles) also affords some fantastic views down into the city and a great insight into its long and varied history. 

Chester is also home to the UK’s largest zoo, so animal lovers should definitely not miss the chance to visit the largest colony of chimpanzees in Europe along with over seven thousand other animals.

There’s even more to see throughout the year as Chester plays host to various seasonal events including an open-air cycle of medieval mystery plays dating back to the fifteenth century with pageants and parades, a continental Christmas market with music, film, food and drink, and the forthcoming Literature Festival which boasts the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, as a patron.

Chester is well situated at the hub of several main roads and is easily reached by rail or road from the north and south. It’s only 40 minutes by train from Liverpool, or about an hour from Manchester. You’ll find a warm welcome – and spooky stories – at the many picturesque and luxurious hotels in Chester and the surrounding area.

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Crowne Plaza Chester
Located on the edge of Chester with panoramic views of the city and Welsh hills, the Crowne Plaza is within 2 kilometres from the train station. The hotel is also close to Roman walls, amphitheatre and Chester Cathedral. Most of the rooms offer stunning views of the famous Chester Racecourse and the Welsh hills.  Overlooking the racecourse and also offering panoramic views of the Welsh hills, the onsite Silks Restaurant serves a selection of traditional home cooked wholesome dishes using the finest ingredients. In addition, the Silk Lounge is an ideal place to sit back and sip a drink.  A fully equipped gymnasium and swimming pool are also available onsite for health conscious guests.
Doubletree By Hilton Chester
In Chester's Hoole neighborhood, this hotel is close to St Paul's Church and Chester Zoo. Also nearby are Chester Cathedral and Grosvenor Museum. This 4.0-star Chester property features beauty services. There is a business center on site. Doubletree by Hilton Chester has a restaurant. 24-hour room service is available. The staff can arrange currency exchange. Additional amenities include a concierge desk, laundry facilities, and multilingual staff. Guestrooms have flat-panel televisions with cable television channels.
Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel Chester
This Chester hotel is close to Eastgate Clock, Roman Amphitheatre, and Newgate. Also nearby are Chester Cathedral and Grosvenor Museum. Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. 24-hour room service is available. The property offers meeting rooms for small groups. Business amenities at this 4.0-star property consist of conference rooms and banquet facilities. The staff can arrange wedding services. Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel has 67 guestrooms. 
Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel Chester
From the idyllic setting to a warm Northern welcome, you will be guaranteed a magical stay at the Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel Chester.  The hotel is situated on 27 acres of countryside and is 10 kilometres from the centre of Chester.  All the rooms are large, modern, and decorated in warm autumnal colours, along with complete facilities provided.  The on-site restaurant holds the reputation of serving one of the most delicious cuisines in the region, which the guests are sure to enjoy and remember.At your free time you can utilise the fitness centre and the luxurious swimming pool.
Ramada Hotel Chester
The hotel provides a luxury of facilities and amenities at your disposal.  Ramada Hotel Chester is just a short drive from the fascinating and historic city of Chester and is easily accessible to many important places of interest.  Each of the 126 hotel rooms have modern facilities to make your stay a pleasant one.  The Arts Restaurant, famous for the Arts Signature dishes provides the perfect setting for relaxing at the end of the day. Enjoy a drink in the friendly surroundings of Arts Bar with friends.  You can also utilise the fully equipped gymnasium, indoor heated pool, sauna and spa bath in at the on-site health club.
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